Courtney Dowdell is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and Certified Eating Disorder Creative Arts Therapist in Midtown, Manhattan who specializes in depression, anxiety, trauma, disordered eating, and body image challenges.
Courtney utilizes a relational and psychodynamic approach within a creative framework to help clients set realistic goals and work toward change. She also has extensive experience collaborating with other treatment professionals to set up an individualized treatment plan to support recovery. With a background in both expressive therapies and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), she takes elements of DBT and uses them in a way that promotes flexibility and spontaneity. She helps her clients understand behavioral and emotional cues and how these behaviors are showing up in different aspects of their life. While she validates and normalizes her clients’ actions and thoughts, she also helps them find alternative coping skills and learn how to regulate their emotions, communicate their feelings with others, and sit with the negative feelings.
Courtney brings warmth, compassion, and insight, offering a space where clients can explore their thoughts and feelings in a nonjudgmental environment. Outside of private practice, she works at the Balance Eating Disorder Treatment Center. She received her MA from New York University. Her office is located just a few blocks from Grand Central.
Eating disorders - Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Mindfulness - Practices to encourage a state of active, open attention on the present
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Courtney Dowdell is not in-network with any insurances.
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Private Practice, 2019 - Present
BALANCE Eating Disorder Treatment Center, 2016 - Present
Bellevue Hospital, 2012 - 2015
New York University, MA, 2011
Loyola College in Maryland, BA, 2006