Claudia Salazar, Psy.D

My clients…Dr. Salazar, CEPS Founder and Clinical Director

I find great fulfillment in working with highly motivated clients ready to dive deep into the root causes of their suffering. That journey might address fears of losing themselves in a potentially less fulfilling role, gender-role conflicts, impact on their bodies, and postpartum depression and anxiety.

I have extensive experience working with high-achieving professionals in the humanitarian and international development fields, helping them address personal and work-related stress and trauma.

In addition, I have a deep appreciation for working with professional women who grapple with the integration or conflict between their professional identities and their ambivalence about motherhood.

My style and approach…

My therapeutic style is active and down-to-earth. You’ll value my compassionate approach to truth-telling and my ability to hold your stories in my mind.

I’m always fully present during our sessions, paying close attention to unfolding moments. I intentionally carry a small caseload to give you my undivided intellectual and emotional presence.

Our therapeutic relationship will be marked by safety and connection, allowing for curiosity and exploration. We’ll collaborate to ensure we strike the right amount of challenge so you’re making meaningful changes in your life.

I have expertise in providing intensive, time-effective psychotherapy. My approach is rooted in modern psychodynamic therapy, incorporating tools and interventions from body-based (somatic/sensorimotor) and Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy modalities.

Some of my background…

I relocated to the United States from Colombia in 1999 and now have over 15 years of clinical experience as a psychodynamic psychotherapist. I’ve provided psychotherapy and psychoeducational services to teams and individuals in the international development and humanitarian fields since 2016.

I earned my psychology degree from the Universidad de Los Andes in 1996 (Bogota, Colombia) before establishing a private practice in Bogota. I completed my doctoral degree in clinical psychology at George Washington University.

I hold a certificate in ISTDP (Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy), a comprehensive therapy model that integrates neuroscience, psychodynamic principles, attachment theory, and mindfulness/body-centered techniques. This approach is particularly effective in bringing about psychological change in the shortest time possible, making it beneficial for clients with long-standing or treatment-resistant symptoms.

Let’s team up!

Welcome to the Center for Effective Psychological Services (CEPS). I’m so glad you’re here.

You’re in the right place to change your life!

All you have to do is reach out. We would love to schedule a free consultation to talk more about how we can help: (202) 556-0953.