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 (TM) 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 and her latest book, The Therapeutic “Aha!”: 10 Strategies for Getting Your Clients Unstuck.
Licensure and Certifications
- Founder, Institute for Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy
- LPC/MHSP, Tennessee, license #831 since 1999
- Approved LPC Supervisor in Tennessee
- National Board Certified Counselor since 1996
- National Board Certified Fellow in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Instructor
- Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies from Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Center at JRI
- Certified Practitioner, Institute for Rapid Resolution Therapy™
- Trained in EMDR with Somatic-Attachment Focus
- Trained in Biofeedback and Heartmath
- M. Ed., Counselor Ed., University of New Orleans
- Past President, Chattanooga Psychotherapy Association
- Board Member: Compassionate Friends, Chattanooga Chapter
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. She went on to advocate for people who were on long-term disability for psychiatric issues and assisted many in returning to the workplace.
Courtney then began her private practice in a primary-care physician’s office that supported mind-body medicine. 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 2007, Courtney became the owner/director of Tamarisk: A Center for Mind-Body Therapy and was invited to train other therapists in hypnotherapy and other creative, brain-based techniques for healing trauma. She began writing books, studying with other trauma experts, and developed a unique approach that integrates the best of what all evidence-based trauma therapies have in common into an easy-to-use method that can be adapted to any client. 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.