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David Cato, LCSW, TCT, SEP

Associate Clinical Director of Trauma Services

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 currently working on a Doctorate of Behavioral Health Management at Arizona State University. He is a Somatic Experiencing® Therapy Practitioner (SEP), certified Transgender Care Therapist (TCT), and 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 as needed. David is a clinical supervisor and provides training for staff. David is the Associate Clinical Director of Trauma Services 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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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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