Courtney Yoachim, MA LMHP CPC
Licensed Mental Health Practitioner, Certified Professional Counselor
Courtney Yoachim, MA LMHP CPC (she/her/hers) 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 supporting and challenging 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. Courtney worked with college students at the UNI Counseling Center, where she provided counseling services to individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, and phase-of-life concerns. She also facilitated dual-diagnosis (substance abuse and mental health) groups at First Step Recovery Center.
Before joining the Kindred Psychology staff, Courtney worked at HopeSpoke, where she provided a wide range of 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. Courtney also gained valuable experience and tailored her continuing education opportunities toward working with LGBTQ+ youth, college-age students, adults and families. Courtney is a queer-identified clinician who is committed to providing clinical counseling services in alignment with the Gender Affirmative Model and WPATH Standards of Care.
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. 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 the interface between their internal and external experiences. When we become more aware of 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.