Catherine Goldhouse

LICSW, LCSW, MSW

Catherine Goldhouse

LICSW, LCSW, MSW

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Telehealth Available
Professions: Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Clinical Social Worker - 129619
Secondary Credential: Clinical Social Worker - TPSW803
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: $245 for individuals (45 minutes)
$260 for couples (60 minutes)
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability

Offices

Portland , Maine 04101
Boston, Massachusetts 02116

My Approach to Helping

I received my bachelors degree from Brown University and my masters degree from Boston College. I combine the practicality of CBT with the depth of psychodynamic therapy to provide individuals and couples a safe, supportive space in which to identify and understand the unhealthy patterns in their lives and explore new ways of thinking, feeling, and engaging with the world.

I acquired my clinical training at McLean Hospital, largest psychiatric affiliate at Harvard Medical School, on an inpatient unit in the division of Anxiety and Mood Disorders. I also trained at the OCD Institute, the first and foremost treatment center for OCD in the nation.

Before becoming a psychotherapist I owned a wellness company in which I helped people heal from destructive relationships with food and nourishment and instead learn to eat and live according to their own values. I am also a longtime student of the Enneagram and enjoy using it as a tool for self-knowledge and growth.

More Info About My Practice

All my sessions are via video. This allows me to work with clients located anywhere in Florida, Maine, and Massachusetts from the comfort of their own familiar space. Most people choose to have sessions from their home, but some do it from their offices, or even in their cars. It’s all about what works for you and where you feel most comfortable opening up.

My Therapy Focus

My clients come to me because they know they are missing out on life. Their anxiety and self-doubt has become intolerable and so they have been spending a huge amount of time trying to get rid of it by doing things like asking for reassurance, excessively researching, replaying events, or numbing out with television or food. If you relate to this, then you know the relief you get from doing these things does not last very long, and it comes at a cost. You avoid being in certain situations or having certain conversations because they bring up too much anxiety and discomfort. You either hide yourself from others because of your shame, or you depend on others too much because of your need for reassurance. You've become preoccupied by your thoughts and have prioritized avoiding discomfort so much that you don't even know what your own passion, purpose, and preferences are. Above all, you feel you can't trust yourself. Before they came to see me, my clients worried therapy would be too uncomfortable. They were afraid they would be pushed into doing or saying things they were not ready for. But they knew they were stuck and that without help, their lives would never change. You deserve to live a life that is not consumed by anxiety. You can be free of the exhaustion that comes from all the obsessing and avoiding. In our work together, you will develop new ways of thinking, feeling, and being in relationships so that you are no longer at the mercy of self-doubt and intrusive thoughts. You will learn how to trust yourself and step into your strength so you can show up fully to your own life. If you are ready to rise above the noise and start living the life you want, I would love to help you get there.

Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Adults

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    I specialize in a particular type of OCD known as “Pure O” or purely obsessional OCD. My clients with Pure O often go for years undiagnosed because their compulsions are not visible, like hand-washing or double-checking, the way it typically is when we think of OCD. Instead, they respond by ruminating, researching, seeking reassurance, or replaying things in their head. Folks with Pure O often have obsessions that involve uncomfortable themes like harm, sexuality, and religion, and the shame they feel has made seeking help very scary. Regardless of the type of OCD and unwanted thoughts you have, I know it can be debilitating and take away so much job in life. But you CAN get better.

Industries & Communities Served

  • BIPOC
  • Education
  • Entertainment Industry
  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • LGBTQ+
  • Military/Law Enforcement
  • Professional Sports
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Anxiety
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Perfectionism
  • Relationships and Marriage

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Life Therapy

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