Cathy Knezevich, M.Ed., PCC
Ms.Knezevich’s goal as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor is to help people live a more fulfilled life, whether they are managing emotional issues or life challenges. She works with older teens, adults and seniors; individually, as couples and families. She also runs a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) intensive outpatient program (IOP) for adults with more difficult emotional, behavioral or life challenges. Ms.Knezevich’s style is to balance acceptance with change to help people explore feelings and behavior patterns and make significant changes in a supportive environment. Some specialties are EMDR (with a professional referral), a powerful therapeutic technique originally designed for trauma survivors; mindfulness and meditation, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), DBT, art therapy, and solution focused therapy.
Ms.Knezevich obtained her Master’s Degree from Cleveland State University, in community and agency counseling. She has worked in private practice since 1994 and has established 2 DBT IOP therapy programs as well as co-facilitated a dual diagnosis IOP. Ms.Knezevich has advanced training in critical incident stress debriefing and has volunteered as the assistant clinical director of the Lake-Geauga Critical Incident Management Team for 18 years. She has worked as a social worker and case manager at Laurelwood Hospital, a therapist in the outpatient Victims Resource Program, and started her career as a volunteer for the program.
"Cathy Knezevich (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, IOP) is an outstanding therapist. I cannot thank her enough for her treatment and care. She speaks with reason and taught me skills I will implement for the rest of my life. Cathy exudes such a fun loving sunny disposition. I appreciate being so lucky to have the opportunity to attend her sessions."
"Cathy Knezevich (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, IOP) I really appreciate your kindness, both in this and in the tremendous support you have been for me since I first joined the DBT IOP group. The skills and knowledge I have gained (and continue to develop) are incredibly helpful and have transformed my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you! May G-d grant you and the whole team at BWG many blessings and the strength to continue your vital mission to help people build skills for handling emotions, life challenges, and changes. Words fail to adequately convey how grateful I am for you and for your Group!"
"Cathy Knezevich (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, IOP) Love that I had the option to meet with the group virtually as I wouldn’t be able to join otherwise. Cathy is a great facilitator and teacher. The internship program seems strong. Appreciated their participation in group."
"I am really thankful for attending your group (Cathy Knezevich, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy IOP). It has been a staple in getting my life back on track. While I am not exactly where I want to be, I am closer than I have ever been. You provided me with the essential building blocks to continue growing. Thank you, Cathy."
"Cathy provides a caring, safe, supportive environment flexible enough to meet needs. This is such an incredible program."
"(Cathy Knezevich, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy IOP) Everything is amazing. Maybe the best thing you do is creating a safe environment for a group of strangers to talk freely. We are able to make connections and heal."
"The therapy group, (Cathy Knezevich, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy IOP), was extremely inclusive. This is the most I’ve felt accepted and understood in a long time. The program is very well run and set up. Cathy is extremely efficient at getting back to me through email. She is a kind individual with a lot of passion for treating patients. I will remain in contact if I need to come back to IOP."
"(Cathy Knezevich, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy IOP) Everyone made me feel supported, understood, and helped me work through my deepest issues and fears. This group was the major factor in helping me in my path to recovery. So grateful to Cathy and all of the friends I’ve made."
"You guys are super nice and I am 100% satisfied with the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy IOP with Cathy Knezevich."
"I was very happy with communication in the program (Cathy Knezevich, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy IOP) and felt the space was very welcoming/safe.”"
"When I began, I was in a dark place… This group has helped me get back on track and excited about my future. I can not possibly thank you enough. Brandee-you will be a true asset to the profession. Cathy-you have a heart of gold. Thank you."
"Cathy, (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy IOP) and Brandee both helped me in so many ways, from the beginning. Cathy & Brandee are very attentive to my needs & goals & as insightful. All of my issues were met with empathy & validation. I received valuable feedback from both Cathy and Brandee. At first, when my outpatient therapist from U.H. referred me, I was hesitant to participate in the DBT IOP. After completing the program, I know I made the right decision to participate in DBT IOP. I learned valuable skills to use in every area of my life."
"You allowed each group (Cathy Knezevich, Dialectical Behavioral IOP) member to express their feelings. This was a great program for me because I learned how to use my skills. The facilitators were patient, kind and organized. We had time to laugh in teachable moments while guiding me through the various techniques. It is hard to say good bye to the therapists who took care of me."
"Helping people move on with their life and manage it and their emotions. I wish I would not have to leave the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy IOP with Cathy Knezevich."
