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About
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David Salsedo

I’m an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America with over 20 years of pastoral experience, as well as a certified Narrative Focused Trauma Care practitioner. I serve as a core facilitator for The Allender Center's NFTC trainings and workshops at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology.

I am passionate about creating safe spaces for the interplay between the gospel story, our stories of heartache, and spiritual transformation. In particular, I love shepherding professionals and ministry leaders into greater healing, wholeness, and freedom in Christ. I am continually delighted and captivated by how our capacity to love God, our neighbor, and ourselves is enlarged as we tend to the wounded places in our lives alongside a trusted guide.

I currently live in Chicago with my wife and our two children. 

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Education & Certifications
  • Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry and Bible from Moody Bible Institute 

  • Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School 

  • Narrative Focused Trauma Care Level I, The Allender Center at the Seattle School of Psychology and Theology 

  • Narrative Focused Trauma Care Level II, The Allender Center at the Seattle School of Psychology and Theology 

  • Trauma-Focused Narrative Group Training at The Art of Living Counseling Center 

  • Narrative Focused Trauma Care Externship & Apprenticeship Program (now called NFTC Level III) at The Allender Center at the Seattle School of Psychology and Theology 

  • Fellowship and facilitator with The Allender Center at the Seattle School of Psychology and Theology

  • Certified Allender Trained Narrative Focused Trauma Care Practitioner 

  • Core Facilitator with The Allender Center at the Seattle School of Psychology and Theology for NFTC Level 1 and Story Workshop offerings

  • How Therapy Works; Ongoing Professional Training Group with Dr. Jeffery Smith, MD

“Everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.”

Patrick Rothfuss, author

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