Courtney Marchesani, M.S., Clinical Health Coach of Inspired Potentials, is an integrative mental health and wellness educator. She is a certified health coach with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (NYC) and also attained her Master’s of Science in Mind-Body Medicine from Saybrook University. She also provides education and holistic coaching programs for mental health issues such as anxiety, attention deficit, and depression.
Courtney also worked as a Mental Health Practitioner in social services for over ten years, then as a writer/publisher. Her career in mental health began after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Montana. She worked in Seattle, Washington in social services, affordable housing advocacy, and prevention of homelessness.
While working toward her Integrative Health Coach certification through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and Master’s of Science in Integrative Medicine Health Sciences at Saybrook University, she apprenticed with traditional healers and herbalists that incorporate medicinal plants in their healing practices.
Courtney also specializes in the often hidden mental health and emotional struggles of Highly Sensitive People (HSP). HSP’s were first written about by Dr. Elaine Aron in her book The Highly Sensitive Person. Often overwhelmed by the intensity and stimulation from the world, HSP’s make up roughly 15 to 20% of the population. Because this overwhelming sensory overload has a direct impact on our health, Courtney supports her clients by helping them identify sensory processing issues, related to anxiety and depression.
From her advocacy Courtney has received awards for outstanding service work in mental health. She won the Best Community Service Award in Housing and Mental Health (Seattle, WA) due to her activism, lobbying, and progressive leadership. She is the author of, The Energetic Psychopath: How to Protect Yourself and Recover from Violence, The Fifth Chamber, and also Feeding the Trauma Spirit: How to Heal the Hidden Body.
Additionally, she won the Hay House 2017 Writer’s Workshop Book Contest with her proposal Four Gifts of the Highly Sensitive which identifies four specific archetypes of the highly sensitive person.
Four Gifts of the Highly Sensitive will be published by Hay House/Random House February 16, 2021.
I trained as a Health Coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. It is the largest nutrition school in the world. At IIN I learned over 100 different nutritional theories. My education also gave me a rounded knowledge in holistic health, stress management, and functional medicine by the world’s leading health and wellness experts. Additionally, my favorite teachers at IIN were Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Bernie Siegel, Dr. Andrew Weil, and Dr. Lissa Rankin. One thing that connects these four amazing doctors is their philosophy on wellness, they believe the power of healing is within us.
After I passed through my health coach training at IIN I decided to go further and was accepted into the Mind-Body Medicine Integrative Health and Sciences Master’s of Science program at Saybrook University. Additionally, I will sit for the National Board of Certified Health and Wellness Coaches in the fall of 2021.