Courtney Yoachim, MA LMHP CPC
Licensed Mental Health Practitioner, Certified Professional Counselor
Courtney Yoachim, MA LMHP CPC (she/her/hers) is the most recent addition to our staff at Kindred Psychology. Courtney graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU) with an undergraduate degree in Psychology, and minors in Spanish, criminal justice, and piano music. Courtney worked as a Peer Assistant for three years during her time at NWU. She developed a keen understanding of the Residence Life culture and climate, and learned how much she enjoys working with college-age and emerging adult populations.
Courtney continued her education at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in Cedar Falls, IA, where she earned her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. During her training, Courtney gained individual counseling experience working with college students through working at the UNI Counseling Center. Further, she facilitated dual-diagnosis (substance abuse and mental health) groups at First Step Recovery Center. Courtney also obtained classroom experience through providing psychoeducational presentations to teachers and students in Guatemala. Most recently, Courtney has been working at HopeSpoke, where she has been providing a wide range of evidence-based counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults. In this capacity, she completed biopsychosocial assessments and individualized treatment plans as part of comprehensive mental health evaluations for youth involved with the Lancaster County Juvenile Diversion program.
At HopeSpoke, Courtney also gained valuable experience and training working with LGBTQ+ youth, and discovered this population to be one of her chosen specializations. (Courtney and Camie actually met for the first time in person at the 2019 Genderworks conference!) Courtney is a queer-identified clinician who will continue to provide affirmative counseling services to LGBTQ+ youth at Kindred Psychology. She will also be helping us launch programming for transgender and gender diverse youth and families that the community has requested. We are scheduling now to fill Courtney’s schedule when she begins on 1/2/20.
I approach therapy as a collaborative effort. I bring myself and my knowledge of mental health, while clients bring themselves and expert knowledge of their lives. In my personal life and clinical work, I strive to understand people in all of their complexity. I value keeping a ‘beginner’s mindset’ when approaching life experiences that differ from my own. My goal is to see through a client’s lens as much as possible, and then work with them to find possible changes and solutions. Drawing heavily from the evidence-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy model (ACT), I help clients to be more mindful of their internal and external experiences. When we become more aware the patterns in our thoughts, emotions, and actions, we can be intentional about releasing what is not helpful, and embracing and expanding on the helpful pieces of ourselves.