Hello, and a very warm welcome!
I’m Dr. Courtney Ferenz, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Northern Virginia.
I’m looking forward to getting to know you!
"Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change."
-- Brené Brown
ABOUT DR. FERENZ
I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology in 2007. Since that time, I have been treating children, adolescents and young adults. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is at the heart of the work. It is a tremendous privilege when someone allows me to be a part of their process. Whether you are here as a parent who needs help for your child, or as an individual who is struggling, I am looking forward to working with you.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Selective Mutism/Social Anxiety
I earned my Masters and Doctoral degree from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University/Washington, D.C. I completed my postdoctoral residency at a therapeutic day school (where I remained for 4 years) that required significant experience working with children ages 6 to 18 as well as their parents. I provided individual therapy, group therapy and attended educational meetings to find ways to support students in the classroom and school community. For the past 9 years, I have been working in private practice. I specialize in treating children, adolescents and young adults with a range of issues. I use a variety of evidence based techniques, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure response prevention (ERP) and mindfulness techniques that can help you reach your goals.
Education & Experience
American School of Professional Psychology, masters and doctorate (Psy.D.)
Therapeutic Day School, 4 years
Child and family Counseling Group, 9 years
Private Practice, current
"Strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't."
-- Rikki Rogers
FAQs ABOUT THERAPY
What can I expect from my first appointment?
Many people feel nervous before their first appointment. They might feel uncertain about what to talk about, or worried about what I might ask. I will be curious what led you to make the appointment, what you have done to solve the problem, and what you hope to accomplish in therapy. This first appointment is about developing a therapeutic relationship and formulating goals. If you are a parent of a child aged 12 or under, I will probably suggest that our first appointment be a “parent only” appointment. This will allow us to speak freely, which will help me get a better picture of what is going on with your child.
How long will it take?
The duration of therapy depends on a variety of factors, including the complexity of the problem(s), and the engagement of the client. Most people improve significantly after 8-10 sessions.
Do you prescribe medication?
Psychologists do not prescribe medication. However, if you wish to explore the potential benefits of medication, I can refer you to a psychiatrist who can evaluate you and discuss this option with you.
Do you provide telehealth sessions? If so, is it as effective as in person therapy?
At the start of the pandemic, I was skeptical about whether virtual therapy would benefit my clients as much as in person therapy. In my experience, it has shown to be just as effective in providing high quality care. It has also been convenient for busy families and working adults who value the service but don’t want to spend an hour commuting to my office after a long day. In addition, it has allowed me to stay connected to college students when they are away from home, without interrupting their treatment.
I am currently providing teletherapy from my home office. This is my view!
I have been granted the authority to practice interjurisdictional Telepsychology (ABIT) granted by the PSYPACT commission, which allows me to conduct psychotherapy with patients via telepsychology when they are physically located in a participating state.
"We don't have to do it alone. We were never meant to."
-- Brené Brown
Memberships & Media
The Tourette Association of America – Certified CBIT Provider
The Selective Mutism Network
The International OCD Foundation
The Northern Virginia Psychological Association
"I'm here for you, just a click away."
-- Dr. Ferenz
My preferred method of communication is email, as I like to give my undivided attention to my clients and cannot answer a phone.
Still, feel free to call and leave me a voice mail if that's more comfortable.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Please leave me a voicemail
Therapy Sessions via: Zoom
Zoom is HIPAA Approved
My virtual office is in Northern Virginia