Dr. Courtney Liggera

(Psy.D.)

About Me

I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with twelve years of clinical experience gained in a variety of settings including schools, outpatient and inpatient mental health facilities and a college counseling center. I have worked with individuals, families, children and adults coping with a variety of common concerns such as depression, anxiety, stress and relationships, and more chronic issues including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and personality disorders.

In addition to my broad clinical background, I have gained expertise as trauma-focused clinician providing individual and family therapy and community-based interventions to children who have experienced traumas suffered from neglect and abuse. I have also often served as a clinical advocate testifying in court on behalf of my clients’ needs and well-being.

Encountering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on a regular basis has put me on the cutting edge of treating stress from an integrated body and mind and social perspective. Augmenting to my holistic perspective, I have confidence in the power of psychodynamic/insight oriented therapy. I believe that the key to a successful therapeutic experience is being able to connect with yourself and a trustworthy guide in a safe and calm environment, so that the root of difficulties and the path to overcoming them can become clear.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Depression

I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship, Family, Intimacy-related, Eating, Parenting, Anger, Self esteem, Career

Years of Experience: 13

Licensing

Psychologist #PS016281 (Expires: 2017-11-30)


Reviews

Written by E.D. on Oct 20, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 1 week stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and sleeping

Dr Liggera is a compassionate listener. She completely understands me and has gained my complete trust. She has gotten me through some rough patches in my life, and I appreciate her and all her help and advice. And simply for always being there for me, and always being so responsive. She's simply the best!

Written by K.A. on Sep 25, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, self esteem, and bipolar

Dr. Liggera was instrumental in helping me make the decisions I needed to to get my life back on track. She is dedicated and genuine and I'm very grateful for her work.

Written by L.I. on Sep 18, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 2 months stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, eating, parenting, and self esteem

I would highly recommend Dr. Liggera. She is very timely, always able to get to back to me within a few hours (or reaches out that she won't be able to respond until later that day). I find that her insight is invaluable; it has helped me examine the concerns that I go to her with a new light. I also like that Dr. Liggera is very realistic about setbacks and how "life can get in the way" - to allow yourself patience. After all, Rome wasn't built in a day. She has been supremely helpful in the three months that she and i have been working together.

Written by S.U. on Aug 23, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 7 months relationship

Courtney is supportive and understanding. She has provided valuable help during some difficult situations. I'm so happy to have her in my corner!

Written by G.E. on Aug 19, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 2 months relationship

I appreciate the thoughtful help and advice Dr. Liggera has given to me as I work through my issues. She's there when I need extra help too and it's been very beneficial.

Written by A.L. on Jun 28, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 6 months stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, family, intimacy-related, and anger

I love my counselor. I had to stop counseling for a while and she gave me options, supported me and encouraged me. I really missed her while my counseling was suspended. She has the perfect timing for reaching out. I can't wait to get back. She helps me so much mentally. Thanks Courtney!

Written by A.R. on Jun 27, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 5 months depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family, sleeping, self esteem, anger, and career

Love Dr. Liggera! I feel like we haven't made a dent in my issues yet, but she's a superb listener and makes me feel ok about being me. She makes me feel like my problems are fixable or at least I'm not so alone when dealing with them.

Written by C.Y. on Jun 23, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 7 months stress, anxiety, sleeping, career, and depression

I've been working with Dr. Liggera for over a year now. I started working with her to get assistance with anxiety issues related to work, and she has been an amazing support in my life. The techniques she has taught me and the emphasis on self-care are much need reminders that she has helped me with.

Written by M.E. on Jun 22, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 5 months relationship

Courtney is all I have, and I can't thank her enough for all she has helped me to become.

Written by H.E. on Jun 21, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 7 months stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

Highly recommend, she always responds to my messages in a timely manner and is very understanding of my issues, with new ideas I can try.

Written by L.I. on Jun 21, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 2 months depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Dr. Liggera is a very attentive counselor. She has a way of making you feel comfortable with talking about what is bothering you. She's very supportive and she helps you to challenge yourself on self knowledge & empowerment​.

