Licensed Mental Health Counselor Psy. D. (MH #14077)
Dr. Nicci Santana is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor MH #14077 and was first licensed as a counselor (LPC) in Oklahoma in 1999. She has experience working with individuals, couples and families and has worked in a variety of clinical settings throughout her career including inpatient and residential eating disorders programs, schools, community counseling centers and private practices. Dr. Nicci earned her B.A. in psychology at the University of Tulsa in 1996 and her M.S. in community counseling at Oklahoma State University in 1998. She went on to earn her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, CA.
Dr. Nicci began her career working in an inpatient eating disorders program facilitating individual, group and family counseling while also teaching psychology at a community college. She then went on to treat clients with anxiety, depression, anger, relationship issues, parenting issues, grief, spiritual concerns and self-esteem and body image issues. She also has experience working in schools serving students from K-12th grade assisting them with social and emotional needs and any classroom accommodations they may need so they can better focus and learn in the classroom. Dr. Nicci also has experience with homeschooling her own children.
Dr. Nicci approaches each client as a unique individual with a unique story. Her treatment approach is either client-centered, relationship-oriented, solution-focused and/or cognitive behaviorally oriented depending on what is needed for the individual client. Dr. Nicci is a Christian and believes God cares greatly for the hearts of His people and uses connected relationships to facilitate comfort, and healing. While many clients share this belief in God, others do not and are equally respected and cared about regardless of their belief system or background.
Dr. Nicci has struggled personally with hardships that have tested her faith and caused her to pursue her own healing and growth and continues to do so as a way of life. She was previously married and has two children and has walked through the pain and brokenness of divorce, however greatly honors God's design and sanctity of the marriage relationship. She has seen firsthand how God redeems our stories and takes broken things and makes them beautiful.
In her free time, Dr. Nicci enjoys walking, movies, decorating, reading and going to the beach or educational field trips with her family.