Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Certified Internal Family Systems Therapist
Somatic (Body-Inclusive) Psychotherapist
Interfaith Spiritual Counselor/Reverand
Somatic Meditation Instructor
Holistic Health Practitioner
Registered Yoga Teacher
About Spiritual Therapist Sabrina Santa Clara
There is a phrase in Spanish that says, “No hay mal que por bien no venga.” Or, “There is no bad out of which a good cannot arise.”
In other words, it’s true that bad things sometimes happen in our lives. It’s also true that each of us has the power to create good, even from really bad experiences.
I often say that I have the best job in the world because I get paid for loving people. My work is my vocation, but I don’t know that I would have become a therapist if not for the traumas and difficult challenges I survived. As a result of my own traumatic history, I struggled with mental health issues when I was younger. It took me a long time to learn how to love myself and to create a life that was rich, meaningful and stable. I know how impossible healing after trauma can seem. I also know how to help you get to the other side.
There were many things that helped in my healing process, including various physical practices (yoga, body building, movement and dance), spiritual practices (chanting, meditation, prayer), teachers (pastors, monks, rabbis, wise women and men) and a few really good therapists. Today, as a holistic psychotherapist, spiritual counselor and somatic (body-integrative) psychotherapist, I draw from these healing practices to help you come home to your authentic self.
Because of my own challenging history, I now have a breadth of wisdom to offer my clients. I specialize in helping those facing anxiety and mood disorders, trauma, loneliness and overwhelm, parenting and family dynamic conflict, relationship challenges, questions about sexual orientation and authentic sexuality, work/life balance issues, career transitions, religious and spiritual uncertainty and issues around food and poor body image, as well as all those seeking to create their best lives.
I merge traditional and holistic counseling and coaching modalities, and while I may offer a diagnosis for insurance purposes, I know that the challenges you’re facing do not define you. I can help you unearth your core self—the person you are beneath the trauma, behaviors and belief systems that might be obscuring your way.
My Positive Influences
In addition to past pain, I have also arrived where I am today thanks to the beautiful parts of my upbringing. My mother taught me everything I know about unconditional love. She never judged, but listened and supported me through all my challenges. Now, I am honored to extend that same unconditional love and acceptance to my clients, regardless of background.
My extended family comes from European, Mexican, Filipino, Korean and African backgrounds. Both my parents were inclusive by nature, which rooted me in an openness to race, religion and different ways of seeing the world. And because I grew up next to the California-Mexico border and spent 15 years in San Francisco, multicultural influences have shaped my identity.
Because I have lived within mixed communities most my life, I have a broad appreciation for difference that allows me to work well with people from diverse cultures and lifestyles. I have also explored a wide variety of faith system since my teens, which has brought me a deep understanding of spirituality. In my practice, I honor all faith systems and foster curious self-exploration, creating nonjudgmental space for you to create balance in your inner and outer worlds.
Today, I am told I am intuitive, open-minded, playful, down-to-earth and intelligent. As a therapist, I am both warm and direct. I offer the same authenticity and vulnerability I cultivate in my clients. My job is to help you discover and name your own truth, and if you need a reality check at some point along your path to healing, I’ll gently give it. I offer loving compassion that’s supported by a strong, dedicated backbone.
I am also fiercely loyal, which means once you’re my client, I’m committed. If you head down into a deep dark well, I’ll be there with you—with the ropes, pulleys, headlamps and snacks you need to make it back up to the light. No matter where you go in sessions, you won’t be there alone.
My Values In Action, In The Office And Beyond
My personal life is shaped by the same values that inform my practice. As a spiritual therapist, not surprisingly, my own connection to Source guides my life. I do believe that connection to a higher purpose is a key ingredient for happiness and meaning. I am committed to helping you heal trauma and learn practical skills for living well so you can fully connect with your own Source.
There are some experiences that words can’t fully express, which is why I am drawn to the creative arts and embodied movement. For example, I make mixed media art from natural and repurposed items, and I collage, make jewelry and write poetry. If you are interested in incorporating creative expression into the therapy process, I am more than happy to do so. Art and embodied movement can help us all move away from the confines of our hyper-linear world and tap into the rich, vibrant wisdom beneath the surface.
I am also passionate about the environment and love to travel to places where I can be in nature. When I am sitting in front of a vast, ancient ocean, my life becomes so much smaller. I am a grain of sand on the beach, a drop of water in the ocean, and I feel myself connected to a Source bigger than me. I find great comfort it this.
No matter what you are going through today, with guidance and support, you can transform your life by cultivating a strong relationship to the Source within you—the key to transforming even the bad into something good.
I invite you to call me at (303) 955-8945 for a free, 20-minute phone consultation. You can ask me any questions you may have about holistic counseling, my background and my practice in Las Vegas, NV, as well as my work in Henderson, NV.
Sabrina Santa Clara is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Spiritual Counselor. She studied at Naropa University, where she earned a Master of Arts in Somatic Counseling Psychotherapy, with a dual emphasis in Body Psychotherapy & Dance/Movement Therapy. She also received a bachelor’s in sociology, with an emphasis in human sexuality and Spanish, from San Francisco State University. She is continuously pursuing opportunities to enhance her education and training. She’s a Certified Internal Family Systems Therapist (Advanced), a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist and Yoga Instructor. She is a specialist in Psychotherapeutic Touch, and trains other clinicians on the use of touch in therapy. You can read Sabrina’s publications here and listen to her on the Women in Depth podcast here.