Catherine Sechrist


About Me

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Therapy is big step in healing and takes a great deal of courage to enter into the process. I co-journey with my clients in their process of reaching their goals. I have a Master of Science Degree in Counseling from Loyola University Maryland and I am certified as a clinical trauma professional, sex offender treatment professional, compassion fatigue professional, anger management treatment professional as well as trained in Crisis Incident Response. I was recently officially certified as a DBT therapist.

I have had 6 years of experience in the counseling field. My experiences includes working in outpatient clinics, within a hospital setting associated with Johns Hopkins Medicine on the oncology and psychiatric units. I have been trained through the Linehan Institute in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and currently utilize a standard DBT model. I also have extensive training in the area of trauma including Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I utilize other treatment approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Brief-Solution-Focused Therapy, as well as a psychodynamic therapy. I treat trauma/abuse, depression, anxiety/phobias, self-harming behaviors, Borderline Personality Disorder, OCD, eating disorders, as well as provide coaching for adjustment to life issues. I recently completed training to provide EMDR.

I provide a comforting space to process life's difficulties. I value each person for who they are. It is my mission to help those I work with come out of the darkness into the light to ultimately fulfill their potential.

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  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Depression

I also have experience in Addictions, Family, Intimacy-related, Eating, Sleeping, Parenting, Anger, Self esteem, Career, Bipolar

Years of Experience: 6


LPC #PC008499 (Expires: 2019-02-28)


Written by C.L. on Nov 27, 2017 after counseling with Catherine for 2 months depression, trauma and abuse, and eating

Kate is so easy to talk to and open up to about things that are hard for me to bring up. She's also really good at calming my anxiety down and reminding me that I have to take things one step at a time. Such a kind-hearted and understanding person!

Written by L.A. on Nov 22, 2017 after counseling with Catherine for 2 weeks

Catherine is very supportive, understanding and empathises with my situation. Her advice/guidance and knowledge is invaluable. She knows about transference and I don’t think many professionals know how to reflect on such issues from my experience. Her insight and perspective are extremely helpful. I trust her and have confidence in her ability because I know I do have difficulties trusting others and I believe the therapeutic alliance is strong if I have the correct word? What I mean is the therapeutic relationship is strong. I am never judged and I can pretty much say whatever I want without fear of consequences but I think I am always aware there are boundaries that I mustn’t cross with all professionals. She’s a very respectful lady, warm and genuine. Thanks very much for your support Catherine

Written by L.I. on Nov 18, 2017 after counseling with Catherine for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family, trauma and abuse, sleeping, self esteem, and bipolar

Catherine is kind and cares about what is going on with you and wants to help .... she really cares and answers you quickly. I am looking forward on continuing to work with her.

Written by S.A. on Nov 15, 2017 after counseling with Catherine for 8 months

I’ve never been a fan of therapy. I tried many times but I became frustrated with the person and I would leave. With Catherine it doesn’t feel like therapy, it feels like I’m talking to my friend. Which is great because I have a life of solitude some it’s comforting to have someone like her. She has been with me while I struggle through the hardest year of my life and I’m absolutely thankful for her.

Written by K.A. on Sep 30, 2017 after counseling with Catherine for 6 months depression, stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, and career

Catherine is a supportive and empathetic and completely non-judgmental. She seems to really take the time to read over my rants and take the time to reply. Especially when I get too tied up to write she takes the time to leave little reminders and check in with me to nudge me back on track with therapy. I would recommend her approach to anyone going through anxiety and depression like me.

Written by C.O. on Aug 24, 2017 after counseling with Catherine for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, intimacy-related, sleeping, and self esteem

Catherine has helped me put the puzzle pieces of my life together. She takes bits and bites from everything I mention and can give me the best advice in one sentence.

Written by W.I. on Aug 19, 2017 after counseling with Catherine for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, self esteem, and career

Kate is a compassionate and knowledgeable counselor who shares her passion for well-being with her patients. Thank you for being patient and caring, you're awesome!

Written by J.P. on Jun 29, 2017 after counseling with Catherine for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, intimacy-related, eating, self esteem, and career

Catherine is wonderful and very helpful, and I really appreciate all of her help. Can't thank her enough for listening to me and offering her help.

Written by S.A. on Jun 13, 2017 after counseling with Catherine for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

I appreciate her SO MUCH!

Written by R.E. on May 15, 2017 after counseling with Catherine for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, and grief

I started counselling with Catherine a few weeks ago. I have found Catherine to be patient and attentive. She has been helpful and supportive during these weeks. I have been finding this helpful in working things through.