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Crossing to Safety

A Master Clinician Shares Her Most Therapeutic Moment

Courtney Armstrong • 6/19/2018

By Courtney Armstrong - Many people wonder how therapists manage to do the work they do. Of the thousands of meaningful sessions that take place in a therapist’s office, certain ones stand out. In the following storytelling piece, Courtney Armstrong shares a memorable moment from her own work.

Daily Blog
Copyright:
3/23/2018
Author:
COURTNEY ARMSTRONG, LPC, MHSP
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Turning Panic into Power

Hidden Strengths Can Be the Key to Healing Trauma

Courtney Armstrong • 9/30/2016

By Courtney Armstrong - As therapists, we’re taught to be master detectives who methodically investigate our clients’ symptoms in search of a “culprit”—the source of their pain. But if we spend too much time preoccupied with symptoms, we’re likely to miss important clues to hidden strengths, which can transform the experience of psychotherapy.

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Hiding in Plain Sight

Clients' Symptoms Offer Clues to Their Strengths

Courtney Armstrong • 8/30/2016

As therapists, we’re taught to be master detectives who methodically investigate our clients’ symptoms in search of a “culprit”—the source of their pain. But if we spend too much time preoccupied with symptoms, we’re likely to miss important clues to hidden strengths, which can transform the experience of psychotherapy.

Magazine Article

How to Improve Your Therapy Using Play and Emotion

Why Good Therapy Means Tapping Into the Client's Emotional Brain

Courtney Armstrong • 1/5/2016

How many times have you surprised yourself by jumping at the scary part of a movie? You know the villain in the movie isn’t real, but your emotional brain ignores this logic and leaps into action. In essence, the emotional brain is our unconscious mind, and scientists estimate that it controls about 95 percent of what we do, think, and feel at any given moment. As therapists, we have to be a provocative guide, creating experiences that 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.

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Using Play in Therapy to Solve Emotional Problems

Why Creative Strategies are the Therapist's Best Tool

Courtney Armstrong • 6/17/2015

How many times have you surprised yourself by jumping at the scary part of a movie? 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. Human behavior and motivation are driven mostly by the emotional brain---the brain centers that mediate “primitive” emotions and instincts and respond to sensory-rich experiences, not intellectual insights.

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Creating Adventure And Play In Therapy

How to Vitalize Your Therapeutic Style

Courtney Armstrong • 7/8/2013

The more we learn about the emotional brain, the clearer it becomes: to have real therapeutic impact, we need to create experiences that help clients learn to relate to themselves and the world in entirely new ways.

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Copyright:
6/22/2021
Authors:
DAVID KESSLER
 
DANIEL J SIEGEL, M.D.
 
BESSEL A VAN DER KOLK, M.D.
 
CLAUDIA BLACK, MSW., PHD
 
JOHN M. GOTTMAN, PH.D.
 
JULIE GOTTMAN, PH.D.
 
JANINA FISHER, PH.D.
 
LESLIE KORN, PH.D., MPH, LMHC, ACS, RPP, NTP, NCBTMB
 
TERRENCE REAL, LICSW
 
STEPHEN PORGES, PH.D.
 
WILLIAM DOHERTY, PH.D.
 
SUSAN JOHNSON, ED.D.
 
RICHARD C. SCHWARTZ, PHD
 
LINDA GRAHAM, MFT
 
RICHARD SEARS, PSYD, PHD, MBA, ABPP
 
JOE KORT, PH.D., LMSW
 
BRITT H RATHBONE, LCSW-C, ACSW, BCD, CGP
 
MARY JO BARRETT, MSW
 
GABOR MATÉ, MD
 
TAMMY NELSON, PH.D.
 
JONAH PAQUETTE, PSY.D.
 
COURTNEY ARMSTRONG, LPC, MHSP
 
LISA FERENTZ, LCSW-C, DAPA
 
FRANK ANDERSON, M.D.
 
KENNETH V. HARDY, PH.D.
 
IAN KERNER, PHD, LMFT
 
EDWARD HALLOWELL, MD
 
CATHERINE PITTMAN, PH.D., HSPP
 
DAFNA LENDER, LCSW
 
DAVID TREADWAY, PH.D.
 
LYNN LYONS, LICSW
 
SUZANNE IASENZA, PH.D.
 
DAVID JOBES, PH.D., ABPP
 
ALEXANDRA SOLOMON, PHD
 
MICHAEL MITHOEFER, MD
 
DEANY LALIOTIS, LICSW
 
JAMES L. FURROW, PH.D.
 
DEB DANA, LCSW, LICSW
 
GEORGE FALLER, LMFT
 
PETER FRAENKEL, PH.D.
 
HOWARD SCHUBINER, MD
 
SABRINA N'DIAYE, PH.D., LCSW-C
 
KENNETH CARTER, PHD, ABPP
 
MANUELA MISCHKE-REEDS, MA, LMFT
 
ELLIOTT CONNIE, MA, LPC
 
ANDREW TATARSKY PH.D.
 
CANDICE RICHARDSON DICKENS, LCPC-S, LCADC-S, CCTP
 
STEPHEN SNYDER, MD
 
SHADEEN FRANCIS, LMFT
 
DERAN YOUNG, LCSW
 
JADA MCCRAY, LCSW-C
 
NOAH GARCIA, MA, LPC-S, NCC
 
DR. JENNIFER SWEETON, PSY.D., M.S., M.A.
 
