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65 Duke Street, Prince Frederick, Maryland 20678
443-295-8955
karina@thetherapycafe.com
Romel Santiago, LCSW

Romel Santiago, LCSW

Dedicated Telehealth Team-Covers the entire state of Maryland
Licensed Certified Social Worker – Clinical (LCSW-C)

Romel sees teenagers, adults and couples. He works in areas of depression, anxiety, grief, stress, anger management, trauma/PTSD, relationships, parenting, divorce, blended families and domestic violence for both the victim and the perpetrator. He works with LGBTQ issues both individual and couples, sexual health, sexual identity and BDSM. Romel’s work in addictions include eating disorders, alcohol and drug abuse, gambling, and sex addictions. Romel also works with people experiencing chronic illnesses. Some of the more challenging areas he works in include borderline personality, schizophrenia and schizoaffective. In addition, Romel works with adolescents who have behavioral and social problems, adjustment to divorced parents, blended families, and disabilities.

Romel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who has a deep respect for the courage that it takes to reach out and ask for help. He tailors his approach to the needs of each individual client he sees. He is a specialist in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT). Romel is also working on his license as a sex therapist for the state of Florida. Romel has experience working with adolescents, young adults, couples and adults. He has worked extensively with severe and persistent diagnosis, as well as sexual health and identities within adolescents and adult populations.

Through a structured interview and client engagement, Romel goes beyond the obvious, the presenting issue, to identify the root problem. Based on the outcome of the interview and clinical expertise, he proposes an individualized plan with goals that specifically target the problems with specific objectives and timelines for meeting those objectives. His extensive clinical background, training, and expertise have equipped him with skills critical to building and maintaining an effective and empathic relationship throughout the therapeutic process. Romel has over ten years working with substance abuse and a lifetime working with issues specific to minority populations.

Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, as a multi-racial young male, life’s question of “who am I?” and “Where do I fit in?” became overwhelming. Between the various identities within him, it was difficult to identify the answers, as none of them made any sense. Society continued to hammer in his head the limited options he had as a minority male, and the likelihood of institutions, death and jail as being his only options. Regardless of what society states he will become, He have the choice to be better, greater and more powerful, as long as he doesn’t give up or give in.