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About Me

Cathy Lopez Wessell

I'm a licensed clinical social worker specializing in integrative individual psychotherapy for adults, parent coaching and canine-assisted services. I am a certified Synergetic Play Therapist, which informs my parent coaching and psychotherapy with adults. I was an instructor for the Social Work Department at Colorado State University, where I designed the course curriculum and taught SW 550: Animal Assisted-Therapy and the Human-Animal Bond. Upon request, I offer professional consultation.  I currently maintain a private practice in Aurora, Colorado

As an integrative, holistic therapist, my therapeutic approach is to provide specialized support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges and grow. I integrate complementary evidenced-based methodologies and alternative techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help him or her build on strengths and attain the personal growth he or she is committed to accomplishing.

My work is guided by my deep regard for the ability of people to adapt and change, to develop meaningful connections and relationships, and to grow and thrive. I bring a passion for experiencing life and living fully; creativity and innovation; a compassionate curiosity about, and interest in, understanding the experience of others; and a commitment to social justice in my life and my practice.



I have over 15 years’ experience working with children and adults of diverse ages and backgrounds. I have worked in a variety of settings including public and private mental health, medical, school, and hospice. I received a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Alabama's Social Work program, graduating with honors. I also hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

I’m committed to continuing my professional development and regularly attend trainings and workshops. I'm trained in the use of:

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Additional Training

  • Food, Mood and Cognition
  • Perceptions of Trauma: Neural Integration in Play Therapy
  • Art, Sand, Games and Child Development in Play Therapy
  • Attachment & Emotional Regulation: Brain-Based Therapy
  • Beyond Consequences Parenting Approach
  • Whole Brain Child Therapy and Parenting Approaches
  • Level 1 Gottman Couples’ Therapy  
  • Diagnostic Classification 0-3R Overview
  • Delta Society Pet Partners Training, Advanced Human-Animal Therapy Certification
  • Sand Tray Therapy, Level I – IV
  • Primary Practicum Certification in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

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