Cathy Goldfarb, Psy.D., L.C.S.W.

CATHY GOLDFARB, Psy.D., LCSW License # LCS15186



3231 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 204
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 201-6352

Cathy Goldfarb has been in the field many years. She began her social work career in community organization, group work, and administration and discovered that her passion was in working directly with individuals, couples, and families. Her specialty for over 30 years has been in working with older people and their families. Her agency experience also includes working with young children and their parents as well as adult children and their parents. Clinical supervision of licensed as well as pre-licensed clinicians is an activity of particular interest. She has been mentored and trained in couples therapy and has extensive experience in working with families dealing with issues of elder care, grief and loss, and caregiving. An area of interest is in understanding and working with shame states, which led her to concentrate on that subject in her graduation paper, “The Vicissitudes of Shame: An Exploration of Personal and Clinical Transformation.” Additional areas of interest include diversity, life transitions, and working through depression and anxiety. Her educational institute involvement has included serving as a facilitator in the Extension Program and serving on the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program commitee.


Intersubjective psychotherapy and psychoanalysis with individuals and couples.

Elder care consultation including assessment, service coordination, management, and psychotherapy with families and their older loved ones.

Individual and group work with adult children of aging parents, caregivers, bereavement, and issues of loss.

Helping those through their struggles in order to feel better about themselves in their world.


Bachelor of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin

Master of Social Work, USC

Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service, Hebrew Union College

Psy.D. degree, Psychoanalysis, Institute of Contemporary



National Association of  Social Workers

California Society for Clinical Social Work

License in Clinical Social Work

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