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It isn’t enough to be a kind, supportive guide on clients’ journeys. We have to be a provocative guide, creating experiences that trigger their curiosity and desire to know more. The experiences we create have to go beyond the intellect to reach a deeply human place, prompting clients to believe they can relate to themselves and the world in a new way. Following this approach, good therapy can often look like performance art, rather than a rational discussion. But let’s face it: to get the emotional brain to pay attention to what we’re saying and to keep clients coming back to our offices, the therapy experience has to be at least twice as interesting as the problem.

Courtney Armstrong, M.Ed., who trains mental health professionals in creative techniques for healing trauma, is the author of Transforming Traumatic Grief: Six Steps to Move from Grief to Peace. Contact: armstronglpc@gmail.com.

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  • Comment Link Wednesday, 17 July 2013 15:17 posted by Chris

    Inspiring article

  • Comment Link Wednesday, 17 July 2013 13:09 posted by Kathleen Gierhart

    I really enjoyed reading the article. It has the joy and fun and silly in it. I realize better about what we are doing with Jon's methods and with the whole process. I will read the other article as well.

  • Comment Link Wednesday, 17 July 2013 08:34 posted by Gary Kimbrough

    Great article Courtney and wonderful use of strategic interventions to create play, humor and effect the emotional center. I love to do similar work with the use of my horse herd! The emotional dance involved with another species is extremely powerful in trauma resolution!

  • Comment Link Thursday, 11 July 2013 20:38 posted by Soo

    Great article! I enjoy the personal cases. I believe we all need multiple tools in our toolbox, regardless of our profession. And emotion is a powerful tool. Sometimes people need logic, sometimes emotion, sometimes just being called out. One size does not fit all and often we are afraid to step out of what we know and into what we feel. In the end we are trying to reframe problem(s) so the client can see it in a different perspective and get away from their blind spots.

  • Comment Link Wednesday, 10 July 2013 18:25 posted by Karen

    Great article!