The Therapeutic “Aha!”

10 Strategies for Getting Your Clients Unstuck

by Courtney Armstrong

What do you do when your therapy clients aren’t moving forward in spite of your best efforts to help them?

This warm and compelling book provides psychotherapists with 10 practical, creative strategies and clearly describes:

  • How to ignite motivation, dissolve resistance, and elicit exciting goals that spur clients to take action.
  • Why you must go beyond cognitive, talk therapy to heal emotional pain and clear internal conflicts.
  • A simple 5-step process for painlessly reprocessing traumatic memories and the implicit beliefs driving unwanted patterns.
  • New spins on interventions that use imagery, storytelling, play, music and movement, and why these experiential strategies have more impact on clients.

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What people are saying

  • comment1“One of the best books I’ve ever read pertaining to the art and science of psychotherapy! It answers so many questions about the therapeutic process – what works & why. Every therapist can benefit from this book. This is ground-breaking work!”

    Dr. Becky Beaton
    Practice Building Consultant and Founder,
    Anxiety and Stress Management Center– Atlanta, GA

  • “This highly readable and engaging book is filled with creative experiential strategies for dissolving resistance and eliciting clients’ own internal motivation for change. I highly recommend it to all therapists!”

    Clifton Mitchell
    Author of Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients

  • “Written in a warm, friendly tone Armstrong provides clinicians with fresh strategies for respectfully resolving resistance, engaging clients more fully in the change process, and inspiring hope and possibility in even their most challenging clients.”

    Bill O’Hanlon

    Author of Do One Thing Different and The Change Your Life Book

  • “A hands-on guide for evoking emotional experiences in the session that reverse negative beliefs, and create alternate futures. It is practical, accessible, and informed by neuroscience research. An excellent how-to!”

    Simon d’Orsogna
    Therapist and Associate Instructor, Coherence Psychology Institute

  • “Armstrong’s teaching stories are engaging, her research is impeccable, and her approach works. I recommend this book not only to novice therapists but to those with years of experience. Deserves more than 5 stars!”

    Karen Koenig, LCSW and Author,
    Outsmarting Overeating and The Food and Feelings Workbook

  • davidvannuys

    “If you’ve ever had the feeling that your sessions are getting stale, wondering what you could possibly do to breathe more life into them, then this is an essential book for you. It’s jam packed with solid theory and very practical strategies for injecting excitement into your sessions and getting your clients unstuck.”

    David Van Nuys, Ph. D.

    Shrink Rap Radio


About Courtney Armstrong

COURTNEY ARMSTRONG, MEd. LPC, is a licensed professional counselor specializing in grief and trauma recovery. With a career spanning more than two decades, she has helped thousands of clients overcome trauma, grief and anxiety, and experience deep personal transformation.

She also offers face-to-face and online training to mental health professionals and coaches, showing them how to help clients clear underlying emotional blocks that have been affecting their health, their relationships, and their lives in general.

Her professional expertise has made her a much sought-after media guest, and she has appeared on CBS Radio News, NPR affiliates and on networks in Europe, Asia and Australia. Courtney has contributed to The Neuropsychotherapist, Psychotherapy Networker, Counseling Today and many other publications, and is also the author of Transforming Traumatic Grief.

To learn more about Courtney’s philosophy to therapy and get free downloads, tools, and tips, visit