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. 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.
She is an advocate for daily exercise, healthy nutrition and sleep habits, and regular meditation and prayer time. She balances her professional life with time for play and travel with her friends & family.
"All individuals have a purpose in life and have the ability to dream and achieve their highest potentials. Families who are struggling can have hope in knowing there are trained people who care and are able to offer genuine guidance and support..." - Sandra Salazar, LPC-S,