TX Board Approved CEU Provider ( Child Therapy, Teen Therapy, Parenting for the ODD Child, LPC Supervison Training, Creating Families That Work)
TX Board Approved LPC Intern Supervisor TX Board Registered Nurse
5934 S. Staples# 206 Corpus Christi, Texas 78413
Telephone: (361) 688-8200
Welcome to my website! When I work with children and teenagers, I combine parenting education, consultation, behavioral therapy, familiy counsesling and Play Therapy. Many of the services I do are not covered by insurance: Parent Consultaions, Family Counseling, Coordination of Services with Schools, Probation Officers, and Telephone Calls between sessions! I am taking new clients on the following insurance plans at this time: Blue Cross Blue Shield Feredal, Aetna (some plans) United Healthcare (some plans only.) Please note most insurance plans do not cover family therapy or consultation fees wot work with parents. Clinical hypnotherapy, NLP, and Life Coaching are not covered by insurance. Call for rates.
My Goals Are to Empower Individuals, Families, Couples, and Parents. I am here to help others create a Healthy Relationship in all areas of their lives. I am her to help you put Trust back in The Family Unit. I want to help Each Child I See to create healthy boundaries, have a since of belonging, feel loved and accepted, and be able to establish leadership ships by having healthy self-esteem and feeling positive towards themselves! Siblings needs are not to be ignored and are part of the work we do together! I strive to build healthy and happy families and meaningful relationships in the home, with peers, and teachers.
Depending on the specific needs of your child a treatment plan will be created together looking at your child as a Whole Person: emotionally, psychologically, spiritually, educationally, socially, and physically.
What is Play Therapy
Play Therapy is researched based and provides a way for children to express and communicate their thoughts, feelings and ideas through play. Adults communicate with others using language. You may be concerned that if child comes to counseling and "just plays" that it will not be helpful. The opposite is true. Specially selected toys are expressive art and creative materials are used to help your child grow emotionally, learn to cope with current or past life events, create needed changes, find balance and become successful.
When a child is given the opportunity to express their feelings through therapeutic play, expressive arts, parental involvement and support there is room to go forward and see strenghts and success in your child. I am here to help you and guide you in our work together and will creates a therapeutic treatment plan individually prepared for you and your child.
I feel that family and parent invovlement are vital to creating healthy families. ....
Adults communicate with others using language. You may be concerned that if child comes to counseling and "just plays" that it will not be helpful. The opposite is true. Specially selected toys are expressive art materials are used to help your child create change, balance and success and teach focusing skills for the child with ADD/ADHD.When a child is given the opportunity to express their feelings through therapeutic play, the desired changes of behavioral concerns and emotional conflicts can take place. We encourage the parents to be active in the treatment of children and teenagers.
Play Therapy can Help.... Is your child struggling with problems at home or at school?
I offer a variety of mental health services for children and teenagers. Assessments, Diagnostic Evaluations, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, DBT, Jungian and Integrative Counseling. I have experinece working with children as a former school nurse, pediatric psyciatric nurse, behavioral counselor to a local school distract, and community work as a play therapit.
Are you worried about your child having any of the following concerns
- Conduct Disorders
Grief & Loss
- "Picking" and "Pulling Our Hair/Eyelashes
- Family Crisis
- Family Illness
- Cancer, Diabetes, Health Issues
- Anxiety Disorders
- School Problems
- Depression, Lonliness
- Bullying, Peer Problems
- Parent-Teacher Problems
- Parent-Child Issues
- Blended Families
- Divorce Recovery
- Pediatric Bipolar Disorders
Cathy provides clinical hypnosis for thumb sucking, bedwetting, night terrors, anxiety/phobias, hair/eyelash/eye brow pulling.Support for the new family.
Narrative therapy focuses upon helping individuals of all ages to create stories about themselves, about their identities (who they are), that are helpful to them. This work of "re-authoring identity" claims to help people identify themselves away from the negative self-imposed framework and lens that keeps them stuck. They are help to look at their own values and identify the skills and knowledge they have to live these values. Through the process of identifying the history of values in people's lives, the counselor is able to co-author a new story about the child, teenager, or adult.
