Dr. Stephen A. Armstrong

Dr. Stephen Armstrong

Professor
Phone: 903-886-5637
E-mail: Steve.armstrong@tamuc.edu

Dr. Stephen A. Armstrong joined the faculty in 2002. He has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas for 25 years and is a Board Approved Supervisor and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. Dr. Armstrong's clinical background includes work in community agencies, private practice, and school counseling. He was a school counselor for 11 years and has been in private practice for 18 years. He has extensive training in Gestalt therapy, play therapy, and expressive art therapy. Dr. Armstrong has served as the editor of the International Journal of Play Therapy. His primary research interests include school-based interventions, play and sandtray therapy, group counseling, and grief. His publications include a new book, Sandtray Therapy: A Humanistic Approach. In the department he most frequently teaches supervision, play therapy courses, clinical courses and human development.

Armstrong, S. A., Foster, R. D., & Brown, T. (2017). Humanistic sandtray therapy. In B. Turner (Ed.), Routledge international handbook of sandplay therapy (pp. 305-316). Abington, UK: Taylor & Francis.

Armstrong, S. A., Foster, R. D., Brown, T., & Davis, J. (2016). Humanistic sandtray therapy with children and adults. In E. Leggett & J. Boswell (Eds.), Directive play therapy: Theories and techniques.  New York, NY: Springer.

Davis, J. S., Armstrong, S. A., & Foster, R. D. (2016). Counselor perception of competence in addressing spiritual and religious dimensions in therapy: Implications for counselor training. Journal of Applied Christian Counseling 2(1), 6-11.

Armstrong, S. A., Brown, T., & Foster, R. D. (2015). Humanistic sandtray therapy with preadolescents.  Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling, 1(1), 17-26.

Ray, D. C., Armstrong, S. A., Balkin, R. S., & Jayne, K. M. (2015). Child centered play therapy in the schools: Review and meta-analysis. Psychology in the Schools, 52(2), 107 -123. 

Shokouhi, A., Limberg, D., & Armstrong, S. A. (2014). Counseling preadolescents: Utilizing developmental cues to guide therapeutic approaches. International Journal of Play Therapy, 23(4), 217-230.

Ray, D. C., Armstrong, S. A., Balkin, R. S., & Jayne, K. M. (2015). Child centered play therapy in the schools: Review and meta-analysis. Psychology in the Schools, 52(2), 107-123.