Do you notice yourself wondering: "Will I ever connect with my husband again?", "Will my child even like me when they grow up?", or, "Can I stop beating myself up already?" If you're feeling at the end of your rope, you may have reached your moment to make a change. If so, I am here to help. I have worked with hundreds of people to radically heal and transform their relationships with themselves, partners and children. I draw upon neuroscience, meditation, body-centered, and art psychotherapy wisdoms to help you release self-defeating patterns that block your ability to have fulfilling relationships. My approach is attuned to your pacing and unique needs. I bring warmth, humor, compassion, and genuine fearlessness to accompany you on this journey. Please schedule an initial free consultation with me so that we can assess your needs and how my work might be able to serve you.
Counseling focused on Healthy vs Unhealthy expressions of anger, addressing root causes, and how to express anger in nondestructive ways:
Anger is a completely normal, usually healthy, human emotion. But when it gets out of control and turns destructive, it can lead to problems--problems at work, in your personal relationships, and in the overall quality of your life. And it can make you feel as though you're at the mercy of an unpredictable and powerful emotion.
Counseling focused on addressing issues related to bi-sexuality, reducing and relieving symptoms, while addressing the root causes of those symptoms:
Bisexual men & women might be at higher risk of depression and anxiety. In addition, youth who identify themselves bisexual might have a higher risk of depression and attempted suicide. Contributing factors could include social alienation, discrimination, rejection by loved ones, abuse and violence. The problem might be more severe for bisexual men & women who try to hide their sexual orientation and those who lack social support.
Counseling focused on addressing relationship issues related to body image, reducing and relieving symptoms, while addressing their root causes of these body image issues:
Body image issues are a common problem. In a society that promotes unrealistic body ideals, it is challenging to not get caught up in comparing oneself to these unrealistic standards. As a result, many individuals may experience depression, anxiety, anger and even self-loathing. In addition to affecting an individual's view of self, poor body image may also result in avoidance of social situations and may interfere with developing healthy social and romantic relationships.
Counseling focused on addressing and alleviating the effects of depression and anxiety, and their impact on your relationship:
Most people people feel anxious or depressed at times, some experience these feelings daily or nearly daily for no apparent reason, making it difficult to carry on with normal, everyday functioning. These people may have an anxiety disorder, depression, or both. It is not uncommon for someone with an anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression or vice versa. Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. The good news is that these disorders are both treatable, separately and together.
Counseling focused on addressing and alleviating the after effects of a divorce:
The divorce recovery process involves a grieving process for most people, because it is a loss. Many people find it difficult to allow themselves the feelings connected to the grief process because they are painful, and pain is uncomfortable. After a divorce it is extremely important to give yourself "time out" to process the issues that contributed to the divorce in order to avoid making the same mistakes. Rebound relationships that don't work often create more pain and heartache leading to further feelings of failure and discouragement.
Counseling focused on addressing issues related to gay, reducing and relieving symptoms, while addressing the root causes of those symptoms:
Gay men are frequently at higher risk for depression and anxiety issues. Youth who identify themselves as gay often are at a higher risk for depression and suicide attempts. Factors contributing to this may include discrimination, social alienation, and rejection by loved ones. Gay men who try to hide their sexual orientation, including those who lack social support, often have more difficulty.
Counseling focused on addressing issues related to being lesbian, reducing and relieving symptoms, while addressing the root causes of those symptoms:
Lesbian women might be at higher risk of depression and anxiety. In addition, youth who identify themselves as lesbian, might have a higher risk of depression and attempted suicide. Contributing factors could include social alienation, discrimination, rejection by loved ones, abuse and violence. The problem might be more severe for lesbians who try to hide their sexual orientation and those who lack social support.
Counseling focused on Healthy vs Unhealthy methods of parenting children, addressing root causes, and developing healthy parenting strategies:
No one is born with natural parenting skills. They are something that is learned from watching our own parents or from our own care givers. We do what we have learned, or what we have not learned! It is learned behavior.
Counseling focused on addressing issues related to dating and developing a long term relationship, reducing and mitigating symptoms, while addressing the root causes:
You watch the relationship red flags waving at you, but gosh, she’s/he's just so good-looking. So you dismiss them to see where the relationship will go. The problem with turning a blind eye to those red flags is that eventually they’ll come back to haunt you. You end up hurt and resentful, and upset with yourself.
Counseling focused on addressing issues related to self esteem & personal growth Issues, reducing and easing symptoms, while addressing the root causes:
Life is full of challenges, but often we don’t move forward until change is forced upon us. Upheaval forces us to re-evaluate who we are and how we got into the situation we are in. Personal growth refers to learning new and better ways to deal with life, for example learning to understand and handle emotions more effectively, or learning to communicate better.
