“What’s got you here, won’t get you there!…If you want to change anything about yourself, the best time to start is now. Ask yourself, “What am I willing to change now?” Just do that. That’s more than enough. For now.”

― Marshall Goldsmith

Welcome to CEPS!

Our psychotherapy practice is located in downtown DC. We are deeply committed to providing life-changing psychotherapy for professionals in our local community. We work with our clients to eliminate the internal barriers that are keeping them from living life to the fullest. 

We understand that a specific form of suffering is bringing you to knock on our doors for help. However underneath your “symptom” there is a story that your mind and body are begging you to hear.

Yes, you wish you could do this all on your own, but the truth is that as human beings, we are meant to connect with others in order to survive and thrive. Hey, therapists go to therapy too! Knowing when to ask for help, and giving ourselves permission to be helped is a courageous step in the right direction.

So, we are glad that you are here and we look forward to connecting with you and supporting you through your journey.


Center for Effective Psychologist Services

Our goal is to provide life-changing psychotherapy so that you can be the best version of yourself.  We will work with you to create a meaningful relationship where you can feel safe to uncover, explore, accept, and  challenge deeply rooted patterns of behavior, emotions, and beliefs that create or contribute to your suffering.



Claudia Salazar

Claudia Salazar, Psy.D
Owner & Clinical Director, Bilingual psychotherapist

Ellen Sweeny

Ellen McSweeney, LGSW
Clinical Psychotherapist

Katherine Maestre, M.A, LGPC
Bilingual Clinical Psychotherapist

Luisa Millan Center for Effective Therapy

Luisa Millan
Reiki Practitioner Level 2


We strive to create an atmosphere of connection, commitment, and support so that we can serve our clients in a sustainable way. We will achieve this by holding small caseloads, engaging in weekly consultations through a model of deliberate practice, and incorporating self-care practices in our work week. We are committed to taking the mystery and stigma our of mental health and psychotherapy.

We strive to create opportunities to help our clients to get a richer understanding about the dynamics of the human mind, the roots of suffering, and the ways in which we can take action to change deeply rooted habits that create or perpetuate our problems. We work in highly intentional and experiential formats to help you to make sense of theory in a hands-on manner so that change becomes possible.


We are passionate about what we do. Which means that we are constantly training and supervising our work with our clients in order to provide effective therapy.

We also use outcome measures to track your progress so that together we can promptly address any obstacles that get in the way of achieving your therapy goals.

We are open to ongoing feedback from our clients to improve our services.We also provide training to other mental health professionals through workshops, seminars, and mastermind groups.


At the Center for Effective Psychological Services, we embrace creativity and innovation. We are always integrating new skills and modalities of treatment that are informed by research in therapy outcome and neuropsychology. In particular, we are interested in learning and integrating body-centered, emotion-focused, and attachment-based interventions.

We also know that our clients are extremely busy and incorporate modalities of therapy that fit their busy life.


Our group therapy was founded on a vision of connection. We love creating opportunities to engage with our community through power lunch talks, workshops, and other creative outlets.We also feel strongly in working together as a team to support our growth as individuals and as a team.

We believe that meaningful connections are a key part of staying resilient while serving others.

We hope that when our clients visit our space, they can feel welcomed to a non-judgmental, vibrant, and soothing space.


Our team is diverse and appreciates diversity. We know that our clients come from all corners of the world and we are passionate about extending services beyond borders.

We also are passionate about eliminating the stigma about mental health and therapy through education.


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