About me

Having graduated with undergrad degrees in Sociology (Criminology) and Spanish, I began working in a residential treatment home for youth with emotional and mental illnesses. My early work there, sparked my interest in psychology and counseling. After starting our family, I returned to school to earn a teaching certificate and a Masters degree in Special Education. After many years of teaching in a variety of settings; institutional, public, private and alternative education, I felt I really wanted more time to listen to and talk with my students. Because of this, I returned to the university once more to complete a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology, earning licensure as a Limited License Psychologist and a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Relationship is the key to effective counseling just as it is to effective teaching. Being open to learning about the life of your client; their ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual preference, work, and belief systems is important as a therapist. Knowing your own limitations is also necessary. Life is very difficult at times, especially in these times! Helping clients to live their best lives is very important work.

I use a variety of methods in working with clients. My clients’ ages have ranged from four years to seventy nine years. I work with people with depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief, trauma, sexual and physical abuse, parenting problems, and even learning disabilities and people on the autism spectrum. Motivational interviewing, client centered work, solution focused, psychoeducational work, mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy are tools that I use, based on what the client wants to achieve and their individual needs. Permeating all that I do is a strength based approach to looking at the person, always building on and utilizing their own strengths to partner with them to become healthy and happier.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Grief , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 15

Services offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Languages

English

Spanish


Licensing

MI LPC 6401010540


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Cathy Smith. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written on Jan 23, 2023 after therapy with Cathy for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and coping with life changes

Cathy is a great listener who has good takes on topics like family, relationships and boundaries! Great to talk to her!

Written on Dec 05, 2022 after therapy with Cathy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

I just started therapy with Cathy, but so far she is very attentive, gives great advice, and is very sweet and caring. It’s apparent her main objective is to help people and try to make them feel better

Written on Nov 14, 2022 after therapy with Cathy for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

One word, awesome!

Written on Nov 08, 2022 after therapy with Cathy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, and bipolar disorder

As someone working in the helping professions, I was skeptical about finding the right person to support me in my healing journey. I am so grateful that the person I was matched with, Cathy, is not only an expert in the field but comes with an authentic and humbled approach to creating a therapeutic alliance that gives me the tools and confidence to overcome my challenges and achieve my goals. I have already recommended Cathy to someone close to me and anybody would greatly benefit from having her in your corner!

Written on Sep 08, 2022 after therapy with Cathy for 4 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, and bipolar disorder

Love cathy she is awesome

Written on Aug 18, 2022 after therapy with Cathy for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, coping with life changes, and intimacy-related issues

Thank you, Better Help, for matching me with Cathy Smith! After only a few meetings, I felt like she knew me. I look forward to my sessions with her because I know I will sign off with a greater understanding of myself. Cathy understands my issues and has given me helpful tools for dealing with problems large and small. I feel like I have made more progress in four months with Cathy than I have in years of in-person therapy!

Written on Aug 09, 2022 after therapy with Cathy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

Cathy is an excellent therapist! She is very understanding and resourceful. She gives thoughtful insight, and is very willing to help you establish goals to better yourself. She is very considerate of your needs and priorities!

Written on Jul 18, 2022 after therapy with Cathy for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

She is great. Good Spanish and gives great advices

Written on Apr 26, 2022 after therapy with Cathy for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

She's a nice person to talk to. We're in completely opposite timezones but her expertise and insight made making the odd hours sessions worthwhile. The dramatic age difference and relatively similar background experiences made it easy for me to let my guard down and really get to the bottom of any triggering issues. A slight complaint might be the internet connection's not that stable from her current location. However, her regular check-ins outside dedicated sessions made up for it.

Written on Apr 21, 2022 after therapy with Cathy for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Cathy has been a wonderful therapist that helped me through a tough time. When I look back on the person I was when I started speaking to Cathy versus the person I am now, I am so grateful for all the confidence boosting that Cathy gave.

Written on Feb 11, 2022 after therapy with Cathy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, and adhd

Cathy is kind, helpful and funny. I can't recommend her enough.

