Corpus Christi Professional Counseling and Medical Pediatric Hypnosis for Cancer Patients and Families
Counseling for children, teen and adult cancer patients, caregivers and loved ones.
Telephone: (361) 688-8200 Welcome to my practice!
Hello, my name is Cathy Armstrong. I am a Registered Nurse and member of the American Holistic Nurses Association. I am an Ordained Minister and Spiritual Director. I am a Board Certified Fellow and Clinical Hypnotherapist with the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists. I also a Certified NLP Practitioner and Licensed Professional Counselor that supervised LPC Interns. My educational training and degrees are both secular and non-secular. I am a Holistic Practitioner and Meditation Teacher. My first dissertation in holistic life counseling and spiritual studies was on the Mind, Body, Spirit Connection in the treatment of various chronic health problems including cancer, IBS, and migraine headaches. I am currently working on a second dissertation about prayer treatment and Christian/Faith based hypnosis for chronic illness, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and pain management. I currently use a combinations of Clinical Hypnotherapy with integrated counseling with a high success rate. I am located in the Five Oaks Plaza in Corpus Christi, Texas.
I offer a safe and comfortable place where patients of all ages and their families learn to cope with their feelings surrounding the diagnosis of cancer, childhood diabetes, childhood obesity requiring bariatric surgery, autoimmune disorders, or other healtlh related problem.
Cancer Support, Counseling, Play Therapy, and Hypnosis
Dealing with cancer at any age is difficult physically, psychologically, spiritually, and emotionally. A child or adult and their family can be lost in fear especially when the diagnosis has just been made. I offer cancer patients support and tools to help them get through treatment.
Being diagnosed with any type of cancer can be frightening, making a person feel devastated as and your mind races and a myriad of emotions are experience. Many cancer patients report feeling optimistic with surgery but if additional treatments of either or both chemotherapy and radiation therapy are ordered the patient with cancer can find themselves having conflicting feelings, fears, and uncertainty. Counseling is helpful to sort our feelings, and to to help with stress and anxiety. Hypnosis, affirmations, guided imagery, prayer, meditation, and mindfulness are tools I use in combination with integrative psychotherapy. Feelings of anxiety and fear can leave a person emotionally, spiritually and physically drained. I am here to offer you hope, self-empowerment, and balance during your healing journey with cancer.
Using an integrated approach of Jungian Therapy, hypnosis and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), a problem-focused, action-oriented strength -based approach to boost your self-esteem and confidence about the choices you are making and be an active participant in your care. You will learn to put balance in your life, perhaps for the first time. You will learn tools to reprogram negative thinking, decrease stress, and learn to focus on the positive rather than the negative. These are tools to help you have a better quality of life that will be used long after you complete your cancer treatment
Coping With the Diagnosis of Cancer
Psychotherapy and hypnosis helps people reduce anxiety, regulate emotions, stabilize their mood and make clearer decisions. Having a diagnosis of cancer is a life-changing event. It puts clients in a state of "fight or flight" with emotional feelings of fear, sadness, helplessness and loss of control over your life. I offer hypnosis and other mental wellness services to give cancer patients tool to cope with the changes the diagnosis of cancer can bring.
As a registered nurse (since 1974), professional counselor(since 1994), life coach(since 2000) and ordained minister (since 2005) and hypnotherapist (since 1978) I have worked with patients and their families experiencing stress, confusion, and despair from acute and chronic health related problems. I have worked to help South Texas residents and their families process their confused and mixed emotions regarding treatment options and recommendations made by local and out of town oncologists. Cancer patients are often terrified about the options given to them regarding them cancer treatment and this can add stress upons stress. You might be feeling overwhelmed with your new diagnosis and feel embolized and lost.
I work to empower you to deal with your emotions and take control of the things you can – I am a firm believer in positive psychology and the power of prayer, faith and hope. Our feelings can be come our thoughts and our words and our thoughts can impact our beliefs. I am here to help you look at how your feelings impact your fears, thoughts and beliefs. I support holistic medicine and the connection of the Mind, Body, and Spirit. I help cancer patients and their family members and loved one the ability to maintain a quality of life that is balanced, fulfilling, loving, successful and happy. I have both secular and non secular degrees in nursing, psychology, counseling, metaphysics, religion and holistic studies. I became was ordained as a minister several years ago to help meet the needs of clients wanting to include prayer, personal religious preferences, and faith into their healing.
Child Therapy, Play Therapy, and Family Therapy
Play therapy using prescriptive play therapy is available for children, siblings and teens undergoing cancer treatment. Clients are seen during radiation, chemotherapy, pre and post surgery of all ages. Self pay and some insurance plans are accepted such as Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal, United Health Plan, Driscoll Chip and Driscoll Star Medicaid. Play is a child’s language. Teenagers and adults use their words to express themselves. Children express themselves best through play which is their natural language. In the playroom, toys, games and activities are used like words. Children are provided special therapeutic toys to help them express what they have difficulty saying with words. Expressive and creative arts, dolls, puppets, paints, or other toys are used to say what the child is thinking and feeling. Many times the child with cancer, brothers and sisters of the cancer patient or children of parents undergoing cancer treatment have a hard time understanding or explaining the events or their feelings about what is taking place in their life.
Play Therapy is an appropriate counseling approach for these young children because they naturally communicate through play. Toys in the play room are specifically chosen to allow children impacted by the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, the opportunity to develop self-understanding, explore their own real life situations and resolve their childhood inner conflicts. This approach offers them a safe environment in which they can express their feelings, wishes and needs.
Integrated counseling is used with older children and teens using affirmations, mindfulness, medical meditation, guided imagery and hypnosis. Jungian therapy and Whole person therapy are used in addition to cognitive behavior counseling. Faith based counseling is offered upon request.
Counseling for Couples, Parents, Families During Cancer Treatment Counseling During Remission
Couples counseling is offered to focus on addressing the common issues of couples coping with cancer. These sessions are both psychoeducation and therapeutic. Stress management, time management, learning to create balance and creating a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a healthy relationship with each other and with your children, communication skills to talk with your health-care team; exploration of the changing routines and roles in the relationship and within the family unit; enhancing communication in the partnership; examining the effect of cancer on intimacy, body image, sexuality; and learning coping techniques and strategies are discussed.
Hypnosis & Cancer
I offer pediatric and adult hypnotherapy service to those with various forms of cancer. Research studies has shown hypnosis to be extremely beneficial for cancer patient and loved ones who battled anxiety, difficulty sleeping, and other secondary symptoms associated with traditional cancer treatments. While obtaining my non-secular doctoral degree in divinity I opted to follow a track on holistic life counseling and wrote my dissertation on research outcome studies with cancer patients and chronic illness using traditional western medicine alone (allopathic medicine) with research studies combining wellness counseling, CAM Therapies, holistic therapies, counseling, prayer, and meditation. The results were amazing!
Side effects of chemotherapy and radiation are noted to have potential side effects such as nausea, appetite loss, and intestinal upset. Hypnosis has been shown to improve the capacity of may patients from children to adults to be able to manage these symptoms.
Health and Wellness Life Coaching Services are also available to explore the need of proper and healthy nutrition, emotional balance and wellness, exercise, meditation, stress management, sleep, and spiritual direction
Call:Cathy Armstrong at : (361) 688-8200 5934 S. Staples, Suite 206 Corpus Christi, Texas 78413