Written by J.E. on Jun 21, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 3 months stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and depression

Dr. Liggera is always there for me even when I'm not! I may not respond for days, but she will send me check up messages to make sure I'm ok. So even if I get too busy, she is there for me. I will always appreciate her efforts.

Written by C.O. on Jun 20, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 5 months depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, sleeping, parenting, self esteem, and career

I have liked working with her. She has been very helpful in this time in my life.

Written by L.E. on Jun 20, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 6 months depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Dr Liggeria is fabulous! I am so grateful to have found her. Wouldn't trade her for the world.

Written by B.R. on Jun 20, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 3 months stress, anxiety, family, and anger

Courtney is truly amazing and caring.

Written by E.U. on Jun 09, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, family, trauma and abuse, parenting, self esteem, anger, and career

She is focused on the needs of the client; I was going through a stressful time in my life and Dr. Liggera was attentive and nurturing.

Written by D.E. on May 31, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 3 weeks depression, addictions, relationship, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Dr. Liggera provides me with timely and appropriate feedback during our sessions. She is good at asking questions and suggesting activities that help me explore feelings I'm not in touch with. Overall, limitations of the medium aside, I feel the doctor has been very helpful to me during a difficult time.

Written by E.R. on May 16, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, grief, intimacy-related, and anger

Dr. Liggera has been great she has a casual method that makes me comfortable discussing issues and makes me come to understanding of things I didn't realize in a way that is not jarring

Written by M.O on May 11, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 6 months depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

Speaking with Dr. Liggera has helped me through a difficult period in my life. She was very understanding and comforting and helped me see patterns in my behavior that I could change to feel better. She encouraged me to look at myself in a more positive way.

Written by K.A. on Apr 19, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 1 month stress, anxiety, relationship, grief, intimacy-related, and self esteem

She has been a great shoulder to lean on in helping me deal with anxiety and relationship issues. She gives me constructive advice. I find that the live chats are extremely helpful in getting some of my raw emotion out; she always has good advice, even when it is something I may not want to hear. She has really been helping me grow and to deal with stress and anxiety in my daily life.

Written by H.E. on Apr 17, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and grief

As someone who cannot leave the house, the help I'm getting from Dr. Liggera via this service is really the only way I can get it. I'm very grateful for her understanding, availability, and professionalism and also for making me feel like it's okay to not be okay after something terrible happens. Highly recommend.

Written by M.U on Apr 15, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 1 month depression, addictions, relationship, grief, self esteem, anger, and career

She is a positive influence on my life since the very start... Exactly what I needed

Written by L.E on Apr 06, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 4 months depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, and self esteem

She's fabulous!

Written by S.H on Mar 31, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 1 month stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, and self esteem

I feel like she understands me

Written by S.H on Mar 29, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Dr. Liggera was amazing in helping me through some of my struggles! I never once felt judged and could be open and honest without any fear. Her suggestions at managing my anxiety have been extremely helpful and even though I feel like I'm "out of the woods" with my current situation, I'll gladly be keeping the service as the ability to have a resource like her available is priceless.

Written by J.O on Mar 21, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 2 weeks relationship

Dr. Liggera had been really great in helping me with relationship issues. She's great about not judging anything and validating the feelings I have. At the same time, she doesn't just tell me what I want to hear; she asks questions that make me think and help me to understand why I feel the way I feel. She's been so helpful in helping me process my feelings by allowing me to talk freely and really think about why I feel the way I do/did.

Dr. Liggera has helped me to move forward in a natural progression, never pushing or pressuring me to feel any sort of way or to rush the healing process. Maybe more than anything, she's been great at just listening to me and as a sort of responsive sounding board for my thoughts and feelings as I've come to understand them as time has gone on. Whenever I have a new revelation and understanding, or even when I have a sort of mental relapse and I'm really upset, I just write out what I'm feeling, and Dr. Liggera responds and helps me sort it out and feel better and again move forward. I highly recommend her!

