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Dr. Claudia Salazar

Do not ignore the pain. Give it purpose. Use it.”
~ Amanda Gorman, National Youth Poet Laureate, The Miracle of Morning

 “People who are hurting don’t need Avoiders, Protectors, or Fixers. What we need are patient, loving witness. People to sit quietly and hold space for us. People to stand in helpful vigil to our pain.” ~ Glennon Doyle Melton

Advanced Doctoral Level Therapist

Therapy with Me…

I am dedicated to helping each client explore and refine their relations to self and others amid the challenges and stressors of life. 

I hold space for clients to notice, examine, understand their reactions, from a place of curiosity and compassion. My approach incorporates emotion-focused techniques as well as elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), depending on the client’s needs.

I have training and clinical experience working with clients who are seeking support for:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Young adults and college students
  • Military life

My training

I earned a Master of Arts in Psychology from New York University and a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). I am a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at USU. Prior to joining CEPS, I did a year-long externship at American University Counseling Center, where I provided short-term, relational, and integrative therapy to college students each week. I also did an externship at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s Adult Outpatient Behavioral Health working with military servicemembers.

About Me

I previously worked for the US Department of State where I used my language skills to further US diplomacy abroad. As a military officer, I have first-hand experience about what is like to work in high-stress environments, and the impact that chronic stress on people’s emotional and physical health, relationships, and family life. 

I studied and lived abroad in Argentina and Ecuador, and speak Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese. I enjoy traveling, hiking, reading, and listening to live music.