Centro Castillo para Bienestar Personal y Familiar

Our Therapists

Paula C. Castillo, Psy. D.    
Dr. Castillo received her doctorate from California School of Professional Psychology.  With over 24 years of clinical experience in various settings as both clinician and clinical supervisor as well as adjunct professor.  Born in Guatemala, she is bilingual and bicultural with specialties in human sexuality, trauma, couple’s therapy, family therapy, and cultural related matters.  As Clinical Director of Centro Castillo, she is fully dedicated to create an environment of learning, growth, and healing to all that enter its offices.  

Judith Lopez Albalawneh, LCPC
Mrs. Lopez Albalawneh is a first generation, bilingual, Mexican American from Los Angeles, California. She obtained a Masters in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Mrs. Lopez Albalawneh has experience providing individual, family and group therapy in a variety of settings, including community mental health centers, inpatient hospitals and shelters. She has worked with youth, adults and families to address depression, anxiety, self-esteem, grief/loss, trauma, adjustment disorders, behavioral issues, academic concerns and life transitions. 

Joan g. de Petrizzi, LCSW
Ms. g. de Petrizzi earned her Masters degree from SSA at the University of Chicago. She completed the two-year Family Systems Program through The University of Illinois at the Institute for Juvenile Research. In addition, she has completed 4 years of doctoral studies at the Institute for Clinical Social Work.   Ms. de Petrizzi has extensive experience working with adolescents, couples and families. She has been completed at least one hundred Critical Incident stress debriefings including. She has also provided clinical supervision for second year master level students from the University of Chicago and The University of Illinois.  Ms. G. de Petrizzi has a beautiful ethnic mixture of Mexican, Spanish, Native Indian, and Dutch.  She is both bilingual and bicultural with more than 35 years of clinical experience.

Yessica Garcia Alvarez, LSW
Ms. Garcia Alvarez obtained her Master’s in Social Work at Northeastern Illinois University with a focus in Clinical Mental Health. She was born in Michoacán, Mexico and practices with a bicultural lens as a bilingual therapist. She puts emphasis in recognizing cultural norms while working with culturally diverse clients. Ms. Garcia Alvarez has an array of skills and experience providing individual and group therapy in wide variety of settings, not limited to hospital settings, shelters and intensive outpatient clinics. Ms. Garcia Alvarez specializes in treatment of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, adjustments disorders, psychosis disorders, substance use and trauma. Ms. Garcia Alvarez hopes to continue fostering a strong community of empowerment to help clients overcome challenges.

Katrina Garland, PsyD
Dr. Garland received her doctorate from Yeshiva University in New York. She has over 6 years of experience providing individual and group therapy to children, adolescents, young adults, and families in a variety of settings, including schools and urban mental health clinics. She is skilled in providing therapy for individuals with issues related to autism, anxiety, depression, ADHD, social skills deficits, behavioral problems, and intellectual disabilities.

Alicia Gonzalez Wiese, LCPC
Ms. Gonzalez Wiese obtained her Master's in Professional Counseling from La Salle University, in Philadelphia, PA. Ms. Gonzalez Wiese was born in the Dominican Republic and is both bilingual and bicultural. She has over 10 years of experience working in both an outpatient setting and in schools doing individual and group work. Ms. Gonzalez Wiese is skilled in working with individuals with depression, anxiety, victims of interpersonal violence, ADHD as well as specific trauma work. Ms. Gonzalez Wiese has also worked with families to improve family relationships and teach parenting skills. 

Audrey Abigail Nape, LPC
Ms. Nape received her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University in Atlanta, GA. Ms. Nape has experience providing bilingual counseling to children, adolescents, and adults facing a wide variety of symptoms and life stressors in an outpatient setting. Her areas of experience include anxiety, depression, trauma, interpersonal and cultural conflict, behavioral issues, parenting, and others through a cognitive behavioral approach with a systemic lens. Before starting at Centro Castillo, Ms. Nape gained extensive experience providing trauma-informed, holistic case management to asylum seekers and undocumented survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. While Ms. Nape is not a person of color, she is bilingual fluent Spanish speaker and has a strong affinity and commitment to the Latino, immigrant, and refugee communities. Ms. Nape is committed to the lifelong practice of learning and self-reflection required to practice multicultural counseling.

