Courtney Watson

Courtney Watson (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MA, LPC Intern, CHT

Supervisor: Kelly Hirstein, LPC, CHT, CHHC

Reach out to try something different if you're an adult with complex trauma, complicated grief, or have left/are leaving your religion.

Client Status

accepting clients

Contact

503-453-4807

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $95-$110

Provides free initial consultation

Practicing Since: 2020

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket

My Ideal Client

You’ve managed life up to this point. You’ve been to therapy before, processed your childhood trauma, and thought ‘I’m cured’. But you’re jumpy, anxious, chronically overcompensating, and bending over backwards to keep people in your life who treat you terribly. The irritability, shame, and inadequacy are all back. You’re exhausted and can't continue like this. Adult survivors of complex childhood trauma cycle through situations like this all the time. But it doesn't have to continue this way.

My Approach to Helping

When I work with clients who experienced childhood trauma, the first goal is to instill the truth that nothing is ‘broken’ or ‘wrong’ with them. I help to show how trauma responses are a natural body process and adaptive at the time they were created. I then use IFS, which allows us to build a safe, healthy, and supportive relationship with the parts of us that hold that trauma - things they didn’t have in the past. The work is gentle, slow, compassionate, and tender. We welcome the parts that hold trauma and sit with them. When they are ready to share their story, we listen. I also incorporate humanistic, emotion-focused, and narrative lenses. LPC Intern R6874 in Oregon. M.A. in Counseling from Palo Alto University. IFS Level 1 Training. Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. Death Doula Certification Summer 2021.

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.

  • 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.

  • Emotionally Focused External link

    When we work together, we will speak in the language of emotion. I believe that our emotions are a key aspect of who we are, how we perceive the world, and how we respond to those perceptions. It is my understanding that our emotions can sometimes run the show without our conscious awareness of how or why. When we speak in the language of emotion, we can better understand this realm and better understand the how and why. I also integrate this within IFS (along with somatic language).

  • Hypnotherapy External link

    I am a certified clinical hypnotherapist (CCH) through the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners. I completed a 300+ hour training program that included live didactic and clinical role-play experience. I have since accumulated 700+ hours of clinical client work. I focus on the integration of trauma, parts work (like IFS), and guided imagery. We can also create scripts and recordings for personal use, incorporate past life integration, or focus on calming mindfulness.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • 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.

  • Adjustment Disorder External link

    Whether you face the loss of a job, move to a new city, shift careers, live through a pandemic, or any other transition in life, change is difficult to manage. Sometimes, we don't know why we are struggling, but we are. IFS can help clarify where the pain is and what we need in order to soothe that pain. Reach out to find out more.

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