Catherine Jacobsen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LSCW) with over 30 years of experience helping children, teens and adults overcome the obstacles and emotional distress associated with anxiety and negative thinking. She is by nature an approachable, enthusiastic and nonjudgmental person who often brings her sense of humor into the therapeutic process.
A graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Jacobsen possesses a solid academic background and a lifelong love of learning. Through ongoing education and training combined with active collegial consultation, she regularly incorporates cutting edge techniques into her practice.
As a seasoned clinician well versed in a variety of treatment approaches, Ms. Jacobsen endorses an active, collaborative and goal oriented approach. Well defined and measurable goals guide the work. Her work is grounded in the belief that growth and change occur within the context of a trusting and secure relationship, be it in the consultation room or in everyday life.
The practice of mindfulness is also a core component of Cathy’s work. Mindfulness can be described as intentionally living with awareness in the present moment, without judging it or holding onto it. Mindfulness is a powerful coping skill to manage overwhelming and unpleasant feelings. With practice, mindfulness can calm our busy minds, which tend wander to worrisome thoughts about the future or regrets from the past. Over the last three decades, research on interpersonal neurobiology supports the benefit of mindfulness on both physical and psychological health and well-being.
Ms. Jacobsen’s specialties include general anxiety, OCD and panic, depression, child and adolescent problems in school, home and with peers, relationship issues, including between parents and teens, abuse, trauma, loss and grief, stress and anger management, life transitions, reproductive issues and adoption.
In her spare time, Cathy enjoys physical fitness, music, dance and theater, friends and family, gardening, reading, cooking.
Cathy participates in most insurance plans including Aetna, all Blue Cross plans in NJ, PA and national plans, Magellan, TRICARE, out of network among others.
Cathy is a member of our wider peer community but is not formally affiliated with the Center for Counseling and Education, LLC. Please contact her directly for additional information and/or to schedule an appointment.
To learn more about Cathy, visit www.psychologytoday//catherinejacobsen.
Contact Cathy at 609-304-4949.
‘Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. Victor E. Frankel