CATHY CHALMERS, MA, LPC, NCC, LMFT
Cathy Chalmers began her career working in the first psychiatric treatment center for children and adolescents in the United States, which led her to specific work around families, adoption, attachment and permanency placement. She helped co-found an international organization, ATTACh, Association for Training on Trauma in the Attachment of Children, and has previously worked in a developmental pediatric clinic, with a treatment team of developmental pediatricians and psychologists. Following this, she currently conducts adoption home studies and also works in the legal system to secure permanency placements for children, tackling the complex issues of placements of native children.
Cathy has worked in the field of adoption, attachment and family therapy for nearly 40 years as a therapist, trainer and home study provider. She is a certified expert witness in child development and testifies in court cases involving best interests and the Indian Child Welfare Act, in the state of Oklahoma. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Oklahoma State University, a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
Cathy recently co-authored a book with Dr. Barbara Sorrels, “Nurturing Healthy Attachment: Building Parent-Child Connections to Last a Lifetime”. She is the proud mother of two adult daughters.