Dyana Castillo
DOCTORAL CANDIDATE


I am in the final stages of my doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the University of Saskatchewan, having recently completed my residency at the London Clinical Psychology Consortium in the health and rehabilitation stream. I am also a member of the Ontario Psychological Association.

Throughout my years of training, I have provided psychological assessment and intervention services at a variety of settings, including inpatient and outpatient hospitals, and student and community mental health clinics. Outside of my formal clinical training, in 2022, I was employed as a psychometrist at a rehabilitation center for people injured in motor vehicle collisions. The majority of my clinical psychology experience to date has involved assessing and treating individuals (children, adolescents, and adults) with genetic or acquired health conditions who are also struggling with mental health difficulties or adjustment problems. I have encountered a wide range of mental health difficulties, including anxiety (i.e., generalized anxiety, social anxiety, health anxiety) and depression, chronic stress and its impact on health, grief and loss, significant behavioural and conduct concerns, eating disorders, personality disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, and panic disorder. I provide my services in English or Spanish.

At McKenzie Psychology, I provide evidence-based assessment and intervention for individuals aged 12 and older under the supervision of Dr. Sandra McKenzie. My clinical interventions are heavily influenced by psychodynamic and emotion-focused therapies because issues of emotion regulation and expression are highly common in mental health conditions, and they often develop earlier on in life. Ultimately, I let individuals’ needs guide the nature of the treatment, as well as the pace of our work together. Where relevant, I also incorporate my knowledge of social systems in society (e.g., family) and culture to better understand patients. I approach my work with patients with respect, curiosity, and deep appreciation. It is an honour to be let into an individual’s private world and to be trusted with the responsibility of helping individuals overcome their struggles, so that they may feel better prepared and empowered to tackle life’s challenges.

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