Monica Marchant-Silva, LCSW
Mrs. Marchant-Silva obtained her master's degree in Social Work at Jane Addams College of Social Work.  She is second-generation Mexican-America bilingual therapist.  She has clinical experience working both in inpatient and outpatient settings.  Mrs. Marchant-Silva works with individuals and families, as well as runs therapeutic groups.  She has worked with a wide range of concerns including but not limited to mood disorders, trauma, anxiety, chronic illness, conduct and behavioral disorders.  In addition, Mrs. Marchant-Silva has experience with reunification of families after suffering domestic violence and/or sexual assault.

Annette Marquez, LCSW, CADC
Ms. Annette Marquez earned her Masters in Social Work from Jane Addams College of Social Work. She is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Addictions Counselor. Ms. Marquez has worked in the capacity of clinical social worker for the City’s Health Department. Prior to joining the City’s Health Department, Ms. Marquez worked in the drug and alcohol addictions field as a clinical supervisor for an out-patient clinic.  Ms. Marquez also has years of extensive experience in child welfare.  She has clinical experience working both with inpatient and outpatient settings.  Ms. Marquez is Puerto Rican and bilingual and works with individuals and families, as well as runs therapeutic groups. Her clinical specialties include drug and alcohol addiction, trauma, depression, behavioral issues, self-esteem, and anxiety. 

Yvette Ramírez, LPC
Ms.  Ramirez is a bilingual, second-generation, Mexican-American born and raised in Chicago. Ms. Ramirez received her master’s degree in clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adler University (formerly known as Adler School of Professional Psychology). Ms. Ramirez has worked with children, adults, and families. She has experience working with domestic violence, depression, anxiety, and trauma. 


Solimar Ruiz, PsyD
Dr. Ruiz received her PhD from the Carlos Albizu University in Puerto Rico. Her dissertation resulted in the creation of an Informational Manual for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Ruiz has experience providing individual therapy to children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics. He has experience working with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, parent training, autism, ADHD and pre-competitive anxiety with athletes.

Jonathan Saavedra, PsyD
Dr. Jonathan Saavedra is a bicultural and bilingual first-generation Ecuadorian-American born and raised in the city of Chicago. He earned his doctorate from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology where he received specialized training focused on work with children, adolescents, and their families. Over the course of his training experiences he has had the opportunity to provide therapy to individuals of all ages in community mental health, school, and hospital settings. He has experience treating behavioral issues, ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma, family conflict, and parenting difficulties. Additionally, Dr. Saavedra has experience conducting psychological, psycho-educational, and neuropsychological testing for a broad range of emotional, behavioral, and cognitive issues related to intellectual disability, learning, attention and memory.

Hector Torres, PsyD.
Dr. Héctor Torres is a clinical psychologist with more than 15 years of experience. Throughout his career, he has worked in diverse settings including universities, community-based agencies, mental health agencies, evaluation clinics, state forensic hospital, and a pediatric hospital. Dr. Torres has focused on providing individual, couples, and relationship therapy to racial, ethnic and sexual minorities, and LGBTQ individuals. His approach is one that pays attention to human potential, interpersonal relationships, and understanding individuals’ unique life experiences and contexts. He offers tools, strategies and responses that to address client’s specific needs. Dr. Torres believes that stigma, oppression, and power dynamics are often responsible of many individuals’ distress and psychological symptoms, and therefore addresses these topics in the programs and services provided.

Ivette Vazquez Sánchez, PhD
Dr. Vazquez was born in Humacao, Puerto Rico, she obtained her master's degree in Psychological Counseling from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico. Subsequently, she received   her doctorate in Psychological Counseling at Sistema Universitario Ana G. Mendez, Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico. With over 15 years of experience in private practice, Dr. Vazquez has provided psychological services in diverse public and private mental health agencies and institutions in Puerto Rico. Her areas of expertise include outpatient mental health services to populations of children, youth and adults as individual, family, couples.  In addition, Dr. Vazquez has provided psychotherapy services to elementary, intermediate and senior level students of Special Education Program in Puerto Rico with mental health disorders.  In other areas of services, she has offered psychoeducational workshops to parents and teachers, as well as vocational and occupational training workshops to women victims of gender-based violence.  Dr. Vazquez is bilingual and she specializes in the treatment of mood disorders, stress management, grief/loss, attention deficit disorder, anxiety disorders, behavioral disorders, adjustment disorders, anger management, self-esteem, parenting, and interpersonal relationships.
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