My name is Catalina Fortich and I am a bilingual (English/Spanish) Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University. Beginning in 2014, I trained as a systemic therapist, EMDR Certified, taking a multi-model approach to helping adolescents, couples, individuals and families who face various challenges including trauma, communication issues, low self-esteem, addiction/recovery, marital conflict, infidelity, anger management, anxiety, depression, and life transitions.
I am currently, owner of and clinician at Safe Place Therapy, LLC, serving South Florida, and I am also licensed to work with clients throughout the State of Florida via telehealth. For the first 2 years of my career, I acquired experience as a Primary Counselor at various substance/abuse treatment and recovery facilities. I also interned with elementary age children, teaching social-emotional skills at Nova University School Guidance Department.
My goal is to provide a safe, non-judgmental therapeutic environment where clients can explore new solutions and acquire the tools to cope with life's challenges in a more effective manner. I implement an integrative approach encompassing solution-focused, family/systemic, narrative, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), and cognitive-behavioral therapy.
I want to be a witness to my clients’ triumphs and help them draw on their abilities and strengths to take their lives and their relationships to the next level.
On a more personal note, I moved to West Broward 9 years ago with my husband of 18 years and our teenage daughter and son, from Miami, FL where I was born and raised. Having a family (familia) of my own, and wanting to be the “best” version of myself for them, was my motivation to become a Marriage and Family Therapist. I believe in therapy and it’s potential for healing and growth because I have experienced it first-hand. I was able to understand that what my family and I really needed, was a more complete and content version of ME!