Sandra Salazar is the founder of Forever Hope Counseling & Educational Services, LLC. She is a Nationally Certified and Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in counseling and coaching children, adolescents, parents and adults. She is also a Texas Certified School Counselor and Special Education Teacher and is licensed to train other counseling professionals and prepare educators to recognize and address mental health issues in the community as well as the classroom.
Sandra Salazar is currently working on her PhD in Counselor Supervision & Education at St. Mary's University. She has received extensive specialized training in assessments and testing in areas of clinical diagnosis and treatment of: Autism (ASD), ADHD, Oppositional Defiance, Bipolar, Anxiety, Depression and Selective Mutism as well as a variety of other conditions.
Sandra Salazar counsels from a Christian perspective while implementing: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), skills training, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness and a variety of other therapies. She enjoys providing seminars and professional workshops to hospitals, community organizations, churches, as well as, public, private and charter schools.
Using a multidisciplinary approach, she collaborates with the Forever Hope clinical team, physicians, speech and occupational therapists and other related service providers in order to best serve our client's needs. She believes in educating and effectively assisting her clients reach their highest potential despite any obstacles, labels or conditions!
She is a member of the following professional organizations: American Counseling Association (ID #6360306) with a divisional membership in Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling. She is also a member of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy National Certification and Accreditation Association (DBTNCAA).
Her special interest and focus areas of therapies are: assisting young adolescents in transitioning and preparation for independence in an adult world, helping anxious & depressed individuals finding peace in their lives, strengthening family communication and improving daily living.
She balances her professional and personal life by distance hiking with her husband, spending time with her children, enjoying her granddaughter and walking her chocolate lab Lola. When she's not in the office or in the community, she is traveling, exercising, entertaining family & friends, attending sporting events and painting!