I work with individuals and couples struggling with anxiety, stress, worry, sadness, depression and trauma. By providing a compassionate and safe therapeutic environment, clients can learn to better understand themselves and their relationships. Clients can also recognize their inner strengths and develop new skills and techniques that they can use to maintain their sense of well-being long after they leave therapy.
I help clients find the power within themselves to overcome issues related to anxiety, depression, stress, challenging relationships, grief and loss, trauma, PTSD, maternal mental health, parenting and addiction. I am trained in trauma-informed techniques that connect the mind and body. In addition, I have an extensive history working with the military community.
My focus is to help individuals and couples heal and develop new skills. I use a psychodynamic, strengths based approach and a variety of techniques including cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness training, emotionally focused therapy (EFT) & EMDR.
Anxiety, fear, sadness, and depression are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through therapy and treatment, I am able to help you achieve greater self-esteem, build healthier relationships, and make the changes needed to live your best life.
Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. I can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing.
Relationship counseling can be beneficial to couples who are looking to strengthen their emotional connection. Therapy sessions are a supportive place to better understand feelings of disconnection and distress.
We live in a busy and demanding city and many people live with chronic stress. I use tools such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and compassion focused therapy techniques to help you learn skills to experience more joy, energy and motivation.
Catherine Peterson, LCSW, PLLC
2 Herbert Street, Office E
Alexandria, VA 22305
Commonwealth of Virginia: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (License No. 0904004587)
Brickel & Associates, LLC
June 2016-March 2020
Step-Family Support Group
Department of Behavioral Health, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Deployment Health Clinical Center, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Mental Health Clinic, Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System
Substance Abuse Social Work Fellow
Addictions Treatment Center, Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System
Therapist and Research Assistant
Evergreen Addiction Treatment Center
Outpatient Mental Health Clinic, Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Guardian Ad Litem
Special Education Teacher
Teach for America, Welsh High School
PRESENTATIONS AND HONORS
Fostering Trust and Rapport through Empathy and Validation for Veterans with Unexplained Physical Symptoms; Uniformed Social Work Conference, “2001: A Social Work Odyssey” San Diego, CA; January 2001.
The Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) Homeless Study; VISN 1 Homeless Conference, Bedford, MA; July 1997.
Master of Social Work
Boston College, 1997
Bachelor of Science, Psychology
James Madison University, 1993
ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship, Kathryn Rheem, Ed.D., LMFT, International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Live Online, September 22, 23, 25, 26, 2020.
The Craft of EMDR Therapy: Taking it to the Next Level, Deany Laliotis, LICSW, Live Online, September 12-13, 2020.
Treating Anxiety Disorders in Children & Adolescents, Paul Foxman, Ph.D., Live Webcaset – Fully Interactive, March 26-27, 2020
High-Functioning Autism: Proven & Practical Interventions for Challenging Behaviors in Children, Adolescents & Young Aduts, Cara Marker Daily, PhD, BCBA, Licensed Pediatric Psychologist, Live Webcast-Fully Ineteractive, January 31, 2020
30 Years of Trauma Therapy, Dr. Mark Schwartz & Lori Galperin, LCSW, Harmony Place Monterey, Live Webinar, January 17, 2020
Imago Relationship Therapy Part 1 “Imago Fundamentals”, Imago Relationships International Distant Learning Event, Nedra Fetterman, PhD, Gene Shelly, M. Div, Herb Tannenbaum, Kobus van der Merwe, BD, May – July 2019
Tele-Mental Health Symposium: Laws, Ethics, Technology and Practice Implications for Therapist, Maryland CEU Insititue, Rockville, MD, June 28, 2019
Mental Health are for Transgender/Gender Diverse Youth CE Workshop, Children’s National Hospital, June 6, 2019
Compassion inquiry: Therapy with a Biopsychosocial Perspective on Mental and Physical Illness, Gabor Mate’, MD. Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, Washington DC. March 22, 2019
The Myth of Normal in an Insane Culture, Gabor Mate’, MD. Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, Washington DC. March 22, 2019
Restoring Resilience, Pain, Suffering, Inertia, and Recovery, Dr. Jerome A. Lerner, M.D., Webinar, February 20, 2019
Impasses and Challenges in EFT, Dr. Rebecca Jorgensen, Online, December 19, 2018
EMDR Basic Training, Mary L. Froning, Psy.D., Trauma Institute & Child Truma Institute, Washington D.C., September 22-23, Oct 6, 20-21, 27-28, November 17, December 15, 2018
Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma, Janina Fisher, Ph.D., Webinar, September 18, 2017-June 18, 2018
From Pornography to Intimacy: Changing the Triggers for Sexual Arousal, Dr. Mark Schwartz, Harmony Place Monterey, Livecast Webinar, May 4, 2018
The Missing Peace: Men and Trauma, Dan Griffin, MA, Meridien Behavioral Health, Annapolis, MD, March 16, 2018
EFT Stage 2-3: Deepening Engagement & Consolidation, Dr. Rebecca Jorgensen, Online, June 13, 2018.
EFT Stage 1: Reachign De-escalation, Dr. Rebecca Joregensen, October 5, 2017.
Core Concepts and Interventions in EFT, Dr. Rebecca Jorgensen, Online, August, 6, 2017.
Ethical Principles in the Practice of Virgnina Mental Health Professionals, Allan Tepper, J.D. Psy, D., Live Webcast-Fully Interactive, February 22, 2018.
Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Assessment, Treatment & Advanced Clinical Practice, Karen Kleiman, MSW, LCSW. The Post Partum Stress Center Post-Graduate Traning Program, Rosemont, PA. December 1 & 2, 2017
Treating Postpartum Depression, A Trauma-Informed Perspective, Robyn Brickel, MA, LMFT, The Ferentz Institute, Pikesville, MD. October 20, 2017
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Webcast, Pat Ogden, PhD. Turf Valley Resort & Confernece Center, Ellicott City, MD. October 13, 2017
Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills Workshop, Kristen Neff, PhD, & Chris Germer, PhD, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC. October 6-7, 2017
Narrative Sand Therapy: A Therapist’s Emotinal Experience, The Ferentz Insitute, Pikesville, MD. June 6, 2017
Using Parts Work to Overcome Resistance, Calm the Inner Critic, and Help Trauma Survivors Self-Acutalize, The Ferentz Insitute, Pikesville, MD. May 1 & 2, 2017
Tools for Hearling the Heart that Hurst: The Therapeutic Use of the Puppets and Dolls Across the Life Span. The Ferentz Insititue. Pikesville, MD. April 19, 2017
A Three Stage Approach to Incorporating Expressive and Creative Therapies, The Ferentz Insitute, Pikesville, MD, February 28, March 8, March 28, 2017
The Challenge of Treating Complex PTSD, Mary Jo Barrett, MSW & Linda Stone Fish, MSW, PhD,
Psychotherapy Networker, Washington DC, 2017.
The Vulnerablity and Courage in Psychotherapy, Brene Brown, PhD, LMSW, Psychotherapy Networker, Washington DC, 2017.
Rising Strong, Brende Brown, PhD, LMSW, Psychotherapy Networker, Washington DC 2017.
Enhancing Neuroplitiscity, Linda Graham, MFT, Psychotherapy Networker, Washington DC 2017.
Shame and the Disowned Self Janina Fisher, Ph.D. Psychotherapy Networker, Washington DC 2017.
Psychotherapy of the Heart, Joan Borysenko, PhD, Psychotherapy Networker, Washington DC 2017.
Diathesis Stress Model of Addiction: Etiology of Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders, Darryl Inaba, Pharm D, CATC-V, CADC III, February 2017
State-Dependent Memory, Perception, and Communication: How We All Get It Wrong, Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, January 2017.
Advanced Level 1 Truama, Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education, Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA, Pikesville, MD Fall 2016
Treating Adolescent Substance Abuse and Trauma, Robyn Brickel, M.A., LMFT, & Denise Tordella, M.A., Pikesville, MD October 2016
Healing Affairs Using EFT, Rebecca Jorgonsen and Dr. Scott Woolley, August 2016
Maternal Mental Health 101, Joy Burkhard, July 2016
Working Intensively with Complex Truma and Dissocociation Clients, Dr. Maggie Phillips, June 2016
Ego-State Therapy:Working with Early Life Trauma Through the Body, Dr. Maggie Phillips, June 2016
Developing Inner Attachment to Heal Child Parts, Dr. Janina Fischer & Dr. Maggie Phillips, June 2016
Anxiety Disorders in Children & Adolescents, Recognizing & Treating the Emerging Epidemic, Paul Foxman, Ph.D., Bethesda, MD, May 2016
Cognitive Therapy for Dementia, Effective Evaluation & Therapeutic Interventions,
Peter R. Johnson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Reston, VA 2016
Know thy Boundaries: Ethical Attunement in an Age of Informality, Mary Jo Barrett and Linda Stone Fish, Psychotherapy Networker, Washington, DC, March 2015
Ethics: Necessary and Essential Information for Mental Health and Related Healthcare Professionals, Lois A Fenner, R.N., M.S., Attorney at Law, Fairfax, VA 2016
Emergency Mental Health: Assessment & Treatment, Arlington, VA September, 2014
Healing Your Heart After Grieving, David Kessler Fairfax, VA 2014
Brainstorm, Daniel Siegel, MD, Psychotherapy Networker, Washington, D.C., March 2014
Brain Science and Psychotherapy, Rick Hanson, Ph.D., March 2014
The Power of Full Engagement, Diana Fosha, Ph.D., Psychotherapy Networker,
Washington D.C. March 2014
Heal Your Heart After Grief: Help Your Clients Find Peace After Break-Ups, Divorce, Death and Other Losses, David Kessler, Fairfax, 2014.
DSM-5 in Plain English, Kenneth Carter, Ph.D., ABPP, Alexandria, VA 2013
Emergency Mental Health: Assessment and Treatment, Tim Webb, MAEd, LPC,
Alexandria, VA 2013
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness, Richard Sears, PSYD, MBA, ABPP,
Alexandria, VA 2013
The Nuts & Bolts of Legal and Ethical Practice, Edward Zuckerman, Ph.D., Alexandria, VA, 2012
Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice, Daniel Siegel, M.D., Psychotherapy Networker, Washington, D.C., 2012
Trauma, PTSD, & Grief, Linda J. Schupp, Ph.D., Arlington, VA 2011
Beyond Pills, Effective Treatment of Depression, Michael Yapko, Ph.D., Psychotherapy Networker, March 2010
Tapping Spiritual Resources for Healing, Froma Walsh, Ph.D., MSW, Psychotherapy Networker, March 2010
Social Work Ethics & the Law: Complex Issues in Social Work Practice, March 2010
Yoga & Mindfulness, Judi Moolten, MSW, RYT, YC, Arlington, VA 2010
Energy Psychology in Disaster Relief, David Feinstein, Ph.D., Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, Washington, D.C., March 2009
Helping “Blended” Families Thrive- Patricia Papernow, Ed.D., Psychotherapy Networker, Washington, D.C., 2009
Treating Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers, Karyl McBride, Ph.D., LMFT, Psychotherapy Networker, Washington, D.C., 2009
A Family’s First Year with Cancer, David Treadway, Ph.D., Psychotherapy Networker, Washington, D.C., 2009
Embracing Life in the Face of Death, Irvin Yalom, M.D., Psychotherapy Networker, March 2008
Healing Night: Treating Sleep & Dream Disorders, Rubin Naiman, Ph.D.,
Psychotherapy Networker, March 2008
Strategies for Positive Aging, Robert Hill, Ph.D., Psychotherapy Networker, Washington, D.C., March 2008
The I in the Storm, Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., Psychotherapy Networker, Washington, D.C., March 2008 about your business here.
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