Courtney Armstrong

218 – Playing to the Edge

Stretching Clients beyond Their Comfort Zones

Good therapy often involves moving beyond providing acceptance and safety to challenging clients to stretch beyond their comfort zones and try things they didn’t think they were capable of. But how do you effectively challenge clients without overwhelming them or running them off? In this workshop, you’ll learn the art of “playing to the edge,” a term used in yoga that means stretching just beyond your comfort zone without causing unnecessary or counterproductive pain. Discover how to expand your clients’ expressive and behavioral range by:

  • Reframing a challenge into a compelling invitation using imagery and the powerful Align, Lift, and Lead communication strategy
  • Co-creating goals that are emotionally intriguing enough to motivate clients to push past their fears and explore new experiences
  • Playfully provoking your clients with fun experiments that make it enjoyable for them to try new skills

Courtney Armstrong, LPC, trains mental health professionals in creative techniques for healing trauma and is the author of The Therapeutic “Aha!”: 10 Strategies for Getting Your Clients Unstuck and Transforming Traumatic Grief.

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417 – How to Uplift Your Clients

The Secrets of Sparking “Aha” Moments

Here’s the dilemma: you want to validate your clients’ emotions, but you also know that spending too much time focusing on pain can lead to therapeutic stagnation. The solution: uplift your clients to evoke their desired emotional state. Eliciting these positive emotions will give them access to inner resources for more active and productive problem solving. While avoiding mutual burnout from sessions that go nowhere. You’ll learn how to:

  • Frame ideas, questions, and other interventions to boost motivation and foster hope
  • Use music and movement to lift depression, calm anxiety, and empower traumatized clients
  • Use imagery techniques to elicit desired emotions and spark “Aha” moments

Courtney Armstrong, LPC, trains professionals in creative therapy techniques and is the author of The Therapeutic “Aha!”: Ten Strategies for Getting Clients Unstuck and Transforming Traumatic Grief.

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7:00 PM Friday Dinner Event

My Most Unforgettable Session: An Evening of Storytelling
Courtney Armstrong, Mary Jo Barrett, Margaret Nichols, Terry Real, Hedy Schleifer, Ron Taffel

Join six Master Therapists as they engage in the art of storytelling and
invite you into an evening of deep listening and authentic experience.
As in the acclaimed first-person storytelling program The Moth, each
therapist will recount a deeply felt, real-life experience that will inspire,
provoke, and enchant. The more you listen, the more you’ll feel like
you’re huddled around a campfire exchanging stories and sharing insights in an
experience of communal discovery.

Each therapist will reveal a tale from the heart about a session, a client, or a
therapeutic moment that stands out from all the others because it was . . . the most
meaningful? Surprising? Humbling? Explosive? Hilarious? Come and find out!
Whether told from the point of view of the therapist, client, or supervisor,
the story will be a no-holds barred revelation ranging the gamut of emotions of
empathy, fear, suffering, celebration, pain, intimacy, embarrassment, and wonder.
You’ll leave with a deepened sense of what it means at the core to be a therapist.

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