Outpatient Mental Health Professional
Year Joined: 2022
Years of Experience: 13
Central College - BA in Psychology and Philosophy
University of Iowa - MA in Rehabilitation Counseling
Areas of Experience
More About Courtney Cook
I work with children (ages 4 and older), adolescence and adults. I enjoy working with a variety of diagnoses and clinical presentations. I have worked with individuals with Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Social Anxiety, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder and many other diagnoses.
My first (and the most important) step in therapy is to do my best to understand what the world is like for my client. I believe that empathy is essential to quality therapy and that all other steps in sessions stem from having empathy. I frequently use a Solution Focused approach to therapy. I like to discover what may be helpful to a client and then determine how we increase that. I have had multiple trainings in Mindfulness-Based Therapy and I often incorporate present moment awareness and deep breathing into sessions. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is another approach I use, wherein the client and I process how their thinking is effecting their emotions.
In my free time I enjoy time with my family, trail hiking and reading.