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Counselor / Therapist

Michael Santillan, LMSW

Michael Santillan, LMSW photo
Michael D. Santillan
When was the last time you tried something new for the first time? My name is Michael Santillan and I want to be the first to let you know, that change is a terrifying thing. However, with change come new experiences. These experiences will help bring out a side of you that you’ve never known. I’m here to help you live your best life by asking you to try something new… for the first time.


As a Latin American male born and raised in Hudson County, NJ from a family of immigrants, I can understand the obstacles many people face every day. I try to create an empathetic, open-minded, and nonjudgmental approach to help clients explore issues that they face on a daily basis. My formal training includes a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Rutgers State University with a specialization in Substance Abuse Counseling. Furthermore, I have been working at Jersey City Medical Center as the medical social worker for 2 years. My area of expertise includes: HIV/AIDS, Addiction, Children and Family, LGBTQ, Latino culture, and crisis intervention. In working with client’s I like to use Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused CBT, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Dialectal Behavioral Therapy. By working together, we will create a safe environment for positive changes.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Educational Therapy  Marriage Counseling
 Addiction / Drug Rehab  Family Conflict  Men's Issues
 Adolescents  Gay or Lesbian Issues  Psychoanalysis
 Anger Management  Gender Identity / Transgenderism  Psychological Evaluation / Testing
 Anxiety and Panic  Grief and Loss  Psychopharmacology
 Bicultural Difficulties  Group Therapy  Relationship Issues
 Children's Counseling  Herpes and STD Counseling  Self Esteem Issues
 Chronic Illness  Life and Wellness Coaching  Stress Management
 Couples Therapy  Life Transitions  Trauma and PTSD
 Depression  Marriage & Family Therapy  Work and Career Issues
 Domestic Violence
Certifications
 Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)  Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW)  Registered Social Worker
Education/Training
B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers State University
Addiction Counselor Training (ACT) Certificate
Masters in Clinical Social Work from Rutgers State University
Other Languages
English, Spanish
Payments Accepted
Cash, check and credit cards. (no insurance)
Hours:Friday (varies)
Cost/Session:Sliding scale- $55, $75 or $105 per session (*$57/ $77/ $108 for credit or debit cards)
License:LMSW 102896