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David Cato, LCSW, TCT, SEP

Clinical Director

David Cato, LCSW, TCT, SEP began working at Sierra Tucson in April of 2008 and has served many roles, beginning in the mailroom. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Texas A&M University and a Master of Social Work from Arizona State University. He is a Somatic Experiencing® Therapy Practitioner (SEP), certified Transgender Care Therapist (TCT), and a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). David completed his master’s coursework through an internship at Sierra Tucson. He has worked with substance use disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, codependency, grief/loss, and trauma. David provides individual, group sessions, and consultations for residents. David is the Clinical Director at Sierra Tucson and a member of the Executive Leadership team. David enjoys presenting on topics such as trauma disorders and recovery.

Presentations by David Cato, LCSW, TCT, SEP:

“Somatic Experiencing® Therapy,” MHCA, FL; (05/17/19)

“Trauma and Recovery: The Biology of Trauma and Nervous System Injury,” CORE Conference, Amelia Island, FL; (07/15/18)

“Trauma & Recovery: The Biology of Trauma,” Biology of Trauma Conference, Dallas, TX; (04/01/18)

“Trauma & Recovery,” Finding Freedom: LGBTQ Symposium, Palm Springs, CA; (02/02/18)

“Alternative Therapies to Enhance Recovery,” Loyola University; Chicago, IL; (09/21/17)

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The time spent at Sierra Tucson was the true beginning of my journey. Not only did I overcome my addictions, but I began to focus on the root causes that created my compulsions. I understand myself so much better now.

– Anonymous Client
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  • National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP)
  • National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS)
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