Cathy Altonji received her Masters in Social Work in 2013, after raising her three children. She worked with adults with mental challenges in a group home setting, followed by working in an acute inpatient setting on Crestwood Hospital’s Behavioral Health Unit. Cathy then worked as a school-based therapist for Wellstone Behavioral Health’s NOVA program, before entering private practice in 2017. A life-long Catholic, Cathy is now happy to have had the opportunity to come to work for Catholic Family Services.
Cathy considers it her privilege to work collaboratively with her clients as they face challenges such as depression, anxiety, grief, and trauma, all of which can take a serious toll on a person’s day to day level of functioning. Since a client’s goals are often achieved by making use of a variety of therapeutic techniques, Cathy offers talk therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), EMDR, and others as indicated. She believes that as a client, you always have a say in the direction your sessions will take. All of her interactions with her clients are informed by her Catholic faith, and to the extent that you are comfortable, Cathy is ready to share openly with you on this subject and to go into depth regarding how faith can be an integral part of your healing process.