Last edited 09/30/2021
Courtney Dobson LISW
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In what ways do your life philosophy and treatment philosophy overlap?
I believe that people do well if they can, and if there is an area they are struggling it may mean they need to build more skills. It sounds silly if you just say it, but when you really think about it your perspective on struggles may change. I don't believe any child decides to have an accident in their bed, so I would never try to use shame or guilt in dealing with it. They would choose differently...if they could. I don't believe any person chooses to skip work so much that they can't pay their bills, willingly putting themselves on a downward path. They would choose differently...if they could. As a therapist it's my job to help uncover the hidden barrier, and teach skills to overcome it so have the ability to make the best actual choices for their lives.
What’s the most profound, insightful, or interesting thing you’ve learned as a mental health professional?
I think learning how invisible illnesses manifest in the body is one of the most impactful things I have learned as a professional. Many people feel therapy only treats the "feelings" side of things but that dismisses very real physical side effects and symptoms that people are experiencing. Being able to listen to someone talk about their fatigue, memory loss, aches and pains and then help them name it as depression or anxiety or whatever it may be allows people to feel seen and to acknowledge the truth of what's going on and can propel people forward in therapy.
If you could pick one movie or book that influenced your approach to therapy, what would it be and why?
So not exactly a movie but a YouTube video called "How the Story Transforms the Teller" by Donald Davis. In it he talks about how people can find and tell the stories that are important in their lives, and how by telling their story they can own their experiences, empower themselves, and begin to heal. This video really impacted how I view narrative therapy, perspective taking and reframing, how important retelling and owning your story can be, and how as a therapist I need be a listening ear so people can tell their stories and continue on their path to healing through reflection.
Adolescent mental health
Abuse/Survivors of abuse
Child mental health
College & graduate student issues
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Types of Therapy
Marriage & Couples Counseling
Young Adults (18-24)
Treatment Approaches / Modalities
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Strength Based Therapy
Family Systems Therapy
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
Pastoral & Faith Based Counseling
Training / Certifications
NMT Phase One Certified
- Ohio, Licensed Independent Social Worker, I.1901591-Supv
Master of Social Work, The Ohio State University
Bachelor of Psychology, The Ohio State University
I’ve worked for the past eight years helping people and families achieve their goals. I’ve worked with child protective services, as well as community mental health agencies providing quality mental health counseling, therapy, and case management to children, adults, and families.
Frequently Asked Questions About Courtney Dobson, LISW
It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Courtney Dobson, LISW, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.
Is Courtney Dobson accepting new clients?
Yes, Courtney Dobson is accepting new clients.
Does Courtney Dobson accept insurance?
No, Courtney Dobson does not accept insurance.
What types of therapy does Courtney Dobson offer?
Courtney Dobson offers therapy for couples, families and individuals.
Does Courtney Dobson offer in-person appointments?
No, but people in Ohio can book Courtney Dobson for virtual appointments (teletherapy).
Does Courtney Dobson offer online therapy?
Yes, Courtney Dobson offers online therapy to people in Ohio.
How quickly can I see Courtney Dobson?
Courtney Dobson typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current availability and request an appointment on their profile page.
What languages does Courtney Dobson speak?
Courtney Dobson conducts therapy sessions in English.
Can I book an appointment with Courtney Dobson online?
Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Courtney Dobson online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.