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Catherine Chua Psychotherapy, LMHC

Catherine Chua applies a strengths-based and goal-oriented approach to therapy. She specializes in working with clients to address immigration and acculturation issues, relationship issues, work burnout, anxiety, insomnia (circadian rhythm misalignment, sleep state misperception, and transient insomnia), depression, and life transitions.

Specialties
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • Chronic Illness, Pain and Sleep Disorders
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
Finances
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $140-200
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • Out-of-pocket
Locations
Licensed in
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  • New York
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“I utilize a collaborative approach where I employ cognitive restructuring to help the client explore the conscious and unconscious patterns that are contributing to the presenting problem and practice techniques to help reshape negative thought patterns.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Since a young age, I was always approached by people of different age groups to talk about their personal issues. I often ended up engaging in philosophical debates with them and guiding them to find the solution to their problem. In order to help others better, I received an undergraduate degree in psychology and later on earned a dual master's in psychology and mental health counseling at City College. My training in CBT-I led me to head the insomnia program at Mount Sinai Integrative Sleep Center for several years. I have also worked and continue to work in an outpatient clinic mostly with immigrants whose primary therapy concerns include acculturation and immigration as well as experiencing depression and anxiety due to their life circumstances and relationship issues.
What should someone know about working with you?
I utilize a collaborative approach where I employ cognitive restructuring to help the client explore the conscious and unconscious patterns that are contributing to the presenting problem and practice techniques to help reshape negative thought patterns. I tend to focus on the present but will delve into past issues and patterns as needed, since we are all products of our experiences and culture.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Telehealth allows greater access to care; it opens up a path to clients not typically willing or able to participate in therapy. Clients do not have to sit in a busy waiting room and run into people they know but can instead seek treatment from the privacy of their own homes. I feel that telehealth is as effective as in-person therapy, although it can take longer to establish rapport with clients.
“I tend to focus on the present but will delve into past issues and patterns as needed, since we are all products of our experiences and culture.”
Interested in speaking with Catherine?