About Me

I truly respect your decision to seek couple's counseling at this time. Facing relationship, intimacy and couple's issues head-on is how they get resolved or healed. I know the right fit between therapist and a couple is imperative. My approach is to treat you with absolute, unconditional positive regard and respect. I will not be on "one" side and both people will feel heard and understood. I am only "on the side" of the relationship and with helping you heal what is hurting.

I have been a licensed Marriage, Family, Child Therapist for over 25 years in Southern California where I see couples with a wide range of issues. My style is proactive, engaging, empathic and effective. Some typical issues I see are communication issues, intimacy, and sexual issues, trust factors, grief, extended-family or family-of-origin issues, and childhood issues interfering in the relationship. Also, anxiety, depression, post-partum, pregnancy or adoption issues, and parenting struggles, any of which can affect a partnership.

I often suggest things you can do or read in-between sessions to propel you deepening your connection if you are open to that.

I am open-minded and understand people have their own paths and make their own life choices. Whatever you are looking to tend to and address and whatever shape and package your relationship comes in, I have worked with someone in the same configuration, I am sure! You will never be judged by me in the least, and together we can find solutions for living your most joy-filled life. I trust very much in the healing work therapy can provide couples and it brings me a lot of joy to help people heal the hurt places in their relationships.

My therapeutic style is humanistic, psychodynamic, and mindfulness. The approach I use with couples is guided by what feels right in the session and not limited to one-style-fits-all. I see the goal as tending to what you came in to address and giving you tools for that while helping you feel, safe, connected and close to each other.

I have been happily married for 36 years and have two grown, happy and thriving sons. It works because we practice the suggestions I give my own clients and we use the communication skills I teach. They will not feel "clunky" or inauthentic. The tools are just natural, organic and deeply respectful of each other. This work for whatever the issue is.

Couple's work is some of my favorite of all the issues that may come in. I look forward to meeting you online and seeing how to support you.


Specialties

  • Relationship issues
  • Grief
  • Parenting issues
  • Self esteem

I also have experience in Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Career difficulties, Depression

Years of Experience: 25

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMFT #27623 (Expires: 2020-06-30)


Reviews

Written by S.Y. on Oct 01, 2019 after counseling with Catherine for 10 months on issues concerning relationship

Catherine is amazing as always!

Written by A.L. on Feb 16, 2019 after counseling with Catherine for 3 months on issues concerning relationship

Catherine was extremely attentive and most helpful. I highly recommend her!

Written by J.E. on Feb 12, 2019 after counseling with Catherine for 3 months on issues concerning relationship

Catherine is amazing. We've been seeing her for a few months and can truly notice the difference. Thank you Catherine

Written by E.D. on Dec 03, 2018 after counseling with Catherine for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

It has been really good, she is very helpful and understanding of our situation. She is the best.
Thanks so much!