Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Mon: 12pm - 8pm
Tues: 12pm - 8pm
Wed: 12pm - 8pm
Thurs: 12pm - 8pm
Fri: 12pm - 8pm
Specialties & expertise
Adolescent and teenage issues
Young adults, college students, and working professionals
Catherine Horton is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Providence, Rhode Island specializing in adolescent, young adult, parenting and family issues. She offers both family and individual therapy. Catherine draws upon her tenure at Bradley Hospital where she provided intensive treatment in adolescent partial hospital day programs and inpatient settings. She received her MSW from Smith School for Social Work and has completed a post master’s certificate program in Contemplative Clinical Practice.
Catherine has extensive knowledge about issues that teenagers and young adults face, including self-harm, social media pressures, identity development, hopelessness about the future, relationship difficulties, and trauma. In addition, she has a magnitude of experience working with parents who are trying to have better communication with their child, better understand their child, address safety issues, and better support their child through structure, boundaries, and limit setting. Catherine specializes in treating parents who may be experiencing their own psychological difficulties as a result of these challenges. She helps parents to identify and work on things that are blocking them from being efficacious in their personal, parenting and family life.
Catherine incorporates techniques such as meditation, compassion-based thinking, emotion regulation, behavior modification, and crisis intervention. Catherine’s theoretical foundations for psychotherapy are psychodynamically driven by attachment, object relations, and family systems theory. She welcomes all experiences and emotions in her practice, meeting her clients where they are and working with them to achieve their therapy goals.
Adolescent issues – transition to high school or college, social media pressures, interpersonal difficulties with peers, self-esteem, hopelessness about the future, emotional disregulation, trauma
Family therapy – communication, safety related issues, acting-out behaviors, boundaries, limit setting, co-parenting, relationship repair, adoption issues, traumatic loss
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Personality disorders – Enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner experience; includes narcissistic, dependent, and borderline personality disorders
Self harm – Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting
Loss and grief – Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief; processing he emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one
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
Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Catherine is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Individual Therapy: $125 (50min)
Family Therapy: $150 (60min)
Therapist's note: Catherine can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"There is an inherent discomfort that is part of the therapeutic process, as people tend to seek out therapy in times of emotional suffering. The information gleaned during these times can be invaluable to our healing. The act of beginning therapy is to honor one's vulnerability and from this place we build compassion. So come as you are. I welcome your skepticism, frustrations, turmoil, and criticism. All of your experiences matter in this process of moving toward living your life with greater ease."
Treatment approachesBehavior Modification
Contemplative Clinical Practice
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (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)
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (learn more)
Education and work experience
PVD Psychotherapy, 2017 - Present
Bradley Hospital Adolescent Inpatient Unit & SafeQuest Partial Program, 2008 - 2017
Smith College School for Social Work, Contemplative Clinical Practice: An Advanced Certificate Program in Spirituality and Social Work, 2014
Smith College School for Social Work, MSW, 2004
University of Rhode Island, BA, 2001