Ashton Santo

LMSW

Ashton Santo

LMSW

Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker
License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision. Supervisor: LCSW
Primary Credential: LMSW
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: $90 for 30-minute sessions
$125 for 45-minute sessions
Free Initial Consultation

Offices

New York, New York 10003

My Approach to Helping

Hello! I’m Ashton (he, him, his), a queer, transmasculine social worker and harm reduction advocate. I support my clients in making meaning of their life experiences and building resilience in stressful times.

During our sessions, my clients can expect a compassionate atmosphere that encourages creativity and growth. I highlight my clients' strengths in the face of adversity and embrace unconventional solutions. Need to cover your computer screen with sticky notes so you remember an appointment? Do it! Have five trash cans in your bedroom so one is always in arm's reach? Amazing! I believe in doing what works, no matter how weird it may seem.

While it is tempting to praise breakthroughs and "A-ha!" moments, I find the work most compelling when my clients don't have an answer yet. The greatest opportunity for positive change can come when one is at a crossroads; the moment before a decision is one of millions of possibilities. I support clients in living with uncertainty and expanding their tolerance for distress.

If you are looking for a nonjudgmental and compassionate space to grow, connect with me and schedule a consultation!

More Info About My Practice

I believe in an unconditional acceptance of all gender identities and expressions. I facilitate access to gender-affirming medical transition to the greatest extent possible by writing letters of readiness and connecting clients to competent providers in their area. In our therapy sessions, my clients can safely explore their feelings without fear of invalidation or gatekeeping.

Outside of therapy, I train medical and mental health professionals on the essentials of gender-affirming care. This role ensures that I am always engaged with the newest developments in both transition medicine and public policy.

I also take a harm reduction-oriented perspective to alcohol and other substance use. An abstinence-only approach to substance use may not be realistic or desirable; I recognize that psychoactive substances often serve very important purposes, like alleviating physical and psychological distress. I connect my clients to essential harm reduction resources and create safety plans to promote safer substance use, considering the drug, (mind)set, and setting all as parts of the whole picture.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    I regard my transgender, non-binary, and gender-expansive clients with the utmost respect, with several years of professional and personal expertise serving the LGBTQIA+ community. I also come to the table with a wealth of experience working with people who use drugs and formerly incarcerated individuals.

Industries & Communities Served

  • LGBTQ+

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Identity Issues
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Relational Psychotherapy

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