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About Me

Educational Background:

B.A. in Psychology - highest honours: Carleton University (2009)

M.Ed in Educational Counselling: University of Ottawa (2012)

 

Certifications & Associations:

  • Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO)

  • Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCPA)

  • Clinical Supervision Certificate Course (2021)

  • Emotion Focused Therapy (Level 1)

  • Emotion Focused Family Therapy - Core Clinician Training

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT) 

  • Collaborative Problem Solving - Tier 1 & 2 

  • Somatic Experiencing - Beginning (completed)

  • Somatic Experiencing - Advanced (in progress)

Courtney has been working in children and youth mental health for over 10 years.  Courtney is known for being able to connect with some of the hardest to reach children and relies on her creativity, calm demeanour and flexibility to do so.  She describes herself as a client-centered, relational and strengths based therapist who brings an eclectic blend of approaches to the therapeutic work.  Courtney is also very passionate about supporting parents through the Parent Emotion Coaching sessions which is grounded in Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) and the Polyvagal Theory. 

Courtney has worked with children and youth in various settings including: various community mental health agencies in Ottawa and Peel, a youth drop-in centre, after school programs, daycares and as a special needs counsellor with the YMCA. 

The feedback Courtney hears from clients is that she is relatable, non-judgemental and easy to talk to.  Courtney tries to bring a certain calmness to the therapeutic space, while at the same time, she is not afraid to challenge her clients and push them to complete work and practice skills outside of sessions. 

Out of the office, Courtney is running after her two young children. She also enjoys reading, hot yoga and all things home decor.

Mental health is not a destination, but a process.  It's about how you drive, not where you are going."

-Noam Shpancer

Image by Aaron Burden
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