I became a licensed psychologist because I enjoy working with people. I believe that people can change.
Hi. I’m Dr. Lindsay Salem
My theoretical orientation is primarily humanistic and client-centered. I believe my clients know what’s best for themselves and I tend to take a strengths-based approach in working with people. However, I also consider myself to be an integrationist in that I will utilize other strategies, including cognitive-behavioral, existential, feminist, and systems approaches as needed.
I completed my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in August 2004. As part of my graduate degree, I was a pre-doctoral intern at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). My Master of Arts, also in Counseling Psychology, was completed at Notre Dame in January 2001. I graduated with Highest Distinction from Nebraska Wesleyan University in December 1997, with a double major in English and psychology, along with a minor in Women’s Studies.
what I believe in
My office is a safe space. What we talk about is confidential, although there are a few exceptions. I strive to provide an inclusive, affirming practice.
Empathy & Science
I have a great deal of respect for how difficult it can be to reach out for help. I take my role as a therapist very seriously and base my interventions in science.
My clients know what’s best for themselves. It’s my job to listen, provide ideas and suggestions, and support clients in making changes once they are ready.
What I value:
I believe in the inherent worth of each person. That worth doesn’t have to be earned each day, it just is. And while the world isn’t fair, I believe in equality and striving towards that goal. I also believe that diversity is a strength. Diversity makes our communities richer, brighter, more interesting and reflective of people as they are.
Do my clients need to share these values? Not at all. We might not even discuss values in session. I share them here so potential clients can learn a little more about me in order to make an informed decision about working together.