Mia Santiago, LMSW
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Mia Santiago

Psychotherapy, LMSW

Mia Santiago works with children, adolescents, adults, and families of diverse cultures. Her approach includes psychodynamics, psychoeducation, CBT, trauma-informed DBT, spirituality, and strengths-based treatments for mental illness, crisis, self-improvement, trauma, and relationships. She believes in allowing a safe space for people to be themselves to heal and grow.
Specialties
General Mental Health
Relationship Issues
Trauma & PTSD
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Finances
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<$80
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“I believe medical, biological, family, systems, and spirituality all impact one’s road to wholeness.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I grew up as a first-generation child who appreciated my culture and I know the importance of understanding one another as humans and offering a level of respect and honor regardless of background. Growing up, I noticed the importance of a support system but also noticed the gaps in care and how family dynamics, trauma, and mental illness can affect someone and how they live their life. I wanted to push through the barriers of shame and stigma so people can have radical acceptance, heal, and obtain the tools to excel in self-love, relationships, life, and purpose. I believe cultural competence and transparency are keys to working with others, building rapport, and meeting them where they are. I have worked in clinical settings, community organizations, and DA offices serving the communities of New York City. I believe medical, biological, family, systems, and spirituality all impact one’s road to wholeness.
What should someone know about working with you?
I think seeking help is the most courageous act and I honor that. The intake will be a process of understanding the person by learning why they are seeking help while hearing their story and doing appropriate assessments to see where the client is. I believe in working with you toward realistic goals, keeping you accountable, and providing support and resources. I assign homework as a way to apply what was discussed in session and get feedback. I like to provide a safe space by being transparent, open, empathetic, and warm. I have worked with urban communities, with children and adults in all types of settings, with IPV survivors, with members of the LGBTQ community, and with people of faith. I offer services in Spanish as well as English.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
Cultural competence and a humanistic, strengths-based, and systems approach allow me to meet the client where they are, respect and honor them as a human being, and utilize the strengths the client possesses to help them overcome obstacles and recognize resilience. This also allows them to acknowledge the systems in place while providing education and resources for the client.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I’m excited about being able to help others thrive in every aspect of their life and offer them space where they can heal and grow in authenticity, experience radical acceptance, and find joy and purpose.
What makes you unique as a therapist?
I think I’m a unique therapist because I’m able to utilize logic and creativity to think outside the box and find solutions. My history of traveling and completing missions further allows me to be open and receptive to others.
“Cultural competence and a humanistic, strengths-based, and systems approach allow me to meet the client where they are, respect and honor them as a human being, and utilize the strengths the client possesses to help them overcome obstacles and recognize resilience.”
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