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 of the Center for Effective Psychological Services, I am very proud of the team of therapists and healers 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. 

Note: At this time, I am not able to take new clients. Please email our intake coordinator to match you with one of our great therapists. 

Psychotherapist in Washington, DC

My Therapy Specialties in Washington DC

Psychotherapy for Anxiety, Depression and Relationship Issues

I specialize in providing in-depthtime-effective psychotherapy for a wide range of concerns including:

-Relationship Difficulties
-Maternal Health

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. 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.

About Me

I graduated with a Psychology Degree from the Universidad de Los Andes in 1996 (Bogota, Colombia) and earned my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychologist from the George Washington University 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.

In 2020, I completed the following trainings:

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

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.