Dr. Cathie Gum

Awareness, Transformation, & Integration

About Dr. Gum

My goal in therapy is to guide people through a process of meaningful, lasting change that brings them to feel more capable and alive. I am committed to lifelong learning to cultivate my skills. Here are some of the things that influence my work:

Background & Interests 

After studying and performing as a dancer, I trained in and practiced
dance/movement therapy and yoga.  These interests eventually inspired me to learn more, so I completed a doctorate and became a licensed psychologist (PSY 22467).

One focus of my doctoral work was the impact of early stressful experiences upon emotional wellbeing throughout life, in the context of traditional psychodynamic theories and their relevance to current neuroscientific research.

Among the therapeutic approaches I use today with clients are
Internal Family Systems, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and EMDR.

I am a Certified Internal Family Systems Therapist and a Certified EMDR Therapist, and am actively engaged in ongoing professional training in these modalities.

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Education

Psy.D. California School of Professional Psychology 
                    - Clinical Psychology, Health
M.A.
  California School of Professional Psychology 
                   - Clinical Psychology, Health
B.A.
  California State University, Long Beach 
                    - Dance Performance & Choreography

Professional Experience

University of Southern California  - Psychologist, Student Counseling Services
Arthur L. Kovacs, Ph.D. and Associates - Psychological Assistant
Center for Discovery and Adolescent Change - Primary Therapist