Lorís Simón Salum, MS, LPC-A, NCC

A bit about me...

Welcome to my therapy practice. I’m Lorís and I’m delighted that you’ve taken this step on your therapeutic journey. Having undergone my own transformative therapy work, I understand firsthand the importance of personal growth and healing. I believe that for a psychotherapist to guide others effectively, they must have first walked their own path of self-discovery first. That path for me began over 20 years ago with exposure to Jungian analysis, group intensives and extensive training.

My background is unique, having initially worked in the film industry, where I discovered the profound impact of storytelling and visual narratives. However, my passion for helping individuals navigate their inner worlds led me to pursue an education in clinical mental health counseling. I’ve since worked in inpatient and intensive outpatient settings, concentrating in a wide range of conditions, including mood disorders, personality disorders, depression, anxiety, ADHD, addictions, psychotic disorders, and more.

My therapeutic approach encompasses a diverse range of modalities, including sandtray therapy, metaphor exploration, mindfulness techniques, dream tending, expressive arts therapy and embodied movement. These methods enable a deeper exploration of the psyche and support clients in their process towards personal understanding and acceptance.

As an immigrant from Mexico City with Lebanese roots, diversity is ingrained in my everyday life. I fully understand the weight of carrying more than one home. There is something to be said about honoring our roots without losing sight of our branches.

I am a Licensed Professional Associate supervised by Scott Stanley, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Education | Certifications | Training

MS Clinical Mental Health Counseling – University of St Thomas

Business Certification – Columbia University

BS in Psychology – Rice University

Dream Tending with Stephen Aizenstat – Certificate I

Sandtry Therapy, Levels 1-10 – Texas Sandtray Association

EFT Externship – ICEEFT

BodySoul Intensives – Marion Woodman Foundation

Therapeutic Approaches

Jungian-Oriented Therapy

Jungian therapy, based on the theories of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, places a strong emphasis on the journey toward wholeness by bringing the diverse facets of the Self into conscious awareness. Unlike our conscious mind, the terrain of the unconscious operates beyond the realms of reason and practicality. To connect with this intricate aspect of ourselves, we rely on alternative modes of communication, including art, metaphor, narrative, and more.

Sandtray Therapy

Sandtray therapy, a profound projective technique utilizing sand and miniature objects, traces its origins back to the 1920s. It was initially developed by pediatrician and psychotherapist Margaret Lowenfeld and later enriched by the insights of Jungian psychologist Dora Kalff.

Over the years, sandtray therapy has been subject to extensive research, particularly through the lens of neurobiology, shedding light on the significance of implicit processes within the brain.

Art & Metaphor

Throughout millennia, art has played a pivotal role in society by providing a means to convey what words often struggle to express. As the saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

In today’s interconnected world, we have a wealth of creative expressions at our fingertips, from films and books to music and narratives, all offering diverse metaphors to help us comprehend the complexities of life. These tools can serve as powerful channels for emotional communication.

Mind-Body Connection

In our culture, we often favor Cartesian dualism—a separation between the head and the body. The mind takes precedence, while the body can feel like a neglected appendage.

It’s vital to recognize that our body is our vessel for experiencing the world. Our senses serve as the bridge between our brain and the external environment, shaping our understanding of reality.

By reestablishing our connection with our body, we attain a heightened awareness, akin to possessing an unwavering inner compass.

Dreams

“The dream shows the inner truth and reality of the patient as it really is: not as I conjecture it to be, and not as he would like it to be, but as it is.” — C.G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections (1963)

In the realm of therapeutic modalities, dreams stand apart by providing us with direct access to our unconscious. They serve as conduits to profound insights, shrouded in mystery, and unveil our unique symbology.

ESPAÑOL >>