You may be an artist. You may be an academic. You may be an activist. I have been all three of these, and I speak their languages: of creativity, intellectual enlivenment, and social justice. And right now, in this time of upheaval and unrest, you may be hurting–feeling lost, adrift, burned out, under- or over-stimulated, or simply sad. I am here to connect with you. To listen compassionately. To make space for you to better hear yourself, and to encourage linkages, mentalizations, and trauma metabolizations that will allow you to better listen to the rhythms of your body and use your own mind. I offer you my mind in this pursuit.
If you and your family are out of sorts, I can help. Family is a delicate balance; like a mobile, a wind too strong can upset its delicate dance. Should you decide to contact me, we will work together to restore beauty and balance to your family. My approach in this pursuit is informed by psychoanalysis, family systems theory, and compassionate care.
Whether that be by working with me on parenting differently, or by working with you and your partner on strengthening your alliance, or by my working with your child or children on integrating their emotions, the end result will be better connectivity and more nourishment between you all.
Catherine MacGillivray, PhD, AMFT
  • Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #125775 supervised by Jeni Woodfin, LMFT #107447
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
  • Post-Graduate training, National Institute for the Psychotherapies
  • Master of Arts, Comparative Literature, University of California- Berkeley
  • PhD in French Literature, University of California- Berkeley
  • Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies, Bernard College- Columbia University


  • Associate MFT: New Beginnings Counseling Center
  • MFT Trainee: Hospice of Santa Barbara
  • Lecturer, Dept. of Feminist Studies: University of California Santa Barbara
  • Professor of Languages and Literature: University of Iowa
  • Fulbright Scholar: Federal University of Catalina
  • Director of Women’s and Gender Studies Program: University of Northern Iowa


  • Couples experiencing betrayal trauma
  • Parenting and co-parenting support
  • Biracial and bicultural couples and families
  • LGBTQIA+ and gender affirming therapy


  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish


Psychoanalytic, feminist, relational and attachment


Supporting children and parents of divorce, reunification therapy, gender, race and LGBTQ+ identities and concerns, men who are struggling under the constraints of patriarchal masculinity, biracial and interracial families, blended families, trauma, depression, anxiety, and women’s issues.

*Supervised by Jeni Woodfin, LMFT #10744