Catenya McHenry

Award-winning communications director at the University of Texas Austin, TV host, actor, producer, and author

Who is Catenya?

Catenya McHenry is an award-winning communications director at the University of Texas at Austin. However, she's much more than that— an entrepreneur, TV host, producer, actor, and author. In February 2020, Catenya’s production company, Studio7 Films launched The Mom Who Can’t Cook show, a comical cooking show about a mom who can’t cook. In 2018, she released her first book, Married to a Narcissist: Enduring the Struggle and Finding You Again. The story chronicles her devastating journey of life in a toxic, narcissistic relationship.  Most importantly, it guides her readers through steps of how to break free of the same abuse, set boundaries, and rediscover who they are.

Being born and raised in L.A., the hub of film and fashion, Catenya was destined to be the mix. Her Dad owned a video production company. Consequently, her love of stories and storytelling ignited.  Catenya has always been drawn to the message and the story behind the story, that is to say, the story that’s not always told and the one with a different human perspective. She began her career as a TV news reporter in Lafayette, Louisiana. Within eight months, she advanced to an education reporter position in Austin, Texas and thereafter became their morning show anchor. Catenya's  news broadcaster career spans two-decades. Throughout, she has logged thousands of stories and  appearances for all the major networks, including NBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX and the CW.

What is she up to today?

Catenya is SAG credited for principal roles in two films, Miss Congeniality and The Life of David Gale. She has also appeared in dozens of industrial commercials for TV, corporate and print campaigns, and has done voice-overs for a host of radio commercials. Catenya is currently converting what would be her second book into a podcast about fear.  Meanwhile, she is working full-time, producing other original shows, and raising her three teenage children. Together, they love to explore the outdoors and run. She's even had the time to finish a handful of 5K races.

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Catenya McHenry, author of Married to a Narcissist


She stayed in an empty, narcissistic relationship five years too long, thinking she was committed to not leaving. She was afraid of feeling like a failure in the marriage, to her children, and to herself if she didn’t at least try to fight for its resolution. Eventually, the fight wasn’t worth it because he’d blame her anyway… for everything.

Catenya McHenry is a fighter in every aspect of her life. Surviving a narcissistic relationship, she penned the soul-crushing journey in Married to A Narcissist: Enduring the Struggle and Finding You Again. If you feel abused, alone, overshadowed, beat down and sometimes outside of yourself because of a narcissist partner, this book will help you distance yourself from the abuse, give you hope, and help you love yourself and find yourself again.