Art therapy, sometimes called creative arts therapy or expressive arts therapy, encourages people to express and understand emotions through artistic expression and through the creative process. Art therapy provides the client-artist with critical insight into emotions, thoughts, and feelings.
A counseling speciality specifically for children & adolescents. Counseling provides an opportunity to talk confidentially with a counselor about personal concerns and to facilitate personal growth. The counselor and client work together to define and discuss personal issues and to reach mutually agreed upon goals. Addressing a range of issues such as: Depression, anxiety (panic attacks, test anxiety, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders), eating disorders, relationship difficulties, family conflict, grief and loss, self esteem, sexuality, substance abuse, sexual assault/trauma, anger management.
Works with families and couples as a whole system, to nurture change and development. It tends to focus on change in terms of the interactions between family members. It emphasizes family relationships as an important factor in psychological health.
Gestalt therapy is an existential/experiential form of counseling that emphasizes personal responsibility, and focuses experiences in the present moment, relationships, including the therapist-client relationship, and the self-regulating adjustments made as a result of the overall situation.
Group therapy is a type of counseling that involves one or more therapists working with 6-10 people at the same time. Group therapy is sometimes used alone, but it is also commonly integrated into a comprehensive treatment plan that also includes individual therapy.
Individual counseling is an opportunity to talk confidentially with a counselor about personal concerns and to facilitate personal growth. The counselor and client work together to define and discuss personal issues and to reach mutually agreed upon goals. Addressing a range of issues such as: Depression, anxiety (panic attacks, test anxiety, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders), eating disorders, relationship difficulties, family conflict, grief and loss, self esteem, sexuality, substance abuse, sexual assault/trauma, anger management.
Marriage counseling is a type of therapy for a married couple or established couple that assists in resolving problems in the relationship. Typically, two people attend counseling sessions together to discuss specific issues. Marriage counseling helps couples learn to deal more effectively with problems, and can help prevent problems from becoming more serious. Research shows that marriage counseling, when effective, tends to improve a person's physical as well as mental health, in addition to improving the relationship.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is designed to help people who suffer repeated bouts of depression and chronic unhappiness. It combines the ideas of cognitive therapy with meditative practices and attitudes based on the cultivation of mindfulness. The heart of this work lies in becoming acquainted with the modes of mind that often characterize mood disorders while simultaneously learning to develop a new relationship to them.
Relational therapy is the practice of assessing client’s psychological, emotional, and relational distress and present chronic suffering, in the context of their connectedness to others. The central focus is an effort to ascertain the root of the issues at hand.
The transpersonal Therapy integrates the spiritual, social, emotional, intellectual, physical and creative being into one complete element and addresses the six components equally for the purpose of treatment. It strives to discover divinity through our own humanity and is a by-product of a person’s growth and development.
Catherine's guidance creates an intentional space to feel and express the colors and textures and shapes that move through my body. It's a joy to discover what's living under my skin when there is no "should, must, or have to." The creative process of listening and translating is delightful and surprisingly accurate."- Full-time Mom
Catherine is very gifted in her capacity to create a safe container where this process of discovery can unfold. It is so nourishing to allow my intellect to rest and let my body and heart express themselves freely. - Teacher
Catherine creates a space for all women to delve into their creativity no matter what her experience level is. She invites each woman's soul to speak through art by holding a deeply safe and inviting space. She's a gift for all who desire to drop into the unknown.Know that this is a deeply safe and accepting space. You will be held. I encourage you to take that leap through what may seem uncomfortable and embarrassing and taste the sweet waters of creative, wholesome unfolding.- Filmmaker
I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area by two artists who instilled in me a deep love and devotion for the creative process. For me, art is footprint indicating sacred dance between self and the creative forces that live us. In times of disconnection from self and community, the creative process comes as medicine to restore, revitalize, replenish and reconnect us. Art-making serves me daily in this way and I am thrilled to be able to extend this resource to others through art psychotherapy and offering studio space and time. Together, we delve into our creative processes for purposes of health, growth, inspiration and delight.Because my interests lay primarily with the creative process itself, I move between mediums fluidly. At any moment, wood, clay, watercolor, acrylics, poetry, dance, music, or some other spontaneous material or method may be called for. I encourage those I work with to serve the moment's need also by allowing mediums to choose them.My training includes a degree in French and English literatures from Mills College, a graduate degree in Transpersonal Counseling and Psychology with an emphasis in art therapy from Naropa University, extensive Hatha yoga and meditation training and practice, and a deep and daily practice of art-exploration. I've been in private practice as a psychotherapist in Boulder and Longmont since 2002.