Cathryn Campbell, LSW, MSS, MBA, PCC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Hello and welcome! I’m Cathryn Campbell and I work with individuals and couples who desperately want to worry less and who want to be happier, enjoy life more, and live with contentment and ease.
Anxiety makes your body, mind, and life completely miserable and chronically uncomfortable. I give my clients the tools and strategies to effectively manage the difficult physical experiences of anxiety, the skills to successfully navigate the mental challenges of chronic worry, and the strategies to reengage and reconnect with life and loved ones. I help my clients be more fully present and show them how to live with purpose, meaning, and satisfaction, even in the presence of anxiety, panic, and overwhelming stress.
Twenty years ago I was in the same boat, anxiety and panic were taking over my life. From the outside it probably looked like I had it all together – I had just graduated from Wharton with my MBA, my husband and I had recently bought and were renovating our first home. Our first child was a year old and I held a position of significant responsibility in the pharmaceutical industry. Our nanny had dinner started when we arrived home at the end of day and life was good, or so it seemed.
On the inside, my heart and my mind were always racing and I was constantly holding my breath (literally and figuratively). I was worried about everything and anticipating that bad things were going to happen. I was overthinking and over planning everything and was having a hard time focusing at work and an even harder time sleeping at night. Irritability was the norm and I had developed a variety of chronic and problematic stomach and lung issues. My relationships at home and work were suffering, my health was suffering, I was suffering. Something had to change and fast!
Months before, I had seen an advertisement for a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class in the Philadelphia Inquirer, so I finally gave it a try. After just one week of daily mindfulness meditation practice, I found myself at work going through a pile of snail mail, deciding on what to do with each item, one at a time - not worrying about the last item and if I made the right decision about it - not stressing out over all the next pieces of mail I had to review and how little time I had – just dealing with one at a time. It probably seems insignificant, but for me it was a life altering experience of being fully present, in just that moment. I had never felt so much peace and calm in the midst of such intense and overwhelming stress!
It would be really cool if I could say that I heeded this deeply transformational experience and changed my life to live in peace and harmony happily ever after, but unfortunately and not surprisingly, my stubbornness and competitive nature got the better of me. Over the next ten years I continued to pursue my career to the VP level, and grow my family, and the work and personal stress I was under increased exponentially. I was exhausted and eventually an opportunity arose whereby I could “retire” and pursue my passion for figuring out how to effectively manage anxiety and overwhelming stress, and how to help others do the same.
On that journey I became an MBSR teacher so that I could help others experience how peaceful it is in the present moment. As it turns out, being in the present moment merely lays the foundation for the next step which, which is thoughtful action. So I went back to class and became a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and coached clients to maximize their personal and professional potential. My clients were achieving amazing goals, however anxiety persisted. So I went back to the blackboard, earned a Masters of Social Service (MSS) at Bryn Mawr College, and learned that the human mind CAN learn new tricks, we CAN enhance our psychological flexibility, and that even though our thoughts and feelings seem like they are in charge of us, we CAN learn to tolerate whatever comes up inside of us and get on with the lives we want anyway.
I've found my therapeutic home in Contextual Behavioral Science, Relational Frame Theory, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (commonly referred to as ACT). Over the years I've applied these powerful and evidence based skills and strategies to help alleviate suffering, and greatly enhance the lives of my clients. As a therapist, I offer a unique combination of education, and personal and professional experience to my clients to support each of them in creating their own tailored and highly effective path to freedom from anxiety, panic, and overwhelming stress. I can honestly say that for the most part, I now live a life free from anxiety, and I am very confident that together we can achieve the same for you!
When I’m not working with my clients or immersed in some new clinical book, I can be found hanging out with my two kids, my step-kids, my husband, and our Tibetian Spaniel Bodhi at our home in Delaware County. We enjoy watching superhero and sci-fi movies together. And surprise, surprise, I try to meditate every day even though I'm not always successful. But don't worry, I won't make you meditate. It's a strategy that works for me, but it's definitely not everyone's cup of tea, and that's just fine.
Let’s work together to create your own unique path to a life of freedom from anxiety, panic, and overwhelming stress. Call me today at (484) 816-6181 to set up a free 15-minute phone consultation to see if we are a good fit to help you achieve the life you want. I look forward to talking to you!