For Dr. Tonya Armstrong, a Durham native, The Armstrong Center for Hope has been a dream a long time in the making. By age 12, she knew that she wanted to pursue child psychology and music, and proceeded to double major in both at Yale University. As a person of deep faith, she also knew that spirituality is a vital component in the lives of many. Thus, after she completed her doctorate in child clinical psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill, she pursued a Master of Theological Studies degree at Duke Divinity School.
In addition to embracing her role as Minister of Congregational Care and Counseling (beginning April, 2000) at Union Baptist Church in Durham, Dr. Armstrong taught courses in pastoral care at Duke Divinity School, including introductory and capstone courses for the Duke/UNC M.Div./M.S.W. dual-degree program. She recalls, “I understood how vital it was to offer concrete and detailed instruction from both clinical and theological perspectives for those seeking to integrate a faith perspective into mental health care.” While she continued part-time clinical work during her years at Duke, her passion for deeper clinical involvement in the community led her to establish the ACFH as a group practice in August, 2010. “The sheer volume of calls, the complexity of the presenting concerns, and the dearth of therapists with specialized training in child and family issues, not to mention spiritual integration, were clear signs of a contribution I could make to our community.” In 2012, Dr. Armstrong was recognized in June as one of the female entrepreneurs of the year by the Durham Section of the National Council of Negro Women. Since July of 2013, Dr. Armstrong has served the Apex School of Theology as the Dean of the Master of Arts in Christian Counseling program. She is also the President-Elect of the North Carolina Psychological Association.
Clinically, Dr. Armstrong works primarily with children, adolescents, couples, and families on issues of depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, grief and loss, and relationship challenges. As much as she enjoys providing, managing, and supervising clinical services at the ACFH, Dr. Armstrong also immensely enjoys speaking on a host of topics at local, regional, and national events. Since the release of her debut gospel album, “Choose Hope” in 2009, Dr. Armstrong has renewed her enthusiasm for vocal music and has performed in over 10 states from coast to coast. (The album, including samples of each song, may be purchased at iTunes.com.) Family, including nuclear, extended, and church, has been a significant foundation for Tonya’s success. She’s been married for 25 years with her husband, with whom she enjoys raising their 13-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son. Whether laughing, singing, speaking, or teaching and encouraging her clients, Tonya loves living life out loud!
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