Alicia Santiago, LCSW

(she/her)

Online Therapy

About Me

Hi there, I'm Alicia. Are you feeling lost or stuck in some aspect of your life and finding it hard to move forward? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? With your permission, I help to hold the container for deeper exploration and healing. I am a trauma-based therapist trained in EMDR, Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). I believe that each of us possesses an internal source of wisdom that can be cultivated through psychotherapy, psychedelic medicines, meditation practices, yoga and other connecting practices that link the brain, body and spirit. My therapeutic approach has a foundation of mindfulness and compassion, curiosity and respect. I am sensitive to the impact of one's social, physical and cultural environment as well as systems of oppression. Clients say my approach is warm, relational, collaborative, strengths-based and trauma-informed. I cannot do the work for you, but I can help you along the way, and it is truly an honor and a joy for me.

Education & Experience

Alicia holds a Bachelor's of Arts in Liberal Studies from San Diego State University and a Masters of Social Work from California State University, Dominguez Hills with a specialization in Community Mental Health and Gerontology. She has professional training in EMDR, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and the Community Resiliency Model (CRM), a skills-based, stabilization program. She has trained with Sage Integrative Health (now Alchemy Community Therapy Center), Polaris Insight Center, and Field Trip Health (now Stella Center) for Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) and has been providing KAP in Los Angeles since January 2022. Alicia is a meditation practitioner and tries to attend workshops and retreats regularly.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

National Association of Social Workers (NASW); Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA)

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Mood Disorders
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Spirituality
  • Stress Management
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • LGBTQ+
  • Seniors
  • Underserved

Language

  • English

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Kaiser Permanente