She/Her/HersLicensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
She/Her/HersLicensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Ellen Santaniello is an Internal Family Systems therapist with training in somatic therapies, expanded awareness practices, tantra, Shamanic healing, and biomedicine, particularly gut health and nutrition. Poised between scientific method and ancient healing practices, and enriched by an unconventional life path, her work with clients offers new possibilities for health and healing and a psychotherapy experience that's unusually broad.
Ellen can help adults and young adults find clarity, direction and meaning in the challenges and opportunities unique to each life phase, including transitions into or out of college or careers, starting a family, beginning or ending a relationship, transitions of sexual orientation or gender identity, loss of a loved one, illness or injury, or end of life concerns. She can guide you to turn towards challenging experiences such as anxiety, depression, destructive or self harming behaviors, current and past issues in your family, trauma (including intergenerational trauma), internal conflict, and relationship struggles with the compassion and courage needed to heal and transform these experiences. In addition to her work as a psychotherapist, Ellen has been a singer, musician, and vocal coach for over 30 years, and can offer her experience as a performing artist and music creator to fellow artists around the challenges unique to the creative process.
Ellen values and strives to create an environment that is safe, body- and sex-positive, and welcoming for those of all gender identities, sexual orientations, and relationship styles.
Ellen is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has been practicing in the Providence area since 2010.
Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
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
Sexuality - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Spirituality & religion - Exploring beliefs and practices related to meaning, existence, and spiritual health and healing; enjoying a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life
Women's issues - Therapy tailored to common concerns among women; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges, stressors, and questions around identity as a woman
Eating disorders & disordered eating - Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating
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:
Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.
Ellen will bill directly for most insurance plans with out-of-network benefits, or provide you with a superbill to submit to your insurance for reimbursement.
College students with United Student Health insurance will pay only a $15-$20 copay for sessions and there is no deductible for out of network providers. (Out of network co-pays and deductibles of other insurance plans vary widely, please check your benefits.)
Years of Experience: 13 years
Private practice, Licensed Psychotherapist, 2010 - Present
Voice Teacher/Vocal Performance, 1990 - Present
Community College of Rhode Island, Faculty Member, 2011 - 2014
Anorexia and Bulimia Society of Rhode Island, Group Leader, 2011 - 2014
Rhode Island College, Voice Faculty and Ensemble Coach, 2004 - 2008
Salve Regina University, CAGS, Holistic Counseling, 2012
Salve Regina University, Master, Holistic Counseling, 2010
Longy School of Music, Master, Music and Vocal Performance, 2005
Brown University, Bachelor, Biology/Pre-Med, 1986
Rhode Island: MHC00552
"Ellen is extremely insightful with conscious and unconscious processing. She is very patient and includes mind and body when helping patients."- Allison Torti, peer supervisor • June 2016
"She has eclectic, holistic, cutting edge training and an excellent personality that resonates with many people. She is highly intelligent and dedicated!"- Rebecca Nancy Schoenewolf Foley, LMHC • June 2016
"Ellen is extraordinarily insightful, emotionally open, and committed to her own and others’ human development and spiritual growth. I refer clients to her for anxiety, trauma, depression, and relationship issues."- Robert Ross, Psychologist • February 2016
"Ellen is a warm, highly engaged therapist. She brings great curiosity and openness to the work. Her musical training and coaching has given her a great deal of experience with people’s somatic, emotional, and psychological ways of being in the world - and wisdom about what might be getting in their way. She is very kind and strengths-based in her approach, but not afraid to roll up her sleeves and do a little digging around to see what might be underneath the surface. Her interest in the world around her is obvious, and her energy is infectious."- Cary Twichell, LMHC • January 2016