Sandra Salazar began Forever Hope Counseling & Educational Services in 2012. After spending over 20 years in various roles as an educator and counseling professional, she began working on her PhD in Counselor Supervision & Education at St. Mary's University. Her research areas of interest includes the impact of college students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders She has received extensive training in the areas of clinical diagnosis and treatment of: autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, oppositional defiance, Bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression and selective mutism as well as a variety of other conditions.
Some of her most enjoyable passions are teaching, consulting and leading other counseling professionals in the mental health field! She implements an Integrative Theoretical Approach using techniques in: Expressive Arts in Counseling, Neurologically Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), behavioral approaches, Internal Family Systems, Existentialism as well as other evidence-based approaches.
She is frequently requested as a guest speaker in educational settings, churches and mental health organizations. She leads her team of professionals who work collaboratively with other professionals to best serve our community's needs!
Mrs. Salazar is a member of the following professional organizations: American Counseling Association with a divisional membership in Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling. She is also a member of the Texas Counseling Association with a specialization in Counselor Education and Supervision. She also holds a Dialectical Behavior Therapy National Certification and Accreditation Association (DBTNCAA). She became a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP) in 2021.
By engaging in daily exercise, healthy sleep habits, and taking time for play and travel with her friends & family, she is able to balance her professional and personal life. She believes in partnering with clients to discover and focus on best practices that create self awareness and lasting changes that bring hope to families.
"I believe ALL individuals have the ability to dream and achieve their highest potentials. Families that are struggling should have hope in knowing there can be lasting change with professional help...we are here to provide evidence-based guidance and support!" - Sandra Salazar, LPC-S, CSC