“I was talking about Cat with my teenage daughter the other day, and I told her yet again that Cat saved my (our) lives. And Cat continues to save our lives. Just knowing she is there is medicine and healing to me.”
—Tizita Assefa (name by permission, Seattle, WA)
“I experience Cat as a woman of compassion and remarkable insight, a unique expression of a greater creative beauty, and a dear, dear human being. She wears her credentials in the experience she brings to our sessions, and I count her among the important teachers who have come into my life. More than a therapist, Cat is a counselor, healer, and friend to me.”
—K.E. (Seattle, WA)
“I feel like Cat took me by the hand and walked me to the end of the dark tunnel, out into the light.”
—S.N. (Edmonds, WA)
“I am so grateful that Cat was willing to join me on my journey. I think she has helped me to go places I wouldn’t have been able to go on my own without knowing there’s someone there.”
—C.C. (Seattle, WA)
“Dr. Cat is more than just a counselor—she is a mentor, supporter, and friend. She does not sit on a pedestal looking down on her clients from above, but meets you where you are—human being to human being. Her office is a safe space in which to speak your truth, confront your demons, and become the person you really want to be.”
—Lara Simmons (name by permission, Seattle, WA)
“Cat looks like a contestant from the TV show, ‘Survivor.’ When I first saw her picture I thought, ‘This woman could really kick some ass!'”
—John H. (Milpitas, CA)
“I think of the word ‘joy’ when I think of Cat. Such radiance and open, loving-kindness pours out of her being! It is a marvel to be in her presence. I can honestly say that not a day goes by that I don’t draw on her wisdom and great counseling.”
—S.B. (Seattle, WA)
“Cat gives the best hugs this side of Mississippi!”
—S.A. (Tucson, AZ)
“A little bit from Cat can go a long way. There is so much that I could work on with Cat that it’s kind of like me and ice cream—a scoop at a time is great, but it’s never enough!”
—S.L. (Redmond, WA)
“I have been blessed with many angels in my life, and I consider Cat to be one of the major arcana, so to speak. The care and safety of her manner and environment were integral to my path of recovery.
“When I look at my body of work—not only the paintings I did around incest, but the subsequent work using the unearthed symbols of Greek mythology—I see it all being connected. Psychically I see Cat as a midwife of my artist-self as I moved from the womb of subconscious/art school training to find my own artist voice.
“Another byproduct of my work with Cat is the sense of innocence I feel within me that is a consistent protection against any fear of public exposure about the subject of incest. Only if we speak out will we be free.”
—Jessica Dodge (name used by permission, Seattle, WA)
“For the first time in my life, I am getting at the issues I must to become at least a fully functioning fellow, if not spiritually advanced. With Cat’s help, I have begun to actually believe I can someday play with a full deck of cards, rather than feel like a house of cards ready to crumble.”
—D. L. (Seattle, WA)
“In my eight years of counseling work with Cat Saunders, she has always challenged me to tell the truth—to myself and to others—and has offered a haven of safety through it all. As a coach, she is respectful, compassionate and direct, and she possesses the highest integrity of anyone I know.
“Never professing to have all the answers, she helps me trust that my heart always knows my next best step. Believing that balance, wisdom, and peace come from the care of body, mind, and soul, Cat addresses all aspects of being and models self-care of an extraordinary nature.
“A wondrous woman and warrior, Cat teaches me the significance of living a life desired, and in allowing me a glimpse into her own life, she demonstrates a response to life’s twists and turns that is courageous, honest, joyful, and congruent with one’s own spirit.”
—j.a.f. (Tacoma, WA)
“Working with Cat was a life-changing experience for me. On my first visit, I was so scared that I had the friend who had recommended Cat go with me to the session. By the fourth week, Cat had helped me create a place so safe that I didn’t want to leave at the end of a session.
“For me, creating this safety was the key to being able to make progress in my work with Cat. She is absolutely the most accepting and supportive person I have ever met, and yet she knew how and when to tell me that I had to do something different in order to move off the stuck places I encountered. I would recommend Cat to anyone.”
—A.T. (Seattle, WA)
“Asking Cat for help is like asking an eagle where the salmon are running. I am totally in awe of Cat. She is so real and yet so incredibly wise. Cat continually brings me and all my parts home with a gentle strength and true compassion.”
—L.P. (Seattle , WA)
“Cat is such a ROCKIN’ consultant! Time after time, I’m so appreciative of Cat’s skill, her finesse, and her vision—which to me is like eagle-eye vision. If there’s a ‘nugget’ to be found in anything, Cat is truly adept at finding it. It’s such a thrill to work with Cat, who is so good at what she does. She really rocks!”
—S.T. (Bothell, WA)
“Attention from Cat is simply the best I have ever experienced! Cat has been my personal and professional consultant for many years—both in person and by telephone. She is wise, compassionate, creative, and the most enlightened being I know. And I love her sense of humor! I wish everyone had the opportunity to work with Cat.”
—L.H. (Colorado Springs, CO)
“Cat is an incredible therapist, and I trust her immensely. She has a way of speaking to the deepest pain in the most gentle way. From my first session with Cat, I felt completely safe. She is very much in touch with her true nature, and she is able to access information that is extremely helpful in getting to the core issue. I highly recommend calling Cat if you are in need of a healing influence in your life.”
—M.I. (Seattle, WA)
Cat Saunders, Ph.D., is a counselor in private practice in Seattle, Washington. She is also the author of Dr. Cat’s Helping Handbook: A Compassionate Guide for Being Human (available through Amazon). Contact Cat by emailing her or by calling 206-329-0125 (24-hour voicemail).