What do you do when a client stops making progress in therapy and it seems like your sessions are going nowhere? There are many reasons why this can happen including fear of change, unresolved trauma or a lack of clarity between client and therapist on the goals for therapy. Here are 4 strategies that not only dissolve standstills, but can also trigger big breakthroughs for your clients.


Courtney Armstrong, LPC-MHSP, is a licensed professional counselor who specializes in grief and trauma recovery with over 25 years’ experience. Certified as an approved consultant by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), she is the founder of the Institute for Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy and has developed clinical hypnosis training programs for the Veterans Administration, serves on the ASCH Education and Training committee, and has trained thousands of clinicians worldwide.

Courtney is also bestselling author of the books, Rethinking Trauma Treatment: Attachment, Memory Reconsolidation, and Resilience, The Therapeutic "Aha", and Transforming Traumatic Grief. She has been featured as a trauma and grief expert on national television and radio programs and contributes to publications such as Psychotherapy Networker, Counseling Today, and The Science of Psychotherapy.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Courtney Armstrong is the founder and president of Courtney Armstrong Consulting and Training Services and the Institute for Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy. She is a consultant with the US Veterans Administration. Courtney Armstrong receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Courtney Armstrong serves on the Clinical Hypnosis Education and Training Committee of the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis. She is a member of the American Mental Health Counselor's Association, the Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors Association, and the Chattanooga Area Psychotherapy Association.