Cassie Padilla
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, Group Therapist

Cassie started at Engage in 2016 after earning her Master’s of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. During her graduate training, She worked for a community center to provide therapy to adult individuals experiencing both homelessness and mental health symptoms such as depression and anxiety, as well as severe mental illness such as Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorders. During this work, Cassie developed a passion for helping individuals to better understand and cope with symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, and other aspects of psychosis. As a member of the Engage team, Cassie strives to bring this passion into her work as a Group Therapist in both the Engage Me and Engage Thrive programs. Specifically, she utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness approaches alongside evidenced-based aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients develop insight into their own experiences of depression, anxiety, and psychosis. Cassie hopes this insight development will empower clients as they develop skills to lead healthy and meaningful lives. Cassie also has a strong passion for the outdoors, and works to integrate this into her professional life by bringing aspects of Outdoor and Wilderness Therapy to her clients at Engage. She believes that contact with the natural world can soothe our pain and boost our emotional well-being, and she has been known to provide therapy to clients in nearby parks, or even among the gardens outside of the Engage facilities. In her free time, she loves to spend time camping, cuddling with her cat, and visiting loved ones in her home state of New Mexico.