I am a humanistic psychologist. I use an approach that emphasizes an individual's strengths and skills in a wholistic way to address issues that are distressing and limiting in a client's life. I help clients toward self actualization, the ability to better understand self and others, feel confident and secure in their abilities, understand their motivations and personality, address external stressors, and develop personal insight and a life philosophy that guides their decision making and problem solving.
I encourage self awareness and mindfulness to help clients respond consciously to events as they unfold, and to remain true to their worldview and values, while negotiating difficult circumstances in this chaotic world. Many of us did not have parenting that taught us conscious healthy boundaries, understanding of self and others, or secure trusting attachment, but these can be learned and amended through therapy. The term "earned security" is a psychology term that denotes an individual who remediates traumatic events, including: childhood trauma, adult trauma, and relationship trauma, and strengthens their core self concept to include greater self esteem, and a strong comfortable attachment system (post traumatic growth).
I know this because my experience in self development included all these, as well as a new understanding of self compassion, self acceptance, patience and a process of differentiation of self that allows for both autonomy and deep caring attachment simultaneously. I offer this knowledge in a non judgmental and wellness based framework. I draw from both professional experience and evidence based scientific research. I love to work with people from all walks of life, all ages, and diverse world views and focus on the human commonalities we share, as well as understanding a client's individual and specific experiences, needs, challenges and goals. I am inclusive, and supportive, patient and caring and passionate about helping others.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Avoidant Personality, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fertility Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Imago Relationship Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
CA LMFT 126402
Great working with Cathryn!
Written on Dec 15, 2023 after therapy with Cathryn for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, compassion fatigue, and adhd
I have been working with my therapist, Cathryn Charette, for over a year now. I am still in awe at how well we were matched! As a new counselor, I am grateful to have a therapist who not only collaborates with me in theoretical approaches in addressing my own past trauma, but is able to coach me in asserting professional boundaries at work to where I feel I am receiving clinical supervision as well as therapy. Being matched with Cathryn is making me a better counselor for my clients and I am eternally grateful.
Written on May 03, 2023 after therapy with Cathryn for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, addictions, and lgbt
She is literally the best!
Written on Jan 13, 2023 after therapy with Cathryn for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, coaching, and adhd
Cathryn has been helpful in ways that I wouldn't have known I needed help until we started talking, she's great.
Written on Aug 08, 2022 after therapy with Cathryn for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Now that I’ve had 4 sessions with Cathryn I feel more experienced and able to comment. I definitely feel seen and heard with Cathryn which helped me not feel so separate with the trauma and grief of my mothers sudden passing. Cathryn knows how to hold space and comes with so many great tools instead of being stuck in one, and so she has no agenda! Which, wow…refreshing to say the least. I am most excited Cathryn is experienced with Gestalt Therapy!! As far as I’m concerned THAT should be her specialty! That and Cathryns interpretations for me, gave me tools to use in MY everyday life and that helps me feel a part of my own approach with my grief. I also dug that she loves what she does. Nothing worse than working with in therapy and being able to feel they don’t like what they do or are fried from it. She’s also professional but in a very down-to-earth, relatable, way. That’s hard to find in a therapist these days. I love that BetterHelp has texting w/ your therapist. That adds a level of intimacy when not abused, that feels like it sets up the relationship from “I’m here and your there” - fear based I guess? Fear from the start of boundary crossing. I can speak with confidence to now say Cathryn is for anyone who is willing to actually do the work and is ready, I feel really lucky I was paired to Cathryn. In just a month I got much more than expected. If you get paired ask for Gestalt. I guess Cathryn knew what would make the difference for me, and it really did.. Thank you BetterHelp. You made a really isolating and immensely sad time, easier. I am very grateful.
Written on Jul 23, 2022 after therapy with Cathryn for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, and grief
Thank you but I can't continue due to finances.
Written on Jul 19, 2022 after therapy with Cathryn for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, anger management, and coping with life changes