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

by Courtney Armstrong


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A concise guide to shaking things up in therapy.
Courtney Armstrong’s The Therapeutic “Aha!” explores the thrilling and rare moment when a client reaches an elusive realization, allowing them to make meaningful change. In 10 straightforward strategies, this practical book demonstrates how to shake things up in therapy when a client is stuck or stalled to jumpstart progress. Readers will learn how to spark the “emotional brain”—the part of the brain that houses automatic, unconscious patterns—and create new neural pathways that engage and advance the healing process.
Divided into three parts—(1) Awakening a Session, (2) Healing Emotional Wounds, and (3) Activating Experiential Change—the book walks readers through specific techniques for harnessing the emotional brain and re-patterning its routine. Elegant therapeutic insights and coping strategies only go so far; until we intervene with something our emotional brain can understand—a compelling felt experience—old, established neural patterns will persist. The brain-based strategies Armstrong presents include how to enliven the therapeutic alliance; elicit exciting goals; identify the root of an emotional conflict; reverse trauma with memory reconsolidation; invoke inspirational imagery; and use stories, humor, music, poetry, and even mindfulness to induce change.
Concise, reader-friendly, and filled with helpful case stories and client–therapist dialogue, this wonderfully accessible book puts a new spin on neuroscience knowledge, showing clinicians exactly how it can be used to make those once-elusive therapeutic breakthroughs more frequent, leading to greater healing for your patients.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393708400
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/27/2015
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 679,793
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Courtney Armstrong, MEd, a licensed professional counselor, lives in Hixson, Tennessee. Shegives national trainings and workshops on a variety of topics for mental health professionals. She also contributes to Psychotherapy Networker and other books and journals and has made several radio and TV appearances for her expertise in grief and trauma.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: The Power of Emotion xiii

Part I Awakening a Session

1 Engaging the Emotional Brain 3

2 Enlivening the Therapeutic Alliance 21

3 Eliciting Exciting Goals 35

Part II Healing Emotional Wounds

4 Locating the Root of an Emotional Conflict 51

5 Reversing Trauma With Memory Reconsolidation 67

Part III Activating Experiential Change

6 Invoking Inspirational Imagery 89

7 Conjuring Up Compelling Stories 107

8 Priming With Play and Humor 125

9 Rousing With Rhythm, Music, and Poetry 139

10 Integrating Mindful Movement 154

11 Putting It All Together 166

References 177

Index 184

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The Therapeutic "Aha!": 10 Strategies for Getting Your Clients Unstuck 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
KarenRKoenigKK More than 1 year ago
This book deserves more than 5 stars. I've had some training with Dr. John Connelly, who also trained Armstrong, and his approach has transformed my work as a therapist. Armstrong, putting her own spin on his method, guides the reader through the basics of trauma resolution and teaches therapists to loosen up and use play, movement, metaphor, and music to help our clients heal. Her research is impeccable, her teaching stories are engaging, and her approach works. I recommend this book not only to novice therapists but to those with years of experience in the field. I've been practicing successfully for over 30 years, but the ideas presented by Armstrong (and Connelly) have revolutionized my work. Therapy is more fun than ever and I'm getting the results that clients want.