Carla Diano (RP) is a Registered Psychotherapist with a master’s degree in counselling psychology from Yorkville University. She has been counselling for over 20 years and provides a safe space for individuals, couples, and families to talk openly with an approach that is objective, neutral, and nonjudgmental.
Carla believes everyone is an expert in their own lives. She views her role as one of providing support and alternative perspectives to help identify and change patterns that overwhelm and negatively impact personal and professional decision making. Through dialogue, she encourages self-exploration and self-compassion necessary to develop healthier, more effective habits.
Carla uses a trauma and attachment lens to investigate the connection between thoughts and feelings, and the impact this connection has on behavior and relationships. She helps cultivate self-worth and individual strengths essential for overcoming obstacles such as lack of confidence and harmful self-evaluations that get in the way of developing and reaching goals.
Carla’s approach is evidence-based and integrative. She draws from different therapeutic modalities including psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavior therapy and mindfulness, cognitive processing therapy, attachment-based therapy, relational therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, solution focused therapy, emotion focused therapy and compassion focused therapy.
Carla also holds a master’s degree in nutrition from the University of Toronto and has been a consulting dietitian for over 20 years helping individuals overcome disordered eating. She recognizes and understands the impact mental health has on eating behavior and that trauma, shame, anxiety, mood changes, and stress all play a role.
Carla is a professor at George Brown College where she enjoys supporting and mentoring students in pursuit of personal and professional goals. Outside of work, Carla enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is a proponent of healthy eating, being physically active, and spending time in nature. Cooking and gardening provide a creative outlet for her own continued health and well-being.