I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in individual psychotherapy with adults and adolescents, and couples therapy with partners and married couples. My style is warm, active, and respectful, and blends various approaches including: mindfulness, relationship-oriented psychotherapy, EMDR, useful tools and strategies, and strength-based resourcing. I work with a broad range of issues including depression, anxiety, low self-confidence, relationship struggles, work and school stress, parenting, and LGBTQ issues. In therapy we slow down and balance mindful attention to your current patterns, struggles and strengths, with deeper understanding of their roots in your history. This kind of reflection frees you up to know yourself more deeply, make different choices and be your best self.
I also work with a number of clients for whom life is pretty good, but who long for more meaning in their lives, deeper self-understanding, or a greater capacity for intimacy in their relationships. I integrate ideas from a few different theories, including Attachment theory and the new and exciting field of Interpersonal Neurobiology, an approach that has grown from the recent research on brain development over the lifespan. Clients find that learning more about the interaction between their mind, brain and relationships, gives them a way to understand themselves and their issues with less self-judgment.
"Needless to say, we are not required to choose between a reflective stance (that helps us see the patterns in our experience over time) and mindful a one (that helps us to deeply inhabit our experience of the present moment). In psychotherapy, both stances can be healing, and each may well potentiate the other."
--David J. Wallin, Attachment in Psychotherapy
Areas of Expertise
Helping individuals to overcome long-held negative beliefs about themselves and develop self-acceptance.
Mothering: Self-care, Slowing down, Anger, Challenging relationships with a child, Finding balance
Healing from Traumatic events or Relationships; Certified in EMDR, Trained in Brainspotting
Providing safety and support to LGBTQ individuals around coming out, relationships, family, raising children
Supporting Young Adults with Common Stresses--school, family, friends, self-image
Helping Couples to understand each other so that they can better solve conflict and feel closer
ANNOUNCING: NEW Consultation Group beginning January 2016. Meeting bi-weekly; tentative meeting time every other Friday 9-10:30 a.m. For licensed psychotherapists who want to grow in your work and further develop your unique voice as a clinician. Special topics could include--Growing your practice while keeping self-care in the forefront; Finding your niche and marketing it in ways that feel congruent with who you are; and, Grappling with the complex issue of money in therapy, among others. Please call with questions or to set up an introductory meeting.
Catie McDowell, P.C.
Licensed Marriage &