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. She addressed the cycle of child abuse by working closely with teenage mothers at Child Abuse Prevention Services. Eventually becoming a clinician at a child & adolescent unit in an acute hospital setting, she treated deeply troubled youth working alongside psychiatrists. She then became a Texas Certified School Counselor and Special Education Teacher working with emotionally disturbed students for the next 10 years in the public and private school environments. Wanting to continue to serve families in an even more supportive way, she pursued training in assessments and counseling in pediatric settings for an additional 5 years. Her clinical internship in diagnostic testing was supervised by physicians who focused on neurodevelopmental disorders giving her the specialized training she needed to open Forever Hope!
Sandra Salazar, LPC-S is currently working on her PhD in Counselor Supervision & Education at St. Mary's University. She has received extensive training in the 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. 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, Choice Theory, 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.
After acquiring over 20 years educating and counseling children, adolescents and families in various settings, she decided to form a collaborative clinical team to best serve our community's needs! She believes clients have the capacity to reach their goals and ability to develop self awareness, despite one's 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).
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 focusing on meaning & purpose and what matters most!