Counseling and Life Coaching for Motherhood and Parenthood
Cathy Armstrong, RN, LPC-S Tel: (361) 688-8200
Are there days that you wake up feeling like you are on a roller coaster, wanting to cry, feeling anxious, frustrated, angry and want more out of life than wanting to pull your hair out with your kids?
Do you feel disconnected from you partner, family and friends? Do you feel like you are "freaking out, going crazy at times?
Is the thought of one more project to do is the "deal breaker and you are about to fall apart?"
Parenting of a new baby, taking care of a toddler, dealing with an older child that is oppositional or defiant can create stress on parents. You can wake up and feel confident as a mother by learning a few coping skills and behavior techniques to bring peace, joy and balance to your life. Part of my private counseling practice is to work with mothers to help them feel empowered and create mornings where they wake up with a smile on their face ready to take the kids to school and feel content with their lives when they put their head on their pillow at night.
Being a mother is a hard job!
Cathy is here to help mothers feel in control of their lives again, find time for themselves, reconnect with themselves and others, learn the skills of time management, boundary setting, learning to have a "voice" with assertiveness training and face the day with contentment and ease.
You do not have to feel alone and there is a way to stop the feelings of "freaking out and losing it."
Emotional Birth Trauma/Healing/Recovery Counseling
Cathy Armstrong was trained in person by the remarkable Pam England, the creator or Birthing From Within and Birth Story, now called Birth Story Medicine. As Professional Labor/Birth Doula, experienced RN (in labor/delivery/postpartum/ and newborn nursery nurse, mother of twins, professional counselor and birth educator), Cathy has helped many women understand that the root of many marital problems started during the pregnancy, birth or postpartum time. Being pregnancy, giving birth and bonding after the baby is born as a family is a rite of passage and a very emotional and spiritual experience for most women. Bonding with the new baby and marital problems as well as mental health issues can occur for the new mother if negative feelings surrounding the pregnancy and birth are not addressed. Many women experience sadness, remorse, emptiness, anger, bitterness, regret, grief, blame, and extreme disappointment about the events from pre conception (fertility problems) and extend during pregnancy, birth and the first year of parenthood. Unresolved these issues can lead to divorce and self destruction.
Private and Small Group Childbirth Classes
Childbirth preparation is a valuable experience regardless of you are planning to have a natural birth, use medication during labor, have an induced labor or a planned /unplanned C Section. These tools are valuable and will help you in other areas of your life to manage stress, release fears, worries and anxiety. The work wonders in coping with the days ahead of being a new parent.
Cathy Armstrong is a Registered Nurse with extensive birthing experience as a labor and delivery nurse, childbirth educator in the Lamaze Method, LeClaire Method, Clinical Birth Hypnosis for Pain Management, the originator of the Tranquil Birth Method of Childbirth and trained in the Peterson Method of Body Centered Hypnosis for Childbirth. She has met Pam England in person and attended a workshop in Birth Story. She has taught classes at hospitals, community organizations and in her private practice where she practices clinical hypnosis, medical meditation, holistic nursing, and psychotherapy. Cathy welcomes you and invites you to her office in The Five Oaks Plaza in Corpus Christi, Texas to learn guided imagery, self-hypnosis tools and obtain skills to prepare you for a calm and peaceful birthing experience. As a Professional Labor Doula, hypnotherapist and birth educator. Cathy will teach you to relax and go deeper into a state of comfortable and peaceful relaxation with each contraction as you are one step closer to hold your baby in your arms.
Cathy Armstrong offers a program called Tranquil Birth that teaches you the art of medical meditation, guided imagery, affirmations, and self-hypnosis which reduces stress hormones and increases natural endorphins for pain management. Fear release is experience in sand try, birth art and hypnotherapy.
When hypnosis is used in childbirth, you will experience something similar to a daydream or a state of focused concentration. Just like when you are watching a good movie, engaged with a good book or listening to the ocean waves
. You are aware, awake and in full control, but very, very relaxed. You will be aware when you have a contraction but you will have the clinical tools to manage pain and allow yourself to melt into the contraction and go deeper and deeper into a tranquil state of calm relaxation. You are in complete control and you can choose to what extent you want to feel your contractions.
Tension, stress and fear increase pain. They can create the "fight or flight state" which can release stress hormones. By learning to enter your birth free of fear, anxiety and worry your will be able to relax your body and the deep state of focused concentration and relaxation has shown decreased pain, shorter labors and easier pushing in the second stage of labor for the mother and baby.
We accept insurance and self pay. We are currently taking new clients for counseling on Driscoll Star, Humana PPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal.
5934 S. Staples, Suite 206 Corpus Christi, Texas 78413 Telephone (361) 688-8200