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Meet Courtney

COURTNEY ARMSTRONG, MEd. LPC, is a licensed professional counselor and Nationally Board Certified Fellow in Clinical Hypnotherapy who specializes in grief and trauma recovery. With a career spanning more than two decades, she is the founder of the Institute for Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy and developed her Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy® approach after studying with numerous trauma experts and helping thousands of clients overcome trauma and grief.

Known for her warm, engaging teaching style, Courtney offers both live and online training to mental health professionals in Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy and other experiential, brain-based strategies that help clients access inner resources for healing.

Her professional expertise has also made her a much sought-after media guest, and she has appeared on CBS Radio News, NPR affiliates, and media outlets in Europe, Asia, and Australia. Courtney has been a contributor to Psychotherapy Networker, The Neuropsychotherapist, Counseling Today, and many others, and is author of Transforming Traumatic Grief (2011) The Therapeutic “Aha!”: 10 Strategies for Getting Your Clients Unstuck (2015) and her latest book, Rethinking Trauma Treatment: Attachment, Memory Reconsolidation, and Resilience (2019).

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Licensure and Certifications

  • President, Institute for Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy
  • Licensed Professional Counselor, TN LPC#831
  • Approved LPC Supervisor in Tennessee
  • National Board Certified Counselor
  • American Society for Clinical Hypnosis Approved Consultant
  • National Board Certified Fellow in Clinical Hypnotherapy
  • Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies from the Trauma Center at JRI Boston
  • Trained in EMDR with Somatic Attachment Focus
  • Trained in Biofeedback and Heartmath
  • M. Ed., Counselor Education, University of New Orleans
  • Past President, Chattanooga Psychotherapy Association

Courtney’s Story

Courtney began her career working with inner-city children and adolescents in New Orleans dealing with gang violence. Through this work she witnessed the devastating impact trauma and grief can have on a person’s ability to learn, grow, and cultivate healthy relationships. However, she also learned tremendous healing can take place by taking the time to listen, understand, and believe in a person’s strengths. The New Orleans youth also taught her the therapeutic power of music, art, and creativity that she incorporates into her practice today.

Courtney transitioned from counseling children to counseling adults in psychiatric hospitals leading intensive outpatient programs. Again she recognized many psychiatric issues were rooted in unresolved trauma and grief. Sometimes the “trauma” wasn’t necessarily a big event like rape, war, or abuse, but occurred out of a pattern of emotional neglect, dismissal, or betrayal in one’s family of origin. Courtney noticed that a lifetime of chronic emotional stressors like these often led to chronic health problems and illnesses, prompting her to study mind-body medicine approaches to healing.

Courtney received training in hypnotherapy, biofeedback, and mindfulness based-stress reduction methods which taught her that to reach the root of a troubling symptom or pattern, you have to communicate in a non-verbal, experiential way that the deeper level of the mind understands. She not only uses these advanced, integrative approaches in her practice, but she also trains mental health professionals both nationally and internationally in transformative, experiential approaches to change.

In 2016, Courtney founded the Institute for Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy with a mission for training both mental health professionals and hypnotherapist practitioners in respectful, ethical practices of hypnosis that are safe, trauma informed, research-driven, and empowering for clients.