Felix L. Garcia del Castillo, PhD
Félix L. García del Castillo, PhD (he/him/el) is a licensed clinical psychologist specialized in working with youth and adults of minoritized sexual orientations and gender identities (SOGI), as well as members of racially and ethnically minoritized communities. Dr. García del Castillo’s foundational training was in relational-interpersonal psychotherapy, and included a strong emphasis on early childhood development, attachment, and family systems. In terms of manualized treatment modalities, Dr. García del Castillo frequently employs Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and was formally trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT). Dr. García del Castillo works with children, adolescents, and adults, and provides individual, couples, family, and group therapy.
Currently, Dr. García del Castillo practices from a client-centered stance, providing highly structured support like distress tolerance skills, affirming individuals as they explore unfamiliar or uncomfortable aspects of themselves, and utilizing the therapeutic relationship as a safe space in which to confront and address self-defeating relational patterns. Similarly, Dr. García del Castillo prioritizes multidisciplinary care coordination, regularly conferencing with youth, parents, teachers, and other providers to promote a cohesive support network around clients and to advocate for them as needed.
Dr. García del Castillo received his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology (Child Track) from The Graduate Center, The City University of New York. He completed his predoctoral internship at the Children’s Institute Inc. (Bilingual Trauma Track) in Los Angeles, CA, and postdoctoral fellowship at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center.
At Callen-Lorde, a preeminent healthcare clinic exclusively serving queer and TGNB communities, Dr. García del Castillo trained in the informed consent model of TGNB care. Dr. García del Castillo worked closely with an integrative TGNB care team, cofacilitating a Surgery Prep group, assessing and documenting preparedness for surgical interventions, and providing weekly sessions with clients at various stages of presurgical decision-making and postsurgical lifestyle adjustment.
- Instructor in Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at CUMC
- NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
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