The story helps people identify the way they think, talk, and feel about themselves. The story clients tell about themselves and that is told about them is important in this approach which asserts that the story of person's identity determines what they think is possible for themselves. The narrative process the ability for people to change their negative thoughts, feelings, actions, and beliefs about themselves as it allows individuals to identify what values are important to them and how they might use their own skills and knowledge to live these values. It is a very good tool for change.
After The New Baby Problems
Parenting can be a problem with the addition of a new baby. Cathy offers individual and family therapy to help make the transition much smoother. Cathy has taught ABC Classes for children at local hospitals and community settings. Many times young children feel angry, sad, mad, jealous and left out with the adjustments of a new little one in the house. Individual play therapy sessions, family therapy and ABC classes help to ease the adjustment when small children are dealing with the arrival of a new little brother or sister.
If so, Cathy Armstrong, RN, LPC-S can help your child work through difficult feelings and better cope with life’s circumstances in a way that feels right for him or her using expressive play therapy: sand play, water play, creative and expressive arts, music, sewing, yoga and puppetry.Additional InformationIn an ideal world the first session would be to schedule a private session with the parents only to complete comprehensive paperwork, obtain a developmental history, discuss parent concerns.
If you are planning to use your insurance you are allowed a 45 minute to one hour visit for the initial session and your child is required to be present. Insurance does not cover phone consultations, face to face parent-therapist consultations and most plans fail to cover family counseling. If you feel that you need alone time speaking with me and plan to use your insurance please let me know in advance and plan to bring someone to watch your child in the waiting room while we speak briefly.
Self pay clients will be able to see me for a self pay initial consultation where we will meet the first time without your child.
Whether you plan to use insusrance or be self pay, we will discuss the theraputic process, and together create goals and objectives to create a specific treatment plan for your childs' individual needs.
Other Parent-Child Counseling Services
Parenting classes, consultations, parent child play sessions and creating healthy family coaching sessions are available.
The Initial Counseling Session is a Diagnosis and Evaluation Session
The initial Evaluation Consists of:
- A Physical Health History
- Mental Health History
- Family and Social History,
- Prior Menal Health Care
- History of Trauma, Abuse, Neglect
- Legal History
- Substance Abuse History
- Medication History
- School, Work History
- Special Needs
- Reason for the Visit
- Creating a Treatment Plan
- Obtaining any Additional Information or Assessment if Needed
- Coordination of Care As Indicated
- ADD/ADHD Assessments
- Conduct and Oppositiona Defient Disorders
- Mood Disorder
- Depressie Disorder
- Fears, Panic, Phobias
- Greif, Loss, Bereavement
- Binge Eating Disorders/Obesity
.We are no longer able to provide service to children that are unable to regulate their emotions in an office setting due to saftey factors. Children that are not potty trained or have problems with controlling their toileting habits will no longer be able to be seen in this office due to sanitation and health issues. We do not test for dyslexia or for learning disabilities
Many children we see in our office are seen for services that are not covered by insurance.
- V Codes or Parent Child Relationship Problem
- Parenting Classes
- Parent Consultation, Case Coordination. Many times parents are unprepared for the job of being a parent to a strong willed child and think that there is something wrong with the child and the problem is really a parenting issue not a counseling psychotherapy issue for a child with oppositional defiant behavior. Parents many times want to be a friend to their child and feel that they are being cruel and mean to their little ones by setting boundaries and telling their child no. When the child fails the respond to the desired behavior the parent feels lost and confused.
- We cannot bill the insurance under your child's name for a session only attended by the parent.
- We do not offer forensic counseling for children for court cases or legal issues of any kind.
- We do not offer counseling and bill insurance companies if you are advised to seek counseling for your child for documentation purposes on the advise of an attorney.
- Family counseling where you and your child attend therapy together are often not covered by your insurance and only allow for individual counseling.
Many times parents tell me that they put their child in time out and it does not work because the child comes back out. Parents many times need to be coached and educated that being consistent and following through and meaning what you say is the trick to positive discipline and a balanced and grounded child. When parents give the child mixed messages the child feels very confused but quickly leanrn that if a loud and long temper tantrum gets the deisred results that the child wants the behavior continues and even gets worse.