Dr. Kate Thacher is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology) in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, CA. Prior to pursuing her doctoral degree, she earned a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. Dr. Thacher completed an internship in Clinical Psychology at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital in San Diego, CA, where she received more intensive training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Dr. Thacher completed a postdoctoral fellowship at VA San Diego Healthcare System, working primarily with OEF/OIF (Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom) Veterans and those who had experienced Military Sexual Trauma (MST). During this time, Dr. Thacher was trained in Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by Dr. Edna Foa and colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety and became a certified PE provider. She also received intensive training in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD, and completed requirements to be deemed a certified CPT provider.
Dr. Thacher has been a psychologist with the PTSD Research Team at NYU School of Medicine. Through this position, she has been able to continue working with Veterans and victims of trauma. Dr. Thacher provided individual psychotherapy to patients at Bellevue Hospital’s World Trade Center-Environmental Health Center for one year, treating patients with 9/11-related PTSD, depression, and alcohol/substance use problems. Additionally, Dr. Thacher volunteers as a psychologist with the Medical Reserve Corps, a multidisciplinary group of health professionals deployed in the event of a city, state, or national disaster or health emergency.
Given her intense love of music and her appreciation for the power of music to foster emotional growth and healing, Dr. Thacher has also recently become an active volunteer for Hope for the Day, a nonprofit organization which aims to spread mental health awareness and suicide prevention by using music and art to de-stigmatize mental health issues, thus empowering people in the community to take that courageous step and ask for the help they need.
Having worked in a variety of settings and patient populations, Dr. Thacher has developed a uniquely strong sense of compassion and empathy, characteristics that remain at the core of her approach to treatment. She is devoted to providing evidence-based treatment, and understands the utility of tailoring treatment to meet the unique needs of the individual (couple or family). Dr. Thacher is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others, supporting them when there seems to be no other hand to hold, and motivating them to become the individuals they desire to be.
To find out more about Dr. Thacher’s approach to therapy, read her blog post: “What Makes Therapy Work?”