Catherine Alvarado

ABOUT ME

Hello and welcome!
I’m Catherine Alvarado –

As a psychotherapist, I support my clients in healing anxiety, specific fears, and past traumas so they can build a deeper relationship with themselves and experience more connection, fulfillment, and joy in their lives. 

Rooted in the belief that the mind and body are inextricably linked, our work together combines cerebral and mindfulness-based interventions with trauma informed body-based techniques like Somatic Experiencing and EMDR to help clients repair energy imbalances and harmful nervous system responses created in the body from past painful events. 

MY STORY

How I discovered holistic mind-body healing.

Connection, self discovery, and authentic expression have always been really important to me. However, it wasn’t until I discovered the true power of mind-body healing for myself that I began to understand the way our mental, emotional, physical, and soul parts of ourselves are all connected. Holistic approaches to healing and therapy show us the way back to ourselves and can truly change our lives.

As a teenager and young adult I experienced some symptoms of anxiety and depression from time to time, but nothing that seemed alarming. I did well in school, got into a top graduate program, grew a successful private practice, and maintained strong relationships with friends and family. 

It was only after years of doing all those things while being in a toxic, co-dependent relationship and not taking care of myself that I began to embody and believe that I must be lazy, stuck, and broken. 

The more I believed these thoughts, the more I began to embody them. My emotional distress and panic attacks became so severe that I developed intense gut issues. I could barely eat, nothing seemed to soothe or satisfy these feelings. I became so ill that I had to take months off from work. My days were spent crying in my room, seeking safety wherever I could find it. 

During this time I experienced a deep sense of hopelessness I often hear from new clients. Pills were being pushed at me with no regard for who I was as a person, the side effects of different medications, or the root of what was coming up for me emotionally.

Eventually I was able to connect with a team of providers who were able to understand and support me as a person. Together we began healing the root causes of the distress and anxiety I was experiencing, integrating somatic-based and energetic healing modalities to heal all parts of myself. 

Knowing I had a team of support made me feel safe and secure in and out of session. Building a toolbox of resources helped me confidently and calmly navigate triggers, build new ways of being, and heal.  

Through this work I returned to the life I was wanting to live, empowered with new modalities and tools to share with my clients, and a fierce passion for sharing the power of holistic healing. 

Today, I focus on individual holistic therapy. My multidimensional approach allows me to deliver a unique, private, and personalized experience for clients to explore and empower their inner voice.

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Education:

  • B.A., Psychology, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles CA 
  • M.S., Counseling Psychology – Mount Saint Mary’s University CA
    • Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy
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Licenses & Trainings:

  • BBS Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #108884, clinical experience completed under supervision of Dr. Kelly Mothner 
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#134744)
  • Trained in EMDR by The Institute For Creative Mindfulness
  • Trained in The Flash Technique (FT)

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Professional Affiliations:

  • CAMFT: California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • EMDRIA: EMDR International Association
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Professional Development & Experiences:

    • Behavioral Health Intern, Project Touch Teen & Family Counseling, Hermosa Beach CA
    • Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee, The Ness Counseling Center, Los Angeles CA
    • Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, Soultenders, Arcadia CA
    • Graduate Intern, Career Services & Internships, Mount Saint Mary’s University 
    • Student Activities Assistant, Office of Student Activities, Otis College of Art and Design
    • Operations Manager, Student Health and Wellness Center, Otis College of Art and Design 
    • Reiki Master Certification
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I tend to work with:

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Individuals who have tried talk therapy in the past and did not find it helpful or believe they are too self-aware to benefit from therapy
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Those ready for a more personalized, holistic approach that addresses the entire self on a mental, emotional, and even physical level
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High-achieving, very ambitious individuals who despite being very aware of unhelpful patterns are still finding themselves stuck
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Teenagers and adults experiencing anxiety, panic attacks, and/or trauma
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Highly sensitive individuals and young professionals looking for relief from stress, depression, anxiety, isolation, lack of confidence, or other overwhelming emotions and thoughts

WORK WITH ME

See what plan is the best for you

Adjunctive EMDR

Adjunctive EMDR gives you the chance to do intensive EMDR therapy without having to stop working with your primary therapist or “start all over again” with another provider.

Intensive Program

EMDR Intensives allow the opportunity to progress through your symptoms in a more succinct and focused way without the interruptions of a 50 minute session. 

Ongoing Support

Therapy time reserved each week for you to dive deep with continued support. Consistent and dependable care that offers time between sessions to consolidate new insights. 

 

ARE YOU READY TO WORK TOGETHER?

Schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation to get started.