Barbara Santana, RMHCI
Barbara is a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern who is passionate about helping individuals, couples, families, and groups take steps towards freer and fuller lives through the healing and growing work of counseling. She acknowledges the courage, vulnerability, and trust involved in mental health counseling and prioritizes creating a safe, compassionate environment to allow fruitful work to be done, and strives to hold her clients and their stories with gentle kindness and the utmost respect.
Barbara carefully considers the uniqueness and complexity of each client and draws from a variety of counseling perspectives to provide care that is tailored to their specific needs. Her approaches span from cognitive to experiential, enabling clients to both understand their struggles in their minds and experience deep healing in their hearts. Specifically, Barbara helps clients explore the deep-seated effects of past experiences on current patterns, and then reshape their impacts in ways that allow clients to heal, grow, and thrive in all areas of life.
Barbara is particularly passionate about working with clients walking through anxiety and trauma but is also enthusiastic about and experienced in working with clients through depression, interpersonal and family dynamics, stress, anger, grief, career and finances, parenting, racial and ethnic identity and experiences, spirituality, sexuality, and physical, emotional, and spiritual abuse. She is trained in a variety of evidenced-based practices including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Internal Family Systems theory, and also uses elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Neuroscience, and Attachment-based theories. Barbara offers treatment to adults and adolescents, in person and virtually, in English and in Spanish.
Barbara holds a Master’s degree in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University and strives to use all her training, experience, and continuing education to provide effective care.
In her free time, Barbara enjoys connecting with friends and family, exploring the outdoors, rock climbing, listening to music, and creating her own music on flute and ukulele (and something resembling music on acoustic guitar.)
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern #22732