Catherine (Cathy)  Lewis

Catherine (Cathy) Lewis

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Not accepting new clients in Providence practice (updated July 08, 2020)

Specialties & Expertise

  • ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Adoption and foster care
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Existential challenges / crises
  • Family issues
  • LGBTQQ and gender identity issues
  • Life transitions
  • Relationships
  • Trauma and sexual abuse

Professional statement

Cathy Lewis specializes the treatment of children, adolescents, adults, parents, and families. Her expertise areas include adoption and foster care, LGBTQQ topics, trauma, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, and depression.

In her work with clients, Cathy takes a highly collaborative approach, not only examining the problems they are facing, but also their personal strengths. She has extensive experience working with LGBTQQ clients exploring sexuality and gender identity, and has advanced training in treating psychological trauma. She also works closely with parents and children who have gone through or are currently going through the adoption process.

Cathy received her MA in Social Work from the University of Connecticut and her BA from Brown University. She has been in practice for over 35 years and absolutely loves helping clients enhance their abilities to achieve what they hope for most in life.

Message to clients

I appreciate the opportunity to speak with you about issues that may be troubling you and affecting your work, school, or relationships. I strive to provide a supportive, therapeutic environment that meets individual needs. My work is collaborative, joining with my clients to set achievable goals in a reasonable amount of time.


ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) - Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, work; organizational challenges

Adoption and foster care - Sees clients across the stages of adoption, including pre-adoption and years after adoption; supporting parents going through through the child welfare system or international adoption agencies; working with children who are in foster care or who are preparing to be adopted

Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder

Depression - Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms

Existential challenges / crises - Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations

Family issues - Includes helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children; helping young adults navigate family issues

LGBTQQ and gender identity issues - Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues

Life transitions - Adjusting to new relationships, career transitions, and direction; parenting as a life transition stage

Relationships - Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; breakups, friendships, dating

Trauma and sexual abuse - Dealing with sexual assault, childhood trauma; Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); Advanced Certificate in treating psychological trauma


  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • United Healthcare
  • Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $85 (50min)
  • Initial session: $125 (60min)


Remote video therapy sessions offered? No

Providence practice

293 Governor Street

Providence, RI 02906


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Work and Education

Private Practice, 2012-current

Casey Family Services, Team Leader, 1992-2012

Dept. of Children, Youth & Families, 1983-1992

RI College School of Social Work, Adjunct Faculty, 2009-2015

University of Connecticut, School of Social Work, MSW, 1981

Brown University, BA, 1976