Written on Feb 07, 2022 after therapy with Cathy for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, and compassion fatigue

Very kind and patient. Taught a lot of different practices which have changed my life and how I view it. A wonderful therapist

Written on Nov 09, 2021 after therapy with Cathy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Cathy is the best therapist I have EVER worked with. I’ve had different therapists over the years. Only 4 sessions in and I’ve already touched on deep things. It’s fantastic.

Written on Nov 02, 2021 after therapy with Cathy for 4 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, and adhd

Cathy is an experienced and supportive therapist. Greatly appreciate her approach, attention and flexibility.

Written on Oct 30, 2021 after therapy with Cathy for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Cathy listens patiently and has a very good understanding of what I tell her
She's very nice and easy to talk to and has good advice

Written on Oct 29, 2021 after therapy with Cathy for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

She's the best therapist you can have. You'll feel so safe and confident when you talk to her. She has so much experience so she knows exactly what she has to say. Talking to her is always healing. Thanks Cathy

Written on Oct 07, 2021 after therapy with Cathy for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Cathy is fantastic! She listens to me and really helps me feel heard. She connects with me and has helped improve my sense of self worth a lot.

Written on Sep 27, 2021 after therapy with Cathy for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, anger management, and coping with life changes

Cathy has been fantastic so far on my counselling journey. She listens attentively, stops me to ask productive questions and encourage conversation, and explains tools and tricks to cope with struggles. She responds quickly, compassionately, and I never feel like a clock is ticking or I'm being timed. I enjoy our sessions and look forward to continuing.

Written on Sep 02, 2021 after therapy with Cathy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Cathy is very sweet and patient with listening and guiding the topic of our conversations during our sessions. I also appreciate her for messaging me throughout the week between our appointments to check in on me.

Written on Aug 30, 2021 after therapy with Cathy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

I’ve had really good interaction with Cathy. She’s patiently listened to me & what my issues are, and how I can change me. Very positive, fun, it’s like talking to a friend who can guide you . Not just agree.

Written on Aug 27, 2021 after therapy with Cathy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties

Cathy is amazing. Kind and understanding. I feel like she knows exactly what I’m talking about and exactly what I need to become a better and healthier me.

Written on Aug 26, 2021 after therapy with Cathy for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and anger management

With only two sessions with Cathy, my self-confidence returned, I am happy to have had someone to talk with, about my problems and insecurities. From now on, the decisions I make will be based on her recommendations.
Thank you

Written on Aug 22, 2021 after therapy with Cathy for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Cathy is a great and attentive counselor, she has a variety of experience that is helpful in many ways. I always leave our sessions feeling better and more hopeful than before.

Written on Aug 17, 2021 after therapy with Cathy for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Cathy has been a great counselor, she’s kind, thoughtful and very easy to talk to. I’ve looked forward to talking to her and she makes me feel very comfortable and I feel like I can talk to her about anything. She’s got great insight and recommendations too!

Written on Jul 27, 2021 after therapy with Cathy for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and coping with life changes

I've worked with many therapists over the years and always left my sessions feeling worse or depleted. I used to dread my therapy sessions. Working with Cathy has been the exact opposite. She's so engaged the entire time we chat and makes me feel heard and cared for. I love that she has so much life experience and a wise perspective because then things feel less heavy. I would recommend Cathy to anyone who is stuck in their own head.

Written on Jun 19, 2021 after therapy with Cathy for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

I feel grateful to have such an experienced therapist, it feels very easy to talk with her and she is really a great listener. It's also comforting just knowing she is a message away. I've only recently started meeting with her and I already feel like I am growing and making progress.

Written on May 17, 2021 after therapy with Cathy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Cathy is very kind, intelligent and understanding. She has such a warm and welcoming personality, making it easy to open up and share with her. She has time and again recommended helpful ways for me to handle my personal hurdles and seems to really care about my well being and happiness.

Written on May 16, 2021 after therapy with Cathy for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

She’s very experienced. We had one session only so far but I will get a good help for better life.

Work with me!