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Catherine Clifford – Intern

With a background in developmental psychology, I have a particular interest in how our life experiences influence our mental, emotional, and physical well-being over time. I recognize that, at times, people may feel hesitant to engage in therapy. Entering any process of change and growth can feel overwhelming. However, with time and patience, I believe therapy can be an incredibly meaningful part of anyone’s life. I always aim to create a genuine relationship and a comfortable space for my clients that encourages authenticity and self-reflection.

Through this work, I hope that my clients feel empowered to face change with honesty, compassion, and resiliency. I am interested in exploring an eclectic approach to therapy that fits the unique needs of the client, ranging from mindfulness to humor. I have more extensive experience working among adolescents and I am looking forward to working with individuals of all ages, couples, and families. 

What do you want for your clients? 

I want to work with my clients to help them reach a place in which they feel confident in acknowledging their emotions and thoughts openly and without judgment. I want to work collaboratively to develop their goals and work on change in a way that feels manageable and encouraging. 

What led you to this work?

I have seen therapy play an important role in the growth of myself and those around me. Therapy can help people understand their past and can transform their ways of thinking. This work encourages people to be the best version of themselves. 

Favorite podcast? 

My favorite podcast recently has been “Armchair Expert” with Dax Shepherd or the “Social Work Podcast” with Jonathan Singer. 

Some fun facts about me:

I am a University of Minnesota alumni. Go Gophs! I have a cousin with the same exact name and birthday as me.  I am obsessed with my dog, Oliver.

Quote that sticks with you:

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, and how you can still come out of it.” — Maya Angelou 

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