Cat Buckley

MA, LMFTA (she/they) Sex, Relationship & Intimacy Therapist

I remember sitting in my therapist’s office at age 23. I felt like I couldn’t hide, that my innermost thoughts were written on my skin. Instead of judgment, my therapist read me with compassion and unconditional support. Together, we rewrote my story. It would be my honor to help you rewrite yours. My approach to therapy emphasizes the power of reflection, curiosity, and humor. I utilize a holistic, trauma-informed, anti-oppressive approach and a narrative lens. I know that vulnerability in feeling your emotions is hard, but I believe that the truth of who we are is already written in the power of our bodies and the innate wisdom that exists within us. I am a queer, white woman who is constantly deconstructing my relationship to the social constructs I’ve learned. My loved ones often say that there isn’t anything I’m not passionate about, but a few areas where I feel particularly adept as a therapist are sex, gender, sexuality, identity, trauma, non-traditional relationship structures, intimacy, neurodivergence, EMDR, and PTSD. I am so excited to learn along with you on our therapeutic journey. I am a holistic and intersectional therapist who approaches sexual concerns in a person-centered, anti-oppressive, non-judgmental, and trauma-informed way. I practice and am committed to cultural humility and believe you are the expert of your life. By attending to your bio-psycho-social-sexual self and holding space for each person’s various identities, we navigate your therapeutic work together.

Trainings

  • EMDR Institute – Weekend 1 -December 2021
  • Basic EMDR principles with Wendy Freitag (three 8-hour trainings) -December 2021
  • EMDR Institute – Weekend 2 -March 2022
  • Advanced EMDR principles with Roger Solomon (three 8-hour trainings) -March 2022
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certification Course -October 2021
  • CACTX – 30 hour -October 2021
  • Counseling on Access to Lethal Means -October 2021
  • ZERO Suicide Institute -August 2021
  • Reporting Suspected Abuse or Neglect of a Child -August 2021
  • Texas Department of Family and Protective Services -August 2021
  • Preventing Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation -August 2021
  • BHC Training, LLC -March 2021
  • HIV, Hepatitis B&C, Tuberculosis, and STIs: Preventing Infection -March 2021
  • BHC Training, LLC -March 2021
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention -March 2021
  • BHC Training, LLC -March 2021
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, TF-CBT Web 2.0 -October 2020

What You Can Expect

I am invested in your sense of safety with me. When we begin therapy together, we will take our time building your trust in our relationship. We will move at your pace (but don’t be surprised when I challenge you to leave your comfort zone!). 

I have found that by moving slowly and with curiosity, we can find answers in the most unexpected places. My narrative approach utilizes laughter, gentleness, and compassion as we examine the stories that have dominated your life and choose how we want to rewrite your story moving forward. 

I am excited to work with individuals and relationships of all structures. As a systemic therapist, I recognize that your individualized experience is impacted by a labyrinth of systems in your life: your family, workplaces, cultural traditions, spirituality, etc. My job is to investigate the interaction of these forces and to learn from your unique expertise of your lived experience. 

My Story

Despite being born in dusty west Texas, I have always felt called to the ocean. I studied International Political Economy at the University of Puget Sound and began my career as a sailboat captain and SCUBA instructor upon graduation. This career allowed me to travel all over the world, engage with new ideas, and humbly learn about the power of connection. My experiences of humanness on and off the water empowered me to take a leap of faith and dive into the mental health field. I graduated from Texas Tech University with a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy, where my clinical focus included queer, trans, and poly affirming therapy and a specialization in working with sexual trauma. When I reflect on my life, I see moments of big joy, book-ended with moments of overwhelming grief. While personally unpacking the trauma of purity culture, sexual violence, my own identity, privilege, and my relationship with gender, I have additionally walked with my family through experiences of medical trauma, emotional abuse, incarceration, and addiction. These experiences undoubtedly color the lens through which I see the world and my approach to therapy.

Interests

For two years, my sidekick has been my three-legged Chihuahua/Corgi mix, Captain, but I’ve recently adopted a joyfully chaotic kitten named Cricket. I try to spend as much time as possible outdoors, road-tripping, hiking, and exploring, but I am no stranger to self-care in the form of a Netflix marathon (preferably Buffy the Vampire Slayer). My bucket list is perpetually growing longer with every new experience and person that I meet.

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