APPROVED CLINICAL SUPERVISOR

R. Keith Franklin, PhD, LPC-S, LCDC, CEAP

Dr. Franklin hails from Louisiana and was raised in a Military Family. He transitioned to the great city of San Antonio, Texas; whereby, he received his Master’s Degree from University of Texas at San Antonio in Educational Psychology (Counseling) and Doctoral degree (PhD) from St. Mary’s University. He has been a licensed psychotherapist since 2001. He holds a variety of professional certifications and licensures: Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, Nationally Certified Counselor, Nationally Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Certified Case Manager, Nationally Certified Psychiatric Technician, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, and Certified Employee Assistance Professional. He has had a variety of experiences with families, couples, and individual work.  His professional experiences include working with employee assistance programs, inpatient mental health, a university counseling, intensive outpatient programming, and with Military and Government.   His specialties include clinical supervision, mood disorders, depression/anxiety, phase of life issues, couples therapy, and GLBT issues. His philosophy on counseling psychotherapy is to provide an environment in which individuals feel empowered to change the quality of their lives, improve communication strategies, & create healthy relationships and wellness. He identifies his role as a therapist who assists his clients feeling heard, respected, and validated and, in turn, offering supportive, constructive feedback to help clients gain greater insight and understanding. He does not claim to be a quick “fix,” but he can be a facilitator for change if desired. A counselor serves as the catalyst for goal setting, decision-making, and problem resolution, and he feels that is his calling.  Dr. Franklin’s primary role is providing clinical supervision to Licensed Professional Counselor Associates and Master’s Student Counselors.

Currently NOT taking on NEW cases due to client capacity.  See LPC Associates for additional providers.

LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR ASSOCIATES

“Affordable and Low Cost Private Pay Options Available — Inquire by calling our offices today”

Licensed Professional Counselor Associates (LPC Associate) are those individuals who have graduated from a GRADUATE level program of education, successfully passed their licensing board exams, and are now being supervised for 3,000 clinical hours similar to a medical residency.  These individuals are NOT students, but post-graduate professionals attempting to attain a full level of professional licensure.

Noel Blessing, MA, LPC Associate

I earned my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Texas at San Antonio and have recently been admitted into UTSA’s PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program.  My mission is to help you through whatever challenges your facing and to grow into the person you want to be. Through my training I’ve helped clients from all walks of life understand and develop skills to manage depression, anxiety, major life-transitions, and grief. Whatever your concern, I’ll work with you to address them in a trusting and nonjudgmental space.

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Supervised by:  Robert K Franklin, PhD, LPC-S, ACS

Jan Braun, MS, LPC Associate

My practice is grounded in a positive and integrative approach to healing the whole person – body, mind, and soul. My first objective is to offer you a safe, supportive space in which you can feel free to explore, grow and heal.  I have worked with individuals with a range of issues and have been trained in a number of transformative therapeutic modalities, including somatic approaches to help clients heal from trauma and create embodied and lasting change.

By honoring your direct experience we can begin to alter the habitual reactions, limitations, and outdated stories that may prevent you from feeling the full richness of life. Engaging your moment to moment experience may help you to  develop a deeper appreciation of who you are and move you toward the vibrant life you want to live. My intention is to help clients create more satisfying relationships with others and with themselves.

Supervised by:  Robert K Franklin, PhD, LPC-S, ACS

Esther Heffler, MS, LPC Associate, LCDC Intern, NCC

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.” – Brené Brown

This work is deeply personal and my role is to offer you a safe place to land where you can practice vulnerability and courageously speak your truth. A powerful element of healing can happen when you figure out how to talk about what you’ve been through. It’s easy to discuss the events in life that brought you joy, but it’s an entirely different process to discuss the events that broke you.

My hope is to hold space for your healing as you move through your pain. My counseling approach is tailored to the individual, but generally speaking our collaborative work in counseling would consist of: processing thoughts and emotions, identifying your personal goals, exploring possible solutions to your presenting issues and concerns, developing insight,  and practicing coping skills.