Written by A.M. on Mar 12, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 1 month relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, and eating

Dr. Liggera is very responsive, kind and understanding. I never feel judged, and she really listens to what I have to say, leading me to a greater understanding of myself.

Written by T.A. on Mar 07, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career

She's wonderful to speak to and she's very attentive to my problems.

Written by K.A on Mar 04, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 2 weeks

As I started working with Dr. Liggera, I noticed changes within myself almost right away. She asks the right questions that pull out my suppressed thoughts and emotions. By the time I write it all out and proofread it, I'm in a place where the solution typically has come from within.
I appreciate her helping me help me :).

Written by A.N on Feb 16, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 3 days depression, family, sleeping, and self esteem

I was depressed when I started talking to Dr. Liggera, but since I started talking to her I am able to tell someone how I feel and I'm not really depressed anymore.

Written by J.U on Feb 14, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, sleeping, self esteem, and career

Dr. Liggera is brilliant. All the advice she has given me has helped me see perspective on my issues, on my life, and she asks all the perfect questions to help me dissect why or what makes me do the things that I do. She has given me insight and helped me feel more confident about the things that I am going through, and has made me feel less Alone in this world. I highly recommend her!!

Written by C.H on Feb 10, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, family, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Very helpful and caring , not dismissive

Written by A.N. on Feb 10, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, and career

Dr. Liggera has been great to work with. She's responsive, helpful, and engaged. She provides me with thought-provoking questions, which ultimately lead to revelations about my thought patterns and how to break the negative ones and generate more positive ones. She's professional, respectful, and knowledgeable. I'd highly recommend her.

Written by S.A on Feb 09, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 1 month stress, anxiety

Dr. Liggera is very understanding and knowledgeable in the area of anxiety and stress. She is helping me learn to deal with a series of tragic events in my life followed by health issues that left me "undone."

Written by H.E on Feb 06, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 3 months stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

Very easy to talk to, and has good suggestions that's I've made good use of.

Written by B.R. on Feb 06, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 3 weeks

She is great, very responsive and encouraging and I feel that I have made a lot of progress

Written by C.A on Feb 05, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping, self esteem, and career

My experience with Dr. Liggera has been really fantastic. She's helped me deal with a lot of things I've dragged with me for years and things from more recently that left me kind of questioning everything. It's been a learning process for myself and who I am as a person, but she's really been pushing me to see things differently and embrace new possibilities. Without a doubt she's helped me a lot and I feel like a better person for it.

Written by A.R on Feb 02, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family, sleeping, self esteem, anger, and career

She's amazing. She's not pushy. She works things out of you with ease and grace, and she makes it feel like you're making progress even when you've fallen behind. She's understanding and kind and easy to open up to. And she doesn't make you feel like she knows all the answers. She's just someone to talk to and I would totally recommend her to everyone!

Written by J.U on Jan 29, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 4 months depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Very sensitive and empathetic, and always helps provide new perspectives I hadn't thought of.

Written by N.I on Jan 10, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 3 weeks lgbt, and relationship

Dr. Liggera is amazing at everything I have talked her about! She has given me the most amazing responses in things to do in case some of the situations ever happened again. She is an amazing person to talk to about things.

Written by A.L on Jan 10, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, family, intimacy-related, and anger

Dr. Liggera is awesome! She's kind and gives great suggestions and is not judgmental! I feel very blessed to have her helping me through this period in my life.

Written by S.A on Jan 02, 2017 after counseling with Courtney for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, self esteem, and anger

I really enjoy working with Dr Liggera. She has been very helpful in navigating me through my emotional stresses and anxiety. She asks me a lot of questions that really get me thinking and exploring what the causes are, and how I can change different patterns. I enjoy the fact that I can message her anytime because it allows me to address the issue I am having immediately instead of waiting until my next appointment like a traditional therapist would.

Written by A.R on Dec 31, 2016 after counseling with Courtney for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, eating, self esteem, and career

Really great, she provides an excellent listening ear, which is sometimes all you need in therapy.

