Get to Know Lee
(Catherine E. Lee), LCSW
Hi, I am Lee! I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. 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
Our first sessions will focus on getting to know each other, your needs, and what is bringing you to therapy. We will then develop treatment goals together. I create a supportive environment that encourages all aspects of a person to be part of the therapeutic work. My approach to therapy is person-centered. I utilize EMDR, CBT, and narrative therapy techniques. I regard my practice as explicitly anti-racist and LGBTQIA+ affirming. In addition to working with people who are struggling with traumas and PTSD, I also provide therapy for people who experience difficulties with anxiety, Bipolar Disorders, and mid-life life changes and life transitions.
Anxiety and Bipolar Disorders
Do you feel like your emotions are too big? Do you feel angry or irritated all the time? Then notice that your emotions shift from day to day - maybe even moment to moment. You are irritated one moment and depressed the next. Does having all these emotions and trying to live your life generally feel overwhelming? Do people tell you that you seem unpredictable, “crazy”, that you “overreact” in difficult situations, or get annoyed with you 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 focus on identifying the skills to refocus your emotional energy and introduce new habits to shift the balance of emotion in a meaningful direction. From there our work will deepen your emotional awareness, find what holds you back, and get in the driver’s seat of your life.
Trauma and PTSD
Trauma shakes you up inside and messes with your sense of safety in the world. It changes how you feel about yourself - and how you feel about others. Are you trying to get through day to day life and find yourself struggling with guilt, shame, depression, anxiety, dissociation, or relationship problems? Oftentimes when people experience sexual abuse as a child, they struggle with these same things. Or maybe, you experienced a repeated pattern of overwhelming and stressful events, such as witnessing violence in your home or neglect from your family. These continued emotionally painful experiences throughout your childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood, and shaped your life. Now you struggle to feel cared for and loved, believing that you are not good enough or undeserving. The hope you had seems to be fading. 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.
Life Transitions in
Have you noticed that one day you stopped, looked around, and wondered how you got to be half way through your life and you are not even living YOUR life or the life you envisioned? You spend so much time managing other people’s schedules and prioritizing everyone over yourself. Life is not working out the way you had expected or hoped. Who even am I is likely a frequent question that runs through your head. In addition to parenting your children, you’re also parenting your parents. Now life feels stagnant and it's becoming clear that the hurtful and upsetting events in the past have left an impact on you. You’re asking if this is really how things are now? Can the way you feel about yourself, your relationships, and orientation to the world can change? Yes. AND You have the power to change them. It starts with identifying the things that keep you feeling stuck and dissatisfied. Then regaining control of your thoughts and feelings. You’re not getting younger, right? Now is the time to take back your life.
A bit about me
Outside of the professional realm, I spend my time engaged in the LGBTQIA+ community, hanging out with friends, eating good food, and running.
I used to think running was a thing you only did if you were in imminent danger but it turns out I really love it. The first race I signed up for was the Austin Marathon (26.2 miles). It is notorious for being a hard course. I thought, "If I'm going to train for race go big or go home, right? ...go big." 3 marathons later I wanted to push myself to the next level so I signed up for an ultra marathon. It was grueling but I completed all 56k (35 miles)!
To finish off the day I read YA fantasy fiction. It is the perfect way to get out of this world before falling asleep.
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
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Texas Public Complaint
TLHT Licensed Mental Health Social Worker Florida, TPSW2148
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