Cate Johnston 

Licensed Clinical Social Worker- Supervisor

Registered Play Therapist- Supervisor  

Hello! My name is Cate. I am a wife, mom of little ones, a clinical social worker and the owner of Cate Johnston LCSW Counseling LLC. I have worked in many areas of social work for 10 years and have worked in private practice for the last 4 years. I truly enjoy working with children, adolescents, young adults, parents and families to determine needs and a plan for improvement. I approach each client with the belief that each person has the answers and the ability within themselves, I am here to help the process! My approach to working with you is client centered and strengths based, this means YOU and your needs are my focus. I will help you determine appropriate goals, assist you to identify your strengths and utilize those strengths to achieve goals.  

What are my qualifications? 

I have an undergraduate degree in Child and Family Development and a Masters of Social Work graduate degree, both from Missouri State University. In 2011, I completed two years of supervised practice and obtain my Licensed Clinical Social Work accreditation. I am qualified to supervise LMSW who are seeking full licensure. I am a certified AutPlay Therapy II provider, a play therapy and behavioral therapy-based approach for treating autism, neurodevelopmental disorders, and developmental disabilities. I've completed Level One training for Theraplay, an attachment based therapy for children and families; suitable for children in foster care or who have been adopted both domestically and internationally. I am certified as a Registered Play Therapist- Supervisor. I am a member of the National Association for Social Workers- Missouri Chapter, the Association for Play Therapy and the Missouri Play Therapy Association, serving on the board of this organization 2016-2019. 

What is my experience? 

I have worked in children services, as a medical social worker, therapist and supervisor at a community mental health agency and as a private practitioner. Through these professions I have gained experience working with all ages who are managing mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder. I have specific training geared towards working with treating autism, neurodevelopmental disorders, and developmental disabilities. I recently completed my Registered Play Therapist- Supervisor certification, I have specific training in child centered play therapy, sand tray, expressive arts and Theraplay- an attachment based therapy suitable for child adopted domestically, internationally and for children in foster care. 


If you are interested in supervision for LCSW and/or Play Therapy please contact me for more information.

What insurance do I take? 

I am currently accepting Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthlink, Medicaid for children in foster care, Cigna and United Health Care.  


How can you contact me? 

Questions or would like to schedule an appointment? Please contact me at Kindred Collective 573-340-5145 or by email at catejohnston@kindredcollectivecomo.com. I am happy to answer any questions and offer a free 15 minute phone consultation.