Kathleen Salyer

Kathleen Salyer

Dr. Kathleen Salyer, Ph.D.

Currently employed at Private Practice


Previous: The George Washington University



    Drawing on her experience working as a clinical psychologist in several psychiatric hospitals, Kathleen Salyer, Ph.D., has given numerous all day seminars to mental health professionals on the use of Short-term Therapy with Borderline Personality Disorders. These seminars focus particularly on how to help these individuals acquire self-control, manage their feelings responsibly, and develop more effective social skills. She notes that borderlines have generally come from dysfunctional families where they learned very ineffective cognitive habits and ways of managing emotions and social skills. These difficulties are often seriously interfering with their ability to integrate effectively into society. Short-term Therapy that focuses on these issues, gives these patients an opportunity to practice in their everyday life what they have learned during therapy and then, if needed, return at a later time, to address these issues from a more advanced perspective. A member of the American Psychological Association, the Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists and the Northern Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists, Kathleen Salyer has lectures on a variety of topics and is published in clinical journals and newsletters. Currently she has an active private practice in McLean and Sterling, Virginia, where she sees adults, adolescents, children, and families. Kathleen Salyer, Ph.D. began her career with a Masters Degree in Psychology from the American University in Washington, D.C. Her first job was as an Instructor in Psychology at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan where she taught Abnormal, Adolescent and General Psychology. Her work with children and families began as a school psychologist in several school systems in the Washington, D.C. area. Among other things, she worked as a consultant to teachers and school administrators in setting up behavior modification programs in classrooms and assisted parents in developing more effective parenting skills. She returned to graduate school and earned her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from George Washington University in 1988.



Clinical Psychologist

At Private Practice

From 1991 to Present


  • Psychologist