Mental Health Therapist-Catalina
Catalina D. Ressler, Ph.D.

Certified Dare to Lead ™ Facilitator
Certified Daring Way ™ Facilitator

EMDR Therapist


Adult Attachment & Relationships

The same underlying motivations that maintain the close emotional bond between parents and their children are responsible for the emotionally intimate bonds that form between adults. Therefore, an individual’s relationship to other adults is partially a result of how they related (or not) to their caregivers. Therapy can help individuals move relationships towards greater security.

Leadership Development
& consultation

Having specialized in vocational psychology during my graduate training and spending almost four years working in a corporate setting as a senior executive, I developed a strong interest in leadership and organizational development as well as change management. Individual therapy with leaders in the community has been a  joy of my practice. I am a Certified Dare to Lead Facilitator and in that capacity offer keynotes and workshops to help your organization train braver leaders and build more courageous cultures.

Psychological Assessment

A portion of my practice is dedicated to assessments for a variety of purposes. For legal purposes, I mainly  conduct independent mental health evaluations for workman’s compensation or immigration proceedings. For medical purposes, I conduct pre-surgical evaluations for bariatric procedures as well as the implantation of medical devices. Finally, I use assessment to determine or clarify diagnoses such as learning disorders, ADHD, or mood.


Trauma is more than being the victim or witness of a crime or accident. There are everyday traumas that can also be relational in nature such as a significant personal loss; being the victim of bullying or discrimination; or, having someone who you care about deeply take advantage of you or create an unsafe environment. I have invested much of my ongoing learning and resources in developing a deep understanding on the treatment of trauma and have found ways to help individuals develop the skills and courage to heal from these injuries. In this capacity I am an EMDR trained therapist.

Daring Way Workshops

One of my passions is grounded in the work of Dr. Brené Brown. I am a Certified Daring Way Facilitator, and, in this context, I deliver workshops to help individuals explore topics such as vulnerability, courage, self-compassion, and worthiness. These workshops help participants examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that hold them back in cultivating meaningful connections.

Additional Areas of Specialization Include:

  • Grief
  • Death and Dying & Other Existential Concerns
  • Identity Issues
  • Mindfulness Meditation

“Choose courage over comfort, choose whole hearts over armor, and choose the great adventure of being brave and afraid, at the exact same time.”- Dr. Brené Brown -