Cathy McGinnis, LMHC, CADC

Embedded Staff Therapist - University Housing and Dining

Counseling Approach

I believe that everyone is capable of change, and that sometimes we need an outside perspective to guide us in finding solutions and strategies to work through difficult times in our lives. My goal as a therapist is to work collaboratively with students to identify and utilize client strengths, learn new skills, and access resources in the community to better manage interpersonal and academic difficulties encountered during their time as a university student. I strive to provide a safe, non-judgmental space where students can explore, express themselves, and ultimately move toward their change goals. My approach is eclectic, drawing from different theoretical orientations including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In addition to mental health therapy, I have worked extensively with people with substance use concerns and am a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

Multicultural Interests

I believe that we all have a responsibility to promote social justice and strive to find ways in my own life to do so. I have experience working with people with racial and ethnic identities different than my own. Additionally, I have worked with people experiencing a variety of challenges, including those who are criminal justice involved, and those who are experiencing chronic homelessness. I am passionate about being an advocate for those who feel that they do not have a voice, and I am committed to continued education and growth to better serve students from all backgrounds.

Outreach Interests

I believe in making information on mental wellness accessible to everyone and believe that outreach is essential to achieving that goal. I enjoy interacting with students and faculty through delivering education on wellness in a variety of ways, including skills-based workshops, training, presentations, and consultation.

Cathy McGinnis