Cathy Hanson

Cathy Hanson, MA, Clinical Trainee, has experience and enjoys providing psychotherapy individually and in groups. Area of focus are compensatory strategies and focusing on assets for life. She has experience working with youth with substance use disorders.

Cathy has vast history with working with families and adults and children with special needs including developmental disability, brain injury, severe and persistent mental illness, trauma related disorders, autism, etc. She has spent more than 30 years working in disability services, including residential. She uses a person-centered approach to establish a warm and genuine relationship with her clients and provide a safe, non-judgmental, a, which includes patience, empathy, validation, and positive regard. Cathy uses several approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Solution-focused approach. Cathy’s training in CBIS, Child Psychiatric Rehabilitation Certificate, Positive Behavior Supports, and Crisis Interventions and Prevention increases her understanding of life through various client lenes.

Education: Cathy holds a master’s degree in psychology (dual license program LPPC/LMFT) from California Southern University. She also holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology with an emphasis in family systems and special education.