Meet Cathy

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and play therapist living in Austin, Texas, and I am also licensed in the District of Columbia where I lived for many years. After earning a Master’s of Education in Mental Health Counseling from George Washington University, I did post-graduate training at the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis. I have experience conducting psychotherapy groups with children, adolescents, and adults, including in a hospital setting, and individual psychotherapy as well. My play therapy expertise comes from working at the Lourie Center for Children’s Social and Emotional Wellness in Rockville, MD, where they specialize in training clinicians in attachment-based play therapy for individual children and for parent-child pairs. I specialize in early childhood mental health and work with kids from infancy to young adulthood, specifically with families experiencing divorce, children who have suffered early trauma, and gender-variant children and teens.

I have specialized experience and training in the following:

  • Parent-child, attachment-based play therapy
  • Circle of Security Parenting Program (Registered Facilitator)
  • Mindfulness-based interventions for anxiety and depression
  • Psychoanalytic psychotherapy for children and teens
  • Group therapy for children and adults
  • Individual therapy for adults

Before I became a therapist, I was an academic librarian for many years, with a Master’s of Library and Information Science, and before that, I taught college writing while earning a Ph.D. in English and creative writing. Learning and thinking are really important to me, which is why I do lots of trainings, belong to consultation groups of like-minded clinicians, and seek consultation from respected practitioners on a regular basis.


Austin Psychoanalytic

American Psychological Association–Division 9 and Section IX

Child Study Group, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston

Psychoanalytic Studies Program, Washington Center for Psychoanalysis

Infant Observation Seminars,  led by Nydia Lisman-Pieczanski, M.D.