Courtney’s Published Books and Book Chapters

The Therapeutic “Aha!”: 10 Strategies for Getting Your Clients Unstuck

by Courtney Armstrong


It’s a perennial challenge for therapists: to be effective with clients (particularly when therapy gets stuck or stalled) and to avoid burnout and boredom. Drawing on basic neuroscience concepts and showing how they can be put into practice, this book delivers 10 practical, creative strategies that therapists can use with clients to help spark their “emotional brain” and create new neural pathways that engage and advance the healing process. Examples include enlivening the therapeutic alliance, eliciting exciting goals, invoking inspirational imagery, and using humor, music, and movement.

In short, it’s a concise guide to shaking things up in therapy, for both therapist and client.



Hardcover $27.95


Transforming Traumatic Grief: 6 Steps to Move from Grief to Peace

by Courtney Armstrong

TraumaticGrief170Although losing someone you love to a sudden or violent death is a shocking and life changing experience, there are steps you can take to heal. Speaking from both personal and professional experience, Courtney provides compassionate, practical guidance for creating a meaningful life beyond loss by sharing:

  • Activities that promote emotional healing
  • Methods to stop nightmares, recurring images, and thoughts
  • How to clear guilt/regrets and open up to new experiences
  • Ways to get the support you want from other people
  • How to retain “the living story” of your loved one and sense them as a positive presence in your life


Memory Reconsolidation in Psychotherapy

edited by Matthew Dahlitz, Editor-in-Chief of the Neuropsychotherapist magazine


This special issue of the Neuropsychotherapist magazine explores memory reconsolidation, a foundational process with the potential, if properly understood, to consistently bring about the kind of transformational change that we look for in our lives. Featured in this issue is Bruce Ecker, one of the foremost experts in applying techniques that fulfill the neurobiological requirements to achieve MR in clinical practice.

Courtney Armstrong and other therapy experts also contributed articles to this edition that demonstrate the unifying nature of MR in such diverse therapies as the Alexander technique, energy psychology, neuro-linguistic programming, and progressive counting. Understanding the biological basis of our memory and how it can be modified is the key to effective therapeutic change, especially when emotional memories are driving unwanted symptoms. The content of this special issue has been previously published in The Neuropsychotherapist or the International Journal of Neuropsychotherapy.

Techniques of Grief Therapy: Creative Counseling for the Bereaved

edited by Robert Niemeyer

techniques-of-grief-therapyCourtney Armstrong, LPC contributed two chapters to this indispensable guidebook to the most inventive and inspirational interventions in grief and bereavement counseling and therapy. Edited by the esteemed Robert Neimeyer, Ph. D., each technique emphasizes creativity and practicality. New professionals and seasoned clinicians will find dozens of ideas that are ready to implement and are packed with useful features, including:

  • Careful discussion of the therapeutic relationship that provides a “container” for specific procedures
  • An intuitive, thematic organization that makes it easy to find the right technique for a particular situation
  • Detailed explanations of when to use (or not use) particular techniques
  • Expert guidance on implementing each technique and tips on avoiding common pitfalls
  • Sample worksheets and activities for use in session and as homework assignments
  • Illustrative case studies and transcripts
  • Recommended readings to learn more about theory, research and practice associated with each technique

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