Christine A. Courtois PhD, PLLC


Trauma Treatment 

and

Consulting Services

 

 

Christine A. Courtois PhD, ABPP
Christine A Courtois, PhD, PLLC 
3 Washington Circle NW, Ste. 206
Washington, DC  20037  
Phone: 202-362-2776
Fax: 202-362-2778
CACourtoisPhD@aol.com

National Clinical Trauma Consultant
About Us

Christine A. Courtois, PhD, ABPP, is a graduate of the Counseling Psychology program at the  University of Maryland and a licensed psychologist in DC and MD.  Dr. Courtois has received international recognition for her work on the effects of incest, child sexual abuse, complex traumatic stress disorders and other types of trauma and has received awards from numerous professional organizations. She is a psychotherapist (with broad experience in outpatient and inpatient treatment), workshop leader, and consultant specializing in posttraumatic and dissociative conditions and disorders. Her approach is integrative, relational, and trauma-referenced, based upon respect for the client and his/her life experience.


 

Dr. Courtois has recently been appointed chair of the American Psychological Association PTSD Guidelines Development Panel. This group of 11 appointed experts from various mental health professions will meet over the course of the next two years to examine relevant literature reviews and existing guidelines with the goal of producing updated treatment guideline recommendations based on these resources.


Dr. Courtois has just authored, along with Dr. Julian Ford, Treating Complex Trauma: A Sequenced, Relationship-based Approach,(2013, Guilford Press), and has a new book being published in July, 2013, Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders in Children and Adolescents, Scientific Foundations and Therapeutic Models. As well she has brought out the second edition of Healing the Incest Wound: Adult Survivors in Therapy (W. W. Norton), co-edited (with Dr. Julian Ford) the book Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders: An Evidence-based Guide (2009, Guilford Press) and authored Recollections of Sexual Abuse: Treatment Principles and Guidelines (1999, W. W. Norton), Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse: A Workshop Model (1993), Families International), and Healing the Incest Wound: Adult Survivors in Therapy (1988, W. W. Norton). She has also co-edited a special section on complex trauma with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk in the Journal of Traumatic Stress (2005). Dr. Courtois is past Associate Editor of the new journal Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, & Policy http://www.apa.org/journals/tra/).


 

Dr. Courtois is also Co-Founder and former Clinical and Training Director and Consultant to The CENTER: Posttraumatic Disorders Program, an in-patient and day hospital specialty program in Washington, DC, where she worked for 17 years. She is active in a number of professional organizations  having to do with psychological practice and trauma including the American  Psychological Association (where she is past-president of Division 56, Psychological Trauma (www.apatraumadivision.org), the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (www.istss.org) (where she co-chairs the Complex Trauma Task Force), The International Society for Trauma and Dissociation (www.isst-d.org), the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and the Maryland Psychological Association (www.mpa.org) where she organized and co-directed the Post-Doctoral Institute on Psychological Trauma.


As of August 1, 2013, Dr. Courtois is not accepting new patients but is available 

for consultations on a time-available basis. 

I regret that I am unable to provide referrals to other providers. I suggest that you contact your state psychological, social work, or counseling organization for referral information. Also, see articles on page 3 for information on complex trauma.

Services

Individual psychotherapy
Group therapy: time-limited/educational and
long-term/process.
     Specialized topics.
     Seasonal topics.
Assessment: Trauma, PTSD, DD
Education and skill groups
Consultation for individuals
Consultation for professionals
     Individual
     Group
Professional Training Workshops
Performance Enhancement
Somatosensory (Dr. Courtois)
 
Specialized Topics

Childhood abuse & trauma: Adult survivors
Incest/child sexual abuse: Adult survivors
     Clergy abuse
     Male survivors
Attachment and relational trauma
Adult-onset trauma
Complex traumatic stress disorders
PTSD
Dissociative disorders
Sexual harassment
Life crises and transitions
Complicated and traumatic bereavement 
Chronic illness
Emotional regulation skills
Life skills and wellness
Relationship skills
Couple counseling
Depression and anxiety
Postpartum reactions
Addictions and compulsions:
      Substances
      Sexual
      Relationship
      Shopping/spending
College students
Mindfulness
Mentalization