Who We Are
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Courtney Salamone , MS MFT
Licensed Marriage And Family Therapist
Growing up I felt an enormous amount of pressure to act and present myself in a certain way. Often I was fixated on others' perceptions of me. I tried my best to seem like I had it “all together.” The pressure that I felt eventually caught up with me in the form of anxiety that made me feel out of control. I realized I was not able to contain the anxiety that I felt on my own and I decided to seek out therapy in my early adulthood. Therapy helped me begin to recognize my “false self” facade and the ways in which it was no longer working for me. I realized that in an effort to appear perfect I was abandoning my own needs, feelings, and experiences.
Through this therapeutic work I began to find my true self buried under the layers of perfectionism that had kept it hidden away. I learned how to be vulnerable and honest within my relationships. I started recognizing my needs, fears, and emotions that held me back. I became aware of my feelings of inadequacy buried below the surface. In recognizing and naming this place of shame I was able to begin the work of self-compassion and allowing myself to be present with my own experiences and in relationships with others. For the first time I was able to make decisions from a place of congruence and intentionality. For much of my life I have feared that showing the painful and flawed parts of myself to others would result in disconnection and failed relationships. Throughout this continued journey I have found the opposite to be true. As I unpack more about the vulnerable parts of me and share this within safe relationships, my connections with others continue to become more secure and rooted.
As a therapist my hope is that I can foster a safe space to explore and understand pain, loss, trauma and individual experience. I believe that each human being has within them strengths and abilities that when accessed can assist in the process of healing and awareness. Is it a privilege to join clients in creating and living in to a narrative that feels secure and authentic.
Courtney specializes in:
Anxiety and Depression
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (Externship Trained)
Grief and Loss
Families dealing with transition, stress and conflict
Individuals or families involved in ministry
Life transitions, self-esteem and self-identity
Licensing, Associations and Affiliations
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist LMFT#90413
Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
B.A in Psychology from Seattle Pacific University
M.S Marital and Family Therapy from Fuller Seminary