"The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself."
- Henry Miller

About Patricia Cavanaugh, MA, MFT


Patricia Cavanaugh has been counseling since 1984.  She is a graduate of the Transpersonal Counseling Program at John F. Kennedy University.  She has a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist (MFT 29882).  Patricia has completed advanced supervisory training and has supervised both interns and trainees

Patricia's Therapy Style

Patricia listens to clients with an empathetic heart and the ability to perceive the connections and patterns they present.  She holds this emotional and cognitive awareness for the client as a way to focus in on and reveal a complex and unique picture of the client’s psyche.  Through careful exploration, Patricia and the client begin to see and sense the wounded or impaired inner experience. Patricia's psychodynamic method connects present-day behavior to patterns of painful, early childhood environments or events.  She works interactively, both listening to and engaging in the focus of each session.


Patricia has trained in Self psychology and Intersubjective psychology, traditions that utilize empathy and a non-hierarchical approach to the client/therapist relationship.  She was an early member of the Pre and Peri-natal psychology movement and uses her knowledge of this field to inform her work with clients who have early infant, childhood and adolescent traumas.  Patricia has a master's certification in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) from NLP Marin in San Rafael, CA, and uses those techniques and tools to help clients shift out of unproductive patterns of behavior and thinking to those that support joyful living and relating.  She has trained in deep-listening techniques through Parker Palmer Circles of Trust work and incorporates these methods into her sessions. Patricia has studied and teaches "The Tools" techniques developed by Phil Stutz, MD, and Barry Michels, MSW, for client self-work between therapy sessions.