Catherine Gray, PsyD is a psychologist in Pasadena, CA
A variety of creative and evidence-based treatments are integrated within my practice. These include: cognitive behavioral strategies (CBT, REBT, mindfulness), behavior strategies, imagery and analogy, narrative therapy, motivational interviewing, reality therapy, short-term psychodynamic interventions, IPT strategies, social experiments, and referrals for medication, neuropsychological testing, medical evaluations, etc.. Mind-body-spirit considerations are also incorporated. The choice of strategies often depends on several factors (e.g., timing, culture and diversity, personality style, a strategy that is known to be helpful, an evidence-based treatment, etc.).
One flexible approach that I frequently integrate within a brief or solution-focused format is Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT). As its own type of therapy, IPT focuses on building social strengths and overcoming problems by looking at interpersonal interactions, relationships and coping. This can be a very engaging and relevant way to help address day-to-day conflicts or struggles, while also addressing mental health symptoms or other issues. IPT was originally developed as a scientific comparison to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for treating major depression. IPT was found to be just as effective as CBT in the treatment of depression within that study. Read more about IPT here.
Licensed as a psychologist in California - CA PSY27187
PsyD (Doctorate: Clinical Psychology), Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary (2012)
MA, Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary (2012), abbrev. MAT
MA, Psychology, Fuller Graduate School of Psychology (2008)
MA, Counseling, Asbury Theological Seminary (1995)
Clergy-Sensitive Mental Health Consultation: A Model and Training Manual for Group Leaders (2010).
American Psychological Association
California Psychological Association
Interpersonal Psychotherapy Institute
About My Background
I am a generalist in clinical psychology, practiced to treat a breadth of symptoms and problems.. My original interest in psychology began in 1993, as I pursued a master's degree in counseling psychology. My professional background includes having been director of counseling services & career development at a liberal arts college for 2 years, and 2 additional years as a career counselor at a large private university where I worked with nurses, medical students, and science fellows, before I focused on becoming a psychologist. During 2012-2014, I was post-doctoral fellow at Whittier College, and piloted the counseling services program at Whittier Law School.
In addition to providing clinical therapy and counseling, my interests include: personal development of professionals and leaders, mental health consultation with community caregivers, character development of therapists, and pastoral psychology.