Sue Cates, MA, LMFT

Sue Cates View Specialties

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Solana Beach, California, 92075
  • Additional Locations:
      See additional office location: Carlsbad, 92008
      325 Carlsbad Village Drive Suite F2
      Carlsbad, 92008
      See additional office location: Encinitas, 92024
      4407 Manchester Ave #204
      Encinitas, 92024
  • Phone: 760 822-0321
  • suecatesmft.com


"Bringing Mindfulness and Compassion to Emotionally Focused Therapy"

Why Seek Counseling


Individuals, families, and couples seeking therapy are often experiencing depression, anxiety, conflict and disconnect from themselves and others. Therapy can be a process of exploring these difficult situations and restoring hope and well-being to your life.  

We are wired for connection! If these connections are broken, despair can follow. When you come to therapy with your partner or family, I use Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), a warm supportive, research-based method that helps identify negative cycles of interaction, helps you reconnect, develop secure attachments, and build or rebuild a sense of belonging or closeness. EFT is empirically tested and found to be a successful couples and family therapy approach! 


My Approach


Following my client’s lead, I create a warm and supportive atmosphere to address your concerns.  My focus is to connect, listen, and understand your experiences. My style is respectful and collaborative with a fundamental belief in the human capacity for transformation and growth. You do not need to face your challenges alone!

Whether short-term solution focused or more in-depth exploration of your life, I see therapy as a journey of self-exploration that focuses on what is important to YOU. I will join you as you identify patterns that are no longer bringing joy to your life!                                                                                     Call for a free phone consultation. 760 822-0321

My Experience


My extensive training, life experiences, and long term marriage and children help me to understand the challenges of daily living.  Advanced training in EFT, body-based mindfulness practice, and my own healing work informs my work with my clients.


Sue Cates Reaches

Carlsbad CA
San Marcos CA
Encinitas CA
Solana Beach CA
Del Mar CA