Consistent with both my professional and personal identity, I find that my relationships are an integral part of my identity. My relationships help me better understand myself, others, and various aspects of my life. In the same way, my clients make sense of the world through their relationships, often finding that the challenges they confront are related to relational variables. In my work with diverse populations, one theme remained consistent-the desire to connect-to others, to feelings, to self. As such, my role as your therapist is to co-facilitate a therapeutic process that fosters that connection.
Dr. Courtney Williams earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Georgia. Before joining the team as a staff psychologist at Vanderbilt University Counseling Center (VUCC), Dr. Williams completed her post-doctoral fellowship in Health Service Psychology at VUCC, and her pre-doctoral internship in the Student Health and Counseling Services department at the University of Memphis. She earned her master’s degree from North Carolina Central University and her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, both in psychology. As one of the UCC Athletics Liaisons, Dr. Williams has enjoyed working with student-athletes and college students at large, in university counseling centers, residential treatment facilities, and community mental health. Her work with student-athletes has included honing coping skills for managing anxiety; developing interpersonal skills for dealing with teammates, and navigating the intersectionality of being a student-athlete. She utilizes a strength-based approach to therapy, grounded in relational, multicultural, and feminist theories. Dr. Williams incorporates Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help student-athletes build skills in mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. Dr. Williams’ training in Counseling Psychology, has made her equipped to facilitate, not only growth and change but empowerment among diverse populations. Resultant of personal experiences and clinical training, she places multiculturalism, social justice, and advocacy at the forefront of her work. “Negotiating our place in the world is often influenced by the interworking of our culture and systems, all of which impact our development, wellbeing, and worldview.” Dr. Williams’ clinical interests include trauma (particularly identity-based trauma and interpersonal violence), relationship challenges, identity exploration, diversity and inclusion, and body image. In her free time, she enjoys time with loved ones, traveling, shopping, and anything adventurous.