About Courtnie

Education and Background

Couples Counselor and Marriage Therapist in MiamiCourtnie obtained her Masters of Science in Education from the University of Miami in the Mental Health Counseling program, focusing on Marriage and Family Therapy. During her time at the University of Miami, she worked as an associate therapist at the Institute for Individual and Family Counseling (IIFC), a community-based mental health clinic. At the IIFC, she provided counseling for individuals, couples, and families, as well as children and adolescents throughout Miami. She also helped co-facilitate group therapy for selected Miami high school students at risk for depression and anxiety.

Courtnie is originally from Maryland, and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland. As an undergraduate, she became very passionate about the process of therapy, and what aspects of it help people make positive changes in their lives. She volunteered on several research projects investigating this topic, and found repeatedly that the biggest predictor of therapeutic success is the quality of the bond between the therapist and client.

This finding is very affirming of her own experiences, and is at the very core of her work ethic and vision. That is, she believes in creating outstanding and long-lasting relationships with her clients that thrive on excellence, progress, and respect.

Current Work

In addition to working with individuals and couples through CouplesTherapy.Miami, Courtnie also works with children and parents as an associate therapist at Stop Parenting Alone™, an emotional wellness center for families. She truly enjoys her work at Stop Parenting Alone™, providing play therapy, leading children’s groups based on the development of emotional and social intelligence skills. Besides working with children, she also provides parenting consultations both on-site and during home visitations. In addition, she offers school consultations aimed at increasing social and emotional skills in the classroom

Personal Interests

Courtnie’s work is her main passion, but she also has a variety of personal interests and hobbies. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, painting, and taking cooking classes. She is also currently in the process of learning Spanish, and feels fortunate that she lives in Miami where she is able to practice it with her friends!