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Catherine Broom

(716) 217-4092

Catherine Broom

Thriveworks Associates
1404 Sweet Home Road Suite 9
Amherst, NY 14228

As a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, I have had broad training in family therapy and extensive experience in working with families that are battling with the roadblocks of parenting and conflict, as well as with marital and relationship issues, interrupted parent-child relationships, co-parenting and blended families.

I work with individuals, partners and families in distress from issues that stem from trauma, grief and loss, stress, life transitions and/or personal challenges. My expertise is also in helping people with their struggles with anxiety, depression and mood imbalances. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and motivational methods, as well as mindfulness and other relaxation strategies to help people find their own strengths and solutions. By using these approaches, I help people to feel that they have support and guidance as they learn how to deal with the struggles they face in their lives.

What made you want to become a therapist?

As a young adult it came natural to me to be able to resolve my own personal issues, set goals, maintain insight and forgive myself and others for mistakes. When I was evaluating school programs and considering what would be the best fit for me, counseling programs just made the most sense.

What type of clients do you most enjoy working with?

I enjoy working with motivated clients who are receptive to direct feedback, can identify their own goals and follow through with treatment recommendations.

What do you like most about working with clients?

I enjoy hearing about the benefits of following through with treatment recommendations and how therapy has helped.

Why do people get stuck? How do you help clients get unstuck?

People either believe that control resides internally within them, or externally, with others or the situation. If a client is external then they have more difficulty initiating change. I work with clients to challenge rigid thinking patterns and develop the ability to view life from an internal perspective.

Do you use any specific counseling method or philosophy?

Solution focused and CBT with some DBT/mindfulness techniques taught. I have also received training in a trauma focused model called progressive counting which I am able to implement in sessions as needed.

What do you know now that you didn't know when you first started your career as a counselor/therapist?

It is ok to challenge a client; to block them from engaging in communication, thinking and feeling that is unhealthy and unproductive.

What is one thing that you try to teach every client?

To change rigid thinking patterns, acknowledge the perspective of others and take responsibility.

What type of clients do you work best with?

Clients with the ability to be introspective

How many sessions do most clients spend in counseling with you?

If treatment is solution focused it is more likely to be brief- no more than 12 sessions. Past 12 sessions I would have a conversation with the client about what is keeping them from progressing to a point that counseling is no longer needed.

How long does it usually take for a client to begin to experience change?

Depending on the client’s ability to receive and apply treatment recommendations they can experience change between the first and second session. If change does not occur a client is less likely to continue attending.

How might you counsel a client who is struggling during a divorce or breakup?

Adjustment issues are best treated with strategies to resolve mood interference such as mindfulness, routines, journaling, and exercise and so on. Treatment would also include the discussion of realistic expectations for the longevity of the relationship based on the clients relationship skills- communication, compromise, goal setting, perspective sharing..

How might you counsel a client who is experiencing social anxiety?


How might you counsel a client who is experiencing clinical depression?


How might you counsel a client with an eating disorder?

Evaluate for trauma and use a trauma based model

How might you counsel a client who is experiencing shame and guilt?

I would need more information. Is the client anxious or depressed? Is there a history of trauma?

How might you counsel a client who is struggling with feelings of loneliness and isolation?

I would need more information. Is the client anxious or depressed? Is there a history of trauma?

What is one thing you've learned from a client?

Some people do not have the ability to grasp concepts/ideas discussed in a solution focused therapy session and need time spent in sessions that primarily involve reflective listening to increase comfortability and work towards developing goals.

What should clients expect during their first counseling session with you?

To be challenged and given direct recommendations

What would you say to a client who was nervous about his or her first session?

Being nervous is a natural response to something new and that together we will work towards developing a relationship that feels comfortable for you.

What advice would you give to a client trying to choose a therapist?

Ask the therapist about their treatment approach and to consider how they see change occurring.

When a couple attends counseling, how long does it take for the couple’s relationship to experience improvement?

Depending on the client’s ability to receive and apply treatment recommendations they can experience change between the first and second session. If change does not occur they are less likely to continue attending.

When counseling a couple, what’s your goal for the first session?

To hear what they each think is getting in the way and develop a plan for something that they can try between sessions to work towards resolving one specific issue.

