Hi, I'm Catherine!
I’m a licensed mental health counselor but you could think of me as your companion on your path to healthy living and wholeness. My passion is serving people who want to feel better and more at peace after a devastating experience but may fear the unknown of how counseling works or wonder if they really need it or will get any relief.
Why work with me?
I intimately know how messy and ugly life can be. I’ve had my own struggles throughout my life and learned something invaluable from every one of them. I offer my clients an authentic, direct style with warmth and, at times, a dose of humor. I believe when we are able to laugh, our heart opens and we connect with others at a deeper level.
Tragedy is awful but it can become the motivational force for you to develop a clearer sense of your identity and values. I am here to guide and support you to keep you on the path to healing. Being in pain is difficult but staying stuck in that pain is torture. I make sure everyone I work with learns how to take better care of themselves, learns to get their needs met and discovers meaning from the senseless things that happened to them. I believe we all have our own answers deep within us; sometimes we just need some help discovering them.
On a more personal note...
I chose this field because of my own experience with counseling. My life had crumbled and I needed guidance, support and a caring ear. That experience made such a huge impact on me, I changed careers after 20 years in engineering. I have always loved to solve problems and I wanted to continue that, but preferred a career that developed personal connections and impacted people’s lives more directly. I am inspired by my clients’ strength and courage every day and feel my life is more enriched by being a part of their lives.
Ready to take action?
I believe people can accomplish most anything with commitment and with the right guidance. That’s why I hope you book your appointment now.
Education and credentials
I earned my Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University and am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) received from the International Association of Trauma Professionals and a Certified Master's Level Addictions Professional (MCAP). I have extensive experience working with trauma, grief and loss, damaged relationships and addiction. I am trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) which is a trauma therapy that has remarkably quick results. ART is officially recognized as an evidence-based treatment for psychological trauma and depression by the SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). I am also trained in hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis which is the largest U.S. organization for health and mental health care professionals using clinical hypnosis. I integrate a variety of therapies including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-focused cognitive therapy, mindfulness-based therapies and hypnotherapy depending on your needs.
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