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Ms Julie Catt

Ms Julie Catt

Mobile 02 92672212
Relationship Therapist, Psychologist


Mobile 02 92672212

Have you reached a crossroads where you've decided the path you've been travelling isn't getting you where you want to go? I've dedicated my career to helping people change old patterns, develop insight, and live with integrity and joy. Good therapy can be a joyful experience, despite the need to discuss stressful, sad or shameful things. There's beauty in developing insight and making choices from a place of awareness rather than habit or fear.


  • 185 Elizabeth St, Suite 616, Sydney, Sydney NSW 2000 02 92672212 PHONE 02 92672212


  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Couples Therapy, Coaching / Mentoring, Clinical Supervision 
  • • Decision-making & crisis counselling
    • Self-esteem & personal empowerment
    • Relationship counselling
    • Sexuality
    • Anxiety and stress management
    • Pregnancy issues, including assisted reproduction & termination of pregnancy
    • Childbirth, adoption and parenthood preparation
    • Gay, lesbian and gender issues
    • Grief and loss
    • Creative arts

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Conflict Resolution, Custody and Access, Decision Making, Depression, Divorce / Separation, Fertility / Pregnancy, Gay and Lesbian Issues, Gender and Sexuality, Intimacy Issues, Life Transitions, Relationship Issues, Social Skills, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    ACT, CBT, Hypnotherapy, Interpersonal, Marriage and Family, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred, Solution Oriented

    You may benefit from relaxation techniques or other techniques to manage your mood or anxiety, or you may prefer a "sounding board" approach that will work strategically to create positive change. Or you're facing a difficult decision and need help working out the costs and benefits of the choices. Sometimes support is needed when your emotional response threatens to overwhelm you. I believe that crisis can provide opportunity for growth, and we can can learn to live life with integrity & joy.


    • BA Psychology, Minor Education (cum laude) - 1991
    • Masters in Psychology - 1995

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Psychological Society

    Quality Provision

    I am fully registered with the Psychologists Registration Board and a member of the Australian Psychological Association, endorsed by the APS Counselling College. I adhere to the ethics and practices endorsed by those organisations.


    I've been working in mental health, education & counselling for over two decades. I was a sexuality educator for Planned Parenthood while I finished my BA (cum laude, Psychology & Education) & did my MA at Univ. of Missouri & Sydney Uni, finishing 1995, then served as Director of Counselling at Preterm Foundation until I started private practice in 2004. I'm the author of "Normal: The True Story of a Complicated Family", a memoir about family and concepts of normality (Text Publishing, 2009).

    I serve as a director of Twenty10, an NGO providing support to young people of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities, and sit on an advisory committee for the Family Planning NSW on behalf of Australian Association of Adolescent Health.

    Transport and Parking

    I'm in the St James Trust Building at 185 Elizabeth Street (alternate entrance 160 Castlereagh), Suite 417. Best parking is the Domain parking garage, and public transport is right on the doorstep. Town Hall Station is about a 5 minute walk.


    Fees available upon request

    Payment Options

    EFTPOS, cash, cheque



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    10 Questions with Julie Catt

    • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

    • I found that thinking psychologically came easily to me, even as a kid. When I started working in the field at the tender age of 21, the awe and privilege I felt in participating in another's growth made it clear that this was the right path for me.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • I am heavily influenced by the work of David Epston and Michael White, the forerunners of Narrative therapy.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • I find work around sexuality and gender particularly compelling, particularly in terms of how they influence relationships. Also, I get inspired by working with people undergoing periods of great change, such as launching into the adult world, partnering, having children, grieving, breaking up, changing careers... it seems like these are the times when cracks form, allowing new growth.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • I use a collaborative approach, believing that my clients are the experts on their own behaviour and thinking. My role is like that of a co-explorer. I answer questions if they're asked, and ask questions that invite you to think about a problem or situation in a different way than perhaps you've been used to.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • It seems like people start to feel a shift within the first couple sessions.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • Spending my own time on the couch has been imperative in developing my own insight and diminishing my blind spots. I really value the time and space therapy allows to unpack a conundrum, look at all the particulars, and challenging old ways of thinking about something in order to allow new possibilities and better outcomes for me, and I hope to provide this opportunity to my clients as well.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • Participating in change, bearing witness to difficulty, and sharing moments of triumph. It really is, for me, the best job in the world.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Of course, but when I'm in the room with someone, my own "bad hair" retreats into insignificance.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • This is a tricky question. Poverty and warfare, probably -- but a significant problem in one person's life is completely different from another's significant problem. Relativity is everything.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • The Outsiders, by S. E. Hinton -- a beautiful work of juvenile fiction written by a 17 year old girl that addresses issues of class, gender, and relationships with elegance and grace.
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    Ms Julie Catt

    Julie Catt

    Relationship Therapist, Psychologist

    Julie has been working in psychology and health since 1988, with a career spanning areas of the field in from adolescent education to mental health to private practice. She is a registered psychologist and a full member of the Australian Psychological Society and its Counselling College.

    Her book “Normal: The True Story of a Complicated Family”, which explores families, intimacy and concepts of normality, was published by Text in 2009....

    • Sydney
    • ACT, CBT, Hypnotherapy, Interpersonal, Marriage and Family, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred, Solution Oriented