- Episode 9: Courtney Armstrong Interview
Courtney Armstrong is a licensed professional counselor and the best selling author of The Therapeutic “Aha!” and Transforming Traumatic Grief. In her twenty years of practice as a grief and trauma specialist, she has helped thousands of clients recover from trauma and experience deep personal transformation. In this interview we discuss Courtney’s background, how to access client resources, and the importance of creating an experiential session for clients. She is also kind enough to give out some crucial pieces of the puzzle in helping those who have been through trauma make rapid changes.
Courtney offers training to mental health professionals, showing them how to use creativity, care, and humor to elicit transformation for their clients and make trauma recovery less painful. She is a regular contributor to magazines like the Psychotherapy Networker and The Neuropsychotherapist and has appeared on CBS Radio News, NPR affiliates, and networks in Europe, Asia and Australia. Her website is www.courtneyarmstronglpc.com/
- Episode 8: Lisa Mitchell Interview
In this wonderful interview, we get to talk with Lisa Mitchell. Lisa is a therapist, speaker, workshop facilitator, and the director of “The Art Therapy Studio” in Fair Oaks Village, California. She is the author of the acclaimed book, “Creativity as Co-Therapist: The Practitioner’s Guide to the Art of Therapy“. In this interview Lisa discusses the importance of embracing creativity when performing therapy and how to get the most out of one’s clients using creative resources. She also discusses how many therapists can often be apprehensive to opening up to creative expression and how it is crucial to overcome such resistance. In her consultation work, Lisa trains therapists how to come alive and flourish while becoming better therapists when they embrace their creative spirits. To find out more about Lisa’s fantastic approach and workshops, visit her website: www.innercanvas.com
- Episode 7: Tara Dickherber Interview
This episode offers an interview with Tara Dickherber. Tara is an author and licensed professional counselor in St. Charles, Missouri. She specializes in the treatment of trauma. She is the author of the book, “Laughter, the Best Medicine: How Humor Can Help Your Clients and Alleviate Burnout.” In this interview, Tara discusses her journey to become a therapist, the importance of using improvisation and humor as a resource in therapy sessions, memory reconsolidation in the treatment of trauma, when to use humor in a session, and her three hour sessions with clients. She was a delight to speak with and I had fun teasing her. She is doing great work and you can reach her through her website: http://tarasdickherberlpc.com/
- Episode 6: Future Orientation and Inspiration in Therapy
This episode offers a view of therapy that focuses less on the past and is oriented more toward clients’ future goals and dreams. By having clients get in touch with what most truly inspires them, it is much easier to shift away from problem focus and move into a focus on client resources. The differences between motivation and inspiration are discussed, as well as creating an inspiring future for the therapist.
- Episode 5: Interview with Robert Musikantow
In this episode I get to interview my good buddy, clinical psychologist, researcher and author Dr. Robert Musikantow. Located in Evanston, Illinois, Bob received his PhD from the California School of Professional Psychology and has been a professor at the Adler School of Professional Psychology. He is presently in private practice at the Evanston Center for the Transformative Arts and offers training and workshops for mental health professionals.
In our interview Bob discusses such topics as the role of circularity in therapy, first and second order cybernetics, his work with Bradford Keeney, hypnosis, moving away from pathology investigation and learning to trust one’s ability to improvise in the therapy room. Bob has a great ability at making complex ideas very simple. For more info on Bob Musikantow check out his website: www.robertmusikantow.com