About Me

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Hi, I'm Courtney

(she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Why does it feel so hard to encompass who I am into one, tiny paragraph? I believe it is because I am a Renaissance woman (also a Gemini sun if that means anything to you) – ever shifting, evolving, and learning. I will say, most consistently, I try to embody a warm and friendly demeanor. My goal is to often foster a sense of trust and understanding. I enjoy bringing humor to my interactions to create a sense of lightness to sessions at times, while also fully being empathic and welcoming to a need for tears, anger, and overall moodiness (cue my middle school emo phase circa early 2000s). I am quite direct in my approach – if I see something I say something, if I feel something I express something, and if you want honesty I offer transparency. I thoroughly enjoy tackling your concerns head on although honoring a slow pace is key to not being overwhelmed. Together, we can explore your strengths, uncover your inner resources, and develop strategies to enhance your overall well-being. Drawing from a diverse range of therapeutic modalities such as internal family systems, mindfulness techniques, and somatic therapy, I aim to provide you with practical tools and insights to help you overcome challenges and cultivate resilience. I invite you to take the first step towards self-care and self-discovery by reaching out to schedule a consultation.

"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change."

Carl Rogers

My Story

A Journey Towards Acceptance

I faced numerous challenges that tested my determination and resilience during my initial career stages. I strived for flawlessness in my work, which led to unnecessary stress. I put the needs and desires of others before my own. Despite my progress and accomplishments, I doubted my abilities and felt like a fraud in my profession.

Despite these self-imposed hurdles, I persevered. Through therapy and self-reflection I gradually learned to set boundaries and prioritized self-care. I became more attuned to my emotions, allowing myself to feel and process them without judgment. I also discovered the power of community which helped provide a sense of belonging and education towards more growth.

 I incorporated various practices into my life such as meditation to calm my mind and gain clarity as well as yoga to release tension and reconnect with my body. Inner child work, though initially uncomfortable, helped me understand the wounds of my past and how they affected my present. 

As I progressed in my career, I discovered that my own struggles and vulnerabilities actually made me a better therapist. I have a newfound sense of balance and self-awareness which helps me bring my best self to my therapy practice. I connect with my clients on a deeper level and provide empathetic support. I now understand that by taking care of me I can better support others on their own paths to healing.

 I hope my story serves as a reminder that seeking help is not a sign of weakness but a powerful, courageous step. It showed me that the path to becoming a compassionate and effective therapist often starts with my own healing and self-acceptance.

Common Reasons People Come To See Me

People Pleasing

Referring to the tendency of individuals to prioritize the approval and acceptance of others and going to great lengths to avoid conflict or disapproval. It can lead to a constant need for validation and may result in neglecting one’s own well being and boundaries.

Imposter Syndrome

Exhibiting habits such as seeking reassurance from others, downplaying achievements, and experiencing high levels of self-doubt and anxiety. May also engage in over-preparation and perfectionism as a means to avoid being exposed as a fraud.

Inner Criticism

An internal dialogue of self-judgment and negative evaluation that individuals engage in towards themselves. Involving a harsh mindset focusing on perceived shortcomings, mistakes, and failures.

Emotional Repression

A defense mechanism where individuals suppress or deny their true emotions due to fear, social conditioning, or a desire to avoid discomfort. It can lead to a build-up of unresolved emotions, increased stress, and difficulties in forming authentic connections with others

Toxic Shame

Toxic shame is a debilitating and persistent feeling of being unworthy as a person and contributes to self-destructive behaviors and a diminished sense of self.

Who am I outside of therapy?

I am the mother of a furry son – Morrie, my Standard Poodle (named after my favorite book Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom)!

I often seek clarity, balance, and community through yoga and pilates.

I find serenity in nature and often travel down hiking trails to rejuvenate my spirit.

I engage in several creative hobbies like drawing, puzzles, reading, and poetry.

I explore almost every local coffee shop, farmers market, thrift store, and brewery.

I watch the Packers play on Sundays and indulge in reality tv during the week.

I am an avid pinterest-er often pinning dream tattoos, home decor, and recipes I’ll never cook.

I am a sister, daughter, friend, niece, cousin, and aunt to furry nephews.

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