One could say that therapist, Courtney Armstrong, became an accidental author and speaker. In this interview, Courtney shares how she didn’t plan for these things, but when the opportunities arose, she grabbed them. She explains how her business has evolved for her and the challenges inherent in finding the balance between work and leisure time when you are a therapist, author, and public speaker.
[1:58] Courtney talked about her practice and training as a therapist.
[3:05] Courtney shares how she started her therapy career in New Orleans.
[3:50] Courtney talks about she was affected by hurricane Katrina and what prompted her to write her first book about grief.
[5:02] Courtney explains why she’s so passionate about her work and what inspires her when writing about trauma and grief.
[7:34] Courtney shares how her hypnotherapy and the lessons she learns while doing it.
[9:05] Courtney shares how teaching and writing improved her work as a therapist.
[11:05] Courtney shares how challenging it is to balance her time being a writer and a therapist.
[12:34] Courtney reports that she is seeing 25 clients per week, but that she’s more effective if she sees not more than 20 per week.
[13:56] Courtney talks about how she was able to develop her online course and at the same time write her book.
[15:50] Courtney reports that she was able to build her audience online through her free report offered as an opt-in on her website.
[21:08] Courtney explains what her book, “The Therapeutic “Aha!” is about.
[25:44] Courtney talks about developing a specialty and how finding a niche helped in growing her practice.
[27:36] Courtney reports that most of her clients come via referral, but her website is what convinces her clients to call her.
[28:52] Courtney shares that her book promotions her book helped grow her email list from 700 to 4,000 in one year.
[31:45] Courtney shares that she’s working 50 hours a week right now and sometimes more than that to keep up with her travel speaking at conferences, offering her online course and blogging.
[38:52] Courtney discloses some of her struggles with self-doubt.
[42:12] Courtney gives advice to other therapists on how to balance a therapy practice with doing training and being an author.
Bio – Courtney Armstrong, Therapist, Author & International Speaker – Chattanooga, Tennessee
Courtney Armstrong, MEd. LPC, NCC is the bestselling author of The Therapeutic “Aha!”: 10 Strategies for Getting Your Clients Unstuck and Transforming Traumatic Grief. She is the owner/director of Tamarisk: A Center for Mind-Body Therapy which is an interdisciplinary counseling center that specializes in helping people heal from trauma, grief, and anxiety.
As a Professional Counselor with over 20 years experience, she specializes in creative strategies that help people recover from trauma and loss and enjoys teaching therapists how to do the same for their clients in her online and in-person workshops.
Her professional expertise has made her a much sought-after media guest, appearing on CBS Radio News, NPR affiliates, Shrinkrap Radio, and the Trauma Therapist podcast among others. Courtney has also contributed to professional publications such as the Psychotherapy Networker, The Neuropsychotherapist, and Counseling Today. To learn more about Courtney’s workshops and access her free resources for therapists visit her website at www.courtneyarmstrong.net
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