Catherine D. Nugent, M.S., M.S., LCPC, TEP, RYT200, has over 30+ years' professional experience as a psychotherapist, educator, consultant, and program administrator. Cathy holds Master's degrees from The Johns Hopkins University in Applied Behavioral Science and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC); a Board-certified Trainer, Educator, Practitioner (TEP) of Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy; and a Fellow of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama. Cathy is an adjunct faculty member with Johns Hopkins University, where she teaches three courses in the graduate mental health counseling program.
Cathy maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Laurel, Maryland. Working with individuals, couples and groups, Cathy offers integrative psychotherapy tailored to the specific needs of those she serves. In addition to her expertise in psychodrama, Cathy is certified in Imago Relationship Therapy; and she has trained in sensorimotor psychotherapy. With special expertise working with individuals with trauma histories, Cathy helps trauma-affected clients create meaningful and affirming narratives that support post-traumatic growth and holistic wellness.
Through Laurel Psychodrama Training Institute (LPTI), Cathy conducts psychodrama training groups and workshops. LPTI's mission is to provide leading-edge professional development opportunities for mental health and related human services professionals. A distinguishing feature of LPTI’s approach is the integration of theory-based and research-informed content with high-impact, experiential learning methods. LPTI programs promote integrative learning by incorporating theory, skills development, personal growth and professional application. LPTI's holistic, experiential learning methods accelerate the transfer of learning from the training session to participants' actual practice settings.
In addition to focused training in the theory and methods of psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy, Cathy offers theme-based workshops on topics of importance to contemporary helping practitioners. Particular emphasis is placed on new and emerging knowledge from the field of interpersonal neurobiology, and on body-based interventions for promoting resilience, growth and transformation, as well as for healing the adverse effects of trauma. Other areas of focus include: experiential learning approaches in education, ethical practice, self-care, spirituality, and holistic wellness promotion.
LPTI programs offer psychodrama training hours through the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry & Group Psychotherapy; and continuing education credits through the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners and the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).
Until her retirement in 2014, Cathy worked for 20 years as a program administrator with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, while also teaching and conducting therapy part-time. At SAMHSA, Cathy was one of the thought leaders in helping to transform national policies and programs away from the traditional deficit-based paradigm and toward strength-based, recovery-oriented approaches in the fields of mental and substance use disorders.
Cathy's professional service with the psychodrama community includes leadership roles with the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (MAC-ASGPP) from the Chapter's early years through the present. In 2012, Cathy received the MAC-ASGPP "Gratitude Award" in recognition of her many years of outstanding service to the