Real Therapists for Real People: Caitlyn Oscarson, LMFT

Caitlyn Oscarson’s Personal Journey of Becoming a Therapist

Caitlyn and EllisMy name is Caitlyn Oscarson and I am very proud to have worked at the CBT Center of Silicon Valley for the past two years. I grew up in the Willow Glen area of San Jose and graduated from Lincoln High School. I attend undergrad at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and lived there very happily for a few years past graduation. In 2007 I was accepted in to the MS in Clinical Psychology program at San Jose State and found myself back in the bay area. I have lived in downtown San Jose and Los Gatos but now am back in Willow Glen, about 2 miles from where I grew up!

I started undergrad as a psychology major – mostly because I thought it sounded interesting and unlike anything I had done in high school. It turned out to be a great choice – I loved the research aspect of it but I knew I would be drawn to working directly with helping people. When I graduated I quickly got a job as an in-home behavior support counselor at a local foster care agency. For two years I worked with foster youth and families in their homes and in the community. I was honored to work with some amazingly resilient foster youth and endlessly giving and generous foster families but ultimately I felt limited in my role as a behavior counselor and decided to pursue grad school and become a therapist. I chose San Jose State’s clinical psychology program because it focused on evidence-based therapies, including CBT. I also was really excited to move back to the bay area. San Jose doesn’t have the greatest reputation but I really enjoy living here. I love the all the parks and hiking trails, the amazing and diverse restaurants, and the laid back friendly vibe in our neighborhood.

I love doing anything outdoors and feel so lucky to live so close to so much beautiful scenery. Our 3-year-old (and still very much a puppy) German Shepard Mix helps motivate us to get out for walks every morning and evening. We love going on local hikes on the weekends, and, when we can, escape to our cabin in Northern California near Mt Shasta. We are also going to try out camping for the first time with our 10 month old this month. I’m sure he will eat a lot of dirt and be filthy by the end of the trip, but I am so hopeful that he will love hiking and camping as much as we do. In the rest of my very little free time I love to cook, practice yoga,

My son will turn one in September – the past year has gone so fast and already been such an amazing journey. Though being a working mom presents its challenges, I think that becoming a parent has made me a better therapist. Like most new moms, I find a lot of things to worry about and I use all the skills I teach my clients to manage my own uncertainties about my son’s well being and my ability as a mother. I’ve always been a bit of perfectionist in certain areas and motherhood has been another important reminder that being perfect isn’t what life is all about.