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Amara Santos

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist #139185


I work with adults and children of all gender identities, cultural backgrounds, and neurotypes seeking:

Individual Psychotherapy

Partner/Couples Therapy

Parenting Coach

Psychedelic Integration Coach

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For me, therapy is a relationship where you can process your life experiences in a safe, brave, and supportive space to gain more self-awareness, compassion, understanding, and liberation from the patterns and emotional distress your body has been holding.



We are relational beings; it is in relation to others that we experience our wounding and our healing. The quality of our relationships across the lifespan shapes our experiences and influence our story, beginning with our family of origin, followed by friends and partners, along with cultural and societal constructs. How we make sense of our experiences impacts the way we move through the world, our perception of self and other, how our body feels, and how our nervous system becomes activated.


I meet my clients where they are and hold the whole of them and their experiences with care and respect. I approach therapy through a feminist and liberation framework, oriented towards depth psychology, attachment theory, psychodynamics, somatic awareness, narrative therapy, and nervous system regulation.


Some of the experiences I work with include:

complex trauma, anxiety, panic, depression, parenting, grief/loss, body image, disordered eating, and relationship patterns & dissatisfaction, among others.


California Institute of Integral Studies
Masters Degree in Integral Counseling Psychology (MFT)
San Francisco, CA


California Institute of Integral Studies

Bachelor's Degree in Psychology

San Francisco, CA


Phone 831.318.0778


Location Santa Cruz, CA

Under the supervision of:

Tim Hartnett, PhD, LMFT

License # 27228

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