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 provides services part-time as his other duties are clinically supervising Licensed Professional Counselor Interns on and off site.

Currently NOT taking on NEW cases due to client capacity.  See INTERNS below for additional providers.

LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR INTERNS

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

Licensed Professional Counselor Interns (LPC Intern) 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 professionals attempting to attain a full level of professional licensure.

Noel Blessing, MA, LPC Intern

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

Ben Ligon, PhD, LPC Intern, LCDC Intern

“Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” is a popular expression in the second sentence of the United States Declaration of Independence (US 1776).  The Declaration also espoused those three rights are given to all human beings by their Higher Power and governments that are established to protect such human rights.  We all deserve to live with freedom and explore what makes us happy.

I have always had a genuine interest in the well-being and uniqueness of everybody around me.  We do not need to feel disconnected from others, be alone, or feel isolated.  It is of great value to have a person by your side who is nonjudgmental, compassionate, and models what positive healthy growth with others should look and feel like.  I provide my clients with that warm, empathic, and relaxed environment—an atmosphere where clients feel valued and respected—a space of support to explore issues that hold you back from living the life you want.

I hold a Master’s degree in Counseling and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  I have provided consultation and training to a variety of graduate students enrolled in the clinical and mental health program as a professor in the Graduate Counseling Program at The University of Texas at San Antonio.  I have over 9 years of experience providing mental health and addictions-related counseling services to adolescents, adults, and elders in a variety of different settings.

I am dually licensed as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern (LCDC-I) and a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (LPC Intern) under the clinical supervision of Robert Keith Franklin, PhD, LPC-S.  While I am trained in a variety of treatment modalities, the counseling approach I use with a particular client is determined by that person’s preferences and personal goals, as well as the nature of the issue being addressed.  Any approach I use has a client-centered focus with an emphasis on our strengths.  My individualized, diverse approach incorporates the utilization of treatments and methods from various types of therapy, such as cognitive behavior therapy, solution focused and motivational interviewing, and family systems.

You are ready to commit and bring healthy, positive change in your life and in relationships with others!  So, I urge you to take the first step with me.

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

Vanessa Loera, MA, LPC Intern

Choosing a healthcare provider is a challenge all its’ own.  Change is uncomfortable, but — I am asking you to embrace it and consider me. Step out of your comfort zone and let us walk together through your dark side to find the light at the end of your tunnel.

 

I have evenings and weekends available!  My services are affordable without sacrificing quality!

 

I have a direct and diversified approach. Each client is unique in their own way; therefore, I incorporate different approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Family Systems theory, Gottman, etc. The approaches and techniques I use for you will be tailored to your needs in collaboration with your goals for therapy.

 

In my clinical practice I have experience working with a variety of clients (ages ranging from 6+). I am confident and comfortable in providing services to individuals, couples, children, adolescents and families. My experience also includes working with a wide range of issues, including but not limited to competency restoration, depression, social anxiety, all types of abuse, eating disorders, physical disabilities and assistance finding resources.

 

Having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2014 and my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from South University-Austin in 2017. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern in San Antonio, Texas; which means I have acquired the highest level of education and passed the National Counselor Exam. I am still gaining hours to fulfill requirements of full LPC licensure similar to a medical residency and supervised by Dr. Robert K Franklin.  I also hold an additional license as a Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern.   In the meantime, I’m ready to serve you and support your mental health needs.

Supervised by:  R. Keith Franklin, PhD, LPC-S

 

Alexander F Montero, MA, LPC-Intern

Alexander is a LPC-Intern 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. While completing his degree, he interned at the Family Service Association and the Family Violence Prevention Center where he gained 2 years of working 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 alexfmontero25@gmail.com or at the office asking specifically for me 210-446-8255.

Supervised by:  Supervised by: Jillian Denman, LPC-S

Sasha Pinson, MS, LPC Intern, 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. I am in the process completing my state level internship hours to achieve full licensure (similar to a “residency”). In counseling, I want us to working 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.

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

 

Ralph Porter, MS, LPC Intern, LCDC Intern, NCC

I am originally from Chicago, Illinois. My wife and I moved to Boerne in the fall of 2017. I served in the United States Air Force before moving into a career in the Information Technology Field; where I spent 26 years. I retired from corporate America in 2011 and returned to school. I attended DePaul University, Chicago, and Roosevelt University, Chicago. I have completed all of the required coursework and Texas licensing requirements to practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. Additionally, since 2015, I have been a licensed chemical dependency counselor and have treated clients with alcohol and drug dependencies as well as co-occurring mental health disorders.

 

When counseling clients, my approach is to address the entire person. “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts -Aristotle.” We will begin with building a relationship. I will listen and learn to what it is that you want to change and how willing you are to make those changes. We will then establish goals, set priorities, and utilize clinically proven treatments that allow us to travel on this journey together as a team. My role, as a therapist, is to be a catalyst for the client to help them help themselves, set goals, make decisions, and assist in problem resolutions.

Supervised by:  Robert K Franklin, Ph.D., LPC-S, ACS

Karen Rudd, MA, LPC