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Holistic Counseling for Women

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 The Office of Cathy Armstrong RN,MS, LPC-S 

                                 Telephone: (361) 688-8200   Located in the Five Oaks PlazaWoman spreading her arms

Registered Nurse, Holistic Practitioner & Life Coach/ NLP Practitioner

Clinical Hypnotherapist  Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor

Women are twice as likely as men to have a mood disorder and research shows that one-quarter of all women experience depression at some point in their lives. Do not stay stuck, help is available!

 

Women's Issues in Therapy/Counseling

Thank you for stopping by. I am a therapist in Corpus Christi that puts a special focus on women's emotional needs as they transition though life. I do have extensive experience working with issues, problems, and complications with women experiencing depression, fear, and relationship problems during the childbearing years. I am a former hypnosis labor doular, delivery room nurse, and Lamaze Teacher.  I have advanced training in hypnosis for pain management of labor and birth. I have studied out of state with leading experts in the Mind, Body link to infinity and am a Certified HypnoFertility Practitioner.Young adult woman and teen smiling

I work with women of all ages and create a sacred space for them as they go through various transitions in our lives. I offer a variety of services to women and their families emotional wellness, stress management, spiritual development, personal and professional growth.

Women's counseling includes many areas including: relationships, elder care, family stress and distress, grief and loss, family of origin work, substance abuse, transitions, and finding your voice, setting healthy boundaries, and building healthy self-esteem.

Women can call the my office to make an appointment with me or one of my interns at (361) 688-8200.  Please specify whether you prefer to be seen in individual therapy, group therapy, or couples therapy. We offer both secure on line counseling and face to face counseling.

As your therapist, I will work with you to provide the best treatment to meet your specific needs. During the initial sessions, we will discuss treatment goals and customize a personalized treatment plan to address your specific needs and goals. Depending on your specific treatment plan and goals, the number of sessions and how frequently we will meet will be determined in the first few sessions.

My therapy sessions are very integrative and and I use a whole person-holistic approach that may include the following types of evidenced-based treatment:  

  • Individual Counseling
  • Couples CounselingAnxiety text bubble
  • Mother Daughter Counseling
  • Family Counseling
  • Group Therapy (Several Groups to Choose From)
  • Book Club / Growth Therapy
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy 
  • Jungian Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 
  • DBT
  • Behavioral Activation  
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy 
  • Family Systems 
  • Psychoeducational
  • Motivational Interviewing Close up of daisy
  • Partner-Assisted Therapy 
  • Creative Arts and Expressive Therapy
  •  Gestalt Therapy
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Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Counseling Services

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Counseling focuses on  mood and anxiety disorders that occur during pregnancy and postpartum. I am a registered nurse and professional counselor with over 40 years of nursing experience working in the fields of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. My mission is to provide state-of-the-art clinical counseling, classes, and groups to address the needs of women during the childbearing year.

 I am a graduate of The University of Corpus Christi , Corpus Christi State University and Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, Texas.  I attended gratate school with Antioch University also. I have both secular and nonsecular depress and I am a big fan of Louise Hay. I  believe in the power of prayer and positive thinking. I have extensive experience  in clinical counseling/hypnotherapy, metaphysics, NLP  and  years of experience treating women’s mood and anxiety disorders, as well as other psychiatric disorders, during time periods of hormonal fluctuation and change (pregnancy, postpartum, menstruation, menopause and infertility.

