Welcome to my office. Take a seat where you’d like. I’d like to introduce myself so that you can get a feel for who I am, how I work, and if we could be a good fit.
If you choose to have me as your therapist, I will meet and accept you where you are, as you are.
Like people, my approach varies. While I practice gestalt therapy on a personal and professional level, I tend to work from an eclectic perspective.
Gestalt therapy, in my experience, is relational (engages the client-therapist relationship), process-oriented (focuses on the what and how as oppose to the why), and is a "now" therapy (I will help you to work with your relevant past in the present). I take a holistic approach which includes cognition, emotions, body/somatic experience, sensations, and spirituality.
You might be asking, "who does she work with?" or "with whom does she work?"
I work with people--individuals, couples (I am poly and kink-aware), families (defined by you), etc. and invite you. While I have a specialty in working with people who have experienced discrimination, oppression, and/or marginalization, I work with depression, anxiety, grief, loss, anger, stress, finding community, feelings of loneliness, low self-esteem, trauma, fear, shame, pressure to meet expectations of self, family, culture, community, and/or society, and/or issues surrounding identity.
I find great value in being with people of backgrounds and experiences which are both similar and different than my own. I work from an authentic, gestalt way of being in any relationship I encounter including ours.
I view being your psychotherapist, facilitator, and/or consultant as a privilege. I want to share with you what I've done, what I'm doing, and what I will do to make sure I am present in my experience with you.
I have developed a self-care practice that works for me. Some of the ways I take care of myself are through music, writing, exercising, going outside/in nature, hanging out with natural supports (friends and family of choice), using a variety of coping skills depending on circumstances (deep breathing, mindful meditation), and accessing my own professional supports (yes, I see my own therapist). I also receive clinical supervision, attend peer-led and consult groups, and have a network of practitioners whom I can consult with and refer.
License & Certification
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (11211) with the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors. I also received a Certificate in Personal Training from Gainesville College.
Education & Training
I am a graduate of a 3-year, advanced training program through the Appalachian Gestalt Training Institute.
I have an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy from Appalachian State University, an MBA in Organization Management from Georgia State University, and a BS Ed in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation from University of Georgia.
I have attended and will continue to attend professional conferences, workshops, and continuing education opportunities in mental health, gestalt therapy, transgender health, and diversity issues.
I have training in exercise science, kinesiology, resistance training, and group fitness from AFAA, Gainesville College, and the Cooper Institute. I have received exposure therapy and CBT training specific to eating, exercise, and wellness from Michelle Maidenberg, Ph.D.
I have 18 years of experience working in the field of mental health. While I primarily see older adolescents and adults, I also work with children as young as 12 and partners (particularly LGBTQ+). I have 18 years of experience working in positions of leadership, and 14 years of experience working in fitness and recreation.
Would you like to work with me?
Call me: 828-263-7273
Email me: Catie@gestaltwellnessstudio.com
I look forward to connecting with you.