Center for effective therapy

Pronouns: ella/she/her


Center for effective therapy

Claudia Salazar, Psy.D

Owner and Clinical Director  CEPS

If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when? Rabbi Hillel


As the Owner and Clinical Director of the Center for Effective Psychological Services, I am very proud of the team of therapists  that have come together to take care of our clients, like you. We share our hunger for knowledge, mastery, and our passion to help the world be a better place for all. 

Psychotherapist in Washington, DC

My Therapy Specialties in Washington DC

Psychotherapy for Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, and Relationship Issues.

I specialize in providing in-depth, intensive, time-effective psychotherapy for a wide range of concerns including:

-Relationship Difficulties
-Trauma (single event, relational/developmental, work trauma)
-Maternal/Reproductive Mental Health concerns

Stress and Trauma Counseling for Mission-Driven International Professionals

I have extensive experience working with high-achieving professionals in the humanitarian and international development fields to help them address personal and work related stress and trauma. The unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic, have confronted most of us with high levels of distress. Constant struggles to achieve a healthy work/life balance, dealing with traumatic losses and complex grief processes, long-standing separation from family, and increased symptoms of anxiety and depression, have taken a toll on our mental health

What is different about the way I work?

My style as a therapist is active and down to earth. One of the traits that my clients appreciate about me is that I have a compassionate approach to truth-telling, and the way in which I hold each of my client’s stories in my mind. I don’t consider myself to have a better memory than the average person. However, when I’m with my clients, I’m 100% present with them. Paying attention closely to what unfolds in the moment. I keep my caseload small intentionally, so that I can continue to provide my clients with my full presence, intellectual, and emotional capacity.

I work collaboratively with you to create a relationship that provides a sense of safety and connection so that curiosity and exploration can happen. Our work together will have an optimal level of challenge so that change can take place. 

In the 15 years-plus of working as a psychodynamic psychotherapist, my approach to therapy has evolved to include modalities of psychotherapy that integrate body and mind in a very intentional, focused manner. Most recently, I’ve been training as an IFS-informed therapist. 

About Me

I graduated with a Psychology Degree from the Universidad de Los Andes in 1996 (Bogota, Colombia) and started private practice in Bogota, Colombia under weekly supervision of an amazing psychoanalyst. My work with her sparked a life-long love for psychodynamic theory, and motivated me to further my training in Clinical Psychology. With that goal in mind, I moved to the U.S. in 1999. 

I started my Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychologist at the George Washington University, PsyD. program in 2002, and graduated in 2007. 

I hold a certificate in ISTDP- Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy- which is an in-depth therapy model that integrates neuroscience, psychodynamic principles, attachment theory, and mindfulness/body-centered techniques, designed to bring about psychological change in the shortest time possible. This modality of work, is very effective with clients with long-standing, and treatment resistant symptoms.

I have completed the following trainings aimed at helping clients who struggle with trauma induced symptoms.  

  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Trauma, LEVEL 1: Affect Regulation, Attachment, and Trauma.
  • Brainspotting Phase 1 and Phase 2. 

Dr. Salazar is a DC licensed Clinical Psychologist. She has been granted authority to practice telepsychology through:  PSYPACT. Date issued: 3/28/22. APIT #:10868.
Florida Department of Health: Florida telehealth provider registration number is TPPY1941. Date issued: 11/21/2022


Speaking Opportunities

As an organizational consultant, I often give talks and trainings in the topics of burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary trauma, particularly for professionals in the medical and legal field, or for those who work in organizations serving vulnerable populations.