Hi, I’m COURTENAY.
It’s not about what’s wrong with you,
it’s about what’s happened to you.
A Little About You
Getting started with a new therapist can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. You’ve been working too hard to cover up the stuff you don't want others to see, and fear things won’t get any better. With the busyness and distractions of life, it feels like there is pressure from all sides to keep up and to do more. I am here to help.
I know what it’s like to sense that despite all of the flurry of doing, there is still something missing in your life. I know what’s like to want a sense of relief but have a hard time reaching out for it.
You are fed up with feeling like who you are is not enough.
I became a therapist because it was the first thing that made me feel like I truly loved what I was doing and I could see myself helping people who are struggling for the better part of my life. I also became a therapist because I have had a few key people in my life give me help when I needed it. It was a gift to be so validated in what I felt and it allowed me to be a more resilient person. People get better with me because I help to normalize feelings, reduce shame about what you’re dealing with and feel more connected to yourself and your relationships.
I am not a therapist looking to check off a diagnosis box or blame you for your failings. After 13 years as a therapist, I am completely unshockable so bring on whatever is hard and know that I can handle it and I can help you handle it. This is the place to be honest and messy. No one who sets foot in the therapy room, including me, has their life together all of the time.
When working with me, clients tell me they feel more understood and problems become smaller than they used to be. In sessions, I roll up my sleeves and get in there with you. I'm good at helping you identify when you're holding yourself back and when you're being too hard on yourself.
A little About Me
Being the daughter of an immigrant father from Haiti, a mother of Swedish heritage, and spending my childhood years growing up in several West African countries, I have been given an opportunity to view the world from a fair and accepting perspective. I take advantage of that with the social justice work I am involved with in our community.
When I'm not working with clients, you'll find me catching up on a NYT article, coaxing my family to take a trail walk with me, attempting a new recipe in the kitchen or squeezing in time with friends. I am also a podcast junkie, a mango lover, wanna-be plant lady, a cheating vegan and an old soul.
It can be hard to take that next step to get help. As a licensed professional counselor (LPC) based in Charlotte, NC, I've worked much of that time in agencies treating clients with a history of trauma, anxiety and conflicted relationships.
I am certified in Brainspotting, a cutting edge brain-body based therapy which helps clients overcome thoughts, feelings and behaviors that keep them stuck.
I am also trained in the Gottman Method, an approach to therapy that strengthens relationships.
You’ve been stuck and overwhelmed for a while now, but you don’t have to feel this way. Let’s make life easier for you by pulling you out of the mucky place you’re in and getting you to higher ground.
If you'd like to learn more, have a look at a recent blog I wrote called "what's a first phone call with me like".
Give me a call, and let's get acquainted.
ARE YOU MOTIVATED TO GET THE HELP YOU DESERVE?
You want and know you need help. You long to feel more freedom to be your true self and want to feel more capable in all areas of your life. There is no shame in seeking help, and you are ready to get it. You’ll be armed with better skills and a knowing sense to handle what life throws at you. You’ll feel more like yourself, with clarity and peace.
Address: 2813 Coltsgate Road, Ste 201, Charlotte, NC 28211
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