Dr. Carla Santana


About Me

I am a licensed marriage and family therapist with a doctoral degree in counseling psychology. I have been licensed for seventeen years. My theoretical orientation is CBT; however, I also use some humanistic theory in therapy. I work primarily with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and trauma.

It is important for you to feel completely comfortable with the person you choose for therapy. If you can't share and be transparent, it can hinder your growth and limit your ability to really address the issues that bring you to therapy.

I have been teaching domestic violence/anger management classes for thirteen years, utilizing the Stop Domestic Violence Program curriculum from Dr. Wexler of the Relationship Training Institute. I am certified as a domestic violence facilitator, approved by the Riverside County Probation Department. My classes are held twice weekly, and they are two hours long.

My certifications are;

• Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
• Certified Domestic Violence facilitator/ Counseling. Riverside County Probation Department.
• Prepare/Enrich Certified: Marriage and premarital counseling assessments.
• CFIT-Child Forensic Interviewing Certification, County of Riverside.
• Domestic Violence Danger Assessment Certification. John Hopkins University by Dr. Campbell
• STRTP—Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program (license pending due to covid)
• Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Evergreen Certification Institute.

I prefer a holistic style to treatment and encourage a healthy lifestyle as part of your treatment plan because physical health is also important for mental health.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Anger management
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Coping with life changes , Coaching , ADHD , Domestic Violence , Family of Origin Issues , Mood Disorders , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 14

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LMFT #40144 (Expires: 2023-05-31)


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dr. Carla Santana. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written by S.A. on Jul 12, 2021 after therapy with Carla for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Dr. Santana is wonderful! She is supportive and solutions-oriented and has offered a variety of strategies for addressing issues related to anxiety, self image, and struggles at work. I definitely recommend working with her!

Written by I.V. on Jun 14, 2021 after therapy with Carla for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, and coping with life changes

Amazing and completely on my time, Dr. Santana helped me through the darkest of times and provided me with many resources that really helped. Thank you Dr.!

Work with me!