I specialize in working with the LGBTQ+ community, the consensual non-monogamy (CNM) community, and I am kink/BDSM-affirming. I also love working with couples and relational configurations of any size. I work with a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, stress, relationship struggles, communication problems, life transitions, and issues relating to sex.
As a queer-identified, sex-positive, relational therapist, I specialize in helping queer folx become more satisfied in their personal lives and have more fulfilling relationships. My goal is to help each of my clients become their most radically authentic selves. I try to accomplish this at least 3 ways.
First, I work collaboratively with you, creating a safe space for exploring your concerns through cultural sensitivity, humor, and a non-judgmental stance. I am sex-positive – and believe sex affects all of our lives in some shape or form, so you are always welcome to bring sex up in session, whether it is your main concern or not.
Second, I think systemically, meaning that I understand that no one exists in a vacuum; we are each affected by the many relationships in our lives. I get how hard relationships can be, especially when you hold identities that are typically hidden and discriminated against. You and your partner(s) want to work with a therapist who understands your identities and embraces you for who you are, without having to worry that you’ll be judged.
Last, I practice from a strengths-based perspective and believe that you are the expert in your own life. Each of us has the tools within us to solve our problems, we just sometimes need an outside boost to help us find those tools and solutions!
If you want to learn more about how I can help, feel free to reach out to me so we can connect. I look forward to working with you!
Education and Training
- American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT)
- Illinois Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (IAMFT)
- Delta Kappa: International Marriage & Family Therapy Honor Society
- Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS)
- Society for Sex Therapy & Research (SSTAR)
- Kink & Poly Aware Chicago Therapists (KPACT)
Cate Morrow, AMFT, , has a Master’s degree in Couple & Family Therapy from Adler University. She previously attended DePaul University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. In addition, to the fellowship at LifeWorks, Cate is also employed in private practice, specializing in work with the LGBTQ+, consensual non-monogamy, and kink/BDSM communities. She began her training as an intern at Trinity Family Counseling Center in New Lenox, IL working with children and their families.