Cristina Castro, M.Ed, LPC

Chicago – Evanston

Maria “Cristina” Castro is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). She earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from DePaul University. She has experience providing trauma-informed care in the formats of individual and group psychotherapy with adults, adolescents, children, and families.  She has worked in a variety of settings including schools, community-based counseling and emergency care. Her clinical interests include depression, anxiety, grief and loss, complex trauma, cultural and gender identity, relationship issues, and parent/child dynamics. She maintains a collaborative and integrative approach while utilizing Narrative Therapy, Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Person-Centered Play, and Sand Tray Therapy. Cristina strives to create a brave and safe space in therapy by providing warmth, compassion, and empathy for clients to allow themselves to unravel their life stories and create healthier and more meaningful ones.


ADHD, Anxiety, Attachment Issues, CBT, Children/Parenting, Cross-Cultural Issues, Depression, Family, Gender Identity Development, Gender Non-Conforming, Grief and Loss, LGBTQ, Meditation, Mindfulness, PTSD/Trauma, Relationships, Self-esteem, Self-Harm, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Identity Development

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