LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR
My goal in life has always been to help those who are suffering heal from their pain and find hope. My journey began when I worked as an Emergency Medical Technician on an advanced life support ambulance in 1995 and served my community as an EMT for six years. While answering 911 calls, I discovered people needed patience, kindness, and understanding during their crisis and witnessed people suffering with mental illness not get the help they deserved. I changed my career to helping those struggling with mental health issues and obtained my Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University.
Along with my medical experience, I began specializing in eating disorders in 2001. I have worked at all levels of care including inpatient, residential, day treatment, and intensive outpatient to better understand what people go through at different levels of treatment. My passion for helping those heal from eating disorders has continued for over 19 years and my motivation comes from seeing those find freedom from their pain and enjoy life again free from their eating disorder. It takes an active listener and being present with your clients to really be able to understand their story and know how to help them.
When I am not working I am enjoying time with my family in Oregon and California either at the beach, kayaking, hiking with my two dogs, or doing crafts and decorating at home.
Lizette DuBay Courtney
REGISTERED DIETITIAN NUTRITIONIST
I have a passion for helping clients establish a satisfying relationship with food and eating. I choose a client-centered approach, considering each client’s unique set of circumstances to develop a plan specific for meeting their nutrition goals. In our current complex food environment full of confusing and contradicting messages, I focus on evidence-based approaches to address specific issues around food and eating.
My practice focus is in the treatment of eating disorders and in the correction of disordered or maladaptive eating behaviors across the spectrum, working with children as young as 10, adolescents and adults. Beyond nutrition therapy and counseling, I seek to empower my clients and their support partners to improve confidence in themselves to know what, when and how much to eat. In working with me my clients not only receive education, instruction, skills building, and support but they also have an opportunity for practical experiences. I eat with my clients. I shop with my clients. I meet my clients at restaurants for food challenges. I offer coached family meals.
I have practiced as a registered dietitian for 8 years and have specialized in the treatment of eating disorders for 7 of those years, having received specific training, education, and supervision to increase my effectiveness in serving this population. I access a variety of tools and techniques to address the needs of the individual including Intuitive Eating Principles, principles of family-based treatment, principles of Satter Eating/Feeding Competence, principles of Motivational Interviewing. I am a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor® and I am a candidate for certification in the treatment of eating disorders for registered dietitians (CEDRD) through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.
I started with The Oasis Center in September 2017 after leaving a 16-year career in the investment industry. In 2013, I moved with my husband and daughter to Oregon from Southern California, where I was raised and started my family. Soon after arriving I met Robyn and her passion for the community has been contagious. My role is primarily administrative, but I see this opportunity to use my skills to serve this wonderful community as a blessing and a new adventure. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, my church, and my two Boston terriers.