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Leads Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Outpatient Program at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital

Leads Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Outpatient Program at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital

Amber Rochelle Salvador
2009, Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
2012, Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Southern California
Clinical Psychologist at Sharp Healthcare

“The American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Southern California provided the foundation from which I am building my career. I will always be grateful for the knowledge I received and the incredible mentors I observed and learned from during my graduate experience.”

Dr. Amber Rochelle Salvador is a clinical psychologist, leading the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Outpatient Program (DBT-IOP, DBT Skills IOP) at Sharp Mesa Vista, a psychiatric hospital in San Diego, California. “I am responsible for the entire process of a patient's treatment from admission to discharge. This includes marketing the program, facilitating referrals, scheduling and conducting intake evaluations, completing administrative duties and case management to ensure insurance coverage, as well as orienting new patients.” Salvador also teaches a DBT skills group, provides individual DBT therapy, and offers couples and family sessions. She co-facilitates the DBT family support group, conducts suicide risk assessments and treatment plans for patients, participates in weekly treatment team case presentations and coordinates discharge planning.

Salvador began her service with the Sharp Healthcare system after earning her doctorate degree. “I completed my postdoctoral fellowship at Sharp Healthcare, where I worked in the Cognitive Intensive Outpatient Program and the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Outpatient Program (DBT-IOP, DBT Skills IOP). I was then hired on as a full time, licensed clinical psychologist,” she said. Salvador also has a private practice in La Jolla, California where she assists adults suffering from major mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and personality disorders. “I utilize mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and spiritual principles to inform the treatment I provide,” said Salvador.

Salvador earned two degrees from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Southern California. In 2009, she completed a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology. In 2012, she earned a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology. “[My education] taught me the power of discipline and gave me the tenacity to work tirelessly towards my goals,” she said. “[It] shaped my work ethic, my ability to organize, manage time effectively, and develop professional relationships. I learned the importance of serving the community and living according to my values. [My education] provided the foundation from which I am building my career. I will always be grateful for the knowledge I received and the incredible mentors I observed and learned from during my graduate experience.”

She adds that her instructors prepared her well to be a competitive intern and eventual clinical psychologist. “I consider many of the professors to be mentors and I greatly appreciate the heart, expertise, and dedication they exemplified. The faculty modeled what it looks like to pursue numerous passions and provide ultimate value and service to their students.”

She chose to attend the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Southern California, located in Orange County, because she’s always had a natural curiosity for understanding why people do what they do. The school provided the educational program that she wanted—and was situated in her desired location of Southern California. Today, she sees the benefits of that decision when she’s assisting patients and receiving recognition from her peers. “I was nominated for the leadership development team within the Sharp Healthcare system and was asked to conduct an informal study within the DBT department and present it at the leadership conference,” she said. “In addition, I am building my speaking career and have been given opportunities to present at Sharp's Grand Rounds and the annual women's conference two years in a row.”

Salvador has served as a media expert on the subjects of grief and loss, seasonal affective disorder during the holidays, and the loss of the Chargers football team in San Diego. She is currently writing a book that will focus on the evolution of the soul as it pertains to aligning your life with your soul's mission and purpose. “I am excited to continue building my career as an author, professional speaker and psychologist, inspiring others in total mind/body wellness,” she said.

Salvador’s perseverance has opened doors within her profession, and showed her that she can accomplish her goals. “With the knowledge I obtained [in school], coupled with my clinical practice and life experience, I feel empowered to serve others in ways that align with my values and specific career aspirations to be a professional speaker, author, and psychologist,” said Salvador.

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