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Courtney Armstrong on Using Positive Emotional Imagery to Counter Negative Beliefs

Most of us have been trained—at least in part—to appeal to the cognitive mind of our clients.

But, according to Courtney Armstrong— who trains mental health professionals in creative techniques for healing trauma—that’s taking the long way round. Why? Because most client issues are rooted in the emotional brain where memories and attachment schemas are stored, not the cognitive brain.

In this clip, Courtney walks us through an approach that taps directly into the emotional brain’s storehouse of powerful embodied memories. She calls this approach “Improvisational Imagery,” illustrating how and why it works with an example from her own clinical work.

Courtney Armstrong is one of the new generation of master clinicians who use creativity and innovation to get clients’ full attention, trigger their curiosity, and kindle their motivation for change. This clip is taken from her session in our creativity video course:

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