In-person sessions available to people living in the Otsego County area after Covid pandemic.
I help people to manage the anger and irritability that often accompany Bipolar disorders. I assist people diagnosed as Bipolar not to catastrophize their diagnosis and to realize that they can live normal, healthy lives if they follow treatment recommendations.
My work with couples uses unconventional but also common sense approaches that can help people who would normally be resistant to couple’s therapy feel more comfortable. My focus is on helping the couple identify what is going right with their relationship.
Cate provides specialized services to the LGBTQ+ community. Cate is quite familiar with the struggles inherent in being queer in an often invalidating world. In addition to providing services to lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients, Cate has supported many members of the transgender and gender nonconforming communities to transition to the gender identity that feels right for them.
In treating people with chronic pain or illness, I validate the difficulties of living with chronic pain/Illness. I help people come to an acceptance of their situation and assist them to find ways to bring joy to their life as much as possible, eg. by paying attention to the small pleasures/victories. I encourage as much social and physical activity as possible.
I encourage focus on the things that go right with ones day, shifting the focus to positive thinking. I assist people to identify healthy activities that are pleasurable for them and encourage them to do more of these. I encourage more social interaction and physical activity.
This is best said by one of my clients: “Cate has introduced me to multiple breathing and mindfulness exercises, which has helped me stay present and has calmed my mind…I have learned to appreciate things more, reduced self-induced stress and worry less.”
I have over 17 years experience as a psychotherapist. I love my job. I get to talk to people for a living, assist them to experience some peace and joy, and that brings me great joy.
Over 2 years ago, I started living my dream by opening my own practice in Otsego County. As I currently meet virtually or on the phone with clients, I have clients throughout New York state. I very much look forward to the day when the Covid situation is under better control, and I can start seeing some local clients in person.
Phone Counseling Services
When I started, I was still in denial about depression and anxiety, to the point where I was barely able to go to work. I sought help in order to save my job. Cate helped me to see my situation honestly, and in a forward-looking way. She helped push me forward, while not letting me feel overwhelmed.
I have worked with Cate for over a period of 3 years. She was able to help me through a very traumatic and difficult time of loss and renewed grief in my life. Cate taught me several anxiety decreasing skills. Cate was able to teach me several strategies, helping me stay calm while I prepared and gave a victim’s impact statement and to process the experience thereafter. Additionally, Cate helped me begin the work of dealing with both previous and subsequent losses of additional family members as well as work with other relationships in my life.