Written by L.Y on Dec 28, 2016 after counseling with Courtney for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, family, sleeping, parenting, and self esteem

Dr. Liggera is a kind, compassionate professional with an open approach to counseling. I highly recommend!

Written by A.M on Dec 21, 2016 after counseling with Courtney for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship

Dr. Liggera has helped me recognize detrimental patterns & behaviors and has been a safe place to discuss anything on my mind!

Written by M.I on Dec 04, 2016 after counseling with Courtney for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, sleeping, and self esteem

This is my first time in counseling and somehow I've never been able to open up to anyone not even my family. Dr. Liggera understood my predicament and helped me step by step to open up and lead me to the light. If you need someone to just pat you on the back and leave then she's not for you. But in case you are looking for someone to tell it like it and get to the hard truth, then she's your passport to reviving and enjoying your life again!

Written by A.V on Nov 29, 2016 after counseling with Courtney for 3 weeks relationship, family, self esteem, and career

Dr. Liggera hangs with the client so that we feel both that she listened and also that she heard. Our loved ones ought to take a lesson from her. Thank you Dr. Liggera for making the difference in contemporary human existence. You are nicely suited for the work that you are doing.

Written by S.T on Nov 26, 2016 after counseling with Courtney for 3 weeks depression, and relationship

Very helpful and informative. For all the problems I talked about, she gave me advice on how I should approach the issue and how I can resolve it. It really depends on me to fix the problems, but it's good that she hears me out and understands me.

Written by W.A on Nov 15, 2016 after counseling with Courtney for 2 months

Amazing and supportive help in an incredibly timely manner!

Written by S.C on Nov 10, 2016 after counseling with Courtney for 5 months

Great!

Written by E.D on Nov 04, 2016 after counseling with Courtney for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and sleeping

Dr. Liggera is a very attentive and caring therapist. She made me feel comfortable right away. She has great insight and is able to quickly identify the problem(s) and issues at hand. She offers very helpful and positive advice, and I highly recommend her!

Written by S.T on Nov 02, 2016 after counseling with Courtney for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related, and self esteem

I'm not sure how to start a testimonial, but a good jumping off point is Dr. Liggera is good. I've had counselors in the past, but they haven't helped as much Dr. Liggera has in such a short amount of time. This may also be a testament to the BetterHelp system, but I feel like it's a combination of the message based therapy, and Dr. Liggeras ability to focus on the right things. She identifies the cause to deal with the effect. Previous counselors have fixated on how to deal with the effect, and tended to ignore the cause. I'll also say that it helps that I'm more willing to open up when I'm not speaking face to face. I wasn't sure how I would feel about this system when I started the trial. But now I find that my mood improves when I see that I have an unread message on Better Help. I attribute that to Dr. Liggera.

Written by R.O on Oct 27, 2016 after counseling with Courtney for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, and intimacy-related

Dr. Liggera has been really helpful for me. I have been able to see things from a different perspective. I feel comfortable talking with her about any sort of issues.

Written by J.E on Oct 26, 2016 after counseling with Courtney for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and eating

Dr. Liggera is great! She is just the type of specialist I was looking for to help me with my problems. I've tried other therapists face-to-face but so far she's the best.

Written by T.H on Oct 08, 2016 after counseling with Courtney for 1 month depression, trauma and abuse, and grief

Dr Liggera is amazing she truly cares and has really been there for me!!!! Although we have only been working together for a short time it has helped me to realize that she is invested in helping me build a life worth living!!!

Written by K.R on Sep 01, 2016 after counseling with Courtney for 5 months stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger, career, and depression

Courtney has helped me immensely through some of the toughest times of my life that have happened and are happening now.

Written by A.L on Aug 12, 2016 after counseling with Courtney for 3 months stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, and depression

Dr. Liggera has helped me in a lot of ways, but most importantly she's help me learn to understand myself in a professional and effective manner.

For anyone who is truly ready to help themselves (with a little help from a very nice Doctor) it's my opinion that Dr. Liggera is one of the best.

