1201 Cherry Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Cathie Platt, LPC
Relationship conflicts, losses, spiritual crises, physical illnesses, stress and addictions all contribute to the feeling at some point in our lives that "there is some healing I want to do." Each of us has programming from childhood of which we are largely unconscious but which affects our lives through distortions in our self image. By becoming aware of this programming, which lodges in our bodies, emotions and thoughts, we can learn to make conscious choices about how we wish to respond to all that we encounter in our environment.
An approach that underlies my work is Psychosynthesis. Discovering our many subpersonalities and recovering aspects of ourselves that we left behind in childhood allows us to integrate them around our personal center, our self. Then we no longer move willy-nilly through our daily lives, unconscious of the meaning of our conflicts and confusion. Jungian psychology and its concepts of shadow, anima/animus also facilitate in-depth personal exploration.
Using these non-rational approaches, I attempt to interweave body awareness, emotions and mind in a safe environment that encourages an appreciation of the sometimes fragile, sometimes undesired and ultimately lovable parts of ourselves. The outcome is a more conscious and realistic perception of ourselves and the world.
In my work, I may include various modalities in addition to "talk therapy" such as energy work, breathwork, dream work, and imagery and visualization.
What I like most about my work is that both the client and I trust his/her inner process of uncovering material that is ready to emerge. The body and dream work combined with the psychological work give us many surprises that invite further conscious exploration.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been in private practice since 1988. I am a practitioner of Graciela Damewood's Integral Healing Method, which takes into account the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of each individual. I work with adults individually and with couples. Often, my clients are simultaneously working with another health care provider, and useful collaboration among us all greatly benefits the client. On a practical note, I am a participating provider with Anthem, Aetna, MHNet/Coventry, Optima, Optima Employee Assistance Program, Mutual of Omaha EAP as well as other companies. Unfortunately, Medicare does not cover the services of a Licensed Professional Counselor.