Melinda Santa, LCSW
Melinda Santa graduated from Mercy College in 2013 with a Bachelors in Social Work and a Minor in Psychology. In 2014, She obtained her Masters in Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Melinda was on the clinical track with a concentration on individuals, children, and families. She obtained an LMSW in 2015 and my LCSW in 2017. She became a nationally certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist in February 2018. Melinda has training in CBT, DBT, MATCH, TF-CBT, and social thinking evidence-based practices that utilize the treatment of her clients.
Melinda says, "There is a lot of stigmas that come along with mental health, especially in our minority cultures. It is okay to ask for help you are not 'crazy' and you are not alone. Sometimes we need to speak with someone who is not a member of our family or friends. We need guidance and we are human. That is alright. You will be alright. We all have thoughts and feelings that connect us with our behaviors. Sometimes, we need help in naming that emotion that is making us feel uncomfortable. Many have had adverse childhood traumatic experiences [ACES]; trauma does not define you and who you are as a person. You will work through the trauma and stop the generational trauma that occurs in our society. This makes you brave, courageous, and strong as a person. Continue to work through the stigma and you will be alright. If you are feeling overwhelmed, take deep breathes, be kind to yourself and others, acknowledge your support system, and practice self-care. It will go a long way!"