I like to say the counseling profession chose me because I have honestly always had a passion for building connections and having real hard conversations about everything from love and joy to heartbreak and hardships. Some background about me – I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Feel free to contact me directly if you would like to schedule an appointment –  [email protected] or 210-504-9524. You can also call the office asking specifically for an appointment with me – 210-446-8255.

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Supervised By: Robert K. Franklin, PhD, LPC-S, LCDC, NCC

Only conducting Telehealth sessions during the COVID-19 pandemic

Yvronda Thompson, MS, LPC Associate (Coming Soon)

 

My name is Yvronda (Pronounced Youranda V is silent). I received a master’s in general psychology from Walden University in 2008. I am currently an intern working towards my Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree. I have had the pleasure in the last several years to work with individuals that are facing life challenging obstacles. I am passionate about helping people achieve health and wellbeing in every aspect in their lives.

Everyone served will know they have a caring and concerned person that will be there to lend support during those difficult times. I want to create a space to process safely without judgment and help individuals understand that life challenges happen. I offer a strength-based person-centered approach with the belief that therapy is a collaboration that guides clients to increase self-awareness, decrease symptoms, while increasing personal strengths to enjoy a more fulfilling life. I enjoy working with individuals of all backgrounds, age and LGBTQ+ friendly.

 

Dr. Robert K. Franklin, PhD, LPC-S
Clinical Supervisor

Elizabeth Woody, MS, LPC Associate, NCC

Come as you are. Creating compassion and empathy for yourself is different than making excuses for unwanted behaviors. Why do we make the choices we do in our lives? Sometimes the answers are slow in coming or they may change over time. Finding support and feeling supported during challenging periods is essential for our own personal growth. Together, we will develop a collaborative and supportive relationship.

I received my master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio and my bachelor’s degree from New York University. I use an eclectic approach to counseling, primarily pulling from Person-Centered, Narrative, Cognitive Behavioral, and Existential theories.

You can contact me directly at 512-222-4093 or [email protected]. Or, call the office at 210-446-8255 to schedule an appointment.

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Supervised by:  Robert K Franklin, PhD, LPC-S

 

LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS

Maribel Arias, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor

My passion is to help people during the various stages, circumstances, and situations that people face throughout life and on a daily basis. My goal is to help create a safe and peaceful environment for my client to better understand them on an individual basis. I will strive to help my client find their unique qualities and purpose in life. My approach is a blend of Existential and Rogerian Theory in order to help my clients achieve their potential in life. By using an Existential approach, my client will strive to discover their meaning and purpose in life.

The benefit of a Rogerian approach is that it allows for the client to be fully involved with his or her own treatment since the focus will be on the client on an individual basis. I have experience in various issues and specialize in depression, abuse, grief, and self-esteem.

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Each Licensed Counselor is an Independent Practitioner and do not represent Counseling Connections of San Antonio.

Shawna Corley, PhD, LPC, LCDC, CCTP

I graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2014 with a Master’s of Arts degree in Community Counseling and most recently with my Doctorate in Counseling in 2019. My Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology was achieved at the University of the Incarnate Word in 2011.

I love working with kids and am skilled to handle the hard issues of sexual assault and abuse involving children.  In working with children I also work with the family unit. My work with children includes working with sibling/parent conflict, relationships, trauma, abuse, sexual identity, eating disorders, and grief. I am also available to perform Child Custody Evaluations and Adoptions Studies though the Bear County DRO.

Furthermore I enjoy working with adults presenting with a variety of presenting concerns.  I specialize in trauma, but also assist with depression, relationship conflicts, anxiety, sexual identity, grief, and family conflict.

I use an eclectic approach in my work with clients.  I also bring with me the opportunity to use animal assisted therapy in session with my therapy dog, Rylie.  I feel it is a great honor to work with the clients that I see as you are allowing me to be a part of your journey.  I look forward to meeting you and starting your journey to healing.  

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Each Licensed Counselor is an Independent Practitioner and do not represent Counseling Connections of San Antonio.

Currently taking on LIMITED NEW cases due to client capacity.  See LPC Associates for additional providers.

