I started working with Ellen because although I loved to sing and perform, I frequently was singing different notes than the people around me. I have learned to listen to the people and music around me, to match pitches, and to access a voice I never knew I had. I now sing in a Gospel Choir, can lead rounds and chants, and can sing harmonies with my wife.
I have had the pleasure over the last six years to know Ellen Santaniello as a classmate, colleague and friend. During this time, I have repeatedly seen her engage in the field of psychotherapy with a passion for implementing effective and holistic ways to help those who are in turmoil. I have experienced her as sincere and dependable in all of our interactions, both professional and personal. I believe Ellen's continuous dedication to providing the highest level of client care and to the betterment of her own therapeutic effectiveness, makes her a valuable mental health counselor for those seeking therapeutic support.
I have enjoyed our sessions very much and leave with a better outlook on life. You have helped me understand that everything that has happened was not all my fault. Your input has helped me to see things in a different light and you show compassion to your clients.
Ellen's gifts as a therapist extend well beyond her intelligence, wisdom, and substantial clinical skill. What sets her apart is that she cares deeply about the work that she does, and about the people she does it with. Her clients are lucky to have her.
[Faculty, Salve Regina Graduate Program in Holistic Counseling & Gestalt International Study Center]
Ellen Santaniello is one of the most gifted psychotherapists and vocalists I know. In the field of psychotherapy it is rare to find someone who is as skilled at facilitating deep introspection and honest dialogue as she is. Ellen empowers her clients to take courageous yet self-paced steps in examining their perceptions and behaviors. Extremely sensitive to the feelings and experiences of each one of her clients, she knows just how to ask questions that ease the mind and open up new possibilities for living life more fully, while strengthening one's relationship to self and to others. Ellen also knows how to provide calm in stormy seas so that her clients can find their way to their own safe harbor - relieving stress and guiding decision making for the highest and best purpose of everyone involved. I cannot recommend her more highly.
As a vocalist- Ellen is a consummate professional. She blends her passion for music and knowledge of music history with high expectations for everyone involved - yet is as respectful and supportive of beginners as she is of her musical peers. As director, Ellen not only encourages you to find and value your own voice as a unique instrument of the soul, she teaches in very direct and easy to understand terms the key to the joyous collective tapestry of melody, harmony and song. And to add one more comment on Ellen's multiple talents, her voice is exquisite, her training, performance skills and repetoire are expansive, yet she invites us all to join her in creating something even greater than what we or she can do alone.
To me, Ellen is a validating, gentle teacher. She has taught me that I'm a smart, positive, loving and courageous person. My experience in the past with therapy was I did all the talking. With Ellen, our sessions are conversations. I have learned a great deal about what makes me tick and why. She has taught me that I am deserving of all that is good, both professionally and personally. And more importantly, she has encouraged me to take risks and believe in myself. I have changed for the better and am a stronger woman because I listened to her feedback and followed her encouraging suggestions. I am grateful our paths have crossed. Thank you, Ellen, mostly, for being real
Ellen is a very committed and professional Therapist. She is honest and hard working towards meeting client goals and helping them see that there are other choices available. She is an excellent listener and is caring when caring is needed, firm when that is needed. I highly recommend Ellen to anyone wanting to move forward with their life!
The time I spent seeing Ellen Santianello for therapy were completely transformative for me. Ellen helped me learn more about myself and my life than I ever thought possible. She gave me the tools I needed to see and process my previous and present pains and difficulties, and with her help I learned how to become a much more stable, balanced and present person capable of loving and understanding relationships.
I attended Graduate School at Salve Regina U, and am a friend and colleague of Ellen’s. She has an enthusiasm for living well that translates into her practices beautifully. She is as deeply spiritual as she is grounded. Add to this her clinical skills and scientific knowledge and you have a very effective therapist. I highly recommend Ellen!