Come Sit And Talk With Me

Life can present a lot of bumps that prevent you from being the fully functional self you have within you. I have been a student of the human condition from a very young age and specialize in using methods that efficiently help you access your best self.

TRAUMA, PTSI (what used to be called PTSD is now PTSI, Post Traumatic Stress Injury)

Are you having complications in your life due to stress, PTSI, developmental trauma or grief? My training in Brainspotting (Phase II practitioner), many years of experience in crisis and grief therapy, psycho-neurology and attachment work can help you gain your natural personality, inspiration and energy back as well as improve relationships with those around you.
Trauma resulting from childhood abuse, life threatening situations of any kind or even if you are not sure your situation qualifies as PTSI. Unprocessed trauma causes many symptoms.

  • Shame, hiding parts of yourself that you do not like for whatever reason
  • Inner moral conflicts
  • Triggers that happen in certain situations whether you know what they are about or not
  • Depression, Addiction, Anxiety that often have underlying trauma
  • Recurring dreams, Flashbacks, Avoiding situations
  • Feeling like crying without knowing why
  • Dissociation, Depersonalization, Derealization

TELEHEATH

I am offering Telehealth only right now. As long as you are in California, I can see you! Telehealth is suitable for everything I offer!

HEALTH INSURANCE

  • Magellan insurance (Kaiser out of network, EAP and Blue Shield)
  • Kaiser Out of Network (not under Magellan)
  • Anthem Blue Cross soon!

I also accept CalVCB (California Victim Compensation Benefit) also known as the Victim Witness Program. It offers no-cost crisis intervention and ongoing counseling for emotional, personal and financial problems resulting from being a victim of a crime (such as witnessing or experiencing DV or any other violent crime). If you already have a claim number, you can set up counseling with me. If you need to file a claim, please call CalVCB at (800) 777-9229.

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Therapy By Catherine

WINDOW OF TOLERANCE: WHEN YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM IS STUCK ON “ON”

All of us have a certain amount of trauma because life rarely meets our needs perfectly. More severe trauma leaves us with symptoms that interfere with our optimum functioning in life. You may not think your trauma qualifies as Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) but if your life is not functioning the way you wish…
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Co-dependence

When we grow up in a family, our brains are like blank slates. We are born with our own personalities, but not how to navigate in the world. We do not know that the family dynamic in which we live may be dysfunctional. We are born with our brains only partially developed so everything about…
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TRIANGULATION AND THIRDS, TWO THREATS TO A COUPLE

I am sure you have either seen or participated in “triangulation”, a term coined by Murray Bowen, a psychiatrist who is the father of Bowen Family Systems therapy. Triangulation occurs when the emotional dynamics between two people are stressed and one person turns to another and talks about the first to relieve stress. It is…
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Your wounding is probably not your fault, but your healing is your responsibility. ~ Denice Frohman

One thing I love about being a therapist is the ability to share tools for transformation! We all want to go through the door which allows us healing, happiness, better relationships and more. All we need are the tools. Therapists can be useful in helping you do that. You may be nursing some old wounding,…
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DEPRESSION IN CHILDREN

How can I tell if my child is depressed? The symptoms of depression in children vary. It is often not diagnosed and treated because it is transmitted as normal emotional and psychological changes that occur during growth. Early medical studies focused on “masked” depression, where a child’s depressed mood was evidenced by acting or by…
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Tips for Tackling Anxiety

Not intended to replace medical or psychiatric care. If in doubt, do not follow or else check with your mental health provider before proceeding. Stress is part of being human and can be helpful in protecting us from harm and making the wrong move in a situation. Stress can also evolve into anxiety which can…
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