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Andy Santanello(He/Him/His)

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Doctor of Psychology, PsyD
DelawareIllinoisKentuckyMaineMaryland
Anxiety - Depression-ADHD- Stress management- Life transitions-Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)-

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Professional statement

Dr. Andy Santanello is a Clinical Psychologist located in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Santanello specializes in evidence-based psychotherapies such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for many common problems. He especially enjoys working with people who have an interest in mindfulness, who might be a bit more on the introverted side, and who struggle with Adult ADHD. He also has a "soft spot" for trauma survivors due to his extensive experience working with them. Many of Dr. Santanello’s clients struggle with anxiety, attention, doubts, procrastination, uncertainty about the future, feeling unmotivated, grief, and trauma as they move through challenging times. He thrives on helping these clients to transcend suffering and move toward flourishing.

Dr. Santanello offers Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with a "side of Zen." He collaborates with his clients to set mental health goals and always keeps those goals in mind throughout sessions. He helps clients to accept their thoughts and feelings, choose what matters most, and more actively engage in creating a life of meaning and purpose. The goal of each session is to identify an "action plan" so that his clients can start making important changes in their lives using the new skills and perspectives developed during therapy. Over time, these new skills and perspectives become healthy habits. Ultimately, clients "graduate" from therapy when they have made significant progress toward their goals.

In addition to providing therapy, Dr. Santanello loves training other therapists and is the Vice President of Training and Development at the ACT Academy. He is one of only 111 Peer Reviewed ACT Trainers in the world. He practices Zen Buddhism and is a teacher (sensei) in the White Plum Asanga. His style is compassionate and directive, and he believes that healing can include silliness and laughter when appropriate.


Message to clients

Hi! I'm Andy, and it's really nice to meet you. Looking for a therapist can be really tough. I know that it took me a while to find a therapist who really "got" me and who challenged me to grow while also making sure that I felt supported. These days, there are so many therapists out there that the choice can be overwhelming.

Here are some things that I would like you to know about me and the work that I do. I LOVE being a therapist. I consider it a deep honor to be a part of my clients' lives. There is something very special about having the opportunity to speak with another human being in the context of an open, accepting, and "deep" conversation about what matters most in life. I cherish those opportunities, and I would love to have the chance to chat with you about what matters most. My job is to help you to figure out how to get unstuck so that you can start the process of flourishing. You are in good company, though. We all struggle (me too!) in one form or another. I would love to help you figure out some ways to make that struggle about building a life of meaning and purpose.

As Kodo Sawaki Roshi once said, "You are simply you. Now is simply now. And tell me, since you want to leave the place where you are, where is it exactly you want to go?"


Work and Education

Years of Experience: 18 years

Center for Deployment Psychology, Senior Military Behavioral Health Psychologist
Santanello Psychological Services, LLC, Owner
Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System, Trauma Recovery Staff Psychologist
Anxiety and Stress Disorders Institute of Maryland, Therapist
Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, Peer Reviewed Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Trainer and Consultant

La Salle University, Psy.D., 2006

Licensure

Maryland: 04568 - Washington DC: 9699 - Virginia: 9699 - Pennsylvania: 9699 - New Jersey: 9699 - Wisconsin: 9699 - Maine: 9699 - New Hampshire: 9699 - Delaware: 9699 - West Virginia: 9699 - Ohio: 9699 - North Carolina: 9699 - Kentucky: 9699 - Illinois: 9699 - Vermont: 048.0134472TELE - South Carolina: 9699

Languages

English

Specialties

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

ADHD - Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

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




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours

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Insurance

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Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$200 (60min)
  • Initial session:$200 (60min)

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
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
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed

Client testimonials

"He came highly recommended and seeing him on Zencare was a bonus. He is communicative, compassionate, and capable!"
- Zencare client December 2021
"Andy was very quick to respond and setup a time to talk. Thanks!"
- Zencare client May 2023
"Very responsive, much appreciated"
- Zencare client October 2023

Publications

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