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Catherine Yates

Practice Principal

Occupational Therapist | Psychotherapist

Special Interests

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Life transition & adjustment

"I see you"
My dream is to help people get unstuck, to help others embrace all that life encompasses, and to witness the process of transforming suffering into freedom.
  • Medicare Registered
  • AHPRA Registered
  • Mental Health Care Plan
  • Chronic Disease Management Plan
  • NDIS (Plan or self-managed)
  • Private Health Rebates (dependent on individual coverage)



Catherine is the Practice Principal and co-owner of Reach Life.

Catherine “Cat” is a psychotherapist and Senior Mental Health OT with a post-graduate diploma in counselling and psychotherapy. She has a passion for working with both adults and young people. Catherine uses evidence based psychological therapies to address the concerns that her clients bring to her, with a special interest in ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy). Catherine works alongside her clients to create rich, values-based, and meaningful lives. Catherine has over 10 years’ experience in working with adults and young people with a variety of presentations. Catherine has a strong foundation in working with families, groups, and communities.

Due to her Occupational Therapy qualification, Catherine has a strong focus on behaviour and meaningful occupation. She combines this with her psychotherapy training, which allows her to use psychodynamic principals such as attachment theory to formulate and gain a deeper understanding of her clients, and what might underpin current suffering. Catherine also has a post graduate qualification in narrative therapy and is a trained yoga teacher. Incorporating and paying attention to the body-mind connection is an important part of the work that Catherine does with her clients. Catherine is a experiences supervisor and takes supervision clients. 

Catherine works with people experiencing depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar, psychosis, eating disorders, stress, trauma, relationship difficulties, people going through life transitions, perinatal mental health issues, emotional dysregulation, grief, perfectionism, autism, ADHD and more, however strives to look beyond these labels.

“As a therapist, I strive to see the whole person. I believe that people are not broken or damage, but that sometimes, we need a little help to find our way. I believe in helping people thrive.”

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