About Dr. Santanello

Dr. Santanello posing with his dog.
Dr. Santanello posing for a photo.
Dr. Santanello posing for a photo.
I'm Dr. Santanello, a compassionate and experienced therapist dedicated to helping individuals navigate life's challenges. With a focus on mindfulness-based therapy, I strive to create a safe space for personal growth and healing.

While all of the services I offer are important, I think it is equally important to know a bit more about your therapist in addition to where they went to school and where they have worked. Below is a bit of information to get to know me:

My Values

Creativity, intimacy, bravery, adventure, generosity, spirituality, and SILLINESS are guiding principles in all domains of my life.

Zen Buddhism

Mindfulness and zen practice are very important parts of my life. I believe that having a personal mindfulness practice is essential for psychotherapists. Outside of my professional life, I am very active in my Buddhist community (Clare Sangha) where I serve as a sensei or teacher in the White Plum Lineage of Soto Zen Buddism.

My Hobbies and Interests

I am a HUGE animal lover and am a proud “dog dad” to my faithful hound, Clancy, whom I adopted from the Maryland SPCA. Being creative is also a passion for me, and currently I am “scratching that itch” by home-brewing beer. Also, I think it’s really important to find humor in life. That is why I REALLY enjoy torturing other people with my corny jokes and puns. Exploration and being in nature are also really important to me, and I am currently trying to spend as much time as possible in the woods.

What Does My Logo Mean?

You might be wondering about the image in the logo for Santanello Psychological Services. It is a hanko. In Japanese culture and Zen Buddhism, a hanko is a personal seal that is used in place of a signature when signing documents. I use my hanko when signing my Dharma name, Ryūshin or "Dragon Heart/Mind", in my role as a Zen teacher.

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