Cate Nelson MFT, Marriage & Family Therapy in Campbell, California, 95008

Cate Nelson


Cate Nelson


Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Marriage and Family Therapist


51 E. Campbell Ave.
Campbell, California 95008

My Approach to Helping

People often ask me to give them "tools" to solve problems in their lives. My answer to that is: I help people to develop unique emotional skills, suited to their own strengths and capacities. People in therapy with me often learn their own way of achieving an observing distance from their thoughts and feelings. They often learn to self-regulate strong emotional states, and make reasoned choices instead of simply reacting and then acting on a situation. They may learn about boundaries, both emotional and physical. They may learn about what they are not thinking and feeling. For example, if I sense that grief and mourning are absent when there has been a loss, I will bring that fact into the therapeutic conversation. And lastly people can learn, based on the therapeutic interaction in the present moment, how they interact with people, why, and how they may want to act differently. From new perspectives come new behaviors and changed lives. Change comes from an in-depth understanding, over time, with a helpful, safe, observing and listening therapist. People thrive when they feel understood and respected in a private space.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

My practice consists of four main patient groups. I see people with eating disorders, from anorexia to bulimia, compulsive eating, compulsive exercising and body image issues. I work with physicians, psychiatrists, and nutritionists to comprise an outpatient treatment team and provide comprehensive care. I work with individual adults and adolescents and I run small eating disorder groups. I also see people who have experienced early trauma, from accidental events and/or emotional, physical and sexual abuse. These traumas often manifest as chronic depression, chronic anxiety and relationship difficulties, at work and in personal life. I see college students for work stress and relationship issues. Sometimes there is a gap between their intellectual capacities and their emotional development. They may develop a dependence on social media, as a substitute for a more full-bodied support system. And I see the elderly and their caregivers. I have a special interest in old age as a developmental phase of life.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Body Image
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Elder Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Exercise Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Hoarding
  • Identity Issues
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Psychosis
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Schizophrenia
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Workplace Issues
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Object Relations
  • Psychodynamic
  • Self Psychology
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy

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