Reproductive Mood Disorders I See For CounselingYoung couple smiling

  • Depression During Pregnancy   Perinatal Depression can occur during pregnancy or within one year after childbirth. Depression is a common complication of pregnancy and after delivery. Depression during and after pregnancy many times is increased due to ; a personal or family history of depression, substance abuse issues, family mental health issues, abuse, anxiety about the developing baby, problems in the home, problems with previous pregnancies or prior traumatic  births, financial issues, poor relationship with the father of the baby. It is natural for pregnant women to have emotional changes during pregnancy and feel more tired than usual, worried, and even irritable. If these symptoms continue into the pregnancy talk to your health care provider. Depression and anxiety that continue during pregnancy can create postpartum depression after your baby is born and the problems can get worse. Please ask for help!                                                                                                                    
  • Postpartum Depression (PPD)  After the birth of a baby, many women have a variety of mood symptoms, and between 50 to 85% of women feel the "Baby Blues" for a short time that lasts for about 1 to 3 weeks after birth. These symptoms are much milder and last for a shorter period of time than women that have postpartum depression. It is common to have feelings of emotional ups and downs, anxiety, fear, worry, trouble concentration, trouble sleeping, feeling of uncertainty about your ability to be a good mother, dependency on others, depression and sadness. Postpartum depression lasts longer and the symptoms are more severe. Postpartum depression occur in about 10% of births and usually emerges about 2 or 3 months after birth. It usually lasts longer than 2 weeks and has a noticeable impact on the mother, the family, and the infant. Depression after childbirth is a serious condition and should not be ignored. Common symptoms of PPD include: loss of interest in usual activities, feelings of helpless, hopeless, and worthlessness, frequent crying and feeling sad and depressed, intense anxiety, preoccupation about intrusive thoughts, guilty, obsessions, fatigue, irritability, quick to temper, change in sleep pattern, too much or too little, feeling inadequate to be a mother and cope with the demands of the baby, excessive worry abou the health of the baby, suicidal thoughts, thoughts of wanting to harm, injure of kill the baby. If you are feeling lost, alone and having thoughts of harming yourself or your baby please get help immediately. Please call 911 immediately. Help is available.Woman holding smiling baby in therapy
  • Postpartum Anxiety Disorders Many times pregnancy and postpartum mothers have anxiety disorders such as a panic disorder, OCD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder. These conditions appear to be as common as postpartum depression and often a mother can have both anxiety and depression during the pregnancy or after childbirth. Common symptoms include, restless sleep, excessive worry about the health of the baby or the mothers ability to care for her child,what if thoughts or feelings, intrusive and unwanted disturbing thoughts about the baby or herself as a mother, anxiety/panic attacks, hyperventilation, feeling overwhelmed and out of control.
  • Postpartum Psychosis Postpartum psychosis is another more serious form of PPD. This is a life threatening illness and ca include symptoms of : delusions or having thoughts that are not based on reality, hallucinations where one hears voices and sees things that are not there, or the mother has disorganized thinking. Mothers may have a  server mood disorder such as a bipolar disorder that has psychotic features. This is very important to get help for and immediate treatment and evaluation are needed. Please contact your physician immediately, proceed to your nearest emergency room or go to your nearest Psychiatric Hospital for an Evaluation.
  • Pregnancy Loss Having a miscarriage during pregnancy can be devastating to a woman and a couple. The emotional and physical pain of the loss of a baby at any stage can be overwhelming. The grief can be Female counselor providing therapy to womancrippling and leave a woman numb and all alone. She might feel anger, loss of control, depression, anxiety, guilt, and intense sadness.
  • Infertility Infertility occurs in about 10 to 15 percent of couples of childbearing age. The stress of trying to conceive can put emotional and financial stress on the couple. Marital issues can occur during the stress of trying to get pregnant with failed attempts, medical procedures, scheduled sex, disappointment, and feeling of failure.
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) It is not uncommon for women and teenage girls to complain about mood symptoms  such as irritability, anxiety, depression, or mood swings about a week or two before their period than report that the problems disappear with the onset of menses. Talk to your health care provider and seek a therapist if needed.
  • Premenstrual Dysmorphic Syndrome (PMDD) PMDD is a more sever form of PMS. Women with PMDD should be symptom-free according to research between menses and ovulation. About 40% of women seeking treatment for PMDD are stated to have underlying mood disorders and need to have diagnostic evaluations to develop the best form of treatment.  Get help for this. Call your heath care provider. Get a mental health assessment.Women meditating
  • Perimenopausal Depression  Menopause is the transition from having periods to no periods at all. Periods change during this time and are less frequent and lighten. This transition period can occur over a few months or a few years. A woman may experience a combination of PMS symptoms and menopausal symptoms or no symptoms at all during the perimenopausal transition. Common symptoms of menopuse include: hot flashes, vaginagl dryness, paiful inercouse, insomica, mood changes, emotional flatness or dullness in thinking, depression, tearfulness, decreased energy, lack of joy in normal activities that once brought pleasure, social withdrawal and isolation, and feeling like they cannot cope with daily living. Changes in hormones can create an increased vulnerability for women to become depressed and have no prior history of depression. These feeling can make women feel hopeless and fearful that they have to spend the rest of their lives that way. Talk to your health care provider and schedule an appointment for counseling. You do not have to feel this way. Help is available.   
 More about me
  • Woman smiling at beachI am here to help you create alchemy from the negative challenges you are currently experiencing and you them turn your life around as you create the life you deserve.I want to help you find joy, peace of mind and move forward in your life as you create new and happy memories.
  • I work with adults, teenagers and children over the age of 7.
  •  I am  licensed by the Texas Boards for Licensed Professional Counselors and hold a supervisory status.  I am also licensed by the Texas Board of Registered Nurses.
  • I am board certified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist Fellow by the National Board for Certified Hypnotherapists. I am also certified as a Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner with the International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnotherapy. I am a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association and the Coast Bend Chapter for Play Therapy.

