Marisela Castillo


Marisela Castillo

As a helper, I honor and welcome you as you are. My hope is to create a space of safety, a space to discover, to unwind, to be at peace, to laugh and to cry, and to find healing as we work through your most difficult trials. I honor that everyone is their own best guide and my approach is that together, we will help you find what you need at this time. I especially care about all the parts of you working together. My hope is to tend to and heal the hurts of generational, historical, and present traumas.

I use a combination of mind + body + spirit therapies to help you: 
• Figure out what's happening. Together we'll learn more about what you've been through, taking special note of your innate resilience and strength. As needed, I'll teach you about your nervous system, your brain, and how your body holds onto memories, even though you think you "should be over it by now."

• Clear what's in the way. Sometimes what happened to us needs to be cleared directly, and for that I use Eye Movement Reprocessing and Desensitization (EMDR).

• Clarify who you want to be and how to get there. To create a life you enjoy living, it's helpful to know what's most important to you, and to determine specific actions you can take day by day to live in alignment with those values.

• Learn to tolerate being in the here and now. I use a variety of skills to help you gently and compassionately increase awareness of your breath, thoughts, feelings, and body so you can regain control, and feel empowered to be with your experience of the present moment, no matter what it is.

My clinical approach is in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, a proven and effective way to treat symptoms related to and stemming from PTSD; like anger, anxiety, and overall internal safety issues. My approach incorporates mindfulness and body awareness; along with attachment; CBT and DBT techniques, and expressive arts. I hold a Masters of Education in Rehabilitation Counseling & Human Services and a Bachelors in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Idaho. I have worked in the human service field for the past 9 years, working with children and adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities and their families. I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor for the past 5 years, providing individual counseling to children, teens, and adults along with family and couples techniques. My clinical interests include dual diagnosis, trauma, anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. Currently, I provide therapy in English and Spanish. I look forward to helping you through your healing journey.

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Master's in Counseling & Human Services through the University of Idaho