I am licensed in New Mexico and Oregon with 15 years of professional work experience in mental health and 20 years of professional experience in substance abuse treatment. I believe in taking a collaborative approach to treatment with my clients - after all, you are the expert on you!
My clients say they find me to be warm, non-judgmental, and validating. I am also irreverent and use humor at times if I feel it is appropriate. I am body positive and take a Healthy at Every Size (HAES) approach to body size and weight . I am also LGBTQ+ affirming and sex positive.
Some of my areas of experience and expertise are:
-PTSD and trauma, including childhood and generational trauma
-Veteran's issues including treatment of combat and non-combat PTSD and culturally competent treatment for Women Veterans and LGTBQ+ Veterans.
-Depression and bipolar disorder
I have a bachelor's degree in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz (2005) and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Nevada, Reno (2008). I am intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD, and Motivational Interviewing.
Additional areas of focus: Abandonment, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Communication Problems, Family of Origin Issues, First Responder Issues, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Women's Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
OR LCSW L13618
NM LCSW C-08190
Catherine was so easy to work with and I found her insights helpful for me. She allowed a very comfortable space, non-judgmental, and open for communication. I really appreciated that we could do our visit via telephone to make it more accessible for me. I would recommend her hands down.
Written on Feb 14, 2024 after therapy with Catherine for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching