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Psychotherapy A licensed psychologist in both California and Oregon, I work with adult individual clients residing in either California or Oregon from an Internal Family Systems (IFS) perspective, meaning that I hold the view that we humans are all born with a Self with innate, healing capacities. As we go through life, we develop adaptive survival and protective strategies in response to the specific characteristics and challenges of our unique body, environment, family, external relationships, life experiences, and culture. IFS involves befriending these protective strategies, coming to understand their original intentions, and healing the wounds which once made them necessary. As we heal, we can let go of burdens we no longer need to carry and reconnect with ourselves, others, and our environment in more vital, harmonious, and satisfying ways. I am a cisgender, heterosexual, white female; my pronouns are she/her/hers. The focus of my practice has encompassed a wide variety of human experiences. Clients I've learned and grown with include undergraduate and graduate students, creative and other professionals, therapists, teachers, and parents. Consultation I offer IFS-informed case consultation for IFS therapists who have completed an IFS Level 1 training and are seeking professional development and a deepening of their work with clients, as well as to those working towards IFS therapist recertification. Scheduling Availability & Fee Structure I do not have scheduling availability for new, IFS psychotherapy clients and/or IFS case consultees at this time. Background & Interests After studying and performing as a dancer, I trained in and practiced dance/movement therapy and yoga. These interests eventually inspired me to learn more, so I completed a doctorate and became a licensed psychologist. One focus of my doctoral work was the impact of early stressful experiences upon emotional wellbeing throughout life, in the context of traditional psychodynamic theories and their relevance to current neuroscientific research. My primary therapeutic approach with clients is Internal Family Systems, with added influences from modalities including Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and EMDR. A Certified IFS Therapist, IFS Approved Clinical Consultant, and EMDRIA-Certified EMDR Therapist, I am engaged in ongoing professional training in these modalities. Education Psy.D. California School of Professional Psychology - Clinical Psychology, Health M.A. California School of Professional Psychology - Clinical Psychology, Health B.A. California State University, Long Beach - Dance Performance & Choreography Clinical Training IFS Institute - Certified IFS Therapist & IFS Approved Clinical Consultant If you would like more detailed information about my professional IFS training and activities, please email me at: EMDR Institute - EMDR Certified Therapist Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute - Trauma & Developmental Trauma Wright Institute Los Angeles - Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Julia Ann Singer Center - Child & Family, Family Stress Programs San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health - Homebound Program University of California, Los Angeles - Dance/Movement Therapy Professional Experience Cathie Gum, PsyD~A Psychological Corporation - Owner & Psychologist University of Southern California - Psychologist, Student Counseling Services Arthur L. Kovacs, Ph.D. and Associates - Psychological Assistant Center for Discovery and Adolescent Change - Primary Therapist Professional Affiliations California Psychological Association Oregon Psychological Association Internal Family Systems Institute Foundation for Self Leadership EMDR International Association
Cathie Gum, Psy.D.
Psychotherapist & Consultant


Individual Therapy & Consultation for Adults

  • Recovering from traumatic incidents
  • Transforming self-destructive patterns
  • Adjusting to new situations
  • Making difficult decisions
  • Improving relationships
  • Increasing mind-body awareness
  • Managing chronic illness
  • Facing academic and career stress
  • Coping with grief, sadness, and anxiety
  • Cultivating satisfaction and joy
  • Heightening creativity and productivity
  • Creative Blocks
  • Performance Anxiety & Stress
  • Body Image Issues
  • Career & Life Transitions
  • Identity
  • Spirituality
  • Aging
  • IFS-Informed Case Consultation


  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy


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Cathie Gum Psy.D.

Los Angeles, CA 90048