Center for Effective Psychological Services
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Center for Effective Psychological Services

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Washington DC Waitlist Online
Washington Waitlist In-person

We have availability for Spanish speaking clients with Katherine Maestre, LPC, and clients (English, Spanish, Portuguese) with our Doctoral Level extern, under supervision of Dr. Salazar.

Updated November 7, 2022

A the Center for Effective Psychological Services we strive to provide insightful, effective, and personalized therapy to adults across the lifespan. We specialize in working with professionals working in the international humanitarian and development fields, artists, activists, and entrepreneurs. Like many of our clients, we are passionate about the work that we do with our clients. We believe in the importance to doing deep work, that goes beyond symptom improvement.

Our clinicians are committed to help our clients get what they want and need from therapy. They constantly engage in training, case consultation, and rely on formal and informal feedback from clients to make sure therapy is working!

In addition to helping clients with common concerns such as anxiety, depression, grief, and interpersonal challenges, each of our therapists has their own sub-specialty and modality of work with clients. All of our clinicians have experiences living and working in other countries and value diversity.

Claudia  Salazar
Claudia Salazar

Psychologist, PsyD

Owner & Clinical Director

Katherine  Maestre
Katherine Maestre

Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC

Spanish Speaking Therapist


What services does your practice offer?

We are a bilingual psychotherapy practice located in downtown DC, and offering online individual psychotherapy for residents of VA, MD, DC, and FL, and couples therapy for Spanish Speaking clients in DC and MD.

What are your practice's specialties?

We help our clients with a wide range of concerns, such as anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, and relationship issues. Our specialties include college students and young professionals, reproductive and perinatal mental health, attachment trauma, acculturation issues, work-related stress.

How does payment work at your practice?

Our fees range from $170 to $230 depending on the service and provider.

Why should I choose your practice?

We understand that seeking help and choosing a therapist can feel overwhelming. We are committed to client care from the moment of first contact. If you need helping choosing a therapist from our practice, our client care coordinator can help identify the best match according to your concerns, financial, and scheduling needs. We also help you with understanding of your out-of-network benefits, and file claims on your behalf. But most importantly, our clinicians hold small case loads so that you can get the level of care and attention that will result in a great therapy experience.


Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

LGBTQIA topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Race and cultural identity - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love


  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Young adults (18-24)


Center for Effective Psychological Services is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $190 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $45 - $190
  • Initial session: $380 (90min)
  • Couples sessions: $200 (60min)
  • Group sessions: $110 (75min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
  • Courtesy billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
Therapist's note

We will assist you with verifying your out-of-network benefits and filing your claims directly for reimbursement.


Washington practice
1634 I St NW , Suite 550, Washington, Washington DC 20006
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Washington DC)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours