Dr. Willow Saloum, Psy.D., is a Clinical Forensic Psychologist working for the Department of State Hospitals- Atascadero (DSH), in Atascadero California. She has worked within DSH since August 2011, when she began her clinical pre-doctoral internship at DSH-Coalinga. She is currently a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of California, USA. She received a doctorate from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Clinical Psychology in 2012; her doctoral research interest was on schemas found in adult males with histories of childhood sexual assault. In post-doctoral work she has focused on treatment group program development to develop a treatment material that utilizes psychotherapy that encourages strength-based treatment within the framework of forensic mental health treatment. In 2018 she began a private practice to serve the mental health needs of her community.
Her professional interests currently lie in forensic mental health, positive psychology, LGBTQIA and transgender mental health, community mental health, and clinical supervision, and spends time innovating ways of bringing those together in a meaningful professional manner. At DSH she provides treatment to offenders who are non- voluntarily sent by the courts to inpatient facilities for treatment after finishing their prison sentences. In her private practice she works with a variety of clients but primarily focuses on trauma, sexual and relationship issues, transgender mental health, and major life transitions. She focuses on helping her clients and patients live the best lives they can, heal from trauma, reintegrating into society after being released from hospitalization, and being able to live a life of meaning and purpose, operating with the belief that everyone has strengths and positive qualities and that it’s our job as clinicians to help each person reach their personal potential.
She has had the honor of presenting at regional, national, and international mental health conferences. All of the presentations surrounded the intersection of Positive Psychology and forensic mental health and how clinicians can join these two dissimilar areas of mental health into effective treatment for the forensic populations. She is very excited to see what comes from these efforts in the future.
She resides on in the beautiful central coast of California with her family and two blind rescue dogs.