Catherine Dilger, LPC
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.
Area of Expertise
Trauma Informed Care
Strengths-Based, Direct and Supportive
Non-Judgmental and Collaborative