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Kristen Santel, LISW-S

I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker Supervisor (LISW-S) through the State of Ohio Counselor and Social Worker Board. I graduated from The Ohio State University with my undergraduate degree and the University of South Carolina with my Master's Degree. I have been practicing in the State of Ohio since 2004, and my work is truly my passion. I couldn't imagine doing anything else with my life and look forward to the work with my clients everyday.

I specialize in working with children, teens and adults suffering with complex/developmental and relational trauma, PTSD, traumatic grief, attachment challenges, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, foster/adoption community, and dissociative disorders. I also have much experience working with military, first responders and recent traumatic events. As an adoptee myself, I have a specialization in working with the adoption and foster care community, child and adult adoptees, and reparative attachment in both childhood and adulthood.

I am a Level II EMDR Psychotherapist with Advanced and Master Class Training in Attachment and Somatic Psychotherapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), certified hypnotherapist with American Society of Clinical Hypnotherapy, and a Certified Trauma Practitioner with the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children, as well as being trained in TF-CBT, CISM, and several other therapeutic modalities focusing on somatic psychotherapy and attachment. I use a collaborative, integrative approach informed by Ego State and Internal Family Systems Therapy with a strong focus and much training in Interpersonal Neurobiology to help clients feel well supported and educated.

I present psychoeducation at many conferences and symposiums in the state of Ohio and other areas of the country, as well as support school districts in education on trauma and traumatic grief. My practice truly is my passion, and partnering with my clients to find healing in their lives is my goal. I love my work.

I am the Clinical Director of Camp Lionheart, a free, week-long overnight summer camp for grieving children, here in Central Ohio in the Hocking Hills. Camp Lionheart is in it's 17th year of existence providing grief support, compassion, trauma-focused counseling, and lots of fun to children suffering the loss of a loved one. For more information on Camp Lionheart, please visit

I very much enjoy the city of Columbus where you will find me spending time taking walks around the city, listening to all the podcasts, seeing live music, and watching obscure foreign films any chance I can :)


License Number: I.0700086-SUPV


Kristen Santel, LISW-S, LLC


"Although the world is full of suffering, it is ALSO full of the overcoming of it."

-- Helen Keller

Kristen Santel, LISW-S

1385 King Avenue

Columbus, OH 43212


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