Catherine M Ford, PhD

Catherine M Ford, PhD

Professions: Psychologist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist - 25350
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 09769
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1221 W Ben White Blvd
Suite 108A
Austin, Texas 78704
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I use listening, conversation, support, and gentle challenge to help people find clarity and reduce the barriers to a satisfying life. My philosophy is to offer "respectful psychotherapy - the freedom to express and explore your self" and my goal is to support people in becoming their most authentic & loving selves.

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More Info About My Practice

I specialize in gay/lesbian/bisexual concerns. I offer both short-term services to help people rapidly meet the challenges of their lives, and longer-term work for those who seek deeper exploration of their selves. I lead a co-ed interpersonal process group that meets on Wednesday evenings. Initial visit is $160, individual sessions are $120, couples are $150, group is $50. I accept Medicare (including when Medicaid is secondary).

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

I love being part of the journey, watching people grow and change and flower before my very eyes. That process is so exciting and rewarding! It continues to amaze me that a consistent environment of compassionate listening can bring so much change.

What I Usually Need to Know to Help

Who and what you love. Where it hurts. Your aspirations. What else usually helps you, and what doesn't.

How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist

They definitely do. I find that every new struggle brings deepened understanding for an ever-broadening array of life problems. Furthermore, I have personal as well as professional experience with how therapy can be helpful vs. harmful, and how far-reaching its positive effects can be.

My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'

I believe that most mental health concerns develop out of some combination of biological factors, such as a particularly sensitive/responsive nervous system or an inherited tendency toward depression, addiction, or another problem - along with the nature of the relationships and challenges a person has experienced, both in childhood and throughout life - all mediated by the meanings and messages the person gives to these feelings and experiences. Thus, treatment may include a focus on self-care and compassion, new relational and emotional experiences, and/or increased awareness of cognitive habits. I also believe that a focus on sources of strength and delight is an essential part of therapy.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Group Therapy
  • Clinical Supervision

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    Gay/lesbian/bisexual individuals & relationships

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Panic
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Feminist Therapy
  • Humanistic Psychology
  • Possibility Therapy
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy

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