Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Accepting new clients for daytime appointments
Specialties & expertise
People of color
Grief and loss
Cathay Che is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Union Square of New York City specializing in identity development, multicultural literacy, anxiety, depression, addictions, and pet loss support. Having previously facilitated a group for identity development, she has deep expertise in helping LGBTQ, biracial, and first- or second-generation individuals navigate the intricacies of identity formation from an intersectional perspective. Having lived in New York for over two decades, she has a particular affinity for working with creative individuals in the arts or media. No matter the reason her clients enter therapy, she is passionate about helping them become more attuned to their emotions and find greater satisfaction in their personal and professional lives.
Cathay supports individuals with both behavioral and substance use challenges and addictions, including gambling, excessing shopping, and hypersexuality. Viewing addiction as a symptom of other underlying issues, she gently guides each client toward uncovering the root of the problem, developing sustainable coping skills, and reaching a safe place of healing and fulfillment. She also has a special sensitivity to the powerful bond people form with their pets and can aid in the grieving process for those who have experienced difficult losses.
Cathay draws from a number of evidence-based treatment approaches including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), mindfulness practices, and supportive therapy. Her approach to addiction is rooted in Motivational Interviewing, understanding each client's unique background and perspective in order to set realistic, attainable goals. She takes care in genuinely listening to her clients and providing empathetic, honest feedback and sustainable solutions. Cathay offers individual and group therapy at her office located in Union Square, accessible by the Union Square metro stop.
Identity development – Including within the unique context of one's race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, class, and cultural background; resolving trauma and internalized oppression related to stigma
Multicultural literacy – Awareness and appreciation of different beliefs, appearances and lifestyles
Addictions – Coping with emotional discomfort and suffering; reducing or abstaining from unwanted behaviors such as unhealthy gambling or shopping
Pet loss support – Processing the loss of a loved pet
Adoption and foster care – Support around pre- and post-adoption challenges including family dynamics, challenging behaviors, attachment issues, and navigation of the child welfare system or adoption agencies
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Compulsive behaviors – Coping with overwhelming urges and impulses, such as hair pulling or skin picking; developing alternative ways to reduce stress and alleviate suffering
Infertility counseling – Understanding infertility interventions and solutions; support during decision-making processes; coping with fertility problems and pregnancy loss
LGBTQ and sexuality topics – Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Substance use – Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health
Transgender & gender identity topics – Exploring gender identity, including trans, non-binary, and gender variant identities; support throughout the process of transition
Trauma –Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Cathay is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Therapist’s note: Cathay can process paperwork for out-of-network benefits for clients with Aetna, Cigna, and UnitedHealthcare, so clients with these providers can expect to pay their typical co-pay for a session with her.
Initial/ongoing individual therapy sessions: $150/session (50min)
Individual substance use disorder assessments: $200/assessment
Pet loss counseling: $100/session
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $100 - $150 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Cathay can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"I'm a discreet, empathetic therapist who will listen to what you want and what you say very carefully, give you gentle but honest feedback, and help guide you towards solutions that are both accessible and sustainable."
Treatment approachesDialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Motivational interviewing Motivational interviewing is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. It is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2013 - Present
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, 2012 - Present
Columbia University, MSW, 2013