Catherine Dilger Therapy Austin

Catherine Dilger, LPC


Senior Counselor
Fully Licensed

Hi! I am happy you’re here! I have an unyielding belief in your ability to produce whatever change you deem necessary for you to live your best life. I accept you just as you are, without judgment or a preconceived notion of how you “should” be. As a therapist, I want to see you thrive, based on your definition of thriving, not mine.

Therapy can be a place to learn new ways of relating and new skills for managing our emotions and day-to day lives, and it can be a safe place to process life events, heal, and grow. In my work as a therapist, I incorporate interpersonal neurobiology, somatic awareness, and cognitive behavioral theory. I work from a trauma-informed perspective, which means we will build trust between us first and dig deeper slowly, at your pace. In our work together, we will explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and your beliefs about yourself and the world. I believe our past influences our thoughts and behaviors, but through increased self-awareness and self-understanding, we can choose to move through the world in a way that leads to more of what we want and less of what we don’t want. I encourage clients to increase self-compassion, and to fight against “the tyranny of shoulds” and create the life they want to live.

A little more about me, I earned a Master of Arts in Counseling from St. Edward’s University in 2018. I completed my pre-graduate internship hours at Austin Lakes Hospital and Capital Area Counseling. During that time, I worked with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, psychosis, trauma recovery, relationship issues, family of origin issues, parenting concerns, and problems navigating life transitions.

Prior to working as a therapist, I worked in and around the Texas Legislature, specializing in public education and school finance policy. After receiving the gift of therapy, I chose to make life changes that included finally pursue my dream of being a helper (a therapist).

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, and being outside (camping!). I love to read and consider myself a lifelong learner. I love to laugh, dance, and sing. I do not claim to be a great dancer or singer, but it’s fun! Whether you struggle with mental illness; are working through grief, loss, or trauma; just feeling “stuck;” or focused on personal growth, I would feel honored to walk with you on your journey. Reach out to me by phone at 512/201-4501, ext. 199.

Work with Catherine

Would you like to talk to someone directly about counseling? Call us at (512) 201-4501 ext. 1.

Phone calls are answered Monday through Friday, 1pm-4pm.

More about Catherine

Area of Expertise

Trauma Informed Care

Strengths-Based, Direct and Supportive

Non-Judgmental and Collaborative


Couples Counseling
Individual Counseling



Works With

Anxiety & Stress
Depression/Low Mood
Low Self-Esteem
Troubled Childhood
Troublesome Behaviors
Obsessive/Compulsive Tendencies
Problem Thoughts
Life Transitions
Personal Growth
Grief & Loss
Exploring Sexuality/Sexual Expression
Issues with Parents
Communication Issues
Conflict Resolution
Relationship Issues
Death & Dying
Caregiver Fatigue
Chronic Illness
Neurodivergence (ADD/Autism)
Interrupted Sleep/Insomnia
Problems at School
Problems at Work
Gender Identity
Relationship to Food/Body
Career Transitions
Inner Critic/Negative Self Talk
Issues Related to Oppression
Development Trauma
Identity Development/Exploration
Imposter Syndrome
Premarital Issues
Affair Recovery

Techniques & Experience

CBT oriented
Focused on practicing skills
Helpful with mid-20's challenges
Anxiety alleviation experience
Familiar with substance abuse
DBT trained/informed
Mindfulness modalities
Career counseling
IFS (Parts work)
Practices from an anti-racist lens


Friendly & direct
Warm & caring
CBT oriented
Professional experience other than counseling
Spiritually sensitive
Trauma focused
Focused on practicing skills
Helpful with mid-20's challenges
Enjoys working with young adults
Active sense of humor
Calm & slow-paced
Decades of life experience
Anxiety alleviation experience
Experienced in raising children
LGBTQIA+ Affirming
Specializing in grief, loss, death, dying
Familiar with substance abuse
DBT friendly
Mindfulness modalities
Career counseling
Enjoys working with older adults
Enjoys working with midlife adults
Enjoys working with first-time therapy clients
Lived experience/Identity affirming
Work with Catherine
Additional Info

Contact Catherine

512-201-4501 ext 199