Dr. Melanie Santos is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, anxiety disorders, and body-image disorders—including extensive training and experience with body dysmorphic disorder.
Dr. Santos received her doctoral degree from the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology and received further training in clinical and health psychology at Geisinger Medical Center. She completed postdoctoral training at the BioBehavioral Institute. She has been working in specialty anxiety practices for the past decade and maintains licensure in Illinois and New York.
Dr. Santos is co-author of the book Overcoming Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
Philosophy of Care
Dr. Santos is an empathic, supportive practitioner who values trust, candor, and a sense of humor in treating clients. She sees the therapeutic relationship as collaborative and puts her clients in the role of co-therapist, teaching them the skills and tools they need to overcome their obstacles. While she uses gold-standard treatments for everyone, individualized treatment plans are tailored to meet each person’s needs and strengths. This often involves working with clients in their real-world settings by guiding people through situations that cause them anxiety and teaching them to face their fears head on.