Approach

I don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to therapy, and the methods I use and the theories I draw from are as unique and varied as the clients I have the privilege to serve. I employ aspects of humanistic, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, somatic, and mindfulness-based therapy. I also use intuition, sensitivity, compassion, and a strong foundation of biological knowledge to help guide the therapeutic process and determine which approach is appropriate for different points in time. I am committed to continuing education in the field and stay up to date on the latest research and techniques to help my clients find peace and healing.

In my work with chronic illness, I use a biopsychosocial approach. This approach systematically considers biological, psychological, environmental, and social factors and their complex interactions in understanding health, illness, and treatment delivery. I seek to understand one’s history and current life circumstances, then determine which aspects of biological, psychological, and social functioning are most important to address in a health-promoting, multidimensional treatment plan. When all of the above are addressed according to the individual needs of the client, vast improvements in quality of life are possible.

Perhaps more important than any approach or technique I use is the quality of empathy and understanding I bring to therapy. I know firsthand what it is like to navigate life with chronic health concerns, and I am grateful to have reached a point of healing and vitality to now be able to help others recognize their own innate potential to live lives filled with joy, meaning, and purpose, regardless of outer circumstances. While it is not necessary for a therapist to have directly experienced the concern they are helping with, my clients often express how comforting it is to work with someone who intimately understands the challenges that come with having a chronic condition. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have further questions about my approach to therapy: (310) 595-4112, contact@courtneyrlee.com.