Catherine is a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist and has been practicing for the past 35 years. She completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology (1993) with a minor in Social Work and a postgraduate certificate in Marriage and Family Counselling (1994). She also completed a postgraduate certificate in Mediation (2000) and is a member of the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Ontario. In 2013, she completed an M.A. in Organizational Development. She is a member of the College of Social Workers and a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers.
In her 30+ years as a therapist, she has worked in a variety of different settings. For the past 15 years, she has been working as a Clinical Social Worker at the North Huron Family Health Team working with individuals, families, couples and groups. She has also been the Clinical Manager for Section 23 classrooms for the Huron Perth Centre for Children and Youth and facilitated the implementation of evidence-based interventions for children with complex mental health needs. Catherine has also been involved in supervising other therapists in her role as a Counselling Coordinator at Avon Maitland District School Board.
In her clinical practice, she works with youth, adults, couples and families. Presenting issues that she regularly treats include trauma, anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and eating disorders/disordered eating issues (i.e., binge eating).
Catherine has worked with many different presentations of OCD, helping people with obsessions about contamination, doubting, symmetry/exactness as well as compulsions of cleaning, checking, reassurance seeking and mental review. She has also worked with individuals with OCD related presentations, such as body dysmorphic disorder and body-focused repetitive behaviours (i.e., hair pulling and skin picking).
Her approach is one of collaboration whereby the client’s needs and goals guide the therapeutic process. She uses a trauma-focused approach, as needed, and explores problems with a system-focused lens. She has specialized training in many modalities of therapy from which to draw including Psychotherapy, CBT, Exposure Therapy, Inference-Based CBT for OCD, DBT, Interfamily systems (IFS), Narrative, Psychodynamic, ACT and Family systems. When working with couples, Catherine’s intervention approaches include Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), the Gottman Method and Structural Family Systems Therapy. All of these approaches are evidence-based and focused on building resilience.