ABI BLAKESLEE, PHD, MFT, CMT, SEP
 
MEG JAY, PHD
 
JENNIFER UDLER, LCSW-C
 
RAMANI DURVASULA, PHD, LCP
 
JULIANE TAYLOR SHORE, LMFT, LPC
 
LAURA COPLEY, PHD, LPC
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How Imagery, Movement, and Play Can Enhance Your Work
Copyright:
3/22/2019
Author:
COURTNEY ARMSTRONG, LPC, MHSP
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COURTNEY ARMSTRONG, LPC, MHSP
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Integrating Neuroscience for Resilience, Connection and Post-Traumatic Growth
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9/26/2018
Author:
COURTNEY ARMSTRONG, LPC, MHSP
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3/23/2018
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Finding Strength in the Symptom

Breaking Free from the Limits of Our Medical Treatment Model

Courtney Armstrong • 6/25/2020

If we spend too much time preoccupied with our clients’ symptoms, we’re likely to miss important clues to their hidden strengths. I’ve learned that turning a symptom into a client’s ally can transform the whole experience of therapy for both the therapist and client.

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VIDEO: Crossing to Safety

A Master Clinician Shares Her Most Therapeutic Moment

Courtney Armstrong • 10/16/2019

Many people wonder how therapists manage to do the work they do. Of the thousands of meaningful sessions that take place in a therapist’s office, certain ones stand out. Here, therapist Courtney Armstrong shares the story of working with her most memorable client.

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VIDEO: Helping Clients Envision Personal Transformation

...While Still Validating Their Pain

Courtney Armstrong • 5/15/2019

How do you help clients access resourceful states when they’re feeling hopeless and helpless? In this short video, trauma specialist Courtney Armstrong explains.

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Creating Adventure And Play In Therapy

How to Vitalize Your Therapeutic Style

Courtney Armstrong • 1/1/2019

By Courtney Armstrong - The more we learn about the emotional brain, the clearer it becomes: to have real therapeutic impact, we need to create experiences that help clients learn to relate to themselves and the world in entirely new ways.

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Being a Provocative Guide

To Keep Clients Tuned In, Sometimes Our Work Has to Be Twice as Interesting as Their Problems

Courtney Armstrong • 8/28/2018

By Courtney Armstrong - The more we learn about the emotional brain, the clearer it becomes: to have real therapeutic impact, we need to create experiences that help clients learn to relate to themselves and the world in entirely new ways.

Daily Blog

Crossing to Safety

A Master Clinician Shares Her Most Therapeutic Moment

Courtney Armstrong • 6/19/2018

By Courtney Armstrong - Many people wonder how therapists manage to do the work they do. Of the thousands of meaningful sessions that take place in a therapist’s office, certain ones stand out. In the following storytelling piece, Courtney Armstrong shares a memorable moment from her own work.

Daily Blog

Turning Panic into Power

Hidden Strengths Can Be the Key to Healing Trauma

Courtney Armstrong • 9/30/2016

By Courtney Armstrong - As therapists, we’re taught to be master detectives who methodically investigate our clients’ symptoms in search of a “culprit”—the source of their pain. But if we spend too much time preoccupied with symptoms, we’re likely to miss important clues to hidden strengths, which can transform the experience of psychotherapy.

Daily Blog

How to Improve Your Therapy Using Play and Emotion

Why Good Therapy Means Tapping Into the Client's Emotional Brain

Courtney Armstrong • 1/5/2016

How many times have you surprised yourself by jumping at the scary part of a movie? You know the villain in the movie isn’t real, but your emotional brain ignores this logic and leaps into action. In essence, the emotional brain is our unconscious mind, and scientists estimate that it controls about 95 percent of what we do, think, and feel at any given moment. As therapists, we have to be a provocative guide, creating experiences that 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.

Daily Blog

Using Play in Therapy to Solve Emotional Problems

Why Creative Strategies are the Therapist's Best Tool

Courtney Armstrong • 6/17/2015

How many times have you surprised yourself by jumping at the scary part of a movie? 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. Human behavior and motivation are driven mostly by the emotional brain---the brain centers that mediate “primitive” emotions and instincts and respond to sensory-rich experiences, not intellectual insights.

Daily Blog
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Case Study

The Problem with the Borderline Diagnosis: Getting Beyond the Label

Courtney Armstrong • 9/4/2019

Have we unfairly pathologized clients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder?

Magazine Article

Hiding in Plain Sight

Clients' Symptoms Offer Clues to Their Strengths

Courtney Armstrong • 8/30/2016

As therapists, we’re taught to be master detectives who methodically investigate our clients’ symptoms in search of a “culprit”—the source of their pain. But if we spend too much time preoccupied with symptoms, we’re likely to miss important clues to hidden strengths, which can transform the experience of psychotherapy.

Magazine Article

Creating Adventure And Play In Therapy

How to Vitalize Your Therapeutic Style

Courtney Armstrong • 7/8/2013

The more we learn about the emotional brain, the clearer it becomes: to have real therapeutic impact, we need to create experiences that help clients learn to relate to themselves and the world in entirely new ways.

Magazine Article
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Courtney Armstrong, LPC, MHSP, has over 20 years’ experience and is a Board Certified Fellow in Clinical Hypnotherapy who has trained thousands of mental health professionals nationally and internationally in creative, brain-based strategies for healing trauma. She is a bestselling author of the book, The Therapeutic “Aha!”: 10 Strategies for Getting Clients Unstuck and Transforming Traumatic Grief and contributes to publications such as the Psychotherapy Networker, Counseling Today, and The Neuropsychotherapist. She has been featured as a trauma and grief expert on national television and radio programs and is the owner/director of Tamarisk: A Center for Mind-Body Therapy in the state of Tennessee.