Cathay Che is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker offering in-person sessions in NYC and virtual sessions to clients in NY and NJ. Cathay specializes in identity development, multicultural literacy, anxiety, depression, addictions, and pet loss support. Having previously facilitated a group for identity development, she has deep expertise in helping LGBTQ, biracial, and first- or second-generation individuals navigate the intricacies of identity formation from an intersectional perspective. Having lived in New York for over two decades, she has a particular affinity for working with creative individuals in the arts or media. No matter the reason her clients enter therapy, she is passionate about helping them become more attuned to their emotions and find greater satisfaction in their personal and professional lives.
Cathay supports individuals with both behavioral and substance use challenges and addictions, including gambling, excessing shopping, and hypersexuality. Viewing addiction as a symptom of other underlying issues, she gently guides each client toward uncovering the root of the problem, developing sustainable coping skills, and reaching a safe place of healing and fulfillment. She also has a special sensitivity to the powerful bond people form with their pets and can aid in the grieving process for those who have experienced difficult losses.
Cathay draws from a number of evidence-based treatment approaches including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), mindfulness practices, and supportive therapy. Her approach to addiction is rooted in Motivational Interviewing, understanding each client's unique background and perspective in order to set realistic, attainable goals. She takes care in genuinely listening to her clients and providing empathetic, honest feedback and sustainable solutions.
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
LGBTQ clients - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
People of color - Working with people of color on topics including race, culture, and family background; support navigating various challenges and stressors
Identity development - Including within the unique context of one's race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, class, and cultural background; resolving trauma and internalized oppression related to stigma
Multicultural literacy - Awareness and appreciation of different beliefs, appearances and lifestyles
Substance use disorders - Tolerating emotional discomfort; reducing or eliminating reliance on substances; development of new coping mechanisms for stress and suffering
Grief and loss - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
Pet loss support - Processing the loss of a loved pet
Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; specializing in supporting ethical non-monogamy, open marriage, or polyamory
Asian Pacific Islander clients - Working with Asian Pacific Islander clients; exploring topics of culture and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity
Cathay Che is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Cathay can process paperwork for out-of-network benefits for clients with Aetna, Cigna, and UnitedHealthcare, so clients with these providers can expect to pay their typical co-pay for a session with her. Cathay can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Private Practice, 2013 - Present
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, 2012 - Present
Columbia University, MSW, 2013
This 4-week group is designed to help Asian and Asian American women in their 20s navigate their anxiety regarding various aspects of life.
"Cathay is a great listener and doesn’t push. She makes me feel comfortable sharing intimate details about my life and her office is truly a safe space."- Zencare client • December 2019
"Cathay is compassionate, understanding, and made me feel comfortable from the very beginning. She gave me great strategies to deal with my anxiety and really helped me out in a tough time of my life."- Zencare client • January 2020