My Mission Is to Empower You on Your Healing Journey to Success and find Inner Peace.

My Approach: Integrated, Jungian, CBT, DBT,Mindfulness, Family Systems, Holistic Wellness & More.

 As a counselor, I work holistically to integrate various models of therapy such as: gestalt, cognitive/behavioral, Jungian, hypnotherapy, NLP, family systems, psychodynamic and mindfulness.   As a professional life coach, I use similar techniques with a focus on relationships and the professional side of the client's life. For those individuals who want to be more effective on the job, in a relationship, as an executive, mid-level manager or staff administrative assistant, this service is for you.  We look at your blind sports and help your remove obstacles that you fail to see yourself that create distress in your life.

Undergoing the counseling/psychotherapy process is a very positive and important move on your part to better understanding and dealing with life’s challenges. 

Therapy offers a professional relationship with a licensed counselor to help you visualize, affirm and create positive change in your life by expanding the power of your own imagination, affirm your true potential and promote deep healing. Psychotherapy provides fresh perspective and opportunities to create new visions for your future successes in various areas of your life.

I am taking new patients on Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Humana, Driscoll Star Medicaid, and United Health Insurance.  Many of the services I offer are not covered by insurance. Please call your insurance plan to verify your benefits prior to calling to schedule an appointment. Hypnosis, EFT, NLP, grief, parent-child issues, relationship issues, marital issues, and life coaching are not covered by most insurance plans. Please call your insurance provider before calling to schedule an appointment. See if I am on your plan and find out exactly what services they cover such as: individual therapy, hypnosis, group therapy, couples counseling, marriage counseling, and family counseling. Ask how many session you are allowed in a calendar year and what your co pay is. If you feel that you need to be seen for therapy more than once a week please ask them if they will allow you to be seen twice a week until your symptoms improve and you can move back to being seen weekly.

Depth Psychology

Depth psychology in an approach to therapy that is open to the exploration of subtle, unconscious and transpersonal experiences in our human experiences. Depth therapy originated in the works of Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud. This approach in therapy includes studying your dreams, complexes, and archetypes.       

  • Grief, Loss, Trauma, Bereavement
  • Fertility Counseling, Classes, Counseling
  • Bariatric Evaluations and Weight Loss
  • Stop Smoking Hypnosis and CBT
  • Hypnosis for Natural Childbirth 
  • Anxiety Release Group for Women
  • OCD Individual and Group Therapy
  • Health Issues, Autoimmune Disorders
  • Cancer Guided Imagery, Hypnosis, Counseling
  • Postpartum Depression Groups and Individual Therapy
  • Pregnancy Stress, Depression, Anxiety
  • Adjustment Disorder Depression
  • Chronic Depression
  • Alcohol and/or Drug Use
  • Trauma
  • Date Rape
  • Relationship conflicts
  • Stress Management
  • Communication and Social Skills
  • Family of Origin, Codependency, Relationships
  • Self-esteem Growth Groups
  • LGBT Issues, Group, Couples, Individuals
  • Personal growth and Mastermind Groups
  • CAM Groups
  • Expressive and Creative Arts Groups for the Soul

About Jung and Jungian Therapy

Carl Gustav Jung born July 25, 1826 and died June 6, 1961 was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded what is known as analytic psychology. Jung proposed and developed the concepts of the collective unconscious, archetypes and extrovertness and introvertness. His work has been influential in mental health, metaphysics, and the study of religion, dream work, philosophy, archeology, anthropology, literature, and other related fields. Jung’s work showed that life has a spiritual purpose beyond everyday material goals.

Jung believed in the importance to discover and fulfill our deep innate potential.

Based on Jung's studies of Taoism, Christianity, Buddhism, Gnosticism, Hinduism and other traditions, he believed that this journey of transformation, that he called individuation is the mystical heart of all religions. He believed that the journey to the self was a part of our spiritual journey to meet the Divine and part of the requirements of creating a sense of balance and wellbeing.

