Have we unfairly pathologized clients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder? In this case study I wrote for the Psychotherapy Networker, I share a surprising example of what happened when I moved beyond the BPD label to focus on the real issue: unresolved attachment trauma. No diagnosis conjures up stigma quite like borderline personality disorder (BPD). […]
Hurricanes. Another mass shooting. Political crises. Seems anxiety is at an all-time high for us and our clients as chaotic events erupt around the world. How do you reassure clients and help them find hope in the midst of turbulent times? In this post, I’ll share what seems to be helping my clients and want […]
Recent brain research has revealed new clues to better guide us in the process of resolving traumatic memories. The key is lies in creating what is called a mismatch experience, or new meaning experience. As I discussed in the first part of this article (“Healing Traumatic Memories, Part 1”), the memory network has the capacity to […]
Can you really eliminate the fear and distress associated with a traumatic memory? Until recently, researchers weren’t sure, but significant discoveries are now improving the way therapists treat traumatic memories. For decades, prolonged exposure has been the gold standard for treating fears, trauma, and phobias. However, people often drop out of exposure treatment before it […]
Therapist and author, Courtney Armstrong explains why our emotions can override our thoughts and how you can heal. Do you ever feel nagging self-doubt or insecurity that you know is irrational, yet can’t seem to turn off? Often it is because we are still carrying around what I call a negative embodied belief that has inadvertently merged […]
Do your client’s symptoms offer clues to their hidden strengths? Find out in this article Courtney wrote for the Psychotherapy Networker’s September/October 2016 issue. As therapists, we’re taught to be master detectives, methodically investigating our clients’ symptoms in search of a culprit—the source of their pain. But if we spend too much time preoccupied with our […]
“Out of all the workshops I have gone to in recent memory, this workshop was the most informative applicable. I learned many new skills and ways of approaching therapy – something I can actually use. I find that piece to often be lacking in the seminars I’ve been to. Courtney’s attitude, teaching style, use of role plays, media, etc. it was great!”
— Becky DavidsonLCSW, Chattanooga, Tennessee
"I have attended numerous trainings by Courtney. She’s an amazing therapist, inspiring and understanding trainer, and an incredible writer. Courtney brings everything she knows from the therapeutic process to neuroscience and makes it all understandable and interesting. Anyone who gets a chance to train with her, see her professionally, or read one of her books will be glad they did!”
— Tara DickherberLPC, St. Charles, Missouri
"May I take this opportunity to say that taking Courtney’s online course has been – hands down – one of the best decisions I’ve made both professionally and personally. She has a way of teaching that is not only informative but also engaging and accessible. What I’ve learned has already made a huge difference in my practice and outlook."
— Christine TotterdaleDip Hyp, CS, MHS, United Kingdom
"Courtney presented one of the most profitable workshops I have ever attended on trauma. The insights are brilliant. Thank you for a superlative experience.”
— Alan BattlePh. D, ABPP Chief, Division of Clinical Psychology, UT Medical Group
"I have known Courtney for some time and find her to be skilled as a presenter/speaker, deeply knowledgeable about her subject area (resilience and traumatic stress among other areas), and in general one of the kindest and generous people you could meet. I hope you get a chance to see or read her work."
— Bill O'HanlonSpeaker, and Author of over 30 books
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