Cynthia V. Catchings, LCSW-S, MSSW, CFTP, CLYL holds Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work-Psychotherapy.
She has over 10 years of experience as a psychotherapist/counselor, and her main goal is to serve those seeking help, when they need it most, and offering a sliding scale to ensure service availability to all.
Her wide-ranging experience includes working as a Case Management Supervisor, a Mental Health Counselor, and a Supervisor II for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (Adult Protective Services) responsible for Webb, Zapata, Jim Hogg, and Starr Counties. While in Laredo, TX, she designed and facilitated the first support group for Women Veterans, creating social justice and a wave of change in the way female veterans were served in that area.
She has taught French, Spanish, and English as a second language for over 15 years, enriching the lives of many children, teenagers, and adults. By doing this, she has ensured that the dignity and worth of each person is respected, no matter where they come from. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas-RGV, where she teaches both in the bachelors and the Masters programs.
Cynthia has conducted ethnographic research in over 30 countries including France, Greece, Turkey, Thailand, and India among others; with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and domestic violence programs being her main targets of study. The importance of human relationships and sharing information is what continues driving her to cross international boundaries to bring back to her community.
Cynthia has served as the Chair of the RGV Human Trafficking Coalition, Co-Chair of the Hidalgo County Domestic Violence Coalition, Co-Chair of the Cameron County Domestic Violence Coalition, and as a member of the NASW-LRGV Steering Committee and the UTRGV Social Work Advisory Committee. She is also a former Board Member of the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault.
Currently, she is a Board Member of the National Association of Social Workers, Texas Chapter, and the TPACE Board Representative of NASW-TX, representing her community with integrity all over the State.
Cynthia served as Executive Director at the Family Crisis Center of the RGV, and is very passionate about advocating and fighting for the human condition; mainly, those of people in need. Cynthia also served as the Executive Director of a Collective Impact initiative. The many years of experience she has as a community liaison and counselor have given her the opportunity to learn about and to better assist underserved communities all over the world.
As the Owner and Executive Director of the Women’s Emotional Wellness Center with offices in Texas and the Washington DC Metro area , it is her commitment to ensure that every person learns how to work together to minimize, and eventually eradicate, the problems that affect the communities in the area.
She is also a Senior Trainer for federal agencies like the Department of Interior, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, etc.
Cynthia has made significant contributions to the mental health profession and the clients she has served. Her contributions have been published on Bustle, NBC News, Thrive Global, Corporate Wellness Magazine, MSN, The Ladders, Teen Vogue, Good Men Project, Corporate Wellness Magazine, She Knows, amongst many others.
Cynthia has demonstrated that through service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence, she is forging solutions out of challenges.