Psychotherapist + Educator + Consultant + Program Innovator & Administrator
Catherine (Cathy) D. Nugent is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) and Board-certified psychodramatist and psychodrama trainer (TEP). Cathy has advanced clinical training in body-based and relational psychotherapy. In her clinical practice, she offers integrative psychotherapy for individuals, couples and groups.
Cathy is also a seasoned adult educator. She has formal academic training, as well as years of experience designing and facilitating educational events for students and professionals. Her teaching/learning approach is grounded in adult experiential learning theory, and incorporates four core components: theory, skills development, personal growth/self-care, and professional application.
A skilled program administrator and national leader, Cathy developed and administered complex policy, training, technical assistance and other U.S.-wide initiatives in behavioral health, in addition to her extensive work in psychodrama.
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A therapist and educator who promotes the importance of self-care, Cathy keeps herself well through practicing yoga, reading, listening to music, enjoying the support of family and friends, and the companionship of her cat, Biggie.
Cathy’s teaching and practice is rooted in her belief that body, mind and spirit are intricately connected. Integral to Cathy’s work is her long-standing study of existential and transpersonal psychology, as well as yoga, mindfulness and diverse spiritual practices.
Cathy believes that connecting with the spark of spontaneity and creativity ignites healing and learning in a powerful and profound way: Brains and nervous systems can be rewired. Life narratives can be rewritten or given a transformational turn.
Cathy helps clients and students access their innate and cultivated strengths and potentials for healing, learning, and personal and professional development. This process includes:
- drawing on the body’s wisdom for greater self-awareness;
- learning to focus the mind toward new, more affirming life narratives;
- opening the heart to give and receive lovingkindness;
- being receptive to messages from Self/Spirit/The Universe (as personally defined);
- developing the courage and skill to take wise and meaningful action.
From 2013-2019, Cathy was an adjunct faculty member with Johns Hopkins University’s graduate mental health counseling program. She designed and taught three well-received courses:
- Role-Play and Related Experiential Methods in Counseling
- Self-Care and Wellness for Counselors
- Spirituality as a Resource for Mental Health Counseling
A respected and effective leader and workshop facilitator, Cathy is a highly sought-after conference presenter and workshop leader.
A recent highlight was the invitation to plan and lead a three-day pre-conference workshop, Psychodrama & Sociodrama: A Journey from Personal to Social Healing at the 2018 Taiwan Association for Psychodrama (TAP) Annual Conference: Social Healing: Dare to Dream. Cathy was honored to be the TAP Conference Plenary Presenter and Workshop Leader. After leading a three-day pre-conference workshop, she gave a presentation, Present Stories, Deeper Stories, Greater Stories: Action Methods for Personal and Social Healing, and led a large group sociodrama. [Here insert some of the Taiwan photos on the page]