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Dr. Cat SaundersBackground

    Since the early 1970s, I've studied a wide array of therapeutic methods, body work and breathing techniques, cross-cultural spiritual disciplines, and creative healing modalities, including art therapy and ecstatic dance.

    Over time, I've integrated this diverse training and experience into my work as a counselor and consultant, death doula, and nonsectarian minister.

    My educational background includes a three-part Bachelor's Degree in Design/Graphics/Writing (1978), a Master's Degree in Psychology (1984), and a Ph.D. in Psychology (1993). My doctoral research focused on the "missing link" related to eating disorders and functional neurology.

    Since 1985, I've maintained a private practice in Seattle, Washington, where I work with individuals, couples, families, groups, and small businesses. I also do personal and professional consultation via e-mail, regular mail, and phone for clients throughout the world.

    In June 2000, my first book, Dr. Cat's Helping Handbook, was published, and I've written more than 200 articles and interviews, many of which have been reprinted in various periodicals throughout the United States and abroad.

    From a series of 1300 daily drawings completed in 1983-1987, I created a deck of healing cards that was published in June 2007 (see "Shadow and Light: Images of Change and Transformation for Women in Recovery").

    I've been interviewed on radio and television regarding my counseling practice, my work with anger, and my series of articles on death. In addition, my lifelong devotion to interdisciplinary forms of prayer led me to found Rent-A-Monk, which makes certain aspects of my spiritual work available to others.

    To honor my lifelong passion for work with death and dying, I serve as a "death doula" to provide end-of-life care and support for individuals and their families. When people close to death are comatose or otherwise verbally impaired, it is a privilege for me to help them convey their needs and wishes nonverbally when they are unable to communicate in more conventional ways.


Training and Areas of Expertise

Abuse Issues Addiction Recovery  Art Therapy
Breath Work  Chronic Fatigue/Fibromyalgia Coma Work Coma Work
  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Crisis Intervention
 Cross-Cultural Shamanism  Dance Therapy  Death and Dying
  Dream Work  Eating Disorders  Family Systems
Gender Identity Issues  Grief and Loss  Ho'oponopono
  Hospice  Movement Therapy  Neurological Repatterning Work Nonverbal Communication Pastoral and Spiritual Counseling
Play Therapy Process Work  Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy
  Sexual Abuse Recovery  Shamanic Counseling and Soul Retrieval


Personal Style and Approach

    My approach is interdisciplinary, interactive, gentle, and direct. Compassionate listening and witnessing are essential components of my style, as I encourage people to trust their own knowing and follow their own hearts.

    While remaining mindful of people's challenges and pain, I like to temper the challenges of personal growth with humor and playfulness, especially when the subject at hand involves "shadow" work.

    Drawing on an eclectic background of conventional and alternative healing techniques, I fit the method to the moment in response to a client's individual needs. Whether I'm working one-on-one or with a group, I believe the power of healing comes from the creative partnering of equals based on personal responsibility and mutual respect.


Appointments

To make an appointment, please email me or call my 24-hour confidential voice mail at (206) 329-0125.

"There are no prizes for doing everything yourself."
(Words from Dr. Cat's Helping Handbook)



Cat Saunders, Ph.D., is a counselor and consultant, death doula, and nonsectarian minister in private practice in Seattle, Washington. She is the author of Dr. Cat's Helping Handbook (available at Amazon.com). Click here to contact Cat or learn more about her work by returning to the home page. To schedule in-person or telephone consultations, please email Cat or call her 24-hour confidential voice mail at (206) 329-0125.