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Diana Salazar

Diana Salazar, LCSW-S, RPT is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Qualified Supervisor in the State of Florida. A nationally Certified Registered Play Therapist, Certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and fully trained in Gottman’s Method for Couple’s Therapy, Sand Tray Play Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

In 2004 Diana Salazar attained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Pontifical Xaverian University in Bogota, Colombia and in 2012 a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, FL. On April 2015, Diana Salazar co-founded Sunshine State Counseling Center in Bonita Springs, FL. A center that focuses on providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Through her practice, Diana Salazar empowers clients to build and develop their inner strengths by providing compassionate, ethical and professional therapeutic services.

Diana Salazar has more than fifteen years of experience providing individual, group, couples and family psychotherapy. In Bogota Colombia, Diana served children in a school setting by providing psychoeducational groups and developing health programs. Moreover, Diana provided intense exposure therapy to reduce post trauma symptoms on active soldiers serving the National Army. In the United States of America, Diana has served emotionally disturbed and/or psychiatrically unstable children in a statewide inpatient psychiatric program for children (SIPP) and juvenile offenders and their parents through the Prevention Program at the David Lawrence Center of Naples, FL. Moreover, Diana has provided group and individual psychotherapy to adults enduring mental health disorders and participating in the partial hospitalization program offered by Lee Health’s Behavioral Health Center in Fort Myers, FL. Diana has also served children and adults’ survivors of physical, sexual or emotional abuse through the Children’s Advocacy Center of Fort Myers, FL; and for more than five years, Diana served as an instructor of the level I and II Driving Under the Influence (DUI) School through the Southwest Florida Safety Council in Fort Myers, FL.

Currently at Sunshine State Counseling Center Diana Salazar provides mental health assessments and psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families enduring life challenges, mental health disorders, relational conflict, ongoing distress and psychological hardship as result of enduring unresolved cases with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Diana Salazar’s areas of specialty are emotional and behavioral challenges, difficulty adjusting to new and/or challenging life situations, families experiencing high conflict divorce and co-parenting, relational conflict, grief and loss, trauma, post-trauma stress, and mood disorders such as but not limited to depression, anxiety and bipolar disorders.

Diana Salazar utilizes multiple therapeutic modalities such as but not limited to, Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Gottman Method Couple’s Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Diana comfortably provides therapy to English and Spanish speaking clients.

Diana Salazar strives to offer a collaborative approach to empower clients in finding a path to a healing and fulfilling life style.

Diana Salazar, LCSW, RPT ha sido licenciada bajo los parámetros de la Florida como licenciada en trabajo social clínico y se ha certificado como terapeuta lúdico. Diana ha recibido la certificación como terapeuta certificada en la terapia cognoscitiva y comportamental enfocada en trauma. Diana se graduó con su grado de Maestría en trabajo social clínico de la Universidad “Florida Golf Coast University” en Fort Myers, Florida y con su grado profesional (Bachelor) de la Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá, Colombia.

La formación y la experiencia profesional de Diana incluye proveer psicoterapia individual y de grupo a niños con trastornos emocionales, y sus familias; y a adultos con trastornos crónicos de salud mental y / o de abuso de sustancias psicoactivas. Diana tiene una amplia experiencia en el trabajo con los niños traumatizados por el abuso físico, sexual o emocional.

Las áreas de especialidad de Diana son problemas de comportamiento; crianza de los hijos; dificultades para adaptarse a nuevas situaciones de la vida; trauma y el trastorno de estrés postraumático; ansiedad; depresión; pérdida de seres queridos y el duelo; problemas de comportamiento; y dificultades relacionales. A Diana le gusta trabajar con niños, adultos y familias que estén enfrentando problemas emocionales, en sus relaciones, o en su vida social, académica y/o profesional. Diana utiliza múltiples modalidades terapéuticas como la terapia cognitivo conductual (CBT), terapia lúdica y Terapia de la bandeja de arena para capacitar a sus pacientes a encontrar un camino hacia la sanación y el estilo de vida satisfactoria.