Hello! Welcome to the BetterHelp community! My name is Cathy and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have over nine years experience providing therapeutic services in an inpatient setting, and over twenty years experience as a Social Worker in the mental health field. I have worked in a wide range of therapeutic settings which include inpatient psychiatric hospitalizations, outpatient mental health care, and correctional institutions. I work with people who are affected by depression, anxiety, trauma, and assist individuals who are experiencing relationship challenges. I received my undergraduate degree in Social Work from Southeast Missouri State University in 1997. I attended the University of Missouri, Columbia and graduated with a Master of Social Work degree in 2009, and subsequently obtained my Clinical License in 2011.
My approach to therapy is warm, empathetic, goal oriented and client centered. I use the modalities of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. These approaches are hands-on and practical approaches to assist with a variety of problems. CBT identifies patterns in thinking that contribute to unwanted feelings and behaviors with the goal to change these thought patterns, which subsequently change negative emotions. These approaches will assist with learning better ways of coping with life's stressors.
Reaching out for support can be difficult, and I applaud you for taking this step toward a path of emotional well being. I look forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Antisocial Personality, Avoidant Personality, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Codependency, Control Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Infidelity, Life Purpose, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Post-traumatic Stress, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
MO LCSW 2011014259
She's very understanding and down to earth. She also calls me out when I'm sabotaging myself. She helps me identify the needs I have in my life and helps me put a plan of action together.
Written on Apr 25, 2023 after therapy with Catherine for 2 years and 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and intimacy-related issues
I love Catherine! She GETS it
Written on Apr 23, 2023 after therapy with Catherine for 2 years and 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, and adhd
She’s the best! I love her!!
Written on Feb 23, 2023 after therapy with Catherine for 2 years and 3 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and self esteem
Cathy is wonderful and tenacious. She is a strong listener and keen observer who has been so helpful to me in the last few years get to know myself better and work on identifying what is bothering me.
Written on Aug 01, 2022 after therapy with Catherine for 1 year and 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and compassion fatigue
The best therapist I’ve had so far through many years of therapy. She is always available for messaging and always checks in! She is such an empathetic person and has so much knowledge.
Written on May 22, 2022 after therapy with Catherine for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, and self esteem
I am really enjoying my sessions with Catherine and am grateful that we were paired by Better Help. She really listens to my concerns and has helpful advice. I would recommend her highly.
Written on May 20, 2022 after therapy with Catherine for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse