I provide individual and group psychotherapy.
Although I have worked with many clients with varying issues, my specialties include issues of loss and bereavement, life-threatening illnesses (such as cancer), and trauma issues. I have particular interest in working with those who grieve the loss of a loved one or of a relationship, those who have experienced traumatic loss, those who have experienced the loss of a pet, those who have experienced job loss, and those experiencing complicated grief (those stuck in their grief).
When life is overwhelming, I focus upon giving you the tools that can bring immediate relief.
Since much of my focus is grief and loss issues, I have the most experience with clients that are in great distress. I strive to concentrate on the present, focus on the future, and explore the past, to understand current behaviors and coping. I create a safe place where clients can focus on their goals and acquire more coping tools to adjust to life changes.
If you’re interested in becoming a better, happier, more fulfilled you, I’d love to work with you every step of the way.
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About Catherine Ray
I hold a master’s degree in Social Work from Indiana University School of Social Work and a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from University of Indianapolis. I am professionally affiliated with the National Association of Social Work.
My approach to therapy is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), in which clients are taught to recognize how their thoughts are contributing to their distress, and through cognitive and behavioral approaches, are challenged to apply coping skills in situations where they are exposed to stress. Generally, some disruption within your personal system, such as an illness, loss, or death, brings you to therapy. Examining the relationships that are in your everyday life—friends, family, and communities—help determine where you would like to focus to give you better coping skills.
I also use Psychodynamic Therapy (Psychoanalytic) to help determine how you learn to deal with everyday life. Most of our adult behaviors are rooted in how we grew up, and values we were taught as children. By discussing the past, we can understand the present and how to make changes in our thinking and behaviors for the future.