Santana Simple, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
Assistant Director - Suicide Prevention
Licensed Professional Counselor
- Ph.D., Counselor Education, Sam Houston State University
- M.S., Counseling, University of Houston Clear Lake
- M.P.H., Texas A&M University
- B.S., Psychology, Texas A&M University
License and Certification
- Licensed Professional Counselor, Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, No. 73452
Approach to Therapy and Professional Interests
College is an exciting time as students explore their individual identities, interests, and take steps toward creating their ideal lives. My professional interests include helping students increase self-awareness and utilize their strengths to effectively navigate the challenges along their paths. My model of therapy is person centered, and I strive to meet each student where they are on their personal journey. I focus on treating the whole person and create a safe space for students to gain clarity of their values, strengths, and personal goals.
Personal Statement on Diversity and Social Justice
Diversity and creating a socially just society are deeply important to me personally and professionally. As a Woman of Color, my daily navigation of life, challenges me to consider the lens I am experiencing, create spaces of engagement, and remain open to learning. As a mental health professional, my commitment to diversity is shaped by work with clients. My desire to make a meaningful impact on the whole person constantly challenges me to expand my knowledge and understanding. This enormous amount of knowledge helps me to strive to learn from and embrace various cultural, ethnic, and intersecting identities. Through these experiences, I have come to understand my privileged identities, spaces, and opportunities to advocate.
Approach to Supervision
My approach to supervision is built upon the foundation that we are constantly evolving and becoming. The supervisory relationship is based upon our connections to our awareness and engagement in our own processes. I aspire to establish trustworthiness with trainees so they can lean into this intense educational process, and continually build confidence. I believe we have to continually increase our attentiveness, and understanding of the influences in our worldview in order to challenge our perspectives and interpersonal processes to be available to facilitate a client’s change. Through collaborative learning, I believe we can create an integration of knowledge that is relevant in all interpersonal connections that extends beyond counseling skills, and deepens the impact in all of our human connections.
When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, shopping, and watching movies!