Age Groups Seen:
  • 6-12
  • 13-17
  • 18-63
  • 63-Up
Helps with...
  • Adolescents
  • Anger
  • Antisocial Personality
  • Anxiety
  • Asperger's
  • Autism
  • Blended Family
  • Career
  • Children
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Couples
  • Dating
  • Dependency
  • Depressed Mood
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Conflict
  • Fear/Phobia
  • Gambling
  • Goal Setting
  • Grief/Loss/Bereavement
  • Impulsivity
  • Infidelity/Affair
  • Internet Addiction
  • Life Coaching
  • Men's Issues
  • Money/Financial
  • Narcissim
  • OCD
  • Parenting
  • Personality Disorder
  • Pregnancy
  • Racial Issues
  • Relationships
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Issues
  • Single Lif
  • Skin Picking Disorder
  • Sleep/Insomnia
  • Social Anxiety
  • Spirituality
  • Sports
  • Stress
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Under-achievement
  • Video Game Addiction
  • Weight Management
  • Women's Issues
  • Workaholism
Payment Options...
  • Cash/ Self Pay

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Mental Health Therapy in Amherst, NY: Counseling, Life Coaching

Why a Life Coach or Counselor?

Daily life can be a grind. Have you ever felt like every day is the same? Wake up. Think about exercising. Feel bad for not exercising. Go to work. Get a coffee. Clock out. Pick up the kids. Make dinner. Watch TV. Go to bed. Repeat. Life can feel like a hamster wheel–always running the same route but never going anywhere.

But that is not everyone’s experience. To some, life feels unpredictable and out of control. Mental health conditions or traumas can blindside people or their loved ones. These may make life scary and chaotic, leaving people feeling helpless.

Does one of these situations sound familiar? Or a maybe even a combination of the two? Most likely, you can relate because every person faces difficulties in life. Even though life’s challenges are common, many people feel alone in them and think, no one gets it or I can’t trust anyone with this struggle or where do I even begin?

Thriveworks Amherst, NY’s counselors and coaches understand life’s challenges and how isolating they are. With care and expertise, they have walked with many clients as they overcome difficulties and pursue a more fulfilled life.

Mental Health Therapy in Amherst, NY

It’s rare for people to stop and think about a particular problem they face, even if they feel like they are always in the midst of the problem. But taking time to step back, reflect on a deeper level, and make necessary changes is important. Having an experienced professional guide that process can make it even more effective.

Thriveworks Amherst, NY’s coaches and counselors often help their clients by …

  • Adapting their care for each individual’s needs.
  • Exploring and concentrating on personal dreams and professional goals.
  • Pinpointing counterproductive or harmful habits and behaviors.
  • Teaching interpersonal and coping skills.
  • Diagnosing and treating any mental health disorders.

Although we could never list all the many reasons people seek counseling or coaching at our office, some of those reasons include: eating disorders, infidelity, depression, grief, anxiety, job loss, addiction, anger management, insomnia, marriage tension, and life transitions.

The coaches and counselors who practice at Thriveworks Amherst, NY want each client who walks into their doors to walk out with a more enriched life. Making changes is difficult, and therapy is not a silver bullet. But over time and with the care and guidance of our professionals, many of our clients are so glad they made needed but difficult changes and are now enjoying a happier life.

What If a Loved Is Struggling?

Watching a person you love and who is close to you walk through a hardship is a difficult and tricky situation. Does someone you love need help? Whether that person is willing to meet with a mental health professional or not, seeking help for yourself may be a good choice.

Maybe your loved one has an addiction that is negatively affecting your life. Maybe your spouse cheated, and you are not sure whether you can trust them. Maybe your grown child needs help, and you feel conflicted about how to help them.

Regardless of the particular circumstances, if your loved one needs help, a Thriveworks Amherst, NY professional can guide you on the best course of action for you. No one can change for control another person, but asking for help for yourself is always an option.

Counseling and Coaching Sessions at Thriveworks Amherst, NY

Have you considered seeing a counselor or life coach? Does having help with handling life’s daily grind or a mental health condition sound like a good next step? Your goals, happiness, and wellbeing do not have to be put on hold. The counselors and coaches at Thriveworks Amherst, NY are happy to help.

Our professionals want to be on your team. Your mental health matters, so our office makes scheduling an appointment with one of our counselors or coaches as easy as possible. We do not keep a waitlist, and when people call to make their appointment, we often schedule it within 24 hours, even if it’s your first appointment. We also offer evening and weekend appointments.

Let’s get started today. Call to schedule an appointment with a Thriveworks Amherst, NY counselor or life coach.

Thriveworks Associates
Tel : (716) 217-4092

Monday-Friday: 8AM-9PM
Saturday-Sunday: 8AM-5PM