Carla Diano is a Registered Psychotherapist that has completed a master’s degree in counselling psychology at Yorkville University. She works to provide clients a non-judgmental, safe environment to build a therapeutic relationship that encourages self-exploration and self-compassion necessary for positive change. She stands by the belief that clients are experts in their own lives and views her role as one of providing support and alternative perspective for the identification of maladaptive patterns of behavior that impact personal and professional functioning.
Carla utilizes a trauma-informed lens and evidence-based practices to help individuals and couples investigate the connection between thoughts and feelings, and the impact of these on actions as well as relationships. She seeks to help clients cultivate strengths and build self-worth while learning to overcome obstacles such as self-doubt and negative self-evaluations that get in the way of developing and reaching goals. Carla’s approach is integrative drawing 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 15 years. Throughout her career, she recognized the impact of mental health on eating behavior – understanding that trauma and conditions such as anxiety, mood changes, and stress all play a role. Wanting to do more for her clients and address these issues more effectively, she was inspired to pursue a career in psychology. 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 and school, Carla enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is a proponent of eating well, being physically active, and spending time in nature. Cooking and gardening provide a creative outlet for her own continued health and well-being.