PhD, M.Div, MPA
Melissa Castillo is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She holds a BA from Cornell University, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Pace University, and both a PhD in Clinical Psychology and a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. Her professional affiliations include The American Psychological Association (APA) and the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS).
Melissa is adept in the treatment of a wide range of mental health concerns including mood disorders, trauma, OCD, sleep disturbances, and sexual dysfunctions. She has extensive training in Integrated Behavioral Health, working collaboratively with primary care physicians and psychiatrists on multidisciplinary teams to address the bidirectional and complex comorbidities of mental and medical health disorders that emerge with diabetes, chronic pain, headaches, and sleep disturbance. She received two years of training in neuropsychological assessment at the UCLA-Semel School of Medicine/Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and provides brief office-based or “bedside” assessments for neurocognitive disorders (such as Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementias, and post-concussive syndromes), accompanied by referrals for formal neuropsychological testing and treatment as clinically appropriate.
Melissa is passionate about the provision of affordable and accessible mental health care to underserved populations, including health disparity groups, ministry and military families, and families experiencing peripartum and postpartum mood disorders. Skilled at brief, evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy, Melissa’s clinical approach is holistic, culturally competent, and strengths-based. She specializes in the integration of Christian faith and spirituality into psychotherapy. With a focus on increasing resilience and illness prevention, she works collaboratively with her clients and adapts interventions to fit their unique needs. She also enjoys creating seminars, trainings, and psychoeducational resources tailored to the specific needs and contexts of schools, churches, and other non-profit organizations.
Prior to working at the Center for Hope and Renewal, Melissa completed her Postdoctoral Psychology Residency Program at the Community Health Center, Inc. based in Middletown, CT. Prior to pursuing her graduate studies, Melissa served as a youth minister in lower Fairfield County for 5 years, worked as the Regional CT Coordinator of Student Services for Caron Treatment Centers, and as a consultant for the Courage to Speak Foundation.
She lives in Southern Fairfield County with her daughter and husband. She enjoys volunteering at her church, where her husband serves as the associate pastor.