Courtney Del Rosario, MS, RMHCI
Before completing my master’s degree, I was working in home health as a residential counselor. While working in home health I was working with clients who were physically and mentally disabled. As a residential counselor I would take clients to their appointments, take them on walks, and do brain stimulation activities to help them remember people, places, and things. While completing my master’s degree at Nova Southeastern University I had the pleasure of working with clients who were among the substance abuse (AODA) population. I have worked in outpatient, intensive outpatient (IOP), and residential for the past 6 years. Clients would be in these programs for 16 weeks all the way to 6-18 months. While working with this population. I found that many of the clients I was working with had a primary substance use disorder diagnosis but had a secondary mental health diagnosis as well (dual diagnosis). I have worked with clients that were diagnosed with anxiety (GAD), depression (MDD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and bipolar disorders. I have also been able to work with children that have been diagnosed with ADHD, Asperger’s, Autism, and behavioral related disorders.
I learned a great deal about the effects of addiction and mental health on the family system as well as the impact it holds for the individual. I have also been able to work with the family to help facilitate the overall quality of an individual’s life and to provide more structure in the family dynamics. Ever since I started working in dual diagnosis of both disorders, I have simply fell in love with it. I am passionate about seeing adults, children/adolescents, and families experience freedom in their mental health and/or addiction.
I truly enjoy doing inner child work with my clients. Inner child work consists of the process of contacts, understanding, embracing, and healing your inner child. The inner child represents your original self; the self of who you were when you entered this world. This inner self contains your capacity to experience wonder, joy, innocence, sensitivity, and playfulness. Although inner child work consists of talk therapy, this process is a gentler approach, safe for the client, and is highly effective in gaining access and heal areas that were previously hidden. Alongside inner child work, my main therapeutic approach when doing therapy with my clients is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational interviewing, and utilizing different techniques of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
These therapeutic techniques simply mean I help you or your child replace negative thoughts for more positive thoughts and change the way you are thinking about your problem to a solution. I work with you individually, as a couple, or even an entire family. My goal is to see you reach your goals and highest potential while working with me. I am incredibly passionate about helping people and watching them change before my eyes. I look at everyone uniquely and individually and do not see clients as a one size fits all model. Different people mean different ways of solving problems and finding solutions. I look forward to guiding you on your journey to peace and happiness, positivity, and hope.