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Cathryn Waters, LMFT
The more open and willing you are to share, the better we can work together to come to a shared plan.

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Cathryn Waters, LMFT

Location

Licensed In

CA

Approach

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Emotionally focused therapy (EFT), Exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP or EXRP), Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), Motivational interviewing (MI), Psychodynamic, Solution-focused, Strengths-based, Relational

Therapy Style

I take a dynamic approach, helping others through developing the courage and confidence to build new skills, change unhelpful views of the self, and increasing insight and understanding and acceptance of where you are, while working toward where you want to be. The more open and willing you are to share, the better we can work together to come to a shared plan, view of the problem and work toward more distress tolerance.

I use practices like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, validation, insight, socratic questioning, breathing exercises, exposure therapy, mindfulness, and shame resilience to helping others overcome cognitive and emotional obstacles toward improving the view of the self or creating behavioral change.

Education

BS - Psychology, San Francisco State University

BA - Liberal Studies, San Francisco State University

MS - Clinical Psychology, San Francisco State University

License Number and State

CA 44743

Pronouns

she/her

Why did you become a mental health professional?

I became a psychotherapist because I have a passion for helping people navigate negative thoughts and behaviors that impact their ability to be self-compassionate and lead to pain in our world. I enjoy working with others to help overcome obstacles in their marriages and personal family relationships so they may live more fulfilling and happier lives as they create a new way of seeing themselves and others.

What are your interests outside of work?

I love spending time with my daughters and husband on the beach, rolling out homemade gnocchi, appreciating the splendor of nature, dancing, singing, roller-skating, socializing with neighbors and friends, honoring celebrations and traditions, supporting theatre or chillin’ with a movie and some popcorn. I also spend a lot of time exercising, writing, philosophizing, and reading.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your well-being?

I acknowledge the strengths in myself and in others that I witness, invest in the things that build me up, and face each moment as I am.

What book have you read more than once?

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon, because it is an inspirational children's story that signifies the joy and harmony that can come from celebrating authenticity.

Favorite organization/non-profit?

American Red Cross - because they have a humanitarian base of support in responding to crises.

How do you recharge?

Good sleep, lots of exercise, enjoying meals and my chosen family and staying inspired.

Do you have any pets?

My dog is 14 and still waggin' her tail down the steps each day. I love hearing about pets saving lives.

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