Catherine Drury is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of New York who specializes in supporting dancers and athletes through injury, stress, burnout, and career change.
As the Social Worker for The Dancers’ Resource at The Actors Fund and in partnership with organizations such as Gibney Dance and Dance/NYC, Catherine provides individual and group counseling, referrals, and outreach and advocacy services to dancers of all disciplines, building seminars and programs designed to meet dancers’ unique needs. She has also delivered workshops and lectures to the American Ballet Theatre JKO School and Studio Company, The Ailey School, and the Princeton Ballet School, fostering resilience and emotional intelligence among pre-professional dance students.
Since 2005, Catherine has treated adolescents and young adults with eating disorders, anxiety, and histories of trauma, most recently at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, Mount Sinai Hospital, and the Jewish Child Care Association.
Much of Catherine’s own childhood and teenage years were spent studying at an intensive ballet school and repertory company. After suffering from an injury at a pivotal point in her training, Catherine began to pursue other interests and goals, but dance has shaped her identity and remains an integral part of her life.
Catherine is passionate about empowering dancers and dance communities to better care for themselves, navigate change, and obtain the healing, support, and self-efficacy they need at all stages of their dance careers.
Her credentials and training include:
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of New York
- Enhanced Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Eating Disorders
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- Member of the National Association of Social Workers
- Member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology
- Member of the Women’s Mental Health Consortium