Catherine Sims

LPC- Clinical Director



My Bio

I believe that identification of how one’s environment, thoughts, behaviors, and feelings influence each other and understanding the role that they play in our lives is key to making changes and adopting a healthy perspective. I provide tailored and objective support to help navigate through life events and circumstances that have created conflict or caused unrest.

In 2006, I pursued a master’s degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA.  It was in this setting that my interest in trauma work was nurtured and encouraged.  I began my career in social services; gaining experience through the shelter and justice systems, as well as Community Mental Health.  During this time, I joined the American Red Cross as an active member of the local Disaster Action & Response team.  My connection with the Red Cross has lasted more than a decade and stretched across the country.  In 2010, I accepted an international position (Saudi Arabia) as a Psychology Instructor.  After returning to the United States, in 2015, I set up a private practice in Washington, DC.  In addition to my clinical work, since 2016 I have worked as a Regional Site Supervisor, an adjunct faculty member, and a masters-level supervisor to students enrolled at The Family Institute @ Northwestern University.  Currently, I am a multi-stated Licensed Professional Counselor (OR, NY, DC) and maintain a board certification in Telemental Health (BC-TMH, 2018).

My 15+ year career has afforded me the opportunity to develop integral clinical and administrative skills, a clear ethical code, strong cultural competency and humility, and a supervisory style that is supportive, collaborative, and strength-based.

Catherine is the supervisor and support to our clinicians and student interns – she is unable to take on direct clients.

Headshot by: Kimmi Burk