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Diana Garcia, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor

In 2008 Diana received a Master’s in Community Counseling from The University of Texas At San Antonio. Her experience has included a two year internship working with bereaved children and families, conducting groups in a partial hospitalization program, seeing clients in a hospital outpatient setting, and working with individuals and couples in private practice. As a Licensed Professional Counselor she works with a diverse group of clients that include people suffering from Schizophrenia, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and relationship difficulties .As a native of South Texas she is very aware of peculiar experiences that this region can afford and the value of an approach that takes into consideration those multicultural components. Diana incorporates several theoretical approaches to the complex issues that clients present. She approaches each client as an individual and tailors her effort to the clients’ unique set of circumstances. She works with individual adults, couples, and adolescents.

Each Licensed Counselor is an Independent Practitioner and do not represent Counseling Connections of San Antonio

Jennifer Harkins, LPC, LCDC
Licensed Professional Counselor

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998, I began working with children and families at a local nonprofit organization focused on providing support and guidance through mentoring. My early career in social service work led me to focus on what can be most transformative and healing: understanding and accepting self. I received my master’s degree in counseling and became licensed as a Professional Counselor. I continued social service work as a counselor with Family Violence Prevention Services, Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas and The Center for Health Care Services. I now have a general practice that is shaped by my experiences and work with trauma. I appreciate working with a wide range of issues including but not limited to grief, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, childhood abuse, work/school challenges, life adjustments and addiction. As there are many unhealthy and compromising behaviors resulting from traumatic and stressful issues, I became licensed as a Chemical Dependency Counselor as well.

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Note:  Mrs. Harkins can be contacted directly at 210-379-5364.  For more information about my experience and practice, please visit jenniferharkinscounselor.com.

Each Licensed Counselor is an Independent Practitioner and do not represent Counseling Connections of San Antonio

Maggie Hlavinka, MS, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor

I graduated from the University of Texas in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.  In 2007 I received a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University in the San Francisco Bay Area.  After graduate school I returned to my hometown of San Antonio to complete my internship and study Marriage and Family Therapy at St. Mary’s University.  I am now a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) for the state of Texas as well as a certified hypnotherapist. I have experience in helping individuals overcome anxiety, depression, trauma, bereavement, adjustment issues, LGBTQ issues, and relational difficulties, as well as a variety of other obstacles. I work with adults of all ages, as well as willing adolescents (ages 12 and up), through a variety of clinical approaches; I use hypnotherapy to help people quit smoking, eliminate unwanted behaviors, improve sleep and relaxation, and release negative emotions; and I facilitate counseling for couples. pre-marital counseling for couples.

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Each Licensed Counselor is an Independent Practitioner and do not represent Counseling Connections of San Antonio.

Alexander F Montero, MA, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor

Alexander is a Licensed Professional Counselor who is fluent in Spanish and is passionate about helping others gain an understanding on how to improve life. He developed a desire for wanting to help others after taking a high school psychology course. This passion led him to attend Texas A&M University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology in 2016. Hoping to one day provide services to others, Alexander finished his education by moving to San Antonio, Texas where he completed his Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling at St. Mary’s University in 2018. His training included the Family Service Association and the Family Violence Prevention Center where he gained tremendous experience with adults, children, families, LGBT individuals, youth on probation, domestic violence, depression, anger, and anxiety. While his primary interest surrounds adolescents, he is more  than capable and willing to work with a wide range of individuals and topics.

Using his theoretical approach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Alexander assists clients by re-framing negative thoughts and constructing an understanding of the relationship between their views, emotions, and behaviors. The human experience is an overwhelming process for anyone to go through especially alone, which is why Alex’s main goal is to create a safe place people can feel heard, accepted, respected, valued, and supported. Feel free to contact him directly if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment [email protected] or at the office asking specifically for me 210-446-8255.

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Each Licensed Counselor is an Independent Practitioner and do not represent Counseling Connections of San Antonio.

