Peter  Salerno
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Peter Salerno

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT Doctor of Psychology, PsyD Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Certified Hypnotherapist, CHT
California Accepting Online
Dos Lagos Accepting In-person
Updated November 29, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment issues
  • Existential crisis & challenges
  • Identity development
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Dr. Peter Salerno is a licensed psychotherapist in Corona. He works with individuals, couples, and families. Many of Dr. Salerno’s clients come in to address trauma healing, relationship satisfaction, identity formation, and self-empowerment and to discover their genuine wants and desires and develop strategies to overcome long-held fears. Dr. Salerno is particularly passionate about serving trauma survivors and anyone seeking to overcome what holds them back from getting what they want in life. He has advanced training in the areas of PTSD, anxiety, self-esteem, childhood trauma, and attachment.

Dr. Salerno is trained in psychodynamic therapy, attachment therapy, trauma-informed therapy, including EMDR, cognitive behavioral therapy, and incorporates existential and narrative approaches in which he promotes healing by helping clients develop insight into how their past limits their present. Dr. Salerno offers a safe and open space for clients to work on developing a secure attachment to self which empowers individuals to reach their unique life goals and gain mastery over both their internal and external environment. In session, Dr. Salerno focuses on identifying therapy goals through a variety of evidence-based techniques. His approach is nonjudgmental, empowering, and liberating.

Dr. Salerno received his Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree from CalSouthern University and his Master of Science (MS) degree in Clinical Psychology from Vanguard University. He has worked at local agencies dedicated to healing childhood and complex trauma and has dedicated years to extensively researching attachment theory.

He personally enjoys writing and publishing books; he currently has two books being released at the beginning of 2022. Dr. Salerno enjoys playing musical instruments and spending time with family. He is an animal rights activist and loves all animals, especially his dogs. Dr. Salerno offers both in-person and remote therapy sessions. His office is conveniently located near the Orange County and Riverside County line.

Message to clients

I don’t consider my clients to be “disordered” or “dysfunctional” because I believe that everyone can live well and can live the life they truly want to live. This has been proven over and over again in my work. Oftentimes, unhelpful patterns and habits make lasting positive changes difficult to achieve on our own, but when we need a bit of assistance to get started, psychotherapy is a great resource that can become a meaningful and liberating experience. Believe it or not, it can also be quite fun to learn how to increase your confidence, heal from the past, and feel the way you want to feel. It’s quite empowering when things actually work out, and they can.

I’m very skilled at offering alternative perspectives about life experiences and at reframing unhelpful perceptions of self, others, and the world, and I find that my clients are very grateful for this.

I look forward to hearing your story


Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past

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

Attachment issues - Development of effective relational and communication skills; insight into family attachment patterns;fostering healthy family relationships.

Existential crisis & challenges - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness

Identity development - Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through the exploration of family, work, and personal values; addressing issues such as, race, class, gender, and sexual orientation, in the context of self experience

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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Cigna

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $225 (50min)
  • Initial session: $250 (60min)
  • Couples sessions: $250 (60min)
  • Family sessions: $250 (60min)
  • EMDR Session: $250 (60min)

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
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed


Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
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Dos Lagos practice
4160 Temescal Canyon Rd, Suite 309, Corona, California 92883
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
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Work and Education

Years of Experience: 9 years

Private Practice , Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 2013 - Present

International Association of Counselors and Therapists, Certificate in Hypnotherapy, 2021
CalSouthern University, Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), 2020
Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 2019
International Association of Trauma Professionals, Certificate in Clinical/Complex Trauma, 2018
International Association of Trauma Professionals, Certificate in Family Trauma, 2018
Vanguard University , Master of Science (MS), 2013


California: 98654