About Courtney

Wisdom Within Counseling, LLC. Holistic Marriage and Family Therapy. 8 West Main St. Niantic, CT 06357. Call/Text 860- 451-9364. KatieZiskindMft@gmail.com.

Adolescent, Teen, & Young Adult Specialist

Courtney is a social worker and loves helping adolescents and teens. She often uses creative approaches and finds unique ways to connect with reserved or resistant clients. She enjoys incorporating arts and crafts, mindfulness meditation, and physical activity into session and models healthy methods of coping with life’s stressors.

What About Teens Makes You Love Working With Them?

Teenagers are in such an important stage in their life where they are learning to become independent and develop autonomy from their parents while simultaneously needing the support and guidance from positive adults in their lives. I love helping them navigate through the various stressors unique to adolescence.

A Fun Fact About Courtney

In my free time, I love to read Lianne Moriarity and Mary Kay Andrews novels and spend time with my two cats, Dolly and Ellie.

A Note From Courtney

I am absolutely thrilled to be joining as a new addition to the Wisdom Within Counseling team of therapists. The welcoming and supportive environment that Katie has created not only empowers her clients and motivates them to grow, but motivates me to constantly strive professionally and hone my skills working with children, adolescents, parents and families. I am excited to run the Teen Girls’ Group Mondays at 5:30 PM as of March 2019. Read more details about the Teen Girls’ Group here. Teen girls who struggle with low self-esteem, social skills, self-empowerment, and developing a pattern of positive self talk will benefit from the safe environment of this group and blossom into confident and thriving young women.

Anxious Adolescents, Teen Depression, Self-Harm

I am a licensed social worker and have experience working in an agency setting as an outpatient therapist, doing similar work with children, teens and their caregivers. Additionally, I have experience practicing social work in a high school setting and therefore understand the importance of collaborating with other providers or sources of support teens are receiving. As a teen specialist, I am skilled in helping teens address and conquer the challenges they may face including, peer conflict, social anxiety, depression, self-harm, eating disorders, and poor self-esteem.

Support and Guidance For Troubled Teens

Although I love offering support to all populations in need, I feel most passionate about working with troubled teens. Adolescence is such a tumultuous period for many, a time when children are eager to branch out on their own, while needing the love and support of caregivers and other reliable adults. I find working with adolescents to be the most rewarding work I’ve done so far in my professional career and look forward to continue building my clinical skills as a team member of Wisdom Within Counseling.

Would Your Adolescent Benefit From Creative Art, Crafts or Fun In Therapy?

I often utilize an art therapy approach in sessions with kids and teens, frequently integrating activities, crafts, collages, painting, drawing, journal prompts and other forms of creative expression to encourage reflection and self-empowerment of my clients. However, my therapeutic approach is not exclusively art based. I consider it imperative to always be attuned to the client’s needs and identifying the best way to engage and help the client on and individualized basis.

Does Your Teen Need Positive Methods of Self-Care and Coping Skills?

I also love working with parents and helping them identify positive methods of supporting their child through teaching healthy communication skills and providing psychoeducation about the specific challenges their child or family faces. But most importantly, I always practice through a lens asserting that the client is the expert of his or her life, and I am the privileged guest who has been invited to join with them.


Many Teens Struggle Without Help, Here Are Some Signs Your Teen Is In Need Of Counseling

First, your teen is having trouble sleeping. Your teen is over thinking small things, worried about what’s coming, and feel insecure.

Secondly, your teen is a perfectionist at school and struggles with dating and relationships.

When thinking about relationships, breakups, and social anxiety, your teen feels frazzled and anxious.

Maybe your teen is depressed, angry, won’t talk, is distant and goes right to their bedroom and isolates.

Additionally, your teen has engages in extreme dieting and has body image issues, low self-esteem, may be self-harming, and cries often before school.

Sometimes your teen says things like, “I have no friends,” “No one likes me,” “I hate my life,” and/or “I don’t see the point of living anymore”.

Lastly, you’ve tried teen therapy before and your teen felt like it didn’t work. Many troubled teens try talk therapy and don’t feel as though they have benefited. At Wisdom Within Counseling, the team of skilled therapists offer a different approach to clinical counseling by utilizing client-centered interventions such as art therapy, mindfulness meditation, and physical activity, just to name a few!

Call or Text to get started today (860)-451-9364

Therapy for Adolescents and Troubled Teens

Your child, teen, or young adult can feel safe in my office expressing their deepest emotions. Meeting your child or teen where they are is my speciality! If you have questions, check out the FAQ page here.

Eating Disorder & Self-Harm Focus

To note, I also support your adolescent or teen through a recent move, life/social skills, eating disorders, cutting, dating, healthy boundaries, interpersonal skills, pet loss, depression, anger, school avoidance, divorce, and trauma. I teach positive coping skills to help your teen learn to release their emotions in healthier ways.

Creative Art Therapies-Therapy For Teens & Young Adults In Niantic

Sometimes the stress of balancing academics, college life, relationships, parents, and work can be overwhelming. Creative art therapies for teens helps them feel like they are a positive part of their own growth process. Further, when an adolescent or young adult comes to therapy, sometimes talking about emotions can be very tough. Therefore, I combine creative art therapies with positive coping skills. By combining these, teens build positive coping skills and self-confidence.

Self-Confidence & Support For Adolescents, Teens, and Young Adults

In summary, I specialize with children, adolescents, teens, and young adults from the neighboring Connecticut towns: Lyme-Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Essex, Ivoryton, East Haddam, East Lyme, Niantic, Waterford, New London, Groton, Mystic, Pawcatuck, Westerly, Gales Ferry, Montville, Salem, Colchester, and Uncasville. And, I offer flexible office hours with weekends as well as TeleTherapy, Video Counseling to those who live in Connecticut as well as those living internationally, outside of the United States.

Thank you all for welcoming me to the practice and I look forward to meeting with many of you and working together to grow in tandem.

To get your teen started in counseling with Courtney, call or text 860-451-9364.