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Michelle Gomez-Salazar, LCSW
Therapy can be hard, but things don’t always have to be heavy in the therapy room.

Our Team

Michelle Gomez-Salazar, LCSW

Location

Licensed In

CA

Other Languages

Approach

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP or EXRP), Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Solution-focused, Strengths-based

Therapy Style

One of the things that I believe to be a key component to successful therapy is trust in the client-therapist relationship. I do my best to create a warm and inviting space for you where we could talk about the difficult things. It’s important that you feel honored in this process, so if something isn’t quite working out, let’s talk about it. Our work is a collaboration. Therapy can be hard, but things don’t always have to be heavy in the therapy room. If you appreciate humor, I definitely use it (when appropriate) and you might laugh in sessions.

While my experience is diverse, my specialty area is OCD and anxiety related disorders. I take an approach that promotes awareness, compassion, acceptance, and is in alignment with what is meaningful in your life. Focusing together on your strengths helps with staying motivated during treatment and we will often reflect on the wins along the way.

Education

BA - Psychology, State University of New York at Stony Brook

MSW - Social Work, Columbia University

License Number and State

CA 81557

Pronouns

she/her

What are your interests outside of work?

I enjoy spending time at the pool, going to the gym, doing crafty things, eating anything chocolaty, and going on adventures with my husband and three boys.

Why did you become a mental health professional?

My first post-graduate job was working as a medical social worker at an HIV/AIDS clinic in one of New York’s major hospitals. I had the privilege of being a person of support to many individuals living with a diagnosis that holds so much stigma. Patients were coming primarily for medical care, but there was such a need for ongoing mental health services that our setting was unfortunately unable to provide. I was left with the desire to do more in this capacity and decided to venture into mental health after that. I feel like I have found my place and enjoy the work that I do!

How do you recharge?

I make sure that I get my alone time! There is something very therapeutic about having some time to myself, usually listening to music or an interesting podcast. It is hard for me to not be actively doing something all the time, so I try to practice what I preach and schedule downtimes.

Do you have any pets?

I don’t currently have a pet, but I have very fond memories of my terrier mix dog, Fighter, who I had for twelve years. There was one instance in which I was home alone and encountered a mouse in my apartment. I secluded myself in the room to panic a little and think about what to do next. Lo and behold, Fighter came my rescue with his terrier skills and took care of the mouse. He was a little guy that really lived up to his name!