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About Me

My interest in becoming a therapist began when I was an undergraduate working as a tutor for at-risk youth in group homes, probation facilities, and drug rehabilitation centers through the Orange County Department of Education's Title I Program. In this role, I observed firsthand that regardless of challenging circumstances, significant change is possible when one is empowered with information and the compassionate presence of a trusted mentor. I decided to expand my service to providing psychological and emotional support to students as a school counselor, which then led to a desire to work as a therapist with individuals of all ages and backgrounds.


After many years in alternative and school settings, I began working in private practice in 2019. I see clients in person in my Pasadena office and virtually throughout California. It is truly a joy to help people shift their life trajectories toward greater health and satisfaction. I am constantly amazed and inspired by the depth of healing I have the privilege to bear witness to. When I'm not working, I love walking with my dog and enjoying the arts and nature with my family and friends.

Education and Certifications

  • Master of Arts in Counseling, Loyola Marymount University

  • Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, California Board of Behavioral Sciences

  • Pupil Personnel Services Credential, School Counseling, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

  • California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University- graduate coursework in human development, assessment, and psychopharmacology

  • Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences- continuing education in substance abuse and dependency, domestic violence, aging, human sexuality, and PTSD

  • EMDR International Association approved training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.    Ongoing workshops and training in Hakomi, Somatic Experiencing, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy


Courtney R. Lee, MA, APCC

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Loyola Marymount University

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My Approach

My approach can best be described as integrative, as I draw from multiple schools of thought and use a variety of empirically-validated psychotherapeutic techniques, selected according to the unique needs of each client. I work collaboratively and dynamically with you to identify patterns of thought and behavior that may be preventing you from living the life you want. My primary focus is to build a strong therapeutic alliance and to create a safe and supportive space for you to develop awareness, acceptance, and ultimately, to create change.


My work is predominantly humanistic, psychodynamic, somatic, cognitive behavioral, and mindfulness-based. Somatic therapy techniques, such as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Hakomi, have become a significant part of my practice, as both research and my own clinical experience have shown a high level of effectiveness in treating PTSD, anxiety, depression, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), among other conditions. All forms of treatment I use are grounded in compassion, empathy, and unconditional positive regard. The overall nature of the relationship between client and therapist has a greater impact on the change process than any particular theory or method. For this reason, I offer a free, 15-minute phone consultation to see if we are a good fit prior to you scheduling your first appointment.

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