Mia Dal Santo (she/they)

MSMFT
Accepting Clients

Hi, I'm Mia, A systemically-trained therapist who is passionate about queerness, accessibility, and creating safe, healing spaces for all.

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Oak Park, IL
Supervised by Elana Thomas, LCSW

About My Clients

Are you someone who is looking for help or support in your non-traditional relationship structure or sexuality? Are you struggling to feel seen or heard in these identities? As a relational therapist, I recognize that our connections with others are the basis of both the greatest struggles and the greatest rewards we can know. I desire to work with people who are seeking to flesh out their sense of identity and strengths, and through doing so, relate to others more authentically and skillfully.

My Background and Approach

In 2017, I graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor of the Arts in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies. In 2022, I received a Master of Science in Couple and Family Therapy from Purdue University Northwest. Throughout my experience as a practicing clinician, I have found ways to marry my undergraduate and graduate experiences in a way that honors clients’ perspectives and connects the stories that arise in therapy to overarching themes and systems of influence. My therapeutic approach is based in narrative and feminist therapies and focuses on the strengths that the client brings to the therapy room. I often use queer, phenomenological, and critical race theories when conceptualizing cases and focus on intersectionality as it relates to my clients and the therapeutic process. Collaboration and transparency are the main tenants of my practice; checking in with clients and holding space for their concerns and goals is at the center of treatment with me.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

As a queer, cis-ish, white, non-religious, poly-and-kink-affirming, chronically ill, person from the Chicagoland/NWI area. Queerness, to me, is not just an identity, but also a way of being. I try to embody this by listening to others, creating space and amplifying voices where I can, and pushing for positive change not just in the therapy room, but in the world at large. Because I have worked hard to understand myself and come to these identities, I try to create space for others to do the same in my therapy room. This often takes the form of remaining curious and asking questions--not to judge, but to understand. I also lean heavily on process transparency and rapport building with clients so that we may work together to reach their goals.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
I offer online counseling in the following states:

At A Glance

  • Experience: 4 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $80 - 130/session

Info

2192309660 Email Mia
105 N Oak Park Ave
Unit 2B
Oak Park, IL 60301
53 W Jackson Blvd
Ste 604
Chicago, IL 60604

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