Amy  Santana
Vetted

Amy Santana

She/Her/Ella

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
Massachusetts Waitlist Online
Financial District Waitlist In-person
Updated April 11, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Complex PTSD (C-PTSD)
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Dissociative disorders
  • LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics
  • Racism, oppression, and discrimination

Professional statement

Amy Santana is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Boston, MA who specializes in working with survivors of relational trauma, including a relationship that was abusive or controlling, sexual trauma, and abuse or neglect in childhood. She also enjoys working with clients navigating trauma and anxiety related to complex family dynamics, race-based stress, and LGBTQ identity. Amy is a first-generation, queer Afro-Latina therapist who provides a space that is LGBTQ-affirming and anti-oppressive.

Amy helps clients build resources and process painful memories from their past so they can feel more agency and groundedness in the present. She is trained in EMDR, IFS, and Brainspotting, and uses attachment theory to inform her work with clients. Amy holds specialized training in working with individuals with PTSD, complex trauma (C-PTSD), and dissociation, as well as with those with multiple marginalized identities.

Amy has provided support to LGBTQ survivors of abuse and trauma since 2009, including working with asylum seekers who experienced violence in their home country due to their LGBTQ identity. She has an interest in working with survivors of human trafficking, as well as with clients who have felt unsupported or misunderstood in previous therapeutic relationships. Her approach is warm, active, and always led with compassion and curiosity.


Message to clients

Finding a therapist can be a long and challenging process. It's not just about their experience; you want them to understand healing is not linear and that "challenging your thoughts" or just "talking through it" won't be enough this time. You also want to feel like progress is happening, both in and out of session. You want to know there's a clear plan in place to get you from feeling like there's no hope to finally being able to breathe. Many clients I work with initially come to me feeling like they're "crazy" or "broken." Sometimes they've worked with therapists who've expressed being unable to support them in the ways they needed, and they took that as something being wrong with them.

Oftentimes, clients I work with have lost hope. They're trying this therapy thing out one last time because the life they're currently living feels like a struggle every day. They may be skeptical that things can change. Slowly, we begin to work on things little by little. A trigger they had may decrease; they may find they went a whole day without feeling anxious, or that they had the energy to socialize again. There is finally hope that things are changing.

I believe that finding the right fit therapist makes all the difference in your healing. I welcome any questions you may have about potentially working together and support you in finding the best therapist for you.


Specialties

Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) - Recovering from the impact of long-term, repeated traumatic events, such as emotional abuse and neglect

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past

Dissociative disorders - Support processing and coping with painful or overwhelming emotions and reducing experiences of detachment from one’s reality, emotions, memory, and body

LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Racism, oppression, and discrimination - Exploring how racism, oppression, and discrimination impacts one’s life, including relationships, work life, and self-esteem; growing self-care practices to combat the negative emotions that arise when faced with identity-based adverse experiences




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)
  • Loveland Therapy Fund Clients

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Optum

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $200 (55min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
  • Courtesy billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Venmo
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
Therapist's note


Location(s)

Online Sessions (Massachusetts)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Financial District practice
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 11 years

Private Practice, Therapist, 2018 - Present

River's Edge Institute, EMDR, 2022
CHA Center for Mindfulness & Compassion, IFS Level 2, 2022
IFS Institute, IFS Level 1, 2021
West Coast Psychotherapy, Brainspotting Phase I and II, 2020


Licensure

Massachusetts: LMHC9916


Languages

English