#461 – Strategies for Getting Therapy Clients Unstuck with Courtney Armstrong

Courtney Armstrong


COURTNEY ARMSTRONG, MEd. LPC, is a licensed professional counselor specializing in grief and trauma recovery. With a career spanning more than two decades, she has helped thousands of clients overcome trauma, grief and anxiety, and experience deep personal transformation. She also offers face-to-face and online training to mental health professionals and coaches, showing them how to help clients clear underlying emotional blocks that may be affecting their health, their relationships and their lives in general. Her professional expertise has made her a much sought-after media guest, and has appeared on CBS Radio News, NPR and on networks in Europe, Asia and Australia. Courtney is a regular contributor to Psychotherapy Networker, The Neuropsychotherapist and many others, and is author of Transforming Traumatic Grief (2011) and her latest book, The Therapeutic “Aha!”: 10 Strategies for Getting Your Clients Unstuck (2015).

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  1. Mahyar
    Posted July 2, 2015 at 1:51 am | Permalink

    Besides the great material and helpful insight, I truly enjoyed Dr. Armstrong’s joyful and passionate tone!!! Just listening to her voice made me feel secure!
    Thank you Dr. Dave!!!

  2. Posted July 4, 2015 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Thank you, Mahyar! So glad to be able to inspire and encourage fellow practitioners. Thanks also to Dr. Dave for having me on the show. Great conversation!

  3. Barbara Lond
    Posted July 11, 2015 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    I just discovered this site and today I listened to Courtney Armstrong. I’m a psychologist working predominantly with whole organisational change. Recently focusing on working more with individuals and trying to discover a style that fits with me personality; I’m creative, flexible and playful. I feel so inspired by Courtney’s approach and I too don’t feel comfortable with using one model for working with people. Thank you, what a fabulous therapist she must be. I’m particularly impressed with the ‘Michael’ example. I aspire to work like Courtney and glad I decided to listen to this today.

  4. Trevor Urman
    Posted July 14, 2015 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    I would like to thank Dr Dave and Courtney Armstrong for this wonderful conversation/interview. I have listened to it several times now. Courtney has a comforting voice, playful attitude and warm presence. She also provides specific examples of helping her own clients get unstuck. I too aspire to be a counselor able to help others as well as Courtney.

  5. Tyler Overstreet
    Posted August 20, 2015 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Courtney is as enjoyable to listen to as she is knowledgeable. Great book and super podcast! Having met Courtney in person I can attest she’s the real deal! Go buy her book for your treatment library!

  6. Dr. Michael Ocana
    Posted September 20, 2015 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Here is the review of Courtney’s book I posted to Goodreads:

    “I’ll be honest, I would not have picked this book up if I hadn’t heard Courtney Armstrong interviewed on Shrink Rap Radio. Her compelling interview inspired me to pick this book up. Even more surprising the book exceeded my already considerable expectations. The title suggests a book that might give a few tips and tricks to better therapeutic success. Something I would have assumed I didn’t need. Instead Armstrong provides a powerful review of the most cutting edge thinkers in the field and integrates their insights and methods to provide a powerful framework for transformative work. Armstrong concisely and eloquently summarizes and integrates contemporary thinkers including Daniel Siegal, Jan Panksepp, Bruce Ecker, Peter Levine and (perhaps most interestingly) hypnotherapist Jon Connelly, drawing on the hugely varied traditions that underly each of their work. Then she goes on to provide a remarkably simple and powerful framework (which she summarizes as RECON) to deliver this cutting edge knowledge in a practical psychotherapeutic environment. Not only this but Armstrong manages the barely conceivable task of injecting humour and spontaneity into this serious and effective work, in such a way as to inspire the practitioner to do likewise!

    A truly delightful work. Wonderful and groundbreaking.
    It’s on my A-list shelf.”

    I gave it 5 stars.

    (For those who don’t know me I am a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist.)

  7. Posted September 20, 2015 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    Wow! thanks everyone for these wonderful comments and thanks Michael Ocana for the nice review on Goodreads! So nice to know there a like-minded therapists out there and I’m sure you all are doing amazing work yourselves!

  8. Posted September 21, 2016 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Courtney your approach is both inspiring and innovative. I’m going to send our counsellors a link to this article.

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