Catherine Ferreira-BaborClinical Psychologist, Doctoral degree in Psychology
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I approach the process of therapy with the deepest respect for the inherent wholeness and dignity of every individual I have the privilege to work with. I will support you in addressing the challenges of chronic stress and the painful effects of trauma while holding the conviction that your capacity for connection, peace, and aliveness is your birthright. I will accompany you as you begin to find your way back to a truer, more vital and clear sense of who you are and what is important to you.
I take a strong approach in trauma informed work, and our relationship to intimacy, vulnerability, and conflict in patterns of attachment. Self-regulation skills, re-establishing the relationship with the body, and dissociative experiences are often relevant when reprocessing difficult experiences. Doing this creates agency and builds new neural pathways. Some specialties of focus are grief, post traumatic stress, self-harm, addiction, family stress, dissociative disorders, and codependency.
Ever felt alone in a crowded room? Had an overwhelming feeling of wanting to cry? Have thoughts that keep you up at night? You are not alone, many struggle with depression and anxiety daily. These struggles cause poor performance at work, poor concentration in school and cause us to say things that we don’t mean to the ones that we love. In therapy, I can help you identify ways to improve your quality of life and create a safe space for you to overcome the barriers preventing your success.
Don't you agree life should be about more than just feeling *less* anxious, depressed, angry or conflict? I'm not in the “symptom reduction” business – like most therapists. Rather my focus is helping clients like you experience MORE. Picture experiencing not just less of something but more hope, love, connection, self-control, happiness, fulfillment, freedom, confidence, affection, compassion, trust, acceptance, validation, & feeling understood. Can you imagine what that would be like for you?
I support my clients in honoring their unique identities, pay attention to their present moment, their bodily and minds states with presence and kindness (a simple working definition of mindfulness). My clients, in turn, can move lovingly towards their current struggles, mend and heal, clarify and envision, and grow and root in wisdom. They can also develop loving relationships with their chronic symptoms which can include: grief, stress, anxiety, depression, focus/attention, anger, etc.
I specialize in working with people who hold an intersection of their identity that experiences oppression, racism, erasure, and marginalization. That may be your cultural identity, your sexual identity, or even the ways you are different from the family that raised you. And maybe you're struggling with your sense of self, a traumatic past, or unhealthy relationship patterns. Perhaps you feel out of control with depression and anxiety, and cultural tension. You are looking in the right place.
Whether your struggle runs deep or is an interim situation, together we can create possibilities for you to manifest a life you love with the life you have. With support, you can rewrite your story as you embark on your inner quest of becoming more of who you really are. Our purpose together will be to make meaning out of your experiences, as well as highlight opportunities for symptom relief, expansion, and healing.
You may be the parent of a teen trying to find support for your child, or you may be in your 20's trying to sort out painful experiences you've had and where you hope to go. You may be looking for family therapy with an experienced therapist who can help to sort out difficult dynamics and conflict. You may identify as queer, a person of color, or another marginalized identity. You may work in harm reduction or as a provider in community and non-profit spaces. If so, I hope to provide support.
I love working with teens and adults who are looking to unstuck themselves and who are interested in going deep. Let's co-create a warm and safe environment for you to get to know yourself better, uncover core beliefs about yourself and the world, and use them to your advantage. As a somatic therapist, I'll support you in bridging the gap between your mind, body, and feelings through talk, mindfulness exercises, and if you're open to it, sandtray or bodywork.
I specialize in working with those who identify as neurodivergent, gender nonconforming, LGBTQIA+, sex positive, polyamorous, or within the bdsm and leather communities. Prospective clients may be seeking to understand their gender/sexual identities, how to work with their neurodivergent brains, or desirous of working through complex childhood trauma through inner child healing and exploration.
My Clients work is to live out, moment to moment, choice by choice, authentic life stories that make their world more satisfying. Things are really hard right now - it is more important than ever to have support. That looks different for everyone, but whether it's relationship, work, family, parenting - or all of the above, create some space and a plan to walk through it - together. My Practice includes Individuals, Couples and Elders from all walks -
To others you look fine, but on the inside you're struggling. You're tired of feeling scattered, anxious, and stuck while trying to manage different areas of life. You know your past is impacting your present, but you're not sure what to do about it. You know things with your relationships and family are complicated. You’re ready to do the work so you can stop trying so hard without any change. You're ready to sort through the past to live more fully. You're ready to prioritize you.
I love working with Queer and Trans folks who feel things deeply and intuitively, and who feel a calling to bring their gifts and offerings into this world! I find that these gifts of empathy, sensitivity, and intuition also have shadow sides that can rob us of their joy. These shadow sides can lead to burn out, depletion, repeated relationships and situations that are unhealthy, being used or taken advantage of, or often even trauma and abuse (past or present).
Many of the people I work with come to therapy wanting to examine the areas where they feel blocked, fearful, or even lost to themselves. Often, it is the very coping mechanisms that have gotten us through hard times that become habits that hold us back. By showing up with curiosity and a collaborative spirit, we can be both honest and compassionate with how we hold ourselves back and then make more room to be who we truly are.
I work with couples and individuals of all types. Living life on your own terms, with the meaning, purpose, and fulfillment you seek, is the result of personal work that only you can do. When faced with new challenges, you might need to expand your sense of who you are, develop new internal capacities, or examine old patterns which are no longer serving you. Psychotherapy can help produce lasting change by getting below the surface to the root of what is happening.
Are you interested in deepening your relationship with yourself? Are you struggling with isolation and loneliness? Feeling dissatisfied in your relationships with others and wanting to create deeper connections? Wanting to change your relationship to alcohol and drugs, self-punishment and internal critics? Do you feel misunderstood or under appreciated? My relational approach to therapy works directly with the way we show up in our lives and supports bringing awareness to our patterns.
I see many couples who have been to therapy before and found it useful to a point where they felt okay and decided to end, but now noticing some patterns still need more work on a deeper level. Or it's their first time in therapy and they've been thinking about attending for a while now for premarital work, creating healthy relational security or conflict management. They're often interested in learning communication skills, developing self awareness and creating more fulfilling relationships.