Beth Owens

Beth Owens, LPC, Doctoral Candidate
Licensed Professional Counselor

I graduated from Trinity University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Women’s studies.  I also studied Music Therapy for a year at Texas Women’s University.  I obtained my Master’s in Community Counseling from University of Texas at San Antonio, and I have been accepted as a doctoral student at St. Mary’s in Counseling Education and Supervision.  My approach to therapy is primarily client-centered, where I actively listen with unconditional positive regard, and help clients to become their authentic, genuine selves. I treat all types of clients, and have experience working with couples, Gifted and Talented individuals, people struggling with anxiety and depression, and those making lifestyle changes to lose weight or accommodate bariatric surgery, such as gastric bypass.  I am sex positive, and work with LBGTQ people, as well as those with alternative lifestyles.  I am very open-minded.  I grew up in San Antonio, and live here with my husband and two cats.  Certified Hypnotherapist.

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Note:  Mrs. Owens can be contacted directly at 210-871-1572.

Each Licensed Counselor is an Independent Practitioner and do not represent Counseling Connections of San Antonio

Sasha Pinson, MS, LPC, NCC

I was raised in a small East Texas town called Palestine, and moved to San Antonio in 2001. I am proud to have grown up and have completed my schooling in the Edgewood district. I have obtained my Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and my Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from UTSA.   In counseling, I want us to work together to maximize your quality of life. I believe it is best to let the client lead the therapeutic journey as we work together to help attain personal growth.

I love working with kids and teens. I am also versatile in working with adults, couples, and families. I find it a great privilege to be a part of your life’s journey.

I can be reached directly at (210) 369-8592 or at the office at 210-446-8255.

Each Licensed Counselor is an Independent Practitioner and does not represent Counseling Connections of San Antonio.

Jillian Thomas, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor

I was born and raised in San Antonio Texas where I received my master’s Degree in Counseling from Wayland Baptist University in 2011. I have deep family values and found my passion for helping people through my faith. These values had led me to the counseling profession. I  provide services to individuals, families, children and couples. I also have experience and currently offer faith-based counseling services to those who may be seeking incorporation of the Christian perspective.

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Note:  Ms. Thomas can be contacted directly at 210-871-1582.

Each Licensed Counselor is an Independent Practitioner and do not represent Counseling Connections of San Antonio

LICENSED MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS

Each Licensed Counselor is an Independent Practitioner and do not represent Counseling Connections of San Antonio.

Priscilla Rodriguez, MS, LMFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Hello, I’m Priscilla Rodriguez and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Texas. I specialize in working with couples at all stages of their relationship and who may need to find a new way to reconnect with each other. My experience with couples involves working through recent affairs, blocks in communication, or lack of intimacy. I also work with individuals who want to regain balance in their lives by learning how to manage anxiety, improve their motivation or low self-esteem, and work on feeling more at peace. I provide premarital counseling to couples who are dating or engaged and want to develop a strong relationship foundation for themselves. I provide different packages where engaged couples can save $60 on their marriage license. In addition to my counseling services, I provide online relationship classes that will provide you with the strategic tools needed to enhance your relationship. If you would like to receive a free relationship workbook and 3-week email series, you can sign up here.

I received my Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from Auburn University in 2015 and my Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013. I have been working as a therapist since 2015 and been in private practice since 2016. San Antonio is my hometown and I love how this city is growing! I love spending time with my husband and our dog. We enjoy exploring new restaurants and love to cheer on the Spurs when they are in season.

For more information on my experience and how I can help you make a change in your life, you can visit my website at www.modernwellnesscounseling.com/services

If you are ready to schedule your session, you can do so online by clicking here and see what time frame works best for you.

Each Licensed Counselor is an Independent Practitioner and do not represent Counseling Connections of San Antonio.

Qualified Mental Health Professionals

Masters level counselor interns are those individuals who have completed core educational and training.  They are at the end of the masters graduate training in Clinical Mental Health and are ascertaining the chance to put into practice their clinical skills.  There is a no cost Intake Interview option to allow you an experience to determine if you would like to move forward or not.  Each  Masters level counselor intern  is supervised by Dr. Franklin and feedback is regularly encouraged for counselor growth and client growth.   Masters level counselor interns  are the most eager to help and will work hard for you.  You can trust that Dr. Franklin will be available to consult with his 20+ years of clinical experience guiding each counselor along the way.

