Courtney Watson

Courtney Watson (She/Her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, Professional Counselor Associate, CHT

Supervisor: Alycia O'Connell, LCSW

IFS and relational therapy for those struggling with complex trauma, self-esteem, personal growth, or understanding relational patterns.

Client Status

accepting clients

Contact

503-453-4807

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $125

Provides free initial consultation

Practicing Since: 2020

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket

My Ideal Client

Have you tried therapy before and felt disconnected, like you never really felt understood? It can be a struggle to find a therapist that you feel connected to, let alone safe with. Everyone has their own way of working with clients, but all the acronyms and types of therapy get confusing and don't really mean anything to you. You just want to be heard, to be seen, to feel like the person you're sharing your deepest self with ACTUALLY gets it - actually gets you. I understand this struggle.

My Approach to Helping

That's why I focus my therapy practice on the relational model. This model asserts that true change is created not by techniques and interventions, but through the relationship created between therapist and client. The therapeutic relationship has been proven time and time again to be one of the greatest agents of change within therapy. Our relationships are key to understanding our behaviors, patterns, beliefs about ourselves and others, and they are all rooted with in the attachments we create when we are young. Through the therapeutic relationship, you can gain clarity and awareness of why you are who you are, and then how you can begin to grow and heal. This isn't just talk therapy - this is a continuous, collaborative, experiential space that we create together, which can have profound impact on how you see yourself and how you shape your world. I use this lens and IFS (internal family systems) to help clients find more balance and self-acceptance - no matter the struggle.

My Values as a Therapist

I believe every person has the innate ability to heal, grow, and find balance - as long as the external environment is safe and supportive. I recognize that this is not possible for everyone, so we incorporate safety, support, and understanding of external constraints. I see my role as a co-collaborator in the therapy room and always include you in the process for treatment, goals, and progress. Every client is unique and deserves access to a personalized approach to therapy. I strive to show up authentically as myself with each one of you. I am an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, racial justice, and sex workers. All are welcome and provided a safe space. Together, we can process the trauma or grief that has been pushed aside, help navigate through this rough life transition, or find compassion for yourself that has so often been difficult to access. If you're ready for deep transformation and a supportive environment - reach out and schedule the free 20min consultation.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) External link

    Through a powerfully transformative, trauma-informed, and evidenced based psychotherapy model called internal family systems (IFS), you can find relief. The main beliefs IFS holds are that our minds are naturally multi-faceted and that this is a good thing. We are made of parts, which contain valuable qualities and can also carry burdens. In IFS all parts are welcome. I am trained in IFS.

  • Relational  External link

    Research shows us over and over that the most important aspect for change and growth within therapy is the relationship between client and therapist. This method utilizes the relationship between us as a dynamic force within the therapy room and harnesses this for insight and transformation.

  • Attachment Theory External link

    Utilizing your developmental and relational history, we can begin to understand the why's and how's of our patterns and behaviors, as we relate to others and ourselves.

  • Humanistic  External link

    Humanistic theories are about accessing your internal resources and embodying your true nature. I do not 'give' you anything in therapy, I simply assist in your access to what is already there. I strive to provide empathy, non-judgment, and authenticity to every client. I integrate techniques and methods from many sources, though I view my clients and the world through humanism.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Historical Trauma External link

    Trauma sticks with us and seeps into every part of our lives. Working with trauma is a difficult and delicate process, so you need to feel safe with your therapist. IFS has a gentle and slow approach to trauma that will never ask you to re-experience the memories or event. Instead, IFS uses a trauma-informed, evidence based approach which accesses the trauma through a different method. You are with it, not in it. This is an important distinction when we work to heal trauma. Reach out to start.

  • Self-Esteem External link

    Do you have difficulty with your confidence and self-compassion? Is your inner critic loud? We can work together to create a gentler relationship with yourself and find the inner resources you are seeking.

  • Personal Growth External link

    Increase your self-awareness, sense of self, self-esteem, and self-compassion by engaging in therapy at Waystone. We focus on what is important to you and work to increase your confidence and gain clarity around your identity in order to meet your goals.

  • Loss or Grief External link

    Grief can make you feel alone, isolated, lost, and empty. Having strong social networks and supports are key to our healing. This can also include having a skilled grief therapist on your side. I have an extensive amount of experience working with individuals who are grieving - both in and out of therapy. I also have my own personal experiences with grief and death. Reach out if you are experiencing grief and are ready to begin the healing integration process.

  • PTSD External link

    Trauma sticks with us and seeps into every part of our lives. Working with trauma is a difficult and delicate process, so you need to feel safe with your therapist. IFS has a gentle and slow approach to trauma that will never ask you to re-experience the memories or event. Instead, IFS uses a trauma-informed, evidence based approach which accesses the trauma through a different method. You are with it, not in it. This is an important distinction when we work to heal trauma. Reach out to start.

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