Courtney is the founder of Altum Health. She is a Chartered Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Courtney is a member of the Counselling Psychology division of the BPS, as well as the Clinical Psychology division’s Faculty of Eating Disorders. She is a member and active supporter of the Eating Disorders Association (BEAT) and contributes to the press on matters relating to eating disorders, obesity and body image problems. In addition to her role at Altum, she lectures in the Counselling Psychology Doctoral Programme at City University.
Courtney was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. The daughter of a psychologist and physician, she grew up with a keen interest in both mental and physical health. While she thought initially about studying medicine, her first psychology course at University sparked a passion, and she went on to receive her BA (1997) and MA (1999) in psychology from Southern Methodist University (SMU). She moved to London in 2000, where she received her PhD (2003) from SMU while working in an NHS Eating Disorders Service.
Courtney’s PhD work focused on families of women with eating disorders, and over the last 10 years, she has continued to develop her expertise in the area. She has had the advantage of working in an NHS multidisciplinary team specialising in eating disorders, allowing her the opportunity to work closely with allied health professionals to help create comprehensive and unified treatment plans. In addition to working individually, she has run numerous groups for women struggling with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, & Binge Eating Disorders.
While she is widely known for her work in eating disorders, Courtney also has experience working with more general mental health difficulties. She has worked in an NHS Psychological Assessment and Treatment Service, helping clients overcome anxiety, depression, and wide range of mental health issues.
As a Counselling Psychologist, Courtney’s training is broad based. While she enjoys working from a Cognitive Behavioural perspective, she is not protocol driven, and integrates other approaches to create tailored treatment plans. She strongly believes that therapeutic model comes second to process, and that the therapeutic relationship is the most important factor in fostering change.
Committed to continued professional development, Courtney continues to train and receive specialist case supervision to broaden her clinical skills. She is an ISST Accredited Advanced Schema Therapist and has also also sought skills training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Hypnotherapy, and Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT).
Courtney began her private practice in 2005 in response to the demand for qualified and experienced private clinicians who specialise in eating disorders. Among her clients and colleagues, she has established a reputation for combining sound psychological techniques with creativity, humour, and a direct approach that inspires her clients to wellness.
On a personal note, Courtney has been married for 18 years and is the mother of two children.
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