Thank you Dr. Liggera!

Written by J.E on Jul 08, 2016 after counseling with Courtney for 8 months

Dr. Liggera is always prompt and thorough. I appreciate how attentive she is. Sometimes my days get away from me and it's her follow up messages that help remind me to take time for myself.

Written by C.I on Apr 26, 2016 after counseling with Courtney for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, eating, sleeping, self esteem, career, and depression

We've only been working together for a little under 24 hours, but so far she has been very receptive and been spot on, on various issues and feelings I have already. I will write a more detailed testimonial as the time passes but as of right now I would already highly recommend her!!!

Written by J.E on Apr 12, 2016 after counseling with Courtney for 1 month stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and depression

I'm so grateful for someone to talk to without having to walk on egg shells. I can rant and rant and she responds with reason and organization allowing me to organize my own thoughts and feelings. I've gotten so much out of this, way more than from an in-person therapist I could rarely find time for and for less money and more convenience. Very recommended and thank you!!

Written by M.E on Mar 18, 2016 after counseling with Courtney for 3 months stress, anxiety, relationship, self esteem, bipolar, and depression

Courtney's very helpful and always gets back in a timely manor. I would suggest this for anyone that has anxiety with meeting new people, or is just too busy to find the time to make regular appointments.

Written by M.E on Jan 26, 2016 after counseling with Courtney for 2 weeks relationship

Dr. Liggera is the greatest. She slowly got to know me by asking exactly the right questions that opened me up to thoughts and feelings I have had hidden for years. I find myself writing on and on. This is the perfect situation for me because I have no time for appointments and actually I feel I am more open like this. I would recommend her to anyone.

Written by A.L on Dec 29, 2015 after counseling with Courtney for 1 month stress, anxiety, and depression

I have enjoyed working with Dr. Liggera very much. I find that she "listens" very well and provides a balance of good direct insight, while also helping me lead myself to some of my own conclusions. I also find that she is able to overcome the challenges of an online platform, and makes the experience feel personal and genuine.

Written by C.Y on Dec 04, 2015 after counseling with Courtney for 1 month stress, anxiety, sleeping, career, and depression

Dr. Liggera has been extremely helpful to me over the past few months as I've dealt with anxiety and job-related stress. She knows just the right questions to ask to push me to really think about the cause of my issues. I'm so glad to have been matched with her.

Written by M.O on Nov 24, 2015 after counseling with Courtney for 1 month stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, self esteem, anger, and depression

Dr Liggera was responsive and has provided me with the guidance I needed during a very stressful time.

Written by P.A on Nov 19, 2015 after counseling with Courtney for 1 month

Dr. Liggera has been such a wonderful resource in my life from day one of using BetterHelp. I'm not very good at expressing myself, and she's been such a reassuring presence with every message. She is kind, knowledgeable and completely open minded. For the first time in therapy, I feel like I can actually open up and be myself with my doctor without fear of judgement.

Written by J.E on Nov 09, 2015 after counseling with Courtney for 3 weeks relationship, intimacy-related, eating, self esteem, and career

I am fortunate to have Dr. Liggera in my corner. She is very accessible to me and so I never feel alone in my issues. I find her feedback to be both practical and compassionate. We have really connected and made substantial progress.

Written by J.E on Nov 07, 2015 after counseling with Courtney for 9 months stress, anxiety, self esteem, and depression

Dr. Liggera has been great to work with. She always responds promptly and is sure to touch base if she hasn't heard from me in awhile. She is not only supportive but asks the hard questions and gets me to really think, which is exactly what I need.

Written by N.I on Nov 02, 2015 after counseling with Courtney for 3 weeks

She is very patient, caring, and understanding. We go at my pace and I feel more comfortable talking each day.

Written by A.M on Oct 28, 2015 after counseling with Courtney for 3 weeks

Great at what she does!

Written by H.O on Sep 30, 2015 after counseling with Courtney for 3 weeks relationship, and intimacy-related

I am happy with Dr. Liggera.