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Cadyn Cathers, MA

Antioch University Los Angeles

I didn’t think that I would become a therapist when I was growing up. Before Antioch, I was even enrolled for 2 years in a PhD program in environmental toxicology. Along the way, I came out as transgender and I knew I wanted to be in a field where I was celebrated rather than just tolerated. Coming out changed my life trajectory significantly. I first became an LGBT activist, but I knew my passion could not sustain me in such an extroverted career and I found AULA’s LGBT Specialization.

As a student in the LGBT Specialization, I learned how my internalized homo/bi/transphobia keeps me from a more fulfilled life. It taught me about the beauty and wonder that comes with the unique, special LGBTQIA soul and essence. But I still didn’t understand the power of psychodynamic/psychoanalytic therapy until I started my own psychoanalysis with an LGBTQIA affirmative psychoanalyst where as an MFT trainee, I was able to address vicarious traumatization from working with other transgender and gender non-conforming people. Through the containment and working through negative transference, I was able to explore my past and challenge my own internalized homo/bi/transphobia. I started to value myself, asking for what I wanted/needed, opened up to new levels of intimacy, became a stronger therapist, and healed wounds that I didn’t even know existed.

In addition to teaching at Antioch University Los Angeles, I have a robust private practice under the supervision of Ken Scott, PsyD where I mostly see patients who are transgender and gender non-conforming in Glendale, CA.

I’m excited to share my knowledge and expertise about LGBT affirmative therapy and learn from all of your journeys as we co-create an educational and transformative experience that is unique to the LGBT specialization at AULA.

Educational History

PsyD in Applied Clinical Psychology, Psychodynamic Concentration, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

MA in Clinical Psychology, LGBT Specialization & Health Psychology concentration, Antioch University Los Angeles

BS in Biology, Santa Clara University

  • Working Alliance with Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Patients
  • Disordered Eating in Lesbian, Bisexual & Queer Women

Cathers, C., Carter, C. & Landon, S. (2017). Teaching LGBT Psychology in Community Settings In J. Stanley and T. Burnes (Ed.), Teaching LGBTQ Psychology: Queering Innovative Pedagogy and Practice. Washington, D. C.: American Psychological Association.


  • First Year Member Outstanding Service and Leadership, University of California at Riverside Queer Alliance, 2006-2007
  • Best Presenter Award, UCR Graduate Student Association 4th Annual Research Conference, June 7th, 2008. “Toxicity Testing for the Ecdysone Agonist Formulation INTREPID®2F on Culex quinquefasciatus Larvae at Different Stages of Development”

 Grants, Fellowships & Scholarships 

  • Chicago School of Professional Psychology Presidents Award: $7000 for the 2012-2013 school year
  • Sandra Golvin Memorial Scholarship: $1250 for Winter 2009.
  • Antioch Opportunity Grant: $1000 Winter 2009.
  • Sandra Golvin Memorial Scholarship for Transgender-Affirmative Students: $2000 Winter 2008.
  • University of California Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Program (UC TSR&TP) Student Fellowship Recipient. “The Hidden Implications of Pesticides: Does Ecdysone Agonist-Induced Population Reduction Improve Mosquito Fitness-Related Life History Traits in Culex quinquefasciatus?” Funded for $59,910 for July 2008 – June 2010.

Teaching Faculty,

MA in Psychology

Interim Co-Director, LGBT Specialization in Clinical Psychology,

MA in Clinical Psychology


Courses Taught

Core Classes:

Human Sexuality (Psy 5470)

Process I (Psy 5010A)

Personality I: Psychodynamic Theories (Psy 5310A)

Psychopathology & Treatment Planning (Psy5410G)

Field Study (Psy5120A)

LGBT Specialization Classes:

LGBT Clinical and Psychological Wellness Across the Lifespan (PSy 5930FF)

Advanced Multi-Theory Approaches to LGBTQIA Clinical Work (Psy 5930RR)

Working with LGBTQIA Clients: Theoretical Applications (Psy 5930SS)

Transgender and Gender Diverse Clients: An Affirmative Approach (Psy 5930JJ)

Intersex Clients: Biomedical, Ethical and Psychological Considerations (Psy5931)

Therapeutic Process with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Clients (Psy 5930QQ)


Melanie Klein: Object Relations for Relational Therapies (Psy 5930W)

Making Melanie Klein Relevant: Accessing and Transforming Infantile States (Psy5730W)

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