Sandra Salazar, LPC-S began Forever Hope Counseling & Educational Services in 2012. She is a Nationally Certified and Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor specializing in counseling children, teens, adolescents, parents and families. As a family support caseworker, she addressed the cycle of child abuse with teenage mothers. She then became a Texas Certified School Counselor and Special Education Teacher working with emotionally disturbed students for the next 10 years ago. Her clinical internship work in educational and clinical diagnostic testing was supervised by physicians while she worked with identifying complex mental health conditions.
Sandra Salazar, LPC-S 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 Spectrum (ASD), ADHD, Oppositional Defiance, Bipolar, Anxiety, Depression and Selective Mutism as well as a variety of other conditions.
She implements an Integrative Theoretical Approach using: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Psychoanalysis, Family Systemic approaches and Internal Family Systems. She provides professional workshops to schools, hospitals, community organizations, churches, as well as other entities. After accumulating 20 years in the field of working with families in various settings, she formed the Forever Hope clinical team to collaborate with physicians, speech and occupational therapists and other related service providers in order to best serve our community's needs! She believes clients have the capacity to reach their goals and self awareness despite the obstacles, labels or conditions that a family experiences!
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 working alongside families and individuals in transitioning and preparing for independence in an adult world, helping anxious & depressed individuals finding peace in their lives, strengthening family communication and improving choices that effect relationships and daily living. She balances her professional and personal life by distance hiking with her husband, spending time with her large family, daily exercise, making good food choices, and walking her chocolate lab Lola. When she's not working or studying, she's enjoying the special moments in her day and finding the meaning in what matters most - loving & caring for people - ALL people!