Catherine Verdera, B.A.

Catherine is completing her Internship in Counseling and pursuing her M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The College of William & Mary. She also received her B.A. in Literature from the University of Tennessee.  She has a passion for giving people space to be heard and for being a supportive personal advocate and guide in whatever stage of life you find yourself navigating.

Clinical Focus Areas and Counseling Approaches

Catherine provides both in-person and online counseling at Free Spirit for individuals age 6 and up. She works with clients seeking support for issues including Depression, Anxiety, trauma, substance use disorders, grief/loss, self-esteem, relationship issues, coping skills, young adult life, life transitions, and boundaries. Her approach incorporates significant aspects of person-centered therapy with a focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Professional Philosophy

From Catherine’s point of view: “I believe that all individuals hold within themselves the ability to solve almost any problem life throws at them. It is an honor to aid people in their search for answers to these challenges, and while doing so, I strive to create a welcoming space where clients feel valued. My goal is to create an environment for my clients to build autonomy, self-esteem, and coping skills that can be implemented in their daily lives.”

Professional Experience

Catherine worked with the Crisis Text Line, providing support to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. She completed over 30 hours of crisis intervention training, including suicide risk assessments. Her many years of experience in the hospitality industry prior to this carry her strong sense of customer service forward into her clinical work here at Free Spirit.

Fun Facts About Catherine

  • Catherine loves animals, especially cats.
  • She enjoys writing music, playing guitar, exercising, and drawing.
  • She also loves being outside, traveling, watching old movies, and learning about astronomy or history.
  • Her favorite color is emerald green.
  • Her favorite music artists are Mozart, Bach, Queen, and The Beatles.
  • The background you see in Catherine’s photo is from our office “The Field” here at Free Spirit.


Contact Catherine direct to request an appointment at or at 757-263-0262.