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Earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from 
The University of California, Irvine (2003)
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Cortney studied at the University of California, Irvine and earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from UCI in 2003. Cortney went on to complete post-bacchelaureate work at California State University, Long Beach in communication sciences and disorders.  She earned a masters degree in communication disorders at Northwestern University in 2008. Following her time at Northwestern, Cortney worked in the early intervention system in Illinois as a speech-language pathologist. She then went on to spend several years in a multidisciplinary clinic with a focus on the DIR/Floortime approach. In 2013 Cortney founded Grove Communication Therapy, LLC to continue integrated and tailored work with families. With a career-long passion for relationship-based work that supports each child in a nuanced way, Cortney completed a certificate and fellowship in DIR/Floortime through Profectum, going on to become a trainer and expert clinician in that model in early 2019. She deepened her knowledge of how early relationships and developmental experiences impact children throughout the lifespan by completing Erikson Institute's Infant / Early Childhood Mental Health (I/ECMH) Program in 2022. She is a credentialed I/ECMH consultant through the Illinois Association of Infant Mental Health.


Cortney consults on cases in different locations via telehealth and occasional travel and enjoys problem solving with families, clinicians, and educators alike.

At this time, Cortney is accepting a limited number of new patients under the age of 4 for direct treatment. She currently has openings for monthly/bimonthly developmental parent coaching. She offers comprehensive language and communication evaluations for older students and provides monthly or quarterly consultations to private therapy teams and clinics for case-based problem solving. Cortney has openings for ongoing professional mentorship, staff training, and speaking engagements. To inquire about these services, please email at


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