Psychoanalysis & Couples Coaching
with Courtney Douds
by video or phone
Welcome. I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Lacanian Psychoanalyst practicing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Finding what truly satisfies you requires time and space to focus on yourself. Whatever has brought you here, whether you are feeling unfulfilled in your work or relationships; you are struggling with your family’s expectations of you; or you are feeling stuck due to anxiety, depression, or a breakup; you will benefit from speaking about your difficulties. I will help you hear yourself in a new way, opening you up to new possibilities and choices in pursuit of the life you want to lead.
I enjoy helping others build fulfilling lives for themselves, often from the starting point of asking the question - what do I want for myself? Whatever your singular answer may be, I look forward to accompanying you on your journey by providing a space in which your own speech, thoughts, and feelings are prioritized above all else.
I work within a frame of psychoanalytic ethics, informed by the work of Jacques Lacan and Sigmund Freud. I use attentive listening and careful questioning to help you hear yourself in a new way, so that you may feel free to explore new pathways in your psyche, career, and relationships.
I’m a white, queer, nonmonogamous cis woman and mother. In addition to my clinical work, I am a Master Falconer and environmental educator. I understand the need to follow one’s passions and ideals, and the anxieties, heartaches, and triumphs that can result from that pursuit.
Call or use any of the buttons on this page to book a free 25 minute phone consultation.
Psychoanalysis is an intensive experience that aims at unconscious change, structurally shifting entrenched patterns of behavior rooted in family of origin dynamics, trauma, and other past experiences that still shape your present day. This work is especially helpful if you are becoming or already are a clinician yourself, or if you find that symptoms such as anxiety or depression are preventing you from pursuing the life you want for yourself.
Psychoanalytic therapy is insight-based and focused on connecting current patterns of behavior to past experiences, providing emotional support, and changing behaviors in order to cope better with the inevitable anxieties and stressors of everyday life. You may want this type of therapy if you are looking to explore your sexuality or identity, dealing with a difficult breakup, or making a difficult decision about your relationship or career.
Couples coaching focuses on the relationship between you and your partner(s). As a neutral third party, I can help you and your partner better understand each other by fostering your listening and communication skills. If you are coming to these sessions during a moment of crisis in your relationship, we will either work to repair trust or determine if one or both parties are ready to end the relationship. I am interested in helping couples explore and expand their romantic and sexual lives together, and especially enjoy helping couples open their relationship by setting healthy boundaries and working through insecurities and challenges that may arise.
If you are working towards your own clinical licensure as a social worker, marriage and family therapist, or licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania and are looking for psychoanalytically oriented supervision, we may be a good fit to work together. I have had my LCSW since 2017 and have been in private practice working with individuals and couples since 2016. I can support you in conceptualizing and troubleshooting difficult moments in your own cases, and offer guidance around navigating the benefits and risks of agency work and private practice from my own experience.
License, Education, Associations
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Candidate Analyst, Board Member, Secretary, Web Coordinator
PLUOTS Group Member
Philly Local Unconsciously Oriented Therapist Support Group
Harm Reduction Outreach Volunteer
Masters of Social Work
Masters of Education in Human Sexuality
Widener University, Philadelphia, PA
Bachelors of English and Comparative Literature
Bachelors of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
Columbia University, New York, NY
Location, Availability, Fees
Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Available anywhere for phone or video sessions
Individual Sessions: $170
Couples Sessions: $200
Sliding scale available
to schedule your free consultation and begin our work together