Dr. Castillo received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Texas A & M University Corpus Christi in 2006. She obtained her M.S. in Counseling and Guidance from TAMU-CC in 2001 and her B.S. in secondary education from Corpus Christi State University in 1990. Dr. Castillo is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor with thirty years experience in public schools and higher education. Her specialized training includes Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), levels 1 and 2 of Gottman Method Couple's Therapy, certified facilitator for the Nurturing Parenting Program, Rainbow Days' Faith Connection for children and youth development, Rainbow Days' Strengthening Families Program for parents and youth, Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP), and is a Certified Anger Resolution Therapist (CART).
EMDR therapy is an interactive psychotherapy technique used to relieve psychological stress. It is an effective treatment for trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) specifically used with veterans.
Dr. Castillo is owner/director of C2Counseling, and today her work includes facilitating healthy relationship classes and positive parenting programs. She counsels and presents in English and Spanish on a diversity of topics to schools and community agencies. Dr. Castillo-Tristan’s interests include families and individuals affected by trauma, incarceration and human trafficking.