Dominique Courts, MA
Dominique Courts, MA, has a clinical master’s degree in Marriage and Family therapy. She is also a third-year graduate student in University of Connecticut’s doctoral program in Human Development and Family Studies, with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, where she received the prestigious Giolas-Harriott/Crandall-Cordero Fellowship. She received her bachelor’s degree from New York University in Science in Applied Psychology with a concentration in Social and Cultural Analysis.
Every client is an agent of change as they have inner resources and capacities to create their own change. Change occurs when clients are aware of their own power and responsibility.
Dominique provides treatment for individuals, couples and families. She has worked at the UConn Humphrey Clinic and other community organizations and agencies. She works collaboratively with all clients using cognitive-behavioral, experiential, narrative, family systems, strength based, culturally-attuned, and community-centered approaches. She provides compassionate support and guidance to help clients better understand feelings and thoughts, find new ways of coping, behaving and communicating and feel more alive and authentic. Additionally, the complex intersections of lived experiences and social, cultural and personal contexts are valued and explored.
Integrating a social justice and strength-based approach, Dominique centers empowerment throughout treatment to remind clients of their choices, locus of control, and to help increase their agency. Empowerment in this case not only means recognizing internal and external resources, but also rejecting and processing experiences and knowledge that perpetuates objectification and dehumanization. In hopes of creating a secure space where clients are free to be themselves, humor and playfulness are a part of most of sessions when appropriate.
Dominique also facilitates workshops and groups throughout the CT community focused on relationships, communication, LGBTQ identities and topics related to social justice and healing. She centers the lived experiences and needs of the individuals at the intersections of race, sexuality, gender and ability in her clinical work, research, teaching and advocacy.