Dr. Courtney Cornick, Ph.D.
People have the unending capacity to heal, cope, and change their lives even through life’s most difficult challenges. It is common to feel alone, isolated, and hopeless when a health condition becomes chronic. Not knowing when/if things will improve or hearing that your medical team has nothing more to offer can be devastating.
I have a passion for helping individuals cope and find peace in the midst of living with physical health conditions. I use integrative therapeutic practices, including evidence-based psychotherapy, to meet each individual where they are in life. I take a holistic approach to consider the mind-body interaction and utilize techniques such as clinical hypnosis and mindfulness to help individuals reduce stress and manage chronic pain.
I received my doctorate in psychology from the University of Iowa and have specialized training as a health psychologist. I have spent my career working in hospital and private practice settings to help individuals from all identities, ability statuses, and walks of life to increase their well-being and live valued lives. It would be an honor to join you on your wellness journey.
Credentials: I am a Licensed Psychologist in Illinois, Indiana, Florida, and Wisconsin and earned my PhD in Counseling Psychology from The University of Iowa.
Hi, my name is Kimberly and I’d love to be your therapist.
In the ten years I’ve been a social worker, I’ve served people from all walks of life, all ages, gender identities, religious backgrounds, trauma histories, housing statuses, and more. Lately I’ve focused my work on those who have experienced domestic or sexual violence, as the intimate basis by which this trauma impacts a person requires a special kind of nuance, understanding, and empathy. I want to help you heal.
I’m not here to judge you or make you feel guilty. But I want to help you learn, create boundaries, cope, and grow, and that may make you uncomfortable along the way. I want us to be a team. I commit to doing the work with you.
My anxiety used to be crippling. It was unreasonable, caused me to be completely out of touch with reality, and made me hate myself for my indecision. I remember the hole that it felt like trapped me. I remember feeling weighed down, buried.
I look back and I cringe at the unhealthy coping strategies I employed. I avoided unpleasant situations that caused my anxiety to spike. I gave in to that fear that gnawed me raw. I felt so ashamed of my indecision.
But, I grew. I forgave myself and started a journey to understand what triggered my anxiety, fear, and avoidance and what in my life had caused them. It was challenging. I am better for having learned and grown. I accepted myself, with a realistic view of my patterns of behavior, and let go of those unhealthy habits I believed could shield me from pain. I healed.
I empathize greatly with those who struggle on that journey now. It is my passion to help them reach their goals, utilize healthier coping habits, and feel more satisfied with themselves.
Difficulty in life is an opportunity to know yourself better, love yourself deeper, and allow transformational healing. As a mental health counselor, I’m passionate about helping people from all walks of life navigate life’s challenges and achieve better emotional health and wellbeing. My fascination with the mind-body connection led me to obtain a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine Program at Boston University School of Medicine. My interests include managing anxiety and depression, coping with trauma and loss, coping with chronic pain and chronic illness, and building healthy relationships. I have over 10 years of experience in the mental health field and have worked with active-duty military, veterans, faith leaders, formerly incarcerated individuals, people navigating recovery from addition, survivors of intimate partner violence, survivors of childhood abuse, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. I believe all people deserve opportunities for healthy relationships, connectedness, compassion, safety, and space to grow into the best version of themselves. If you are ready to journey towards achieving your goals, I’m ready to walk with you.
Credentials: I am a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in Florida and a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in Georgia and New Jersey.
Dr. Michelle McDonald
Dr. Michelle McDonald is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who works with children, adolescents, young adults and families. She has experience with trauma, mood, behavior, personality and thought disorders. Having begun her career as an educator, and later school psychologist, Dr. McDonald is particularly knowledgeable about the intersection of learning abilities and mental health. She focuses on a whole-person approach and seeks to integrate/collaborate care across medical, educational, social and familial domains.
Dr. McDonald obtained two undergraduate degrees; education and psychology. She served as a teacher in NYC and rediscovered her passion for psychology when she helped her classroom navigate trauma responses following the fall of the twin towers. Dr. McDonald obtained a Specialist degree in school psychology from St. John’s University in Queens, NY. She then received her PhD from the University of Florida. Over the course of higher education Dr. McDonald completed two internships and a post-doctoral residency in clinical psychology, which honed her skills in development and pathology across the lifespan, neuropsychology, neurodiversity, and gender/sexuality exploration. She specialized in Emotional Behavioral Disorders, Non-Suicidal Self Harm and Suicidal Ideation. Dr. McDonald’s work experience includes clinical work in a day treatment program, a children’s hospital and private practice. Currently she balances private therapy with part-time work in a hospital setting providing psychological consultation and assessment for pediatric trauma, eating disorders, substance abuse, maternal mental health and stroke.
In addition to clinical work, Dr. McDonald has been an expert contributor for numerous articles and a television spot regarding children’s mental health. Dr. McDonald is a proud Navy wife and a mother to three children. In her spare time, she likes to read, exercise, travel, and bake with her kids.
Life is a whirlwind. Compound today's stress with past experiences and you get a storm of stuff, chaos, pressure, whatever you want to call it. All of this together can make day-to-day feel completely overwhelming. My passion for healing and learning to manage all of this "stuff" comes through experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and refugees dealing with life’s chaos and challenges. I specialize in work with adolescents and adults dealing with trauma, depression, anxiety, relational, social, and academic problems.
My therapeutic approach is integrative and holistic: not simply focusing on a single problem, rather the whole person that can be cared for, empowered, and developed to thrive. When experiences cause pain and have not been given the proper attention to heal, then they will only continue to cause pain throughout life. This keeps a person from becoming the best version of themselves. I hope to be a part of the healing process and see people grow strong from their experiences, rather than be weakened by them. In order to achieve your goals, we will work as a team using models that include cognitive behavioral, family systems, EMDR, and reality therapy. We will work together to build a plan tailored to your needs for the best possible healing and growth.
Credentials: I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) in North Carolina and have a Master’s in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional through the International Association of Trauma Professionals.
A. Whitney Shea
MA, LPC, TLMHC
I am grateful to have been an active-duty military spouse for almost 18 years. This, along with my professional experiences as a social worker at an alternative high school as well as United Cerebral Palsy and being an Adjunct Professor of Psychology for several distance learning programs (15+ years), has given me the chance to meet, work, and learn with people from all over the world, each with unique backgrounds and stories.
It is my belief that every human deserves to feel safe, cared for, understood and respected. It would be an honor to collaborate with you in doing my part in helping to make that happen.
Virtual counseling can be the perfect platform for us to become a team and work on your goals in a convenient, safe space. We have the very real advantage of being able to meet up from day one in a place of ease, comfort and hope.
So if you are residing in either Connecticut or Florida, I truly look forward to "meeting" you!