Get to Know Lee
(Catherine E. Lee), LCSW
Hi, I am Lee! I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Texas. To me there are no wrong thoughts or feelings, it’s what we do with them that matters. Our feelings and experiences live in our bodies, so I hold an approach that supports you holistically. I do my best to create a therapeutic relationship built on trust, respect, and collaboration. I am dedicated to supporting you as you strive to reach your goals, and when you are unsure of what those goals are, I’m here to help you figure them out and work towards them.
How I Help
I hold a no-judgement zone where you can feel safe opening up about anything and everything. I encourage therapy to take whatever shape you need to heal or grow. That can mean therapy shifts over time from talking to crying, from laughing to sitting quietly together, and laying on the floor while taking deep breaths. Since each person is unique, each session has its own twists and turns. I stay flexible, supporting you wherever you may be on a given day, while guiding you towards emotional healing and resilience. I’m not the kind of therapist who sits back nodding along. I am here to talk with you, explore with you, feel with you, and at times, challenge you. In our work together, I will be attentive to the little wins along the way and help each of us to stay mindful of the positive steps forward!
Areas of Focus
Trauma and PTSD
Trauma shakes you up inside and messes with your sense of safety in the world. Have you experienced a one time overwhelming event, say a car accident, and now you notice yourself feeling on edge, anxious, and irritable each time you are in a car? Or maybe, have you experienced a repeated pattern of overwhelming and stressful events, such as continued emotionally painful relationships throughout your childhood and young adulthood, and now you struggle to feel cared for and loved, believe that you are not good enough, and maybe feel depressed and avoid others. Trauma shows up differently for each person. No matter how “big” or “small” the trauma may seem, if it interrupts your ability to face the challenges of life with confidence, it is real. I can help you process your experiences, and find a peaceful, healing path back to yourself. I utilize EMDR in my treatment of trauma.
Do you feel like your emotions are too big? Have you noticed that you feel depressed one day and excited the next. Are you noticing that you can’t sleep or can’t stay awake, and life generally feels overwhelming. Do people tell you that you seem unpredictable, frequently “overreacting” in difficult situations, or get annoyed when you don’t remember or cancel plans last minute? Life has enough ups and downs without you feeling like that, too. When your emotions start to take over it can be frustrating and, at times, scary, but it is possible to regain your strength as you find yourself facing those difficult emotions. Together we will deepen your emotional awareness and find what holds you back. From there our work will focus on identifying the skills to refocus your emotional energy, and introduce new habits to shift the balance of emotion in a meaningful direction.
Grief and Loss
With change comes loss and change is a constant in our world. With the loss of someone important in our lives, a changing relationship, or life transition, we can experience grief. Grief can be the most important, yet difficult, challenge in life, but it is also a normal reaction to any significant loss. In the wake of a loss, you may find yourself feeling disbelief, frustration, anger, sadness, and overwhelm. Not only is grief itself challenging emotionally, but it is accompanied by disrupted sleep, lack of appetite, relationship struggles, and difficulty focusing. It may not feel like things will get better and that’s okay. We can start with feeling less bad. Your emotions need and deserve the time and space to heal.
A bit about me
Outside of the professional realm, I spend my time engaging in LGBTQIA+ community activism, having impromptu dance parties with friends, and running. If you would have asked me about running a few years ago I would have said I’d only do it if I was in imminent danger. Somehow I got talked into going for a trail run and I got hooked on long distance running. I by no means run fast but I can go for a long time. I also love hiking with my partner and dog, Patsy, doing diamond paintings (just like paint by number but with sparkles), and reading YA fantasy fiction.
Master of Science in Social Work, Clinical Concentration
University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work
B.F.A in Painting, B.A. in Sculpture
Minors in English and Women’s Studies
Truman State University
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For assistance please contact:
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(512) 305- 7700, or 1-800-821-3205.