Contributed by Courtney Armstrong

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The Playful Therapist

7 Clinicians Share Their Best Strategies

In this collection, master therapists share how they’ve used humor in ways that both enliven and enrich the work of therapy. Read more

Symposium Highlight October 16, 2019

VIDEO: Crossing to Safety

A Master Clinician Shares Her Most Therapeutic Moment

Of all the meaningful sessions that take place in a therapist’s career, what makes certain ones stand out? Sometimes, it’s taking creative leaps in... Read more

Case Study September 4, 2019

Have we unfairly pathologized clients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder? Read more

VIDEO: Helping Clients Envision Personal Transformation

...While Still Validating Their Pain

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

Case Study July 6, 2018

The Challenge of Helping the People Pleaser

Setting Boundaries Can Be Risky

Helping clients set boundaries can be a risky business, especially when people pleasing has been a lifelong strategy. * Commentary by Courtney Armstrong Read more

Hiding in Plain Sight

Clients' Symptoms Offer Clues to Their Strengths

As therapists, we’re taught to be master detectives who methodically investigate our clients’ symptoms in search of a “culprit”—the source of their... Read more

VIDEO: Where Do You Want to Take Your Clients?

Courtney Armstrong on Approaching Sessions from a New Angle

Watch this clip to hear Courtney Armstrong talk about a specific client she saw who needed guidance more than she needed understanding. Read more

VIDEO: The Art of Evoking Felt Experience

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... Read more

VIDEO: When "One-Size-Fits-All" Doesn't Measure Up

Courtney Armstrong on Creatively Connecting

Courtney Armstrong discusses how she connected with some clients who weren't interested in traditional therapy approaches. Read more

Creating Adventure And Play In Therapy

How to Vitalize Your Therapeutic Style

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... Read more

Courtney Armstrong

Courtney Armstrong, LPC, MHSP, is a Board Certified Fellow in Clinical Hypnotherapy and has trained thousands of mental health professionals in creative, brain-based strategies for healing trauma. She’s a bestselling author of the book, The Therapeutic “Aha!”: 10 Strategies for Getting Clients Unstuck and Transforming Traumatic Grief and is the owner/director of Tamarisk: A Center for Mind-Body Therapy in the state of Tennessee.