Courtney Burns

Courtney Burns

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Hello! I help people release themselves from their anxiety and build room for joy.

Client Status

accepting clients



4531 SE Belmont St

STE 314

Portland, 97215

At a Glance


Rate: $130-$176

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2011

Languages: English


  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket

My Ideal Client

My clients are ready to ditch their anxiety and worry. They know that the feelings of shame are keeping them from connecting to others. They are ready to find ways to ease that pounding chest and sense of impending doom. They know stress is a part of life but they would like to learn more ways to manage their worries. They’ve been able to keep it together for the most part so far despite their hardships. But they are ready to do more than just get by!

My Background and Approach

For over ten years I have been helping folks build skills and develop methods to combat their worries and fears. I have tons of coping skills and ideas at the ready! I know first hand that anxiety as well as trauma can make life really hard. We will use some concepts based in brain science, to help your central nervous system find relief. We will come up with ways to help you feel equipped to deal with whatever life throws your way. But we won’t just stick to the surface! Part of my approach includes gathering a history of what your life was like as a child; paying particular attention to attachment experiences. Doing some of this deeper historical work can lend to major insights that help you make connections to healing whatever your initial concern was at the start of working together.

My Values as a Therapist

I believe that many of us (including therapists!) in life could benefit from therapy from time to time. I guess I come from a pretty biased position on that one! But as a therapist, I believe it is important to examine our personal beliefs and values, as they often come from some pretty dark hidden places that we are not even aware of. I have a Master’s in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago; this lens helps me examine with curiosity the impact and our role in systems of white supremacy, patriarchy and ableism. As white heterosexual cisgender woman I come to this work with some education but also with a learners mindset.

Techniques I Use


  • Somatic Therapy (Body Centered) External link

    I am certified in The Trauma Conscious Yoga method (TCYM). Incorporating this somatic modality into session can look a number of different ways; to exploring where a particular emotion is “landing” in the body, to engaging in breath work as well as postures that can be helpful in learning to regulate your central nervous system.

  • Psychodynamic  External link

    I believe that viewing our feelings from outside in as well as inside out can provide us with the most insight into ourselves. My graduate training was focused in psychodynamic and attachment schools of thought.

  • Attachment Theory External link

    Exploring how attachment with caregivers early in our lives can be fertile ground for gaining new understanding to present day relationships.

Issues I Treat


  • Postpartum External link

    This new season of life is filled with complex feelings of joy, fear and loss. Perhaps, post-partum life just is not what you thought it would be. Talking with a therapist that can relate and understands what you are going through is an important step towards growth.

  • Anxiety External link

    Anxiety serves a purpose! Its there to protect us. But many times we perceive a threat when it’s not as big as our brain leads us to believe. Finding ways to talk to yourself in times of panic or worry can be a pathway to relief. We will dig into lots of techniques to help you feel in control and equipped.

  • PTSD External link

    We all have our stories to share. I am so honored to be able to witness and sort through the strengths brought on by a person's darkest tales. I will create a space that helps you feel safe and supported to explore experiences that are painful to recall. Sharing your story with another empathic person can help free up emotional space to find meaning in the hurt and build room for new joys.

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