RPO, Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario,
Clinical Member of CAPT
Courtney Jeffery is the founder of Art of Awareness Therapy and is a Registered Psychotherapist, Ecotherapist, Holistic Yoga Therapist and public speaker. Courtney holds a diploma in psychotherapy from the Ontario Psychotherapy and Counseling Program (OPC) in Toronto, On. Her 6 year training in psychotherapy at OPC, culminated with a thesis on Ecotherapy and the connection between nature and personal and developmental psychology. Additionally, she underwent a 3 year apprenticeship and over 18 years of study in yogic and ayurvedic psychology which has taken place in Toronto, Canada, Rishikesh, India and throughout the United States.
Courtney is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and is a member with the Canadian Association of Psychodynamic Therapy (CAPT). Working as a therapist with an established private practice for 14 years, she is known for her individualized and integrative approach to therapy. Courtney uses multiple evidence-based practices combined with her years of experience to reach her clients’ desired goals and aspirations as well as promoting their health and well being. Her therapeutic approach applies her expertise and extensive training in therapeutic modalities such as:
- Relational and Attachment Psychology
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
- Psychoeducational and Neuropsychological Development
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Psycho-somatic psychotherapy
- Mindfulness based practices
- Ayurvedic and Eastern Psychology
- Body-focused psychotherapy/ Yoga therapy
Courtney believes that therapy is an ongoing process that can be used to provide support during times of crisis and hardship, but much like nutrition or exercise, is also an essential aspect of maintaining personal, emotional and psychological well being. She has experience working with a diverse clientele, providing an inclusive, non-pathologizing approach to therapy. Beyond the traditional scope of psychotherapy such as grief, loss, depression and anxiety (see psychotherapy), Courtney also specializes in working with:
- Perinatal work for couples and individuals, including people under distress during pregnancy, postpartum depression, birth trauma or loss.
- Sex and sexuality (working with people of all genders and orientations)
- People seeking to lead more integrated and meaningful lives
- Mental disorders including borderline personality disorder
- Individuals and couples undergoing fertility treatments
- Self-confidence, self-esteem and body image
- Chronic and acute physical and emotional pain
- Spirituality and spiritual abuse
- Stresses of working in high profile and high stress work environments (such as film, music, legal industries)
Currently Courtney offers the option of talk therapy, body-centered therapy, and ecotherapy and holistic individualized yoga sessions to her clientele. Courtney provides in office, Skype and concierge sessions for clients with specified needs. Apart from working as a therapist, Courtney has worked as both a life and death doula, providing compassionate support and practical expertise to individuals and families transitioning through the processes of birth and death. She has lectured, lead trainings and presented workshops on various topics in Canada, India and the United States as well as leading outdoor education and edible plant excursions in local Ontario forests and wilderness.