Your experiences, environment, unique disposition, culture, relationships, beliefs, and feelings are powerful forces that shape your life. In therapy I will help you identify your strengths while we look at your story, feelings, and beliefs, and how they align or create barriers to our most authentic selves and sense of well being. My aim is to help you connect the parts of your story into a cohesive whole while we make room for new ways of being that create more harmony, compassion, and joy within ourselves and in our relationships.
I use a strengths-based approach in all of my work, which means I believe that we already possess many of the skills, traits, and talents to live a life that feels meaningful and satisfying. As a response to your experiences, and unique challenges, you might find yourself wearing “armor” that is no longer useful, that hinders you. Many of the things we do to protect ourselves actually inhibit and hurt us, cause alienation or more pain.
Hello, my name is Courtney Czar and I am a licensed master’s level social worker. I began my career working in community mental health and with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence providing support and crisis intervention. After a decade of advocacy work, I decided to pursue a master’s degree in clinical social work training so that I could affect deeper and more lasting change with my clients as a therapist, many of whom had experienced extensive trauma in their lives.
I specialize in working with trauma, individuals, and families affected by conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. I have served diverse populations including military, LBGTQ and multicultural groups. Additionally, I work with couples, children, and adolescents. I incorporate attachment theory, play therapy, and neurobiological principles into my work, among many other tools. Therapy is a collaborative effort and I am committed to your individual path and how I can be the most effective for you. I strongly believe in the dignity and worth within each of us and our ability to grow, heal, and change despite challenges and obstacles.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and Masters of Science in Social Work from the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. I have lived in various parts of the Southwest for over a decade, pursuing art and music while working as a helping professional in community nonprofits. I am glad to now call Austin my home. In my free time, I am usually taking a long walk in nature with my dog, reading a good book, or enjoying musical performances around town.