Catherine Ferguson-Mappus Therapy Austin

Catherine "Kitty" Ferguson-Mappus, LCSW

Senior Counselor
Fully Licensed
Specialized in EMDR, Eating Disorders

“In the midst of winter, I found that there was, within me, an invincible summer.” Albert Camus

Welcome to Therapy Austin! 

I am so glad you are here making strides toward your personal goals. Sometimes the first step is the hardest and I commend your willingness to try something different in order to move forward in your life. All gender identities, expressions, and orientations are welcome as well as those with alternative faith and spiritual practices however those manifest throughout the lifespan. My expertise and areas of specialization are in working with trauma and addiction recovery, Binge Eating support, and Bariatric surgery issues or concerns. I primarily use EMDR, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and Internal Family Systems as methods of recovery and resolution. 

Whether we work together virtually or in person, you can expect a warm and inviting atmosphere where humor, curiosity, playfulness and laughter flourishes. Many clients report a feeling of comfort and safety in this space to explore whatever comes up during our sessions and I’ve been told I am an engaged therapist. My style is casual and relational and I have a think outside the box perspective to life's curveballs as well as a true joy in getting to know people. 

We all need support at various times in our lives and help along the way. I am trained in EMDR, Eating Disorder recovery, religion or spiritual trauma, body image concerns, substance use recovery, post bariatric surgery life, and managing living with chronic medical diagnoses are areas of specialization in my background and experience. I have experience and am comfortable working with ethical non monogamy of all kinds as well as kink and BDsM practices and lifestyle.  I am a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. 

Outside of the therapy room, I enjoy scuba diving in various oceans around the world, being in nature or my garden as well as spending time with my family. Many times I incorporate elements from the natural world into the therapeutic setting.


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More about Kitty

Area of Expertise

EMDR, IFS, IPNB 

Addiction, Binge Eating 

Trauma, Chronic illness



Specializations

EMDR
Eating Disorders

Services

Individual Counseling
Groups & Classes

Locations

North
Central Annex
Offsite
Highland

Works With

Anxiety & Stress
Depression/Low Mood
Trauma
Substance Use
Loneliness/Isolation
Low Self-Esteem
Troubled Childhood
Troublesome Behaviors
Relationship to Food/Body
Obsessive/Compulsive Tendencies
Problem Thoughts
Perfectionism
Life Transitions
Spirituality
Grief & Loss
Parenting
Issues with Parents
Chronic Illness
Conflict Resolution
Communication Issues
Anger Management
Relationship Issues
Divorce
Death & Dying
Interrupted Sleep/Insomnia
Problems at Work
Neurodivergence (ADD/Autism)
Exploring Sexuality/Sexual Expression
Gender Identity
Problems at School
Domestic Violence
Caregiver Fatigue
Career Transitions
Personal Growth
Development Trauma
Identity Development/Exploration
Imposter Syndrome
Inner Critic/Negative Self Talk
Non-Monogamy/Polyamory

Techniques & Experience

Anxiety alleviation experience
Specializing in grief, loss, death, dying
Trauma-focused
Familiar with substance abuse
HAES/Intuitive eating
Mindfulness modalities
Solution-focused/Brief Therapy
Helpful with mid-20's challenges
Experienced in domestic violence
EMDR
Focused on practicing skills
Career counseling
DBT trained/informed
ACT - Values Based Therapy
Practices from an anti-racist lens
IFS (Parts work)

Qualities

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

Contact Kitty

512-201-4501 ext 184