Catherine Doster, MA, Intern

Catherine is an EMDR trained counseling intern who is currently pursuing an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a certificate in trauma studies from Richmont Graduate University. She graduated from St. John’s College (Annapolis, MD) with a B.A. in Liberal Arts and from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (South Hamilton, MA) with an M.A. in Theology.

Her journey into counseling has been eclectic; from ministry to marketing and editing, to higher education, to non-profit youth and community building. This gives her not only a versatile skill set, but also an extensive, compassionate, and sensitive understanding of the varied experiences and backgrounds that individuals bring into the counseling room. This journey has also yielded an integrative and holistic lens that understands and attends to the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual components of health and well-being.

Catherine seeks to holistically care for, sit with, and steward the stories of the individuals she walks alongside by offering a compassionate, collaborative, transparent, nonjudgmental, trauma-informed, and client-centered approach to the therapy process. She is passionate about creating space in which clients feel safe, seen, and heard so that they may share and wrestle vulnerably and authentically. Ultimately, Catherine seeks to help individuals, couples, and families find hope, healing, restoration, purpose, and flourishing in their unique stories.

She incorporates a number of approaches to counseling, including psychodynamic, family systems, attachment, narrative, EMDR, cognitive behavioral (CBT), and will draw from others to meet each client’s unique needs and goals. Catherine enjoys working with women (16 & older) across most life stages. Her areas of focus include trauma recovery & processing; church/spiritual trauma, abuse, and recovery; anxiety; depression; women’s issues; relationship challenges; major life transitions and adjustments; identity; spiritual deconstruction and reconstruction; parenting; family-of-origin; and perinatal and maternal mental health.

Outside of the counseling room, Catherine enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially her husband, two young children, and goldendoodle. She also serves on the board of a local non-profit organization, CORRAL Riding Academy, which equips adolescent girls in high-risk situations through long-term, holistic programming of equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP), education, and community. She is a life-long learner, an avid long-distance runner, hiker, soccer player, reader, musician, and all-around outdoor enthusiast.

Trainings & Certifications:

  • Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Trauma Counseling Certification (in process) 

Returning Clients Schedule Appointments Online OR Call 919-851-1527

Locations: Wake Forest, Telehealth

Insurances:  No Insurances – sliding scale available