Meet Our Clinical Director

 "Guard your heart and mind" - Phillippians 4:6-7

Sandra2024 Dr. Sandra Salazar has spent over 20 years in various roles as an educator and counseling professional. She has a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision and has contributed to research in advocating for autism awareness. She has received extensive training in clinical diagnosis and treatment of: ADHD, Autism Spectrum, Selective Mutism, and Learning Differences. 

She enjoys serving others through supervision, education, consultation and development of other counseling professionals in the mental health field. The Forever Hope clinical team uses an Integrative Developmental Approach to therapy such as: Expressive Arts, Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Registered Play Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Faith-Based Counseling, Existentialism as well as other evidence-based approaches.

She is frequently requested as a guest speaker in educational settings, churches and mental health organizations. Dr. 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 (TCA) with a specialization in Counselor Education and Supervision, as well as the Association of Mental Health Professionals (AMHP). She also holds a Dialectical Behavior Therapy National Certification and Accreditation Association (DBTNCAA). She became a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP) in 2021. 

Dr. Salazar practices self-care through daily exercise, healthy nutrition & sleep habits, and daily prayer time. She balances her professional life with time for play and travel with her friends & family while continuing to stay up to date with the latest research trends in neurodiversity. Dr. Salazar believes in hope over fear and possibilities over problems!

"All individuals have a purpose in life and desire to achieve their highest potentials. But for some families it can be a struggle. We must always have hope in knowing we are never alone - God loves us and is only one prayer away. He also provides trained people who are able to offer genuine guidance and support..."  - Sandra Salazar, PhD., LPC-S

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