Dr. Pilar Castaneda

Marriage & Family Therapist , PhD , MS , LMFT

(607) 215-7732
I am a bilingual (English and Spanish) Family Therapist with over twenty years of experience working with individuals, couples, children and families from different ethnicities, cultures, genders, socioeconomic and religious backgrounds. I have extensive experience working with a wide range of issues, one area being specifically with trauma survivors. I believe in change and I believe that we all can find our internal resources to grow. I am a respectful and warm person, who believes in connecting and healing in relationships. I show this through my care for my clients and my enjoyment in our work. I think systemically about my clients' challenges and help them heal and move forward in their lives. In addition to talk therapy, I am also experienced in using relaxation and hypnosis with my clients, in order to help them move forward in the healing process. I understand the importance of relationships and attachments and the impact that difficult separations can have in my clients' lives, thus I work in a way that supports safe emotional experiences and change.
My process of therapy is one where I start with my clients creating an environment where clients feel safe, heard and understood. To learn about my clients and to understand them in their context, I explore the history of their lives that includes not only information regarding their families backgrounds, dynamics, values and patterns but also their connections and relationships, their strengths and difficulties, in their context. I base my interventions on my client's strengths and resources and I encourage empowerment in their lives.
My personal experience in particular with diversity, my professional and personal qualities, strengths and abilities, makes me a therapist that feels comfortable working with differences in a respectful and skillful manner. My greater strength is working with diversity and with couples, families and young children. I believe in the process of therapy where individuals and families work on the issues they are experiencing at the present moment, learn ways to resolve them and heal, and then leave therapy to continue growing on their own. Once we meet we will find a way to work successfully.
Call or Email Dr. Pilar Castaneda for a free phone consultation now - (607) 215-7732


  • Years in Practice: 20+ Years
  • School: Syracuse University
  • Year Graduated: 2010
  • License No. and State: 000505 New York


  • Sliding Scale: Yes
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes

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IthacaNew York 14850
(607) 215-7732
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IthacaNew York 14850
(607) 215-7732


  • Family Conflict
  • couples, family medicine
  • Relationship Issues


  • Child or Adolescent
  • Coping Skills
  • Divorce
  • Parenting
  • Self Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Peer Relationships
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Suicidal Ideation

Mental Health:

  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Mood Disorders

Client Focus

Ethnicity: Hispanic and Latino
Alternative Languages: Spanish


  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation:

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Humanistic
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Play Therapy


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Family

Nearby Areas

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Last Modified: 13 May 2014