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Amy Santana is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor located in Boston, MA. She specializes in working with BIWOC and LGBTQ individuals who are navigating identity-based trauma, relational trauma, and the impact of complex childhoods. Amy supports young adults and adults who are self-proclaimed people-pleasers and deep feelers who have a tendency to not ask for help due to not wanting to be a burden.
Amy utilizes Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy and parts work, which helps clients address concerns by viewing beliefs and patterns as inherently self-protective. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, a modality that has clinical evidence supporting it as an effective intervention for those with trauma, and uses this to frame her work. Amy helps clients build resources and process painful memories from their past so they can feel more agency and groundedness in the present. She also incorporates Brainspotting, a focused mindfulness technique that processes experiences using body sensations. Clients increase awareness and connection to their bodies, themselves, and those around them while moving toward greater healing.
Amy earned a Master’s degree from Lesley University and has over 10 years of experience in the mental health field. Her work has predominantly been with LGBTQ survivors of violence, including same-sex partner abuse and individuals seeking asylum. She spent two years working in college counseling centers, with a focus on the needs of BIPOC students. Amy welcomes those who may have tried therapy in the past but have been unsuccessful and especially enjoys working with eldest children, first-gen/children of immigrants, and young professionals who were the first in their families to attend college. She provides a space that is nurturing and playful, where each individual can bring their full self without explanation.
Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) - Recovering from the impact of long-term, repeated traumatic events, such as emotional abuse and neglect
Domestic violence - Healing for those surviving a previous partner’s abusive attempts to control one’s thoughts, beliefs, and actions
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past
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
Dissociative disorders - Support processing and coping with painful or overwhelming emotions and reducing experiences of detachment from one’s reality, emotions, memory, and body
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Years of Experience: 10 years
Private Practice, Therapist, 2018 - Present
CHA Center for Mindfulness & Compassion, IFS Level 2, 2022
River's Edge Institute, EMDR, 2022
Ample + Rooted, Foundations: Online Eating Disorder Training Program, 2022
IFS Institute, IFS Level 1, 2021
John R. Edwards, LICSW, Brainspotting Phase I and II, 2020
Lesley University, MA in Counseling Psychology, 2013