Tag Archives: trauma

Rethinking Personality Disorders

What’s going on when your best efforts to establish a secure therapeutic alliance with a personality-disordered client aren’t working? Before you proclaim a “bad fit” and refer them out, consider changing your approach. Learn why personality disorders may not be disorders at all, but creative ways of coping with painful attachment trauma. Understanding this often-ignored […]

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Awakening Positive Emotional States

Research from brain science and positive psychology shows that awakening positive emotional states through experiential tools such as imagery, music, movement, and play is the fastest route to shift mood, decrease anxiety, and stimulate creative problem solving. But how do you help clients access resourceful states when they’re feeling hopeless and helpless? Discover how to […]

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“I know it’s irrational, but I can’t stop feeling this way.”

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 […]

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Turning Symptoms into Strengths

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 […]

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