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Counseling and Psychotherapy


Mind & Body​/Relationship/Understanding





Unfortunately, time may not heal all wounds we encounter in life. This means that sometimes we need to seek out additional help to facilitate healing. Whether these wounds are brand new or decades old, they can have devastating effects on our emotional state, relationships, sense of self, daily functioning, physical health, and other aspects of daily life.


I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker Supervisor (LISW-S) through the State of Ohio Counselor and Social Worker Board and an LCSW through the State of Arizona, and my work is truly my passion. I specialize in working with adults, children and teens managing complex and developmental trauma, PTSD, traumatic grief, attachment and relational trauma, relationship issues, and dissociative disorders. I also have much experience working with military, first responders, crisis, 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/developmental attachment in both childhood and into 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, as well as being trained in TF-CBT, CISM, and extensive training and education in IPNB (Interpersonal Neurobiology), Psychoanalysis, Coherence Therapy and Memory Reconsolidation, Deep Brain Reorienting, Brainspotting, Flash, Internal Family Systems, and several other therapeutic modalities focusing on somatic psychotherapy and attachment. I use a collaborative, integrative approach with a strong emphasis on Interpersonal Neurobiology to assist clients in helping them feel well supported and educated in their experience.

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. I also specialize in the supervision and consultation of other therapists and professionals in the community, looking to grow their expertise in the areas of trauma and attachment. 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 death of parent or sibling. For more information on Camp Lionheart, please visit .

License Number, Ohio: I.0700086-SUPV

License Number, Arizona: LCSW-18835

"One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can't utter." --James Earl Jones

Treatment Specialties and Client Focus:



Complex/Developmental Trauma

Recent Traumatic Events


Adoption/Foster Care



Abuse (Sexual/Physical/Psych./etc)

Chronic Neglect

Attachment/Relational Trauma

Attachment Challenges

Emotional Issues

Relationship Issues


First Responders

End-of-Life Issues

Terminal Illness

Dissociative Disorders

Chronic Shame

Therapeutic Modalities


EMDR Level II (Advanced)

Client Centered

Clinical Hypnotherapy (ASCH)

Trauma Informed

Internal Family Systems/Ego State Informed

Deep Brain Reorienting Level 2



Coherence Therapy

Memory Reconsolidation

Reparative Attachment




Somatic Psychotherapy

Play and Expressive Arts in Therapy

CISM/CISD Certified



Kristen Santel, LISW-S

1385 King Avenue

Columbus, OH 43212

p: 614-907-8194

f: 1-614-437-7142

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