Amanda Sheehan-Crisp, M.S. Qualified Mental Health Professional

 

As part of a military family, I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. I graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Psychology in 2008. After which, I worked for many years with survivors of sexual assault and as a caseworker for abused, neglected, and exploited older adults and persons with disabilities. My career has led me to understand a greater need for mental health services for individuals and families. Currently, I am finishing my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Walden University to become a Licensed Professional Counselor.
I view counseling as a journey, similar to a road trip with a beginning, middle, and end. Both the client and the counselor play an equal role in obtaining a successful outcome. The destination is the client meeting their goal; the aspiration of the counselor is facilitating the journey. I value a person-centered approach, allowing the individual to take control of their itinerary. I will provide counseling services for individuals, couples, families, adolescents, and children.

 

Supervised by:  Robert K Franklin, PhD, LPC-S

 

Jordan Lightner, M.S. Qualified Mental Health Professional

 

Jordan Lightner served honorably as a medic in the United States Army from 2011 to 2017 and attended Texas A&M International University in his hometown of Laredo, TX. Since completing his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2020, he has been enrolled in the Master’s of Science program for Clinical Mental Health Counseling. His ultimate goal is to serve our military veteran population to help combat the stigma of seeking mental health services during and after service.

 

Supervised by:  Robert K Franklin, PhD, LPC-S

 

Kristina Gonzalez, MS Qualified Mental Health Professional

I obtained my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2019, where I am also currently pursing my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. For the past few years in San Antonio, I have worked in outpatient settings treating adults experiencing depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. I also have experience in counseling children and teens.

I aspire to build a career dedicated to making counseling more accessible to underserved communities. I am passionate about being a source of support for my clients as they navigate their struggles. I take a person-centered approach in counseling. I believe in creating a safe, supportive, and collaborative space for my clients to empower them to achieve personal growth and change.

Supervised by: Dr. Shawna Corley, PhD, LPC

Sarah Rogers, MS, Qualified Mental Health Professional

My name is Sarah and I am currently pursuing a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Texas at San Antonio. For the past few years, I worked with students as a music educator in the Dallas area, utilizing a developmental, contextually-focused, and strengths-based perspective. As a teacher, I learned that my passion is in helping individuals explore their interests, develop problem-solving methods, and build communication skills, and this led me to pursue a career in counseling.

My counseling approach utilizes a blend of Existential theory and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. My goal is to create a space in which clients can develop self-awareness and discover what gives meaning and depth to their lives. In addition, I believe that strong relationships are crucial our mental wellbeing and our sense of identity, and I am passionate about facilitating communication between individuals.

Supervised by:  Robert K Franklin, PhD, LPC-S, ACS

Ashley Zapp, MA, Qualified Mental Health Professional

My name is Ashley Zapp and I am a Masters level student counselor. I grew up in a military family and have lived all over the world. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from the University of South Carolina and then commissioned into the U.S. Air Force in 2014. I am still currently serving and that is what has brought me to San Antonio. Through my time in the Air Force, I realized my passion is in helping people and I decided to pursue a career that would allow me to do so. I am finishing up my Master of Arts in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of Arizona to become a Licensed Professional Counselor.

I personally view mental health as no different than physical health—I believe our minds require the same care and feeding as our bodies to maintain a healthy and balanced life. My goal is to break down barriers so clients can get the help they need and work towards leading a more meaningful life. Counseling is team sport and relies heavily on collaboration between the client and counselor. I’m here to guide clients in making their own informed decisions that move them closer to achieving their goals. It requires action and will take practice outside of sessions, and it is through this hard work that clients can making amazing changes in their lives. I believe my experiences in the military have given me a unique skillset to work with people from varying backgrounds. I provide individual and family/couples counseling for adults, adolescents, and children and work with minority and other LGBTQ+ communities.

Supervised by:  Robert K Franklin, PhD, LPC-S, ACS