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 with the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children, as well as being trained in TF-CBT, CISM, and extensive training in IPNB (Interpersonal Neurobiology) 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 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 http://www.camplionheart.org .
License Number, Ohio: I.0700086-SUPV
License Number, Arizona: LCSW-18835
What is EMDR?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a highly effective psychotherapy technique where various procedures and protocols are used to address traumatic experiences. One of the procedural elements is "dual stimulation" using either bilateral eye movements, tones or taps. Clients generally experience the emergence of insights, changes in memories, or new associations during EMDR, helping the alleviation of symptoms of the trauma. To learn more about EMDR, visit www.emdr.com.
"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:
Recent Traumatic Events
EMDR Level II (Advanced)
Clinical Hypnotherapy (ASCH)
Internal Family Systems/Ego State Informed
Play and Expressive Arts in Therapy
Kristen Santel, LISW-S
1385 King Avenue
Columbus, OH 43212