Years in Practice

10 years +


Chicago IL 60618 - United States



Additional Expertise

Counselor/Therapist, Psychotherapist, Speaker/Presenter, Teacher, YourTango Expert Partner

I Practice in

Multiple states/provinces, please inquire



I Believe

I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become. – Carl Jung

About Dr. Cortney Warren

As an expert in self-deception, eating pathology, addictions, and the practice of psychotherapy from a cross-cultural perspective, I see how hard life can be. Painful experiences in childhood. Dysfunctional relationship patterns. Unfair political and social realities. Financial uncertainties. Health problems. Mental health struggles. The list of challenging life circumstances we can find ourselves in is endless.

The truth is that life will always present us with adversity—situations that are profoundly unfair, ethically problematic, and even traumatic. Every single one of us will have experiences that cause great pain, anguish, rage, fear, sadness, or anxiety. Many of these situations we can’t directly control or stop. Given this reality, the deeper journey of personal development becomes less about the circumstances that caused our pain and more about making choices that help us transform through them.

Professional Biography

I’m Dr. Cortney Warren—a Board Certified Clinical Psychologist Researcher and Adjunct Clinical Professor at the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). I earned my bachelor’s degree from Macalester College in 2000 and PhD in clinical psychology from Texas A&M University in 2006 after completing my clinical internship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. 

Although I’m a licensed psychologist who provides psychotherapy to clients, I’m also a writer, speaker, educator, researcher, and media consultant. Much of my work appears in scientific journals—I have almost 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, 7 book chapters, and 75 professional presentations in some the field’s top journals, including the International Journal of Eating Disorders, Appetite, and Obesity. I’ve been fortunate to be recognized by the psychological community with some of the prestigious awards in my field, including the 2015 Early Career Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program; the 2011 Theodore H. Blau Early Career Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Clinical Psychology; and the 2010 Samuel M. Turner Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Diversity in Clinical Psychology.

Public Psychology

In addition to working in academic circles, I’m passionate about bringing theoretically-grounded, empirically-supported psychological research to the public. Psychology is the study of human nature, so it’s fundamentally the study of us! When applied to your life, understanding psychology can help you explore yourself more honestly. Evolve through conflict. Learn skills that help overcome heartache and psychological strife. In essence, psychology offers us all a framework to emerge from difficult life experiences with a deeper understanding of what we need to be fulfilled before our time on this planet ends and how to help ourselves do it.

In this vein, I do a lot of public speaking, research consulting, and media interaction aimed at providing psychological information to anyone who is interested in personal growth. I believe that being honest with ourselves is critical to life fulfilment, so I gave a TEDx talk called Honest Liars and wrote a short book on the topic called Lies We Tell Ourselves: The Psychology of Self-Deception to illustrate how we all lie to ourselves, why we do it, and how to change. Lying to ourselves is also very influential to our romantic relationships. My latest work is a self-help book that teaches Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) skills to anyone stuck in unhelpful symptoms of heartache after the end of a romantic relationship called, Letting Go of Your Ex: CBT Skills to Heal the Pain of a Breakup and Overcome Love Addiction (2023). Visit my LinkTree for additional information and social media links.

Personal Philosophy

Although I’m a psychologist, I’m a human first and foremost. I strive to live each day to the fullest and use the same skills that I teach to shift unhealthy patterns in myself. My sincerest hope is that we all see life as a journey of self-exploration and development. That we confront our pain with vigorous efforts to become empowered through difficult life experiences. That we strive to exemplify the best of human nature—beings who can evolve through hardship with kindness, compassion, empathy, and forgiveness.  

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