“Don’t believe everything you think. Thoughts are just that –thoughts.”
Catherine Riskie, LGSW
Therapist at Bethesda Counseling Services
I take a collaborative and empathic approach to therapy, joining with clients to work towards their stated goals. I believe in using a strengths-based model, relying primarily on CBT for working with children around symptoms of anxiety, depression, and related problems. When using CBT, I use a combination of techniques such as exposures and behavioral activation to help clients work incrementally towards their goals. Using PCIT, I work with parents to improve the warmth of the parent-child relationship and to also handle challenging behaviors from your child effectively and consistently.
I completed an internship at Yale Child Study Center Program for Anxiety Disorders. In addition to conducting assessments, I was trained in the use of CBT for youth with anxiety and in the use of Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) to reduce parental accommodation of children’s anxiety symptoms. Subsequently, I completed field placements at The Lab School of Washington, working with teens who had learning differences and at Alvord, Baker, and Associates, co-leading various Resilience Builder Groups across youth of different ages. I have also completed CBT training at The Beck Institute and Complicated Grief Treatment at The Center for Complicated Grief at Columbia University.
When not working, I enjoy traveling, hiking, photography, and playing board games (especially Scrabble)!
Clinical Degree: Licensed master social worker (LMSW) and master in clinical psychology
Additional Trainings: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Complicated Grief Treatment, and the Resilience Builder Program (RBP).