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Specialty Therapist

David Cato, LCSW, TCT, SEP, CCTP-II 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), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP-II). Additionally, David is EMDR-trained and trained in DARe (Dynamic Attachment Repatterning experience). 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 as needed. David is a clinical supervisor and provides training for staff. David is currently a Specialty Therapist at Sierra Tucson. David enjoys presenting globally in-person and virtually 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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