Catherine Stansbury, LMSW, supervised by Melissa Gould, LCSW-S

It takes courage to seek counseling, to ask for help, and to invite someone to understand your life. I appreciate your courage in taking this step. You alone are the expert in your own life. My pledge is to provide a safe space where you can explore your thoughts, behaviors, and feelings; where you can formulate your goals; where you can figure out how to pursue your goals; and where you can set your own pace. I will focus on your strengths, help you to believe in them, and encourage you to build on them. In my work, I strive for gentleness, patience, flexibility, and perseverance. I know that counseling can lead to healing, growth, and transformation. I hope that you will invite me to share your journey with you. 

Most of my experience is in working with individual adults. I especially like to work with older adults, and with persons who are caring for older adults. This includes members of the “sandwich generation” who are simultaneously caring for children and for aging parents. I have specialized training in caring for persons with dementia and their caregivers. In addition, I find it a particular honor to work with persons who are experiencing grief, loss, and/or trauma. 

Among the tools that I like to share with clients, according to their needs and preferences, are cognitive therapy, which is based on the idea that our thoughts influence the way we act and feel, and that by changing our thoughts, we can modify how we act and feel; motivational interviewing (MI), helping you discover and develop your own motivations to change and grow; the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), understanding your own personality type and exploring how it interacts with others; logotherapy, or seeking meaning and purpose in your life; and ethical integration of faith and practice, or helping you draw strength from your own beliefs and spirituality. I am currently being trained in the EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) form of psychotherapy. I am authorized to use EMDR methods with you, if you so choose. Originally developed for healing trauma, EMDR has been proven to be effective in helping many other needs.

I became a social worker in midlife. After earning degrees in physics (B.A. Princeton, M.A. Harvard), I worked for 27 years as an investment analyst. During 16 of those years, I served as a caregiver to elderly family members, and found that caregiving was the work I loved. Accordingly, I earned a Master of Social Work degree from Baylor University; interned in a medical clinic and a hospice agency; obtained an LMSW license; became a Certified Practitioner of the MBTI, a PAC Certified Independent Consulant (for dementia care), and an Associate Member of the Aging Life Care Association; and entered training to become a certified EMDR therapist. One of my mentors told me, “Nothing you learn is ever wasted.” I have found that to be true. My background in finance helps me understand the financial and legal issues that often cause stress within families, especially for persons who are aging. In addition, my background in physics helps me understand complex systems. And what systems could be more complex than the human mind, human relationships, and family dynamics? 

It would be an honor to work with you in this part of your life journey, and to assist in your healing, growth, and transformation. 


Areas of Expertise:

– Older Adults
– Dementia
– Grief
– Trauma
– Caregiving

Fee:

$125 for 50 minute Individual Session

Locations:

Westlake Office, Northwest Hills Office, and Teletherapy