A Greeting from Dr. Pepe Santana
Hello and thanks for visiting my website. I thought I would take a brief moment to tell you a little bit about myself and the way I practice psychotherapy.
I was born and raised in New York and New Jersey respectively, where multiculturalism, music, art, and the outdoors were a large part of my life. I knew I wanted to be a psychologist around my junior year in high school when I discovered I had a deep interest in and compassion for people, their minds, their hearts, and the human condition. I achieved my bachelors degree in psychology from Trenton State College, now called The College of New Jersey, and then I headed west, to Fresno, California, to earn my master’s and doctorate at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University. This was when I learned about and deeply resonated with the writings and theories of Carl Gustav Jung. This lead me to complete the Depth Psychology proficiency focus at CSPP. After a decade honing my professional skills and growing as a person, my long-time love of camping, hiking, and skiing lead me and my family to make our home right here in Denver, Colorado.
What is Depth Psychology?
Putting it simply, depth psychology is a therapeutic perspective that believes that inside us there are unknown and uncovered processes, motives, and causes for our psychological and emotional states. These states often lead to uncomfortable thoughts or undesirable or problematic behaviors. What this means for you: the focus of your therapy will be to explore your unconscious mind in order to discover these hidden causes and resolve what needs to be resolved, heal what needs to be healed, and move forward making better choices and being better connected to who you truly are.
What is my psychological approach?
I am a Jungian oriented existential humanist. And I realize all that jargon may mean very little to you. So let me explain…
Jungian: My concept for how a person’s personality and unconscious mind operate comes from the teaching, writings, and theories of Dr. Carl Gustav Jung.
Existential: I work from the premise that you are more than the sum of your parts and that there is great value in working with your strengths and accepting your limitations.
Humanist: In addition to believing in the power of empathy, I believe you already have within you everything you need to heal, recover, find meaning, and grow into a deeper relationship with yourself. My job is to help you access that which is already inside you.
While I am experienced in using a wide range of therapeutic techniques, I maintain the conviction that beneath all problematic behaviors, thoughts, and feelings lies a unique human being that is simply trying to survive and understand their own existence. My “style” is to honor that uniqueness and, being guided by my perspective, use all the tools available to me to help you tap into all the stuff inside that will lead you to heal, grow, and thrive.
Goodness of Fit
The largest factor that contributes to your healing and progress in psychotherapy is the relationship you form with your psychologist. Regardless of technique, research shows that this single factor has the most therapeutic impact. If you believe my style would be good fit for you to achieve your personal goals, please contact me at 720-272-0565 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free 30 minute consultation.
Pepe Santana, PhD