Deborah Y. Santana is a Marriage and Family therapist who thrives in working with those who struggle with anxiety, depression, family relational problems and trauma. She loves to help families move towards healthier relationships.
Based on her personal experiences in middle and high school, Deborah knew at an early age that she wanted to work in the mental health field and help future students and families. She pursued this dream at Central Connecticut State University, obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Deborah completed her internship at Catholic Charities Institute for the Hispanic Family in Hartford, CT where she provided clinical services for both adults and children. After graduating with her degree, Deborah began working at The Village for Families & Children serving individuals of many different cultures and backgrounds. Subsequently, Deborah was given the opportunity to pursue her dream job of working with students. She currently provides school-based mental health support to students at Martin Elementary school as a Social Worker.
Deborah’s goal is to help children and families live happier lives together. She works with clients utilizing the following treatment models: Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Structural family therapy, MATCH therapy, and Christian counseling. If requested by her clients, she can incorporate faith- based practices during therapy sessions. Through her work, Deborah strives to foster a safe space where clients can tell their story, gain new perspectives and create a more meaningful life experience.