Catherine specializes in ADHD and Tourette syndrome and also has experience with anxiety, depression, infertility, grief, impulsivity, anger management, social skills, and stress management. She also provides guidance and assistance to help families learn how to collaborate and work effectively with schools when seeking special education services. Catherine also offers evening and Saturday appointments.
Catherine Lunde is a Licensed Professional Counseling and a Texas Certified School Counselor. She holds a Master of Arts in Counseling degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Bachelor of Business Degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently working on her dissertation for her doctorate in Human Behavior. She has worked for ExxonMobil, Harvard University, and for The Woodlands High School as a 9th grade teacher and a Response to Intervention (RtI) specialist. She has been married for 18 years and has experienced the challenges and blessings of two 9th grade sons with special needs.
Catherine enjoys helping individuals set reasonable expectations and develop specific strategies to attain their personal goals. She helps clients identify and draw upon their own strengths to heal emotional wounds and experience positive change. She uses a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution-focused Therapy to help individuals gain immediate and life-long coping skills. By developing these skills, individuals can better handle future challenges, experience personal growth, and enjoy healthier relationships.
Catherine also teaches the Parenting a Child/Teen with Love and Logic curriculum. The "Love" means that we love our kids so much that we are willing to set limits with sincere compassion and empathy. The "Logic" happens when we allow children to make decisions, make affordable mistakes and experience the natural or logical consequences. She teachers class individually instead of a group format, which allows her to tailor the techniques taught to your specific circumstances and parenting style.
The Woodlands has been my home since 1990; twenty years of which I worked at The John Cooper School as a nurse and counselor. I have been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years and a Counselor since 2005. Growing up in this fast-paced world can be challenging and stressful causing physical and mental challenges. I have attained invaluable experience assisting students and clients with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and anger management and stress issues. Working closely with parents and families to bring about changes that allow the client to improve relationships and performance. My overall goal is to help clients attain an optimum level of personal and social adjustment. By addressing mental, emotional, and physical health, each client can strive to reach their full potential.
Background: I completed my undergraduate degree from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing; worked as a Registered Nurse at Doctor’s Hospital in Dallas and at Aramco Clinic in Saudi Arabia . My career evolved as my life changed. I was widowed at a young age and had the responsibility of raising a two-year-old. My work experience expanded into teaching: childbirth classes, parenting classes, and anger management classes, before and while working as a school nurse at The John Cooper School. In 2005, upon receiving Master’s of Education in Counseling, with a concentration on mental and emotional health, from Texas Southern University at The University Center in The Woodlands, I continued my employment at The John Cooper School as the Middle School Counselor.
In 2012, after 23 years as a widow, I remarried and retired from full-time employment at The John Cooper School. I continue to work part-time as a substitute nurse and counselor as needed. Being a three-year Breast Cancer Survivor has helped me focus and prioritize what is important including spending time with family and friends and three wonderful grandchildren. Deciding to continue my career in the mental health field, I have joined the practice of The Woodlands Family Counseling Center, for the purpose of working with clients as they navigate the rocky and sometimes turbulent parts of their life’s journey.
My focus is working with adolescents and adults of all backgrounds on acute clinical issues which include: depression, anxiety, women’s issues, medical conditions, grief, eating disorders and addictions. Through my twenty years of teaching adolescents skills necessary to succeed in life, I have developed techniques to address self-esteem, self-confidence, management of emotions and anger, relational aggression, communication and social skills, while managing everyday life stressors. I have also worked with students to develop impulse control, organizational and study skills while dealing with ADHD and other learning differences.
My method to therapeutic counseling is eclectic with a focus on Solution-Based Brief Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Collaboration between client and therapist to explore challenges, goals, and solutions, is an important part of the process. Encouragement and coaching are key therapeutic techniques. By gaining a greater self-awareness one builds confidence, self-esteem, and provides a greater capacity to effectively navigate the complex challenges of life.
Choosing a therapist is an important decision, and the success of therapy often depends on the "match" between client and therapist. Contact me and determine whether I might be a good fit for you.
I has a Master’s degree in Community Counseling from Texas A&M at Commerce and a Bachelors of Business Admiration degree is from the University of North Texas. I have worked in several inpatient hospitals, and those hospitals that have allowed me the experience to counsel military soldiers, clients with suicidal thoughts or attempts, people struggling with chronic addiction issues, and people with psychosis and bizarre behaviors. Those experiences helped me develop and hone effective counseling techniques and become familiar with counseling people of all walks of life. I have specialized in trauma informed care and with those struggling with PTSD. Trauma could be anything from grief, loss of a marriage or loved one, or abuse or domestic violence.
I understands that life brings unexpected transitions. During these transitions people sometimes need someone to help facilitate change, someone to listen without judgment, or voice their thoughts in order to gain a fresh perspective. I believes the goal in counseling is to help those in crisis, navigate through grief, anger, confusion, and those who feel out of control gain control. My therapy approach is eclectic. I use Bowen Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and a humanistic approach to counseling. I enjoy working with both adolescents and adults.
Sometimes we just need guidance during transitions in our lives, whether it be relationship issues, parenting or family changes. Are you going through a separation/divorce, or going through a personal crisis? Do you feel overwhelmed and need help finding your way?
Together we can set up goals and work on skills to help you develop life-long coping skills. I believe in creating a calm, approachable and non-judgmental space for clients to share their personal stories.
In our sessions, I will help you feel empowered and you will always be heard. In building an honest and supportive relationship together, we can explore healthy ways to cope with life's challenges.
Jonathan is a native of the Woodlands, Texas. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology as well as a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. His experience in counseling ranges but is not limited to anxiety, depression, substance abuse, mood and personality disorders and more. His cultural background contributes to his counseling approach. He wants to make sure that every individual he counsels is understood and cared for. After working 3 years in private practice in San Antonio, he has returned home and is excited to help the community. Jonathan provides individual, family, and couples counseling services. He is extremely passionate about counseling individuals going through life transitions and athletes.
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