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“I want to understand before I intervene.”

Catherine McKay, LPC-MHSP


Catherine McKay, LPC-MHSP

Catherine brings a warm, energetic approach to therapy and her bright outlook on life is contagious to both clients and colleagues. She is a realist and keeps clients on their toes while making it a priority to be one of their biggest supporters. She believes that creating a safe environment in therapy helps clients to open up so they can break through emotional barriers.  Her calm and graceful manner hide the fact that she is a powerhouse of productivity and perseverance.

Catherine works with adolescents and adults. She specializes in treating women with co-occurring disorders, body image issues, compulsive behaviors, depression, and anxiety. She counsels using a holistic, compassionate, customized approach for each client. At PSYCHē, Catherine conducts individual therapy, parent coaching, and c0-leads Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills groups.

Catherine has training in and was supervised in Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) and is an MBT Group leader. Mentalization is the capacity to understand a person's actions, emotions, and how each may be associated with specific mental states (in both self and others). This understanding may lead to more successful interactions and social relationships. MBT is an evidenced based treatment that has been shown to be highly effective in treating Borderline Personality Disorder, and is also used for a wide range of disorders. 

Dr. Vaughn and Sarah hired Catherine after seeing her work in a residential treatment facility where they served as consultants to transform it into a DBT program for Substance Use Disorders (DBT-SUD). There, Catherine was working specifically with women diagnosed with multiple disorders, substance abuse, and trauma--it was clear that she was "a cut above," and that she belonged at Psychē permanently.

In her spare time, Catherine enjoys sweating it out at the gym, swing dancing, singing to live music, and reading. She also can be found cheering at Nashville Predators’ hockey games and planning fun social events with friends and family.