Courtenay  Houk
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Courtenay Houk


Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, AMFT Master of Arts, MA
California Waitlist Online
Berkeley Office Waitlist In-person

My practice is currently FULL until January 2022. Please reach out to me if you would like to be placed on a waitlist for a consultation, meeting as early as the week of January 10, 2022.

Updated November 28, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Boundaries
  • Anxiety
  • Couples counseling
  • Premarital counseling
  • LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics
  • Codependency

Professional statement

As a Third Culture clinician, Courtenay (she/they) holds the perspective that bodies are not fixed states and that we are constantly transitioning in ourselves, with different people and environments. She will engage you by exploring how you are generating your experience somatically and support you with forming new experiences that are potentially more satisfying and rich. Courtenay is best suited for clients who want a therapist that can both hold them accountable and hold them when life feels overwhelming. She is best known by her clients for asking "good" questions, "calling out" unconscious or habitual patterns, and "reframing" self-pathologizing discourse.

Courtenay Houk is a pre-licensed, Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, AMFT #122207 working at the Center for Mindful Psychotherapy in San Francisco. She holds a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Somatic Psychotherapy, and is currently pursuing doctoral work in Integral, Transpersonal and Somatic Psychology. She currently offers telehealth sessions to clients throughout the state of California, as well as in-person sessions from her office in Berkeley, CA. Courtenay is supervised by Christina Loeffel, LMFT#29127 and Scott Balderson, LMFT#34280.

Message to clients

Folks often seek me out for support in their relationships. Sometimes, this means deepening into a satisfying and adaptable partnership in couples therapy, or forming a kinder self-relationship in individual work.

I often find myself working with folks who are wanting to learn to manage their experience of anxiety, wanting to be less-hard and self-critical of themselves, or are wanting to learn how to engage their personal and interpersonal boundaries in a more satisfying way. I also enjoy working with different configurations and stages of relationships, including but not limited to: pre-marital counseling, LGBTQIA+ partnerships, polyamorous/non-monogamous structures, and parents. Couples often seek me out to support them with deepening into communication and intimacy, learning to manage conflict, or in moving through a transition.

Somatic Psychotherapy is a relational modality that supports the development of a self-knowing that is cultivated from one's bodily (somatic) experience of oneself. Working with a somatic psychotherapist can support you (and/or your partner) in forming a bridge between the experiences you are generating internally and the manner in which you are living yourself externally. When we start building a relationship between our thinking and feeling bodies, this creates a ground from which we can grow authentic power and agency in our lives.

My Somatic-Relational approach is largely informed by Formative Psychology, developed by Stanley Keleman, the founder of Center for Energetic Studies in Berkeley, California. This approach supports me with maintaining a frame in which I recognize that systems are simultaneously interdependent and influenceable.


Boundaries - Recognizing when you want to form a boundary and how you want to form a boundary - using somatic techniques - in different contexts and relationships. Boundaries include both verbal and non-verbal limit-setting, with yourself and with others.

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Premarital counseling - Providing a safe and neutral environment for couples to explore expectations and prepare for the rewards and challenges of marriage

LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Codependency - Development of healthy boundaries in relationships; strategies for increasing individual self-esteem and autonomy; coping mechanisms for separation and individuation.


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Courtenay Houk is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $160 (50min)
  • Individual therapy (4pm & earlier): $160 (50min)
  • Individual therapy (4:30pm & later): $175 (50min)
  • Relationship therapy: $175 (50min)
  • Relationship therapy: $200 (75min)
  • Relationship therapy: $225 (90min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly


Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 12pm - 7pm
  • Tue 12pm - 7pm
  • Wed 12pm - 7pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Berkeley Office practice
1543 Shattuck Ave, Suite 101, Berkeley, California 94703
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 12:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Tue 12:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Wed 12:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 2 years

Center for Mindful Psychotherapy, Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (AMFT), 2021 - Present
Center for Somatic Psychotherapy, Trainee & Registered AMFT, 2019 - 2020

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), MA, Counseling Psychology & Somatic Psychotherapy, 2020
Bennington College, BLA, Mandarin Chinese, 2013


California: 122207