Marsha  Saintilus

Marsha Saintilus

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC

Master of Arts, MA

Marsha is accepting clients for morning, daytime, evening, and weekend appointments at West Haven office (updated November 19, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Life coaching
  • Life transitions

Professional statement

Marsha Saintilus is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in West Haven, Connecticut, who specializes in anxiety, trauma, career stress, and internal conflict. She also sees clients for existential challenges, including those due to life transitions and a general confusion about what direction they want their life to head in.

When working with clients for anxiety, Marsha uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help clients understand how their symptoms are presenting. This often entails unpacking their particular distortions, their beliefs about failing at work, and any generalizations that may be harmful to their perceptions of themselves. Her approach is client-centered, and she really strives to help clients challenge their negative cognitive processes in order to get to a place of greater self-acceptance and empowerment.

Marsha uses trauma-focused CBT when helping clients navigate trauma. This may entail having clients rewrite their own narratives; she also often weaves in mindfulness skills. This can help clients get back in touch with their present reality, and reduce the extent to which they feel the past controls their thoughts and memories. Marsha is careful and compassionate when working with trauma, and always open to looking at current triggers and how the trauma response is affecting them without getting into detail.

Marsha strongly believes that when clients are provided with the support and tools they need, they can chart their own course and accomplish their goals. She looks forward to working with you.


Message to clients

I founded my practice with the belief that there is power in telling your story, and it takes a lot of courage to do so. I’m passionate about providing you the space to be heard and understood so that you can live the life you believe you were meant to live. I want you to know that no matter what you have experienced in life, there is a way to cope and to heal, and I’m here to help you achieve that. I look forward to meeting you.


Specialties

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

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

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

Life coaching - Identifying intentions and implementing strategies to build resilience and work towards one’s personal, health, or career goals

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


General expertise



Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $120 (60min)
  • Sliding scale: $100 - $120
  • Initial session: $150 (60min)

Location(s)

Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

West Haven practice

603 Savin Avenue

West Haven, CT 06516

Hours
  • Mon Please inquire for hours
  • Tue Please inquire for hours
  • Wed Please inquire for hours
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  • Fri Please inquire for hours
  • Sat Please inquire for hours
  • Sun Please inquire for hours

Work and Education

Private practice, 2019 - Present
Safe Harbor Christian Counseling, 2019 - Present
Community Mental Health Affiliates, 2017 - 2019
Eliot Community Human Services, 2014 - 2017
Kingsborough Community College, 2011 - 2013
Brooklyn College Counseling Center, 2010 - 2011


Languages

  • English


Professional endorsements

Tracey Trotman, Clinical Case Manager

I had the pleasure of working with Marsha while supporting individuals and families that were in crisis. I knew Marsha to be an individual that displayed respect, empathy and compassion for all that were in need of assistance. Marsha had the tremendous positive ability to meet individuals where they were while also supporting and encouraging the needed changes for personal growth.

Leslie Ostrow, PhD, LMHC

I have known Marsha for many years. I supervised her work as a clinician and then as a supervisor herself. I have always been impressed by her kindness, understanding, and insight. She is a highly-skilled clinician who accompanies her clients on their journeys towards sound mental health. Marsha can challenge clients' misconceptions about their lives, yet does so in a supportive way. Marsha provides structure in the sessions that helps clients feel safe. Finally, Marsha is a warm and passionate person who always has a positive and optimistic attitude. I highly recommend Marsha as a therapist and as a supervisor.

Terice Jones, MS

I have known Marsha Saintilus for about 2 years. She has been an inspiration to myself and others around me. She is truly a caring person and motivates others to be their best version of themselves. Marsha takes time to work with others to ensure that their needs are important to her, so that people like myself can have the best support from her. Marsha has a great spiritual presence that allows working with her pleasant and meaningful.

Laurie J Sharp, MA

I had the pleasure of working with Marsha Saintilus. As a new graduate and just embarking on my journey in the field, I was looking for a role model and mentor to support me in this endeavor. I found Marsha to be a wealth of information, patient and supportive to this new therapist, and as a role model, as Marsha was instrumental in shaping my professional career. I am a better therapist as a result of having the opportunity to work with Marsha.

Kristen McGrath, LICSW

Marsha is an excellent clinical with an array of experience in the field. Her empathetic and warm personality make her very easy and comfortable to work with. She is a well-rounded clinician with an abundance of knowledge and skill. I've also had the pleasure of supervising Marsha, she is eager to learn and open to feedback.


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