 Jungian psychotherapy is a holistic approach to the psyche that is a form of talk therapy, honoring the uniqueness of each individual client. By facilitation the psyche's own healing powers and personal inner wisdom. Jungian psychotherapy does not only consider what a problem in the client’s life is but also utilized the client's strengths and underdeveloped potential for healing and personal growth.

Jungian psychotherapy is more of a whole person model of therapy and looks at the inner depth of the client and incorporates a person’s struggles from the outer life factor such as finances, career, family, health, and also from the perspective of the developing psyche and the needs of the unfolding personality.

Jungian Approach to counseling is the psychotherapeutic approach of Analytical Psychology in which the therapist and client work together to bring unconscious elements of the psyche into a more balanced relationship with conscious awareness and experience in an effort to discover meaning, facilitate maturation of the personality, improve mental health or provide relief to psychological and or emotional distress.  

Become confident, aware of who you are and your capabilities, self-assured as a facilitator, mother, partner, friend, communicator, coach and effective change agent in any organization in which you work. Learn to apply these skills to your home and personal life. I am here to teach you how to stay in your own power and continue being grounded in any situation. I will help you to determine your style of influence, personality type, strengths, weaknesses, and help you develop your full potential as both a team leader and team player in your private and professional life.

 Learn how your subconscious mind forms an agreement or an alignment with your shadow side to create what Jung called a complex.  Become mindful of the shadows inner dialogue that runs in your head and limits your true potential of success.

"All true things must change, and only that which changes remains true. Everything ages and needs transformation and renewal."-Carl Jung

I offer a supportive and reflective approach to psychotherapy, using the insights of Jungian Psychotherapy and Mindfulness-Cognitive Behavior Therapy, to help individuals reconnect to that source of meaning and wholeness that resides within each one of us.

 A Jungian approach to counseling subscribes to the belief that the alleviation of emotional pain both results from and leads to a connection to the meaningfulness of life. One thing we can count of for sure in life is change. With change we are sometimes faced with our own share of pain and suffering. Some change can be good and some can be painful. Every life has its share of pain and suffering.  Our personal mental and emotional health is not measured by the absence of struggle from our daily lives, but how to weather the storms of life and find our way again. Help is available when you are feeling lost, abandoned, or confused. Learn to ride the waves of life to create balance, success, harmony, joy and success. Chakra Therapy and the Work of Carl Jung is often seen in wellness counseling used for balance and inner peace.

Carl Jung valued Yoga’s experiential modes of learning about the self. Yoga affirmed many of his own personal experiences and put them in cross cultural contexts that he could understand and further explore (Coward, 1985). Knowing that the unconscious is difficult to observe objectively, Jung viewed the unconscious as empirically real and therefore part of the scientific study of the psyche. Jung was to have believed that to understand the unconscious mind, we need to clearly understand our own individuality, without viewing it through the opinions of society. Yoga was a parallel way for Jung to understand the psyche (Coward, 1985). To him the study of chakras was a study of symbols that one encounters as they further develop their individuality and awareness of the unconscious (Coward, 1985). By learning to understand some basic concepts of the chakra system, one is able to gain an understanding of Jung’s interpretation, and see to what extent the ancient system of chakras is upheld and plays a role in non-traditional therapy and wellness practices. Even though I am a professional counselor, life coach and ordained Christ based metaphysical minister, I do subscribe to the Chakra System as a tool for healing and use in conjunction with traditional psychotherapy and conventional medicine. Chakra Therapy is considered CAM. Chakra work is not a religion but a form of healing used in eastern traditions (Tibetan Buddhism, Yoga, Prana and Energy Work). It is now being taught in colleges and universities as a method used in holistic counseling and healing. Chakra Balancing is a practice used frequently in the Western World today. I do not believe that the chakras or chakra healing goes against Christian teachings. Chakra Work and most CAM is not covered by most insurance plans. CAM Classes, Workshops, and Trainings are offered throughout the year. Most insurance plans cover Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

Call today and schedule an appointment and let me be your guide in helping you start your personal and unique journey through life. I can teach you skills that will allow many new doors to open to you as you learn to manifest well-being, inner peace and positive changes.

Telephone: (361) 688-8200  We Are Located in the Five Oaks Plaza


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