Courtney is many things—a therapist, a yogi, a dog-lover—but in everything she does she is passionate and authentic. She believes that each person is already whole and complete. Her job is simply to reflect that wholeness and help people become connected with their true selves, allowing them to live more enriched, value-driven lives.
Courtney uses a direct approach in the therapeutic process, but always in a warm, compassionate, non-judgmental way. She fosters relationships where clients feel empowered, safe and comfortable to share openly and honestly. Healing can only come when people feel safe and supported.
Courtney works with individuals, families and groups at herprivate practice in Phoenix. To schedule an appointment simply call 480-648-4116.Continue Reading >
Courtney Lansdowne, MSW, LCSW received her Masters of Social Work from Arizona State University. She is certified by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health to provide psychotherapy in private practice. Courtney has focused her career on serving adolescence and individuals from all ethnic and socio-economic demographics. She began her career volunteering overseas and offering humanitarian work to the vulnerable, rural community of Bergmansgooghte in South Africa. Locally, Courtney completed an intensive two-year postgraduate residency program at the community agency, Phoenix Interfaith Counseling, where Courtney was trained in specific cognitive and behavioral approaches, most notably Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Courtney has several years of experience working extensively with individuals dealing with complex issues including self injurious behaviors (e.g. cutting, burning, etc.), obsessive and compulsive behaviors, disordered eating, post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual compulsivity, addictions, and personality disorders. She is also well versed working with self-esteem issues, grief and loss, anxiety / stress management, and family / relational conflict.
An avid yogi, Courtney believes in the therapeutic power of incorporating mindfulness, meditation, and movement to support becoming more embodied in the here and now.
Currently, in addition to having a private practice, Courtney is a contractor for the well-known treatment center, The Meadows, at their intensive outpatient program in North Scottsdale.
SE is a powerful psychobiological method for resolving trauma symptoms and chronic stress. Developed by Dr. Peter Levine, SE provides a framework to gauge/assess where a person may be “stuck” in their survival response—fight, flight, or freeze—from the aftermath of a perceived life-threat and/or due to cumulative stress. SE uses a body-oriented approach, having the client focus on their “felt” experience, to restore the inherent capacity of self-regulation. SE is a naturalistic healing method that is based on the understanding that symptoms of trauma are the result of dysregulation of the automatic nervous system. This approach is based on years of observing animals in the wild (which are rarely traumatized despite regular threats to their lives) whereas humans are frequently overwhelmed and traumatized.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapeutic approach that has been proven effective for the treatment of trauma. This method is primarily used to address unresolved traumatic experiences that are often expressed as anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, and other such symptoms. EMDR is based on the belief that when a distressing experience occurs, the traumatic memory and the associated stimuli are not processed and stored appropriately, which can lead to high levels of affective distress and negative beliefs. The goal of EMDR is to alleviate the distress associated with the traumatic memory. EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation (right/left eye movement, audio sounds, and/or tactile stimulation) to help the memory and the associated stimuli (i.e. feelings, body sensations) become reprocessed.
DBT is an evidence-based treatment method originally developed to treat individuals with chronic suicidal thoughts who had been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). DBT is now recognized to be an effective intervention with other issues as well, specifically with individuals dealing with substance dependency, eating disorders, self-injurious behaviors, and emotional issues. DBT is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy with the emphasis on mindfulness and acceptance. DBT also focuses on helping individuals learn coping skills in the areas of interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and mindfulness in order to improve overall quality of life.
CBT is a problem-focused therapy that uses cognitive and behavioral techniques to target and eliminate unhealthy, irrational thought processes—which impact our feelings and behaviors—and replace them with more productive positive thoughts. It assumes that most emotional and behavioral reactions are learned and we must work together to “unlearn” all unwanted reactions. CBT assumes that we can change the way we feel and act by changing our maladaptive thinking.
ACT is a behavioral intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness techniques together with commitment and behavior change strategies to help individuals fully contact the present moment rather than resisting it. The goal is to help individuals focus less on painful thoughts, feelings, and experiences and to build life-enhancing behaviors that are reflective of one’s goals/values. It is ideal for those suffering from anxiety and depression.
Used to help those struggling with process addictions and substance abuse.
Allow me to help you connect with your true self. I am a licensed clinical therapist specializing in a myriad of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma/ptsd, eating disorders, chemical addictions (drugs/alcohol) and process addictions (sex/gambling), relationship issues and stress management.
4545 NORTH 36TH STREET
PHOENIX, AZ 85018