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.

Eva San Pedro-Koontz, LPC

Mrs. San Pedro-Koontz earned her masters in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She has approximately 10 years of experience working therapeutically with children, adults and families in a myriad of contexts including hospitals, community health centers, alternative and public schools, shelters and private practice. She is originally from Madrid, Spain and is bilingual and bicultural. She is skilled in providing counseling services to children, adults and families that have experienced trauma, physical/sexual abuse, depression, behavioral issues, parenting difficulties as well as anger management self-esteem and stress management issues. 


Jesenia Lopez, LCPC

Ms. Lopez earned her masters in Clinical Professional Psychology from Roosevelt University. She has over 6 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. She is skilled in providing counseling for individuals who have experienced trauma, depression, behavioral issues, self-esteem, and anxiety. 


Luis R. Diaz, LCPC


Mr. Diaz obtained his masters degree in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  Born and raised in Puerto Rico, he is bilingual and understands bicultural issues.  He has 5 years of clinical experience providing individual and group therapy in various settings including, but not limited to, correctional facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, and day programs.  Mr. Diaz has also worked with a wide range of clients including children, teenagers, adults, and the elderly specializing in mood disorders, diversity, and behavior modification.


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.

Monica Marchant-Silva, LCSW

Mrs. Marchant-Silva obtained her master's degree in Social Work at Jane Addams College of Social Work.  She is first-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.


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


Mara Silvestri, LPC


Ms. Silvestri obtained her masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  She has roughly 5 years of experience providing individual, family, and group therapy in hospitals and community mental health settings. Ms. Silvestri is skilled in providing counseling to a wide range of ages from childhood through adulthood on issues such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, behavioral problems, autism, family conflict, and trauma.


Natalia Borrero, LPC

Ms. Borrero graduated with her masters in Clinical Mental Health from Adler University and received her B. A in Psychology and Sociology from Loyola University. Ms. Borrero has experience in the nonprofit realm eradicating the cycle of violence and building healthy relationships and excels at supporting clients through unsafe and harmful relationships. She is committed to providing services that are trauma-informed, culturally-sensitive, and inclusive of diverse sexual and gender identities, expressions and practices. Ms. Borrero also completed a Social Justice Practicum at the LGBTQ Mental Health and Inclusion Center at Adler, where she collaborated to create an online resource guide of inclusive and affirming services for the LGBTQ community. She is a native Spanish speaker originally from Columbia. 


Jessica Rosales, LCPC


Mrs. Rosales obtained her masters degree in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is Mexican-American, bilingual, and a south side Chicago native. With six years of clinical experience, she has received specialized training in domestic violence and corrections. Mrs. Rosales has experience working in a variety of settings, including, child welfare, domestic violence shelters, corrections, and residential programs. She is culturally sensitive and has helped reunify children detained by immigration with relatives in the United States. Mrs. Rosales has worked with children, adolescents, and adults and has provided therapeutic services to individuals with

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