Riitta de los Santos

LMFT 105830

I provide virtual therapy to adults who struggle with complex trauma (personal/cultural/inherited trauma), anxiety, or depression.

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Cruz, CA

  • Individual

About My Clients

I have experience with adults, specifically working with the following conditions: PTSD/Complex trauma Inherited Trauma, Cultural Trauma Anxiety/depression Chronic stress Life-work balance, burnout

My Background and Approach

My approach is mind-body focused, warm, and compassionate with a bit of humor mixed in. I invite the body to participate in therapy by using breathing techniques, movement, and other somatic tools to support healing and decrease stress and tension. I use multiple modalities I have received training in, including Internal Family Systems, Brainspotting, TRE® - Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises, and trauma-informed yoga as I’m also a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200). We will go beyond quick fixes and explore parts of you that carry burdens from the past, get to know them, and learn to understand how they developed and why, so they can be healed. My experience includes working in a county mental health and forensic settings with adults of all ages, children, and families of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. I'm a native of Finland and have been able to live, learn, and work in a variety of settings, countries, and cultures.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I immigrated to the US from Finland as an adult in my late 20s and married into a multiracial, blended family. Although invisible to the eye, I also brought along a heavy backpack of trauma entangled with depression and anxiety. Unpacking, working through and resolving this backpack of gifts in disguise was the catalyst for me to embark on a career in the therapy field to help others do the same. I am committed to providing psychotherapy from an anti-racist framework. I aim to be open and affirming of individuals of every background, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, culture, religion, and ability status. I am also actively involved in training and consultation to further my awareness of the impact of my own race socialization as a white, cisgender, heterosexual woman in America.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Health Net
  • Managed Health Network
I offer online counseling in the following states:

At A Glance

  • Experience: 9 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $130 - 150/session


831-759-5055 Email Riitta
542 Ocean Street, Ste. J
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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