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Amy Santana(She/Her/Ella)

(She/Her/Ella)
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Massachusetts
Complex PTSD (C-PTSD)- Relationship issues-Social anxiety-Racism, oppression, and discrimination-Domestic violence-Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)-

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Professional statement

Amy Santana is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Boston, MA with over a decade of experience helping clients heal from complex trauma and oppression. This includes race-based stress, childhood abuse and neglect, intimate partner violence, and sexual trauma. She works through an anti-oppressive lens, assisting clients in examining both the impact of interpersonal interactions as well as the world around them. She is LGBTQ-affirming and aims to create a space where BIPOC clients can show up fully as themselves.

Amy helps clients build resources, process painful memories, and release burdens rooted in ancestral trauma. Clients learn new ways of coping with the continued impact of being a racialized person in the US, often feeling more agency and groundedness in the present, as well as decreasing the internalization and impact of systemic oppression. She is trained in EMDR, IFS, and Brainspotting, and has specialized training in working with identity-based trauma, complex trauma, and dissociation. Amy views dissociation as a protective and understandable way of coping with a world that is constantly unsafe for people of color. Her work is informed by both professional training and lived experience.

Amy began working with LGBTQ survivors of partner abuse in 2009 and went on to earn an MA in Counseling Psychology in 2013. Since then, she's supported many survivors of trauma, including LGBTQ asylum seekers. She is passionate about working with people who have experienced dynamics of power and control, including past abusive relationships, adults who witnessed domestic violence as children or experienced abuse under the guise of cultural norms, and human trafficking. She has an affinity for working with QWOC, WOC, and adult children of immigrants who didn't get their needs met or are navigating a complicated relationship with a maternal figure.


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.


Work and Education

Years of Experience: 11 years

Private Practice, Therapist

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

Specialties

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

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Social anxiety - Helping clients increase confidence and ability to interact with others amidst fear of being judged, worry about embarrassment, or concern about offending others

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

Domestic violence - Caring support along the pathway to safety, wellbeing, and healing for those surviving a partner’s abusive attempts to control one’s thoughts, beliefs, and actions

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




Clientele

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

Locations & Hours


Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA HMO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA PPO
  • 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

Plans with Out-of-Network benefits (usually PPO plans) reimburse 50-90 percent of fees. I've partnered with Mentaya to submit and manage claims on your behalf.