Cathay  Che

Cathay Che

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Not accepting new clients in Chelsea practice (updated January 10, 2020)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • LGBTQ clients
  • People of color
  • Identity development
  • Multicultural literacy
  • Addictions
  • Grief and loss
  • Pet loss support

Professional statement

Cathay Che is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan specializing 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. Cathay offers individual and group therapy at her office located in Chelsea, a short walk from the 34th St - Herald Square station.

Message to clients

I'm a discreet, empathetic therapist who will listen to what you want and what you say very carefully, give you gentle but honest feedback, and help guide you towards solutions that are both accessible and sustainable.


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 - Works with people of color

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

Addictions - Coping with emotional discomfort and suffering; reducing or abstaining from unwanted behaviors such as unhealthy gambling or shopping

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

General expertise


Cathay Che is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $225 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $100 - $225
  • Initial session: $225 (50min)
  • Individual substance use disorder assessments: $200 (per assessment)
  • Pet loss counseling: $100 (50min)

Therapist's note

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.


Chelsea practice

231 West 29th Street

Suite 301

New York, NY 10001

  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-12:00pm
  • Fri 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2013 - Present

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, 2012 - Present

Columbia University, MSW, 2013


  • English

Client testimonials

Zencare client

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

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.

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