Cathryn “Katy” Gaty-Delia

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Cathryn "Katy" Gaty-Delia
Location: San Jose, Video Therapy

Ages: Adults (18+ years)

Type of Therapy: Individual
Experience: 9+ years

Cathryn “Katy” Gaty-Delia

Cognitive Behavioral Therapist

As a therapist, Katy’s approach is grounded in a strong desire to see all people live their best lives and reveal their best selves. To do this, she works alongside clients to guide them in developing practical skills for self-growth that they can incorporate for a lifetime. She hopes to support and empower clients to shed old patterns and behaviors that no longer serve them and gain trust in their wisdom and intelligence. Katy feels each individual is the expert and master of their own story, and her role is to provide client-centered care with respect for each individual’s unique perspectives and goals. Katy’s approach is strengths-based, mindful, empathetic, and rooted in her personal and professional work and wisdom.

As a Palliative Care provider with nearly ten years of experience, Katy has worked with adults and elders with serious illnesses and across many spectrums of socioeconomic status, culture, gender/sexual and racial/ethnic identity, and medical status. She has experience with clients and families grappling with medical and mental health crises, complex family dynamics, anxiety, depression, questions around spirituality, grief, and all types of loss. This work, above all, has taught her deep listening, non-judgment, and gratitude for the infinite complexities of life.

Katy grew up in the midwest and came to Santa Cruz, California, to earn her Bachelors in Feminist Studies at UC-Santa Cruz. After working in animal welfare, Katy returned for her Masters in Social Work at San Jose State University to make a more significant impact on the lives and health of others. She has since obtained training in CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, which she uses daily in her practice.

Katy resides with her partner, two cats, two dogs, and a large garden in Santa Cruz, California. She loves to play and is up for just about any activity involving moving, including daily yoga practice, mountain biking, hiking, getting in the ocean with or without boards, traveling, or listening to music and dancing her legs off.


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Family Problems
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Insomnia
  • LGBTQIA+, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
  • Life Transitions
  • Relationships/Communication
  • Self-Esteem
  • Social Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Women’s Issues
  • Work/Career

Special Interests:

  • Grief and Loss
  • LGBTQ+
  • Meditation/Mindfulness
  • Older Adults
  • Serious and Terminal Illness

Intensive Study/Specialization:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Grief and Loss
  • Mindfulness

Clinical social workers provide mental health services for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental, behavioral, and emotional disorders in individuals, families, and groups. Their goal is to enhance and maintain their patients’ physical, psychological, and social function.

Educational requirements

Clinical social workers must have a master’s or doctorate degree in social work, with an emphasis on clinical experience. They must undergo a supervised clinical field internship and have at least 2 years of postgraduate supervised clinical social work employment. Before full licensure, LCSWs are called “Associates”. Clinical social workers are approved providers in most insurance and managed care plans, and practice in the following settings:

  • Private practice
  • Medical facilities (e.g., hospitals)
  • Mental health clinics