Santa Molina-Marshall
Meet Santa

Holistic Psychotherapist, Author, Celebrated Healer, Yoga Teacher, Ordained Interfaith Minister, Massage Therapist, Certified Reiki Master, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner & Community Leader

“I believe regardless of race, sexual orientation or gender expression, we all have the innate ability to achieve a state of wellness. Holistic Psychotherapy unweaves unhealthy patterns and teaches us to recognize the effects of trauma, tap into our innate strength to heal the wounds and awaken our full potential through gentle, mindful and regulated interventions that provide balance and peace.”
No matter how you are feeling, know that there is someone out here to support you. Traumatic and challenging experiences can have a deep effect on our lives including our physical health.  Trauma can affect our nervous system, mental health and shape the way we respond to life as a whole,  keeping us stuck in toxic cycles of fight, flight or freeze.  I am living proof that we can find healing and thrive after trauma.  Recognize and reclaim your strength and true potential through gentle, mindful and regulated interventions that provide balance and peace. Santa offers you integrative holistic psychotherapy – an approach to wellness that incorporates body, mind and spirit, and combines cutting edge approaches that include somatic experiencing, mindfulness, and psychodynamic interventions. She has served survivors of trauma for over 30 years. “Encouraging exceptional, empowering and transformational life experiences is my purpose. ~Santa”

Healing is open to all us.
Each of our paths looks different, but we can all heal.

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Santa works with individuals, couples and families.
Santa is fluent in Spanish and English and welcomes people of all backgrounds, sexual orientations and cultural identities. Services are offered in person, by phone and other virtual platforms.

Santa's New Memoir:

RUNNING THROUGH DARKNESS

Memoir of a Spiritual Warrior

Running Through Darkness teaches readers that no matter what you’ve been through, healing is possible. As we go from trauma to triumph, we can reclaim what has been our divine birthright to be whole, happy, joyous and free!

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“Encouraging exceptional, empowering and transformational life experiences is my life purpose.
I am dedicated to assisting you at Uncovering Your Highest Potential.”
      ~Santa Molina-Marshall

Somatic Experiencing

Somatic Experiencing Holistic Psychotherapy for Survivors of Trauma:

Santa offers individuals the opportunity to, in a safe and supportive environment, learn to identify the neurobiological impact of traumatic experiences and access life-changing resources.

Through integrative holistic psychotherapy, Santa provides an approach to wellness that incorporates body, mind and spirit, and combines cutting edge approaches including somatic experiencing, mindfulness, and psychodynamic interventions.

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Individual Psychotherapy

Holistic Psychotherapy By Santa specializes in neurobiological healing, combining Somatic Experiencing, Mindfulness and Psycho-dynamic approaches. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, clients receive services tailored to individual needs geared toward personal growth and evolution. 
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Couples/Family Psychotherapy

Holistic Psychotherapy By Santa specializes in neurobiological healing, combining Somatic Experiencing, Mindfulness and Psycho-dynamic approaches. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, families/couples receive services tailored to their dynamic needs and focused on personal growth and evolution.  
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Group Psychotherapy

In a small group, members gather together to move through trauma in safe, supportive environment. Through mindfulness/body awareness, members learn to identify the neuro-biological impact of trauma and using specific tools, free themselves from the patterns created and developed by traumatic experiences. Read more
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This debut memoir chronicles a woman’s spiritual exploration and growth as she overcame a disturbing childhood and helped others heal.

Brought to America from the Dominican Republic as a youngster, Molina-Marshall should have led a happy life. Her father was a diligent worker, and his large family wanted for nothing. But the author recounts that her dad had a drinking problem and was a serial philanderer. Molina-Marshall’s long-suffering mother left him for a woman. Then it was all downhill for the bright, 12-year-old girl, who was shuttled between foster care and relatives. According to the author, she was sexually abused by the husband of one of her siblings. This resulted in Molina-Marshall becoming alienated and moody. By 15, she simply tried to survive. In her favor were grit and a restless intelligence. She quit school, rented a room, and found a factory job. Time went by, and for a while she was happily married. Yet when her husband left her, her life truly began. She turned to religion for answers but decided that blaming God for her woes was a cop-out. 

In this absorbing and moving memoir, Molina-Marshall’s vivid storytelling is fearless. She frankly discusses the truths she discovered and the indignities she suffered. These admissions are disclosed with a touch of resignation and plenty of bite. However painful, everything she experienced was a lesson, and she bravely realized that she was part of the problem: “The fear of being hurt, rejected, or abused often led to me feeling lonely and misunderstood. No one knew the agonizing pain I felt being trapped in my thoughts and anger. I was becoming my biggest threat.” 

The author skillfully recounts her intricate spiritual journey. To deal with her psychic wounds, she searched for an inspirational system. Her open-mindedness led her to the interfaith concept—cherry-picking from various religions and spiritual movements, yoga, and Indigenous beliefs as a way of finding peace. Along with her female partner, she built a therapy practice, making use of every spiritual element that aided her and others. The road was bumpy, and she found that women of color in same-sex relationships were not welcomed everywhere. To do good works—and finally live on her own terms—she effectively overcame bigotry.

An engrossing, cathartic account of empathy and success through determination and confidence.

Pub Date: May 3, 2022   |    ISBN: 978-0-578-38315-6  |   Page Count: 264    | Publisher: From Trauma to Triumph  |   Review Posted Online: June 13, 2022