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"And the day came when the pain of remaining the same became greater than the risk to grow." anonymous

Online services, too!



Cathy S Harris, LCSW 

Therapy & Coaching

I care about "what happened to you" and I strive to provide a compassionate, supportive space for you to share your concerns. Effective work can result in your improved ability to function and to pursue your best life. I offer acceptance without judgment, practical tools, constructive education and a conviction that you are capable! 

Have you been labeled with many different diagnoses? Do you question the validity of these labels?

"John Briere, PhD is said to have quipped that if Complex PTSD were ever given its due – that is, if the role of dysfunctional parenting in adult psychological disorders was ever fully recognized, the DSM (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders...) would shrink to the size of a thin pamphlet." Pete Walker, MFT

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years' experience helping people get beyond traumatic experiences and on to their best life. My office is in Encinitas, San Diego, California. Call for a free consultation: 619.807.9159

What can you expect from trauma counseling?

You can get beyond depression, anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Response, Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Response, addiction and any other condition that has kept you down.

 By applying use of practical tools such as Radical Acceptance, Self-Compassion and Mindfulness training, we will get to the root of behavior patterns or negative beliefs that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.  Freedom is waiting for you!

Cathy's toolbox also includes Trauma-Informed Cognitive work, SoulCollage®, Somatic work, psychoeducation about two specific early childhood defenses and more.

Cathy also offers coaching for ex and exiting members of cults and high-control groups. Friends and family members may also benefit from coaching to cope with their concerns. Coaching is goal-oriented, does not use medical diagnostics and can help you transition out of an oppressive system to freedom.  Learn more

Not in San Diego?

Cathy offers online therapy and coaching!



Cathy cares about "what happened to you"

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Love yourself and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world....                                                                                                                                                                                                               Lucille Ball



Your search is evidence of your willingness to invest in yourself

Investment for individual session $175

I can accept PayPal, All major credit cards, cash, health savings plan,

PPO and out of network benefits