Ms. Catherine Contee Stansbury, LCSW

Preferred Name: Catherine

EMDR Certified Therapist

Online Therapy

About Me

I specialize in trauma therapy for individual adults of ages 18-100. It is my honor and my joy to work with persons who have carried terrible burdens of trauma and pain for many years; and to help them unload those burdens, and find healing, hope, and peace. EMDR is my favorite form of therapy. I am an EMDR Trained Therapist who is pursuing advanced training in treating complex trauma. This means that I find it a special privilege to work with clients who have experienced many distressing events. I welcome the privilege of serving clients from diverse backgrounds, cultures, outlooks, and worldviews. I ask each client to teach me about their beliefs and life experiences. Being a caregiver is what led me to become a social worker. I am trained in working with older adults, caregivers, dementia, and grief. I became a social worker in midlife. After earning degrees in physics, I worked for 27 years as an investment analyst. During 16 of those years, I served as a caregiver to elderly family members, and found that caregiving was the work I loved. Accordingly, I earned a Master of Social Work degree from Baylor University; interned in a medical clinic and a hospice agency; obtained an LCSW license (Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Texas #69390); and became an EMDR Trained Therapist, a Certified Practitioner of the MBTI, and a Certified Trauma Professional. One of my mentors told me, “Nothing you learn is ever wasted.” I have found that to be true. My background in finance helps me understand the financial and legal issues that often cause stress within families, especially for persons who are aging. In addition, my background in physics helps me understand complex systems. And what systems could be more complex than the human mind, human relationships, and family dynamics? It would be an honor to work with you in this part of your life journey, and to assist in your healing, growth, and transformation.

Education & Experience

EDUCATION: Master of Social Work, Baylor University, 2020; M.A. in Physics, Harvard University, 1991; B.A. in Physics, Princeton University, 1987; EXPERIENCE: Social Worker / EMDR Trained Therapist, Divine Mercy Counseling, 2021-present; Social Worker / EMDR Trained Therapist, Austin Family Counseling, 2020-2021; Social Work Intern, Providence Hospice / Community Healthcare of Texas, 2019-2020; Social Work Intern, Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Internal Medicine & Senior Clinic, 2018-2019; Investment analyst, Self-Employed, 1991-2018; Caregiver, Stansbury Family, 1997-2013.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: Member, National Association of Social Workers (NASW), 2018-present; Member, Aging Life Care Association (ALCA), 2020-present: Member, EMDR International Association (EMDRIA), 2021-present. VOLUNTEER AFFILIATIONS: Volunteer seamstress, St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Austin, Texas, 2021-present; Volunteer seamstress, St. William Catholic Church, Round Rock, Texas, 2013-present.

Specialty Area

  • Dementia
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Spirituality
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Veterans/Military


  • English


  • Sliding Scale