Courtney is a temporarily licensed professional counselor who has worked in the mental health field for 10 years. She started her career while in service through AmeriCorps providing homeless outreach and case management services to people experiencing both homelessness and a severe and persistent mental health illness. Courtney later began work providing intensive psychiatric case management services for Nashville's homeless community, provided similar services as a Mental Health Specialist under the Ryan White Grant, and later worked in crisis diversion services.
Courtney completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Middle Tennessee State University and a Master of Education in Counseling and Human Development at Lindsey Wilson College, where she maintained graduate student membership with the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation. Following the completion of graduate school, Courtney briefly provided outpatient individual counseling to adults and adolescents before beginning work at Rogers Behavioral Health. At Rogers, she worked as a therapist in the OCD Partial Hospitalization program for two years. She considers herself very fortunate to have studied, trained, and received supervision in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for OCD, anxiety, and anger and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for both anxiety and depression. In addition to ERP and CBT, Courtney utilizes mindfulness techniques, behavioral activation, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in her work with children, adolescents, and adults.
Courtney believes that strong self-care is essential to providing good psychotherapy. Among the ways that Courtney engages in self-care include gardening, cooking, going on adventures with her husband, and playing with her beloved 13 year old Jack Russell Terrier, Gladys.