About Me

Women's Therapist in Encinitas

Who I am

I'm Cathy Kreisel, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for 17 years.  Born and raised in Chicago, my family and I moved to San Diego in 2016 so I understand how difficult life transitions can be.  I'm also a mother and passionate about supporting other mothers through the beautiful chaos of motherhood.  I not only work with mothers, I support a wide range of clients who are experiencing emotional distress from difficult life events, past pain or feeling powerless in their current situations.  What you will find from me is warmth, comfort, trust and a safe non-judgmental space to begin your process of healing.  

How I Work

Approaches to therapy can take many forms depending on the individual and their circumstances.  I view you as a complex person rather than just a set of symptoms so we get to the root of the presenting problem.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence based approach to manage anxiety, panic attacks and depression. I  also incorporate Mindfulness based practices to help you better manage stress, overwhelm, guilt, shame and negative self thoughts.  Using a Psychodynamic perspective, a type of talk therapy that uses a supportive and exploratory approach, I aim to help you gain insight and understand the origins of repeated and unhelpful patterns, resulting in long lasting change. 


What I find most important in therapy, is the therapeutic connection between therapist and client.  I strive to connect with you through empathy, trust, support and non-judgment.  I practice from a culturally sensitive lens and welcome clients of all identities and backgrounds.

The pace of therapy is dependent on you and the issues you would like to resolve.  We begin with an initial assessment where I gather your medical, personal and family history and the current issues you would like to address.   Based on this initial assessment, how we decide to work together, your treatment goals and frequency of therapy is developed collaboratively with you.  Some clients meet weekly, while others may meet every other week or even monthly. 

Professional Qualifications

I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) practicing since 2001. I graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and graduated with honors with my Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work (MSW) from Loyola University Chicago where I specialized in children, adolescents and families.  I'm licensed to practice in both California and Illinois and credentialed as a School Social Worker. I have speciality training in Perinatal Mental Health through Postpartum Support International and The Seleni Institute and trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).


I bring a wide range of professional experience working with children, teens and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, life transitions and family difficulties.  I've worked as a school social worker providing counseling to middle and high school students in both public and private schools and have expertise developing IEPs and 504 Accommodation Plans. With this wide range of experience, I have expertise working with many client issues to help you and your family.

California Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) #LCS80708

California Pupil Personnel Support (PPS) School Social Work Credential

Illinois Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) #149-009911

Illinois Professional Educator License in School Social Work

Professional Memberships

Postpartum Health Alliance San Diego

Postpartum Support International

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)