"Making people feel at ease and making us feel heard & understood. This feels like a wonderfully SAFE place. I can’t say enough good things about this program. There is a great balance of lightness/humor and the heavy stuff we’re all here for."
"I've loved DBT. I’ve learned and grown so much. I've never felt so much happiness before and truly believe I can handle what life throws at me. I never thought I'd get here with my life. Cathy and the group are amazing and I recommend it to anyone. It's such a safe place to talk and you'll get amazing feedback."
"Thank you for making me feel welcomed, supported, and safe. A group (Cathy Knezevich, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy IOP) was something I avoided for a long time, and I was terrified to join, but the setting & people made it as easy for me as it could be. I could not have done this if not for the safe, supportive environment."
"(Cathy Knezevich, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy IOP) provided useful information to handle stress, anxiety, depression, and outlook on life. Also helped with relationship issues and provided a safe, secure place to express all thoughts, feelings, and emotions. The IOP was a total lifesaver. I have grown and learned in ways I never imagined I could or would. I am glad I put in the effort that I did and look forward to continue any progress possible and how I handle situations in the future differently."
"I’ve been through both DBT and IOP. Cathy and Stephanie are wonderful. They both have helped me in many ways. I’m so appreciative of both for believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself. Thank you to them both for helping me fight my battle with suicidal thoughts and depression!"
"Cathy provided validation, empathy, and a safe environment. I felt that I entered this program, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy IOP, carrying such a specific burden that no one would be able to understand or sympathize. I was so wrong, happily so. My one-on-one sessions with Tassiana also supplemented the IOP wonderfully."
"I just wanted to say "thank you" to you for all you've done. I came from a pretty dark place and coming to group was definitely something I looked forward to every week. Please wish everyone in group well today and let them know I will be thinking of them."
"What an amazing experience! The skills I've use will be forever be a blessing in my life. Thanks to Cathy for being amazing, kind and loving!!"
"Dear Cathy, I want to thank you for all your help. I couldn't have done it without you. I am really gonna miss you. God gave you a gift to help people and you sure do a great job."
"Cathy connects with each of us, she listens and hears what we say, what we don’t say. I feel understood and validated."
"Cathy (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy IOP) provided an embracing, diverse and safe, protective environment. Cathy and the IOP were outstanding."
"The program is excellent and the willingness to work with my insurance company and with me is greatly appreciated."
"I believe it was Divine intervention that brought me to you. I know God doesn't want me to die or He would have taken me years ago, and He keeps placing people in my life to help me through the pain. You are one of those people. The group did a lot to help me get back on my feet and realize I am not alone in these battles...and I built a trust with you...so thank you for all you have done for me and helped me through."
"I believe everyone needs some support and new tools to deal with life’s problems and stressors. I have experienced people becoming stronger, happier and more centered. I am amazed by the transformation and resilience people experience when they are encouraged and taught new tools for problems."
"Cathy-- I want to thank you for all your help, I couldn’t have done it without you. I am really going miss you. God gave you a gift to help people and you sure do a great job. I know that you helped me....... You made me feel so comfortable. You will really be missed and I will never forget you." K
"Cathy is an excellent therapist and group leader. She asks insightful questions that show she is listening and analyzing the information, which made me feel like she truly cared and challenged me in the way I needed. She is approachable, patient and relatable."
"You teach us and give us tools to break through depression. I have told people about the program and how it helps."
"I want to thank you for everything you have done to help me grow. You do a great job! Thank you."
"Cathy makes everyone feel like they matter, our problems are relevant ant there is a lot of encouragement and assurance that we can improve."
"Cathy (Dialectical Behavioral IOP) was very kind and seemed to want to help. She definitely considered the patients and their ideas and really served to facilitate therapeutic dialogue with minimal transference of her own ideas. Coming to the IOP was instrumental in helping salvage my marriage and I appreciate that greatly. If I would need to recommend something of this sort, I would feel comfortable referring to this program."
"There was nothing I was not satisfied with. I was taken care of and all my needs were met. To thank Cathy for being so kind and understanding. She is one of the best people I’ve ever met."
"Thank you for helping me sort out my thoughts and give me encouragement. I am thankful to have someone as special as you for my counselor."
"I really enjoyed treatment because it gave me a place where people understood my feelings. Thank you."
"Creates a feeling of belonging/community. I feel understood; I am not alone."
"Thank you! I plan on having a better year ...with your help that has made me a better person every day."