Cathy Armstrong Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor
TX Board Approved CEU Provider ( Child Therapy, Creative & Expressive Counseling Workshops, Teen Therapy Treatment Issues, Parenting Skills for the ODD Child, LPC Supervison Training, Creating Families Program, Jungian and Gestalt Therapy with Children and Teens) #3052
TX Board Approved LPC Intern Supervisor # 12418
TX Board Registered Nurse Since 1974
5934 S. Staples# 206 Corpus Christi, Texas 78413
Telephone: (361) 688-8200
Welcome to my website! My Focus is on Relationship Repair, Success, & Self Love
When I work with children and teenagers, I combine parenting education, consultation, behavioral therapy, family counseling and Play Therapy. Please note most insurance plans do not cover family therapy or consultation fees in the work I do with parents. Clinical hypnotherapy, NLP, and Life Coaching are not covered by insurance. Call for rates. Parental involvement both in the sessions at times and between sessions are vital to having a positve outcome and the work I do with your child or teen.
My Goals Are to Empower Individuals, Families, Couples, and Parents.
I am here to help others create Healthy Relationships in all areas of their lives. Together I help you and your child put Trust, Faith, Hope, Love, and Respect 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 about 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
I am a pediatric clinical hypnotherapist and provide clinical hypnosis for thumb sucking, bedwetting, night terrors, anxiety/phobias, hair/eyelash/eye brow pulling, cancer support, and pain managment support.
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 Comes Problems
Parenting can be a problem with the addition of a new baby.
I offer individual and family therapy to help make the transition much smoother. I have 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. I am available to 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, yoga and puppetry.