Dr. Ann Marie Salazar


Dr. Ann Marie Salazar


Telehealth Available
Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Drug and Alcohol Counselor, Clinical Psychologist
License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision. Supervisor: Dr. Bonnie Hedlund Psy12054
Primary Credential: Registered Psychological Assistant - PSB94025358
Secondary Credential: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - MFC49674
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.

PAYMENT OPTIONS: Cash, Check, MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover. Some insurances may be accepted. Please inquire for more information.
Evening Availability


14168 Poway Road
Suite 204
San Diego, California 92064
8058 La Mesa Blvd.
La Mesa, California 91942

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My Approach to Helping

I believe that the start of change is through self-awareness! Being aware of triggers from past wounds may guide people at a conscious level to explore an understanding of what is occurring at their unconscious level. Unconscious memories from past wounds can at times control and influence someone\'s current thought patterns, emotions and behaviors. Processing past wounds in therapy may give you more control over problematic cognitive, behavioral, and emotional patterns. I believe that people are doing the best that they can do with what they have learned.

According to philosopher John Locke\'s theory of tabula rasa, infants are born as a blank slate. Adults were conditioned or taught by their environments and caregivers to think, believe, adapt, cope and behave in certain ways. Through therapy and family mapping, you can become aware of what such ways are. Although some old coping mechanisms may have been useful in adapting and surviving in the past, you may find that such coping skills are not working as well in the present. It is understandable that you may feel security in using old coping mechanisms as they may have protected you from hurt in the past. There may be comfort in using learned coping strategies as they are familiar, automatic and safe.

Change and creating new adaptations can feel threatening, unfamiliar, frightening and manifest anxiety. Just know that you are not alone! My role as your therapist is to bring your old coping skills and maladaptive thought patterns which are no longer as effective to your awareness, while making the process of change and development of new adaptations a nonthreatening experience. 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.

More Info About My Practice

Ann Marie S. Salazar, Psy.D. is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC 49674), and a Psychological Assistant. She earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology from CSU San Marcos, and her first Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from CSPP at Alliant International University. Dr. Salazar earned her second Master of Arts and Doctorate of Psychology Degrees in Clinical Psychology from ASPP at Argosy University. She has over fourteen years clinical experience working with Severely Emotionally Disturbed (SED) ChildrenAt-Risk Youth, Dual Diagnosis and Pervasively Chronically Ill adults, Substance Abusers, Incest Victims, Sexual Perpetrators, ect. and specializes in Domestic Violence OffendersAnger Management, Personality Disorders, AnxietyDepression, Trauma (PTSD), Christian Counseling (AACC), Emotionally Support Animal (ESA) letters, and much more! Dr. Salazar is passionate about working with evidenced-based modalities and believes that the start of change begins through self-awareness!

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Services I Provide

  • Art Therapy
  • Counseling for Offenders
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Intervention
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Behaviorism
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Borderline
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Immigration issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Incest
  • Individuation
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Psychosis
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Schizophrenia
  • School issues
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Teen violence/dating violence
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Art Therapy
  • Breathwork
  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy (CDOI)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Collaborative Therapy
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Journal Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Parent Work
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Self-Acceptance Training
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

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