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Meet the team: Gail Cato-Strong

The fantastic team at Family Builders works diligently every day to help provide healing to our community, and each one has a deep passion for our mission.

In our last Meet the Team blog, we introduced you to our Director of Community Education & Outreach, Britnee Joyner. 

This time, I’d like to introduce you to Gail Cato-Strong, our Family Counseling Therapist and Clinical Director.

Describe the work you do at Family Builders.

At Family Builders, I serve as the Family Counseling Therapist and Clinical Director. During my time here, it’s been an honor to utilize my experience as a former Child Welfare Specialist with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services along with my four years experience in counseling.

My focus at Family Builders has really been to empower families involved with DHS and help provide them the therapy that has been needed. In order to make change in the family, the parents have to be aware and willing to correct those areas. I help them do that.

What’s your professional background? 

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Human Relations – Counseling Focus and am currently working towards my PhD in Mental Health Facilitation. 

I am trained in TF-CBT; CBT, substance abuse with a focus on mental health, grief and loss, coping skills, and other theoretical approaches. Since I previously worked for four years as a OKDHS Child Welfare Specialist, I know and recognize signs of abuse and neglect, and are able to identify safe and unsafe patterns in a home.

What’s your favorite part of the work you do?

I love helping others see past their trauma and understand that they have more good things in store for them. 

When I’m working with children, I love instilling strong self-esteem and confidence in them no matter what they have been through. When I’m working with adults, I appreciate their openness and willingness to attempt to correct unhealthy patterns in their lives. I really just love counseling! It’s helpful for us all.

What else are you passionate about? 

I’m also very passionate about children with disabilities and special needs. I was the mother of a child with special needs and I understand the stress and sadness parents often feel when they can’t do much to help their child. My family and I have created an organization called The Strong Foundation, which assists parents and families of those who are caregivers of children with special needs. I’ve heard many times parents feel like they are alone, and my organization assures them that they are not. It’s a great love of mine.

For more information on our family counseling programs, please contact Gail at gstrong@familybuildersok.org.

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