TINDLE, ADVANCED SUMMER INTERN.
Claudia Salazar, PSY.D
Therapist in Washington DC
I see myself as someone who is passionate about helping others cultivate dignity and well-being, particularly by engaging their stories and their bodies. I have always been attuned to the suffering of others. Even as a little girl, I can remember seeing people in situations that robbed them of their dignity, safety, belonging, or purpose, and knowing that this was not supposed to be the fate of any human being.
This intuitive understanding has been somewhat of a north star for me throughout my life. It has guided me into the work of healing and transformation: first as a teacher, school and district leader, and finally as a clinical social worker.
When many professionals are settling into the comforts generated by years of hard work and striving, decided, at the height of my career in district-level school leadership, to return to graduate school, sleepless nights and the myriad pressures of research papers, endless reading, and unpaid internships because I believe that the life and work of a psychotherapist is my calling!
My drive toward healing and transformation led me to somatic coaching and mindfulness meditation teacher certification and then to my MSW at Catholic University. I am graduating in the summer of 2021, and will begin a PhD program in clinical social work at the Institute for Clinical Social Work (ICSW) in the fall.