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Courtenay Houk

Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, AMFT #122207

MA Counseling Psychology, concentration in Somatic Psychology

Supervised by Christina A. Loeffel, LMFT #29127

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A Little About Me

There is no right way to be human. Our therapy begins with how you are showing up, in this very moment. What are you telling yourself through your movements, or your stillness? Your gestures, postures, speech patterns and breathing are just some of the ways in which you speak to yourself. By working with how you are showing up in the moment with me, we discover what you are wanting to nourish and cultivate in therapy. My practice is not about changing who you are, but in supporting you with growing a relationship to who you already are. Your body is our best teacher and I am excited about the possibilities we can grow together.

My practice is informed by Identity Psychology® (Peter Wright) and Formative Psychology® (Stanley Keleman), both forms of Somatic Psychotherapy. Somatic Psychotherapy, derived from the Greek word "soma" (body), is a relational modality that supports individuals and couples in developing a self-knowing that is derived from one's bodily experience of themselves. Throughout our lives, we change and grow in response to our respective environments (including people), and sometimes, the responses we form eventually feel unsatisfying. These responses in turn, are initiated on a muscular level within the body before we consciously recognize what we are doing or how we are doing it. 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.

As a clinician, I am attentive, direct and curious. Particularly in my work with couples, I have found that a playful approach can be supportive in nervous system regulation and building intimacy between partners. I am best suited for clients who want a therapist that can both hold them accountable and hold them when life feels overwhelming.

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  • English
  • Mandarin
I Work With:
  • Immigrants/First Generation Americans
  • Interracial/Multiheritage Couples
  • LGBTQI+
  • LGBTQI+ and Gender Expansive or Non-Binary
  • People in tech who feel marginalized
  • People of Color (POC)
  • Poly and Open Relationships
Types of Therapy I Do
  • Couples Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Teen Therapy
My Areas of Focus
  • Adjusting to life in the SF Bay Area
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Codependency
  • Communication and Boundaries
  • Cultural/Racial/Ethnic Identity Development
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Eating Disorders
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Gender Questioning and Transitions
  • Immigration and Acculturation Differences
  • Men's Issues
  • Nervous System Regulation
  • Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem/Self Criticism
  • Suicidal Ideas
  • Women's Issues
My Treatment Approaches
  • Formative
  • Relational
  • Somatic


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