Catherine Ferreira,Psy.D.

Catherine Ferreira,Psy.D.

Professions: Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Clinical Psychologist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist - 21695
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: $225, free 15-minute phone consultation
Free Initial Phone Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


2930 Camino Diablo, Suite 305B
Walnut Creek, California 94597

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My Approach to Helping

I have a deep respect for people who reach out for help. It's not easy. The problems that bring us to therapy require a committed, compassionate professional who knows how to ask the right questions, who is skilled at helping people access and discuss emotions that are troubling them, who has the experience to provide practical feedback and who has the education to provide state-of-the-art information. So often we blame ourselves for having problems. I am especially interested in helping people understand how their problems developed, knowing that their problems developed because of logical reactions to difficult circumstances, so that we can move beyond the shame and get into effective problem-solving and emotional healing.

One of my strengths as a therapist is that most people feel comfortable with me right from the start. Research shows that the most important factor of a successful therapy is the quality of the relationship between therapist and patient. I encourage my patients to talk to me about how it feels working with me. I am good at helping people feel understood, but if you don't feel that way I want to know. It often has something to do with the specific problem you are seeking help with.

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

I enjoy and am skilled at working with a broad range of issues. Specifically I work with trauma and abuse. Whether its an assault that just happened, or childhood abuse that's been effecting you for years, I can help you cope, heal, and emerge a stronger person. I have developed skills to work with addiction and substance abuse, infidelity, adoption, infertility, as well as depression and anxiety.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Psychotherapy is quite different from just talking to a caring person. My doctoral training has taught me not just how to listen but what to listen for. I am always looking for ways in which your past impacts your present. I am looking for patterns. I am looking for alternate perspectives, which are often not based in blame but are intended to help you see that what you are currently going through makes sense given your experiences. You may come to me completely confused about how you got to where you are. And my job is to help you see that there is a logic to one's emotional life that isn't linear, but has more control over your well-being than you could have ever known. Well-being may feel hard to achieve but it is not a mystery and my job is to explain it to you.

Services I Provide

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Women, men, older adolescents, people of color, alcoholics,

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Breakup
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • First Responders
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Narcissism
  • Perfectionism
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

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