Cathy Lewis

Catherine (Cathy) Lewis

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

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Children (0 - 12)
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)

Specialties & expertise

  • ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder)

  • Adoption and foster care

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Existential challenges / crises

  • Family issues

  • LGBTQQ and gender identity issues

  • Life transitions

  • Relationships

  • Trauma and sexual abuse

Professional statement

Cathy Lewis specializes the treatment of children, adolescents, adults, parents, and families. Her expertise areas include adoption and foster care, LGBTQQ topics, trauma, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, and depression. 

In her work with clients, Cathy takes a highly collaborative approach, not only examining the problems they are facing, but also their personal strengths. She has extensive experience working with LGBTQQ clients exploring sexuality and gender identity, and has advanced training in treating psychological trauma. She also works closely with parents and children who have gone through or are currently going through the adoption process. 

Cathy received her MA in Social Work from the University of Connecticut and her BA from Brown University. She has been in practice for over 35 years and absolutely loves helping clients enhance their abilities to achieve what they hope for most in life. 


ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, work; organizational challenges
Adoption and foster care – Sees clients across the stages of adoption, including pre-adoption and years after adoption; supporting parents going through through the child welfare system or international adoption agencies; working with children who are in foster care or who are preparing to be adopted
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder
Depression –  Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Family issues – Includes helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children; helping young adults navigate family issues
LGBTQQ and gender identity issues – Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues
Life transitions –  Adjusting to new relationships, career transitions, and direction; parenting as a life transition stage
Relationships –  Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; breakups, friendships, dating
Trauma and sexual abuse – Dealing with sexual assault, childhood trauma; Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); Advanced Certificate in treating psychological trauma


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Brown University Student Health Insurance

  • Johnson & Wales University Student Insurance

  • Neighborhood Health

  • RISD Student Health Insurance

  • Tufts

  • United Health

  • URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Intake session: $125 (60min)

  • Ongoing sessions: $85/session (50min)

Message to clients

"I appreciate the opportunity to speak with you about issues that may be troubling you and affecting your work, school, or relationships. I strive to provide a supportive, therapeutic environment that meets individual needs. My work is collaborative, joining with my clients to set achievable goals in a reasonable amount of time."

Treatment approaches

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), patients works with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. CBT helps patients become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so they can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (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)
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)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)

Education and work experience

Private Practice, 2012-current
Casey Family Services, Team Leader, 1992-2012
Dept. of Children, Youth & Families, 1983-1992
RI College School of Social Work, Adjunct Faculty, 2009-2015

University of Connecticut, School of Social Work, MSW, 1981
Brown University, BA, 1976