Cathy Swift Nagel, LCSW


As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2001, I am deeply committed to supporting the well-being of each client, providing culturally competent services, and helping clients improve their quality of life.  For over 20 years, I have been working with older and disabled adults, often dealing with chronic illness or a new diagnosis.  I have an extensive history working in acute care hospital and home health settings.  I am also available to assist caregivers with therapy or on a consultation basis to help them navigate through the health care system.

I believe that positive change is possible at any age and at any juncture in a person’s life.  I believe you can have a better, more fulfilling life, and I can help you get there.

Coping with depression, anxiety, grief, life transitions, illness, facing your mortality and aging, in general, as well as changes in mobility, cognition, or quality of life can be challenging.  If you are motivated to make some changes to bring about fulfillment and self-care, and need support to do that, I will walk with you and help guide you there. 


​As my client, you will learn techniques to cope with stressors better, deal with grief and loss, and improve your quality of life. I offer sessions that are tailored to you and your needs.  I take an "eclectic" approach and use techniques from various modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Client- and Person-Centered Therapies, Feminist Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Grief Therapy, Brief Psychotherapy, and Humanistic Therapy. I also provide consultation to caregivers at any stage in their role.

  • Coaching / Consultation - Caregiving
  • Therapy - Couples
  • Therapy - Family
  • Therapy - Individual

Accepted Insurance

Major Insurance Providers

  • Anthem
  • Medicare
  • Self-Pay
  • United Healthcare / United Behavioral Health (UBH) / Optum

Practice Information

Street Address 431 30th Street #110
City, State Oakland, CA
State(s) of Licensure California
Languages English
Online/Telehealth Yes
In-Person/Office Setting No
Home-Based No
Prescribe Medication? No