Ann Marie S. Salazar, LMFT, MA
|Professions: Marriage & Family Therapy, Mental Health Counseling, Psychology|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - MFC 49674|
Billing and Insurance
Fees: Sessions are based on a sliding scale fee. Sliding scale fees are determined by your average annual income and number of members supported in your household. Each individual and play therapy sessions last 50 minutes. Couple and family sessions last one and a half hours. Day and evening sessions available. Ask for details.
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I believe change begins with self-awareness. Awareness of old wounds can help you better understand what's occurring in your unconscious mind. Unconscious memories of the past can control and affect your current thoughts and behaviors, but processing these wounds offers you more control.
I believe we each do the best we can with what we have learned. Philosopher John Locke argued that infants are blank slates, who turn into adults conditioned by their caregivers and environments to react, think, cope, and behave in specific ways. Therapy and family mapping can help you become more aware of these learned approaches. And although a coping mechanism may have helped you in the past, those coping skills might not work as well in the present day. Old patterns may feel comfortable because they protected you before. Creating new approaches can feel frightening and unfamiliar, producing anxiety. But you are not alone!
My job as your therapist is to help you become more aware of unhealthy coping patterns, so you can develop new patterns in a safe environment. For many, therapy is a new unknown experience. My goal of therapy is to work with you in meeting your goals and placing myself in your shoes. Each session is conducted at your pace and your own growth. I provide my patients with a safe place in which they can share their vulnerable thoughts and feelings when exploring past hurts and resentments that stem from their family of origin without any criticism and judgment.
Email or Call Ann Marie S. Salazar, LMFT, MA at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 27802
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
In 2003, I received a bachelor of arts in psychology at California State University San Marcos and in recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement and excellence, I was inducted into The National Honor Society in Psychology, Psi Chi. In 2007, I obtained my first Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Alliant International University- California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP). At Alliant International University, I achieved academic honors, known as The National Society of Leadership and Success (Presidential), Sigma Alpha Pi. In 2013, I received my second masters in Clinical Psychology at Argosy University- The American School of Professional Psychology. Presently, I am a Clinical Psychologist doctoral candidate at Argosy University- American School of Professional Psychology. During my doctoral experience, I facilitated psychological assessments, and individual and family therapy on pervasive mentally ill patients with dual diagnosis issues involving, but not limited to: schizophrenia, depression, bipolar, post-traumatic stress (PTSD) and other anxiety diagnoses, bulimia, anorexia nervosa, substance abuse, detoxification, homicide, chronic pain, victims of sex trafficking, sexual abuse and incest, aggression, impulse control, court mandated challenges, and more.
My Role as a Therapist
While you are the best expert on yourself, my job is to enhance your toolkit of coping skills, while developing your awareness of your cognitive and behavioral patterns. This enables you to have a richer relationship with others and with yourself, all within the confines of a confidential, judgment-free, and safe environment! I work to help you understand the patterns and thoughts that contribute to your pain. The more you understand, the better equipped you will be to control your thoughts and behavior. We work to expand your resources, guiding you into being your own therapist, even outside the walls of therapy!
Theoretical Influences that Guide My Work
My academic training, experience, and personal background all influence my approach to therapy. I embrace cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and family systems approaches, and my training in marriage and family and clinical psychology have convinced me these approaches work. I rely on other approaches, based on the needs of an individual, including Bowen family systems theory, attachment theory, therapeutic assessment, non-religious counseling, Christian counseling, and structural theory.
My theoretical approaches and interventions focuses on discovering how your past influences your present, and to create awareness of how your past could control and dictate your future...if you let it! Your positive and negative thoughts that stem from childhood have some control on your perceptions and your behaviors as an adult. As a result, your thoughts can at times become self-defeating towards yourself and influential towards your relationships with others. Through cognitive behavioral theory (CBT) techniques such as the CBT thought record, negative thought patterns and core beliefs can be tracked, challenged, and changed. According to evidenced based research, people receiving cognitive behavioral therapy received the largest reduction of symptoms and significant long term improvement.
Services I Provide
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
- Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
I can administer, interpret, and score psychological assessments. Also, my psychological report writing experiences consists of the completion of comprehensive batteries with the integration of cognitive, projective, and objective assessments. I am experienced at couples, family, group, individual, and play therapy, and have worked with children, teens, and adults of diverse backgrounds, including sexual violence perpetrators, court-mandated domestic violence offenders, victims of incest in group therapy and residential settings, dual diagnosis, emotionally disturbed children, and those with severe mental illness in an inpatient rehabilitation facility. I have also worked to help clients manage axis II personality disorders, bipolar, other mood disorders, schizophrenia, chemical dependency, psychosis, separation and divorce, cultural issues, self-esteem, LGBT support groups, loss and grief, anger management, court-mandated parent counseling, social skills, Christian counseling, oppositional defiant disorder, interracial couples counseling, suicide, self-injurious behavior, 24-hour on-call crisis intervention, etc.
Also, I facilitated group therapy consisting of dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), life skills, anger management, art therapy, healthy communications, process, and stress management on severely mentally ill men and women patients with mental health (MH) and dual diagnosis (DD) issues involving difficulties with affect regulation, impulsivity, suicide, anger management.
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