Courtney Ruggles


Telehealth Provider

Get to know Courtney

Apart from a brief relocation to St. Louis, Missouri, Courtney was born and has lived her entire life in the Dallas/Ft Worth area.  As a teenager, she experienced a series of traumatic experiences that led to her eventual pursuit of becoming a counselor.  On her 16th birthday, she suddenly lost her dad, her best friend, to a heart attack. Shortly after, her little brother was diagnosed with cancer and a diagnosis that gave him less than a 10% chance to live.  This was quickly followed by more death and loss in Courtney’s life.

Courtney holds a bachelor’s degree in Education specializing in Middle School Math from Baylor University.  It was through those difficult experiences as a teen that prompted many questions and created a desire within her to help others as a therapist once did for her and eventually lead her to receive her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Amberton University. 

Courtney believes that struggles, hardships and changes in life exhibit themselves through pain, depression, anxiety and hurt.  Determining a personalized plan to help clients grow, learn and heal in the midst of those life experiences is something she is particularly good at.  She specializes in working with children, adolescents, teens, and individuals experiencing grief, depression, and anxiety.  Her deepest desire is to empower children and adults to be tenacious and constant in who they are and who they were meant to be.

She draws techniques from many different theories and approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), rational-emotive behavior therapy (REBT), solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) and existential therapy, to name just a few.  By combining different techniques, she can help guide clients develop themselves, build healthier relationships with others, and improve their overall mental health.  Courtney also enjoys integrating biblical concepts in counseling for those who desire this approach but is just as passionate for and experienced with clients who come from various belief systems.

As a former athlete, teacher, and coach, she is able to connect with students and athletes who find themselves struggling with school, sports, and the pressure that comes with performing on the field and in the classroom. The banners and trophies are temporary, but the mental stability is forever changing in someone who does not understand long-term success.  Many clients find themselves “stuck,” unable to configure an avenue that points them in the right direction. Courtney’s goal is to guide these clients in accepting themselves, create new ways of thinking, and help restore mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional freedom.

Courtney’s favorite saying is It's not always what you say, it's also how you say it. And her life motto stems from Proverbs 22:1 which states, A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.  She was always taught that if one lives a legacy, one can leave a legacy! In her spare time, Courtney enjoys spending time with family and friends, particularly having good conversations on a patio. She loves to be on the lake, playing sports or attending sporting events.