My name is Cathy and I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania with over 30 years experience in the mental health field. I've worked with individuals, couples, children, and families of diverse backgrounds in many different settings, with many different issues. Specialties include work with depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, and family issues. I've also worked with addictions, sex offenders, kids of all ages, employee assistance, and just about anything else you can imagine, or so it seems. After all these years I 'm tempted to say I've "heard it all"... until something new proves me wrong!
What I can say is I will try to offer a realistic perspective to almost any problem, whether it's a parenting, relationship, or family issue, or if you need help overcoming your fear, anxiety, anger, hurt, or just plain crazy-off-the-wall-stressful lifestyle. I draw upon many schools of thought, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, reality therapy, structural family therapy, and various trauma-informed approaches. For those who request Christian Counseling, I also have a seminary education and can provide Biblical insights into all of the above, but also acknowledge that the church is made up of imperfect people and sometimes brings wounds of its own.
So bottom line, I believe it's important to be real, to meet you where you are, and work together to find the best solutions. So if you need someone to discuss the complex bio-psycho-social dynamics and treatment protocols for particular diagnosis, I can do that. If you need someone to break down the psychobabble into plain language, I can do that. If you need it explained by chapter and verse, or want nothing to do with religion, that's fine too. Most of all, I believe that everyone deserves to be heard with compassion and respect before I can earn the right offer advice, challenge your thinking, or confront you with an uncomfortable truth.
One of things I love about Betterhelp is that I have the opportunity to work with people from all over the world, and am reminded daily that the things we have in common are far greater than anything that may separate us. So no matter what your background, I am honored to have the privilege of getting to know you, and will do everything I can to help.
Looking forward to working with you,
For more details on my professional experience and education, please see my Linked In page at:
- Stress, Anxiety
- Family conflicts
- Trauma and abuse
- Parenting issues
Addictions , Relationship issues , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care , Blended Family Issues , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Co-morbidity , Codependency , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Dependent Personality , Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) , Dissociation , Divorce and Separation , Domestic Violence , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Emptiness , Expats , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Fertility Issues , First Responder Issues , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Hoarding , Hospice and End of Life Counseling , Impulsivity , Infidelity , Intellectual Disability , Isolation/Loneliness , Jealousy , Life Purpose , Midlife Crisis , Money and Financial Issues , Mood Disorders , Narcissism , Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Paranoia , Phobias , Postpartum Depression , Posttraumatic Stress , Pregnancy and Childbirth , Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling) , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Self-Harm , Self-Love , Sex Addiction , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Somatization , Traumatic Brain Injury , Trichotillomania , Visually Impaired , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LPC #PC005432 (Expires: 2023-02-28)
This has been so helpful!
Catherine is terrific, very understanding of my crazy life and her advice with my family situation was truly helpful.
I'm grateful to Cathy for her kindness, empathy, patience and humour in our sessions. I feel like I can tell her anything and she'll help me move forward. Since we've started talking, I feel so much better, freer and looser in myself than I've been for a long time.
I absolutely love Catherine! Her advice and wisdom has helped me strive professionally and with my relationships with my family and friends.
Catherine was fantastic to work with. She was able to very quickly learn about me, my goals, the context around what brought me on to betterhelp, and ultimately sift through our conversations to support me. This translated into helpful analysis (oftentimes via a scientific description that was extremely helpful and delivered in a digestible way), questions that made me dive deeper into my own self-awareness, and ultimately into the creation of habits that worked for my own unique needs. Her support felt customized and not generic and has really changed the way I practice habits to support in cultivating my mental health. I highly recommend working with her!
Catherine has helped me so much with detangling my thoughts and helping me get through my anxieties. I highly reccomend her (: she's so sweet and it's really comforting to talk to her!
She’s helped me tremendously. I am super grateful for her time and compassionate approach.
Never having a therapist, I was not sure what to expect out of sessions. Catherine has made the process very smooth. I appreciate her attentiveness to and care for what I am going through. In just a couple of sessions, I am seeing a light that I have been hoping to find. She presents clear and manageable exercises that we work on together and I on my own. It is evident that she is educated and well-practiced in counseling.
As a wife and new mom, our family is facing some obstacles in life that I want/need guidance through. Together, BetterHelp and Catherine accommodate my specific needs to times that work with my lifestyle. This is my first time seeking therapy and was excited but worried I would be more so venting rather than being guided.. not the case at all. I’m enjoying my “me time”.
She is highly understanding
She is a great listener, very understanding and always helpful.
I’ve been in and out of therapy for the past 24 years and have dealt with a plethora of therapists, some helpful and some not so much. My experience with Catherine has been incredibly helpful to the point where it is visible to the people around me that things in my therapy journey are going well. She has helped me with the more practical side of navigating options I need outside of just Better Help when it comes to my mental health and has been eye opening to issues I was unaware I was even having that were really causing a lot of blocks in my life. She is open, understanding, while also letting me feel heard and valued. I can’t express how much that alone has helped me get through my weeks. I wanted to make sure I didn’t write a review too soon but after a even just a couple of months I absolutely recommend her.
Catherine always listenes to my problems and gives me tips on how to cope with daily life, especially during the times we're living in
She is wonderful ❣️
Catherine is absolutely wonderful. She is a true professional who is honestly dedicated to us (clients). After counseling sessions with Catherine I literally feel like I have just taken a breath of fresh air. Thank you for everything that you do Catherine. You are absolutely wonderful
So far I have only had 1 session with Catherine Misciagna but a few random chats, I do plan to have many more. She is very attentive and understanding. She offered me wise advice and helped me understand myself a little more. I am very appreciative of her time and expertise!
Catherine has helped me to start taking control of my life and helping me realize that I am stronger than others have thought of me. I am stronger than my scars, my trauma, my abuse, my abusers. I am more powerful than the hands that used to hold me down. She has started working with me to help me rise above being a victim and to walk confidently as a survivor.
Catherine is very clear and patient at the same time. She helped me to go through difficult periods in my relationships and supported me. She was flexible in time-arrangements and showed a lot of compassion
Catherine is very kind, professional and caring. She asks many questions and is very compassionate, patient and understanding towards your answers.
I trust her completely with my feelings and thoughts and feel very grateful to have such a great counsellor.
I feel supported, not judged and more confident to take on life's struggle.
After several months of text-counseling at my pace which suits my life and allows me to jot down and send the most poignant thoughts and descriptions of feelings WHEN I can describe them (rather than waiting on a scheduled appointment), I'm in love with this form of counseling. I believe I've made MUCH more progress this way than I ever did in traditional office/appointment/ time - limited counseling. I think it allows my counselor to offer better responses too because she can do it when she knows she has time to concentrate.
I have a masters in counseling, and I'm huge on reading body language and facial expressions, so for me to praise this aspect of the counseling as such a big benefit is a big deal (I think, ha ha).
Very good responses, she asks a lot of questions so she can really understand and help me.
I've only just started with Catherine but so far it has been amazing. The format of messaging is perfect for me. I find it is so much easier to open up and a sincere desire from Catherine to help me do that.
I was asking for understanding and to be heard rather than told. Cathy has been an amazing example of knowledge with integrity and most certainly has helped me see myself more clearly for who I am, rather than for who I thought I was.
Starting out, I wasn't too sure therapy was the right choice to help me. But from the first message, Catherine has proved to be of more help than I could ever imagine. She takes the time to work through all of my problems with me instead of focusing on just one. She is very encouraging and patient when it comes to what I feel I need or understand. Overall she is one of the most helpful people I have ever met and I would gladly recommend her to anyone seeking help.
Cathy is a wonderful counselor and has a great way to getting to the root of the matter!
Thank you so much, you the best.
Cathy is a wonderful, caring and empathetic person who has really helped me work through various issues. She is very knowledgeable and understanding and is quick to respond. Her help has been invaluable and has helped to alleviate my anxiety and stress on a range of topics such as relationships, family dynamics and coping with someone who is abusing drugs. Thank you very much Cathy for always being such a great listener, asking thought provoking questions and being an outlet of support for me.
She is helpful. Non-judgemental, and encouraging.