Cate Desjardins LMSW
I offer insight oriented, depth psychotherapy using a psychodynamic approach. What does that mean? Visit the My Approach page to learn more. This approach is well suited to a variety of problems and goals that bring people to therapy.
I primarily work with older adolescents and adults. I sometimes work with high-school aged teenagers, depending on their presenting problem, capacity to engage in a talk therapy-based treatment, and their parents’ willingness to collaborate with me in a way that respects their teenager’s right to privacy.
I work with a wide range of people experiencing a wide range of difficulties, such as relationship problems, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, substance use, repeated self-sabotaging, and self-harm. Many people I have worked with have experienced their struggles for many years.
Additionally, I also work with people who enter therapy who aren’t necessarily experiencing significant distress, but who want to use therapy for their personal growth and development.
I have specialized training and experience in working with perinatal mood disorders and associated problems. Trying to conceive, being pregnant, giving birth, and the postpartum months can be challenging and can bring up a whole host of new feelings, anxieties, memories, and difficulties. I also hold training sessions for doulas, midwives, and OB’s to help identify and effective address depression, anxiety, OCD, and trauma in new parents.
I welcome people from all walks of life. I am especially familiar, knowledgeable, and well-versed with the “LGBT umbrella” community. By that I mean, I recognize that there are many diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, outside of the familiar lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender identities that people use. I also know and see people who describe themselves as queer, pansexual, asexual, demisexual, non-binary, and genderqueer among other labels and descriptors. Please know that I want to use the pronouns and name that you are most comfortable using, and I will begin to use them as soon as you share them with me.