Lori Santana, L.I.C.S.W.

Lori Santana
"A child born to another woman calls me mom.The depth of the tragedy and the magnitude of the privilege are not lost on me." Jody Landers

Clinical PerspectiveI bring a myriad of experience working with individuals (adults and children), families and couples. Experience in both Child Protection and with the Department of Defense strengthened my understanding of systemic change. These very same principles can be applied to individuals, families and couples.

There are many tools I draw on and individualizing these practices is the key to success. I believe strongly in each individual's right to be treated with dignity and respect and with the utmost confidentiality. I use a strengths based, solution focused model incorporating positive psychology.

Licensed Independent Social Worker
Masters in Social Work - State University of N.Y., Albany, NY
Bachelors in Humane Services - University of Connecticut, Stamford Connecticut
Internships - New York State Council on Children and Families, New York State Assembly Committee for Youth, Planned Parenthood and Head Start

Psychotherapy ServicesI provide individualized counseling to children, adults, couples and families on the full range of life stressors and mental health topics including but not limited to:

  • Adoption and foster care
  • Trauma and loss
  • Uniformed services including military, police, firefighters and DEA.
  • Depression
  • Women’s issues
  • Family issues
  • GBLT issues
  • PTSD
  • Work/Life Balance
  • MBTI

The Starfish Story

Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.

Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it
is that you are doing?”

The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.” The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really
be able to make much of a difference.” The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”

Adapted from The Star Thrower , by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977)