14 May cortney edwards
Cortney grew up the youngest of four siblings in the small town of Godley, Texas. Small town life allowed her the freedom to participate in just about whatever sport interested her – so naturally she chose all of them. However, her mother eventually provided some focus by sticking a tennis racquet in Cortney’s hand and pairing her with her brother. With mom as coach, Cortney and her brother were able to make it to the state tournament twice.
Cortney studied communications at Tarleton State University, with an emphasis in broadcast journalism. She also has a minor in Spanish and studied abroad in Spain during a summer semester. (‘Que viva España!!) She played on Tarleton’s Elite flag football team, traveling with the team to other colleges to compete in tournaments. She was also part of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.
Upon graduation in 2012, Cortney was offered the catering manager position at Blue Mesa Grill, the restaurant where she has worked since she was 15 years old. She accepted the position and began spending her time building and training staff, working with the management team, marketing to potential customers, and of course focusing on hospitality for the guests. She learned about relating and working with people on many different levels throughout her experience in the restaurant industry.
It was this management experience that convinced her to follow her interest in creating relationships with people, so she applied to Tarleton State University Masters in Counseling program and started her journey to become a therapist. As a Licensed
Professional Counselor intern at LifeWorks, Cortney – known to Lifeworkers as C-mac – is eager to trot out those people skills and help whoever comes her way.
Cortney’s experience in the food and restaurant industry has given her a unique empathy for employees of the service industry – a workplace infiltrated with sensory overload and opportunity for addiction. An 8-hour shift can require an additional 2 hours of decompression. Dating outside the industry feels impossible.