Mr. David A Cato, LCSW, TCT, SEP, CCTP-II

Preferred Name: David

Online Therapy

About Me

While I am new to being an EMDR-trained therapist, I am not new to trauma therapy. As a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, I have been working with trauma disorders (and all other co-occurring disorders) for several years. I have learned that not everyone's nervous system is prepared for EMDR work so I utilize Somatic Experiencing to help regulate. Building resiliency is an important part of trauma work and I am looking forward to helping others expand their windows of tolerance while preparing for or doing EMDR therapy.

Education & Experience

I have worked as a clinician in residential treatment for over 10 years. I have a Master's in Social Work from Arizona State University and am currently pursuing my Doctorate in Behavioral Health Management from the same school. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Transgender Care Therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional-II and also EMDR-Trained. I am also training in DARe (Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning experience), which is an attachment-based method to trauma healing.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

My full-time job is as the Associate Clinical Director of Trauma Services for Sierra Tucson. I oversee trauma and specialty therapists as well as our equine team. I also provide clinical supervision to our staff. I am an assistant for Somatic Experiencing International.

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • ADD/ADHD/Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Addictions
  • Adoption
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Birth Trauma/Pregnancy Loss
  • Chronic Illness/Medical Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Issues
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Moral Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Race, Culture, Ethnicity Issues
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Somatic Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Sports Injuries
  • Stress Management
  • Survivor's Guilt
  • Tic Disorders
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • Couples
  • First Responders
  • Immigrants
  • LGBTQ+
  • Residential Treatment Facility
  • Seniors
  • Underserved
  • Veterans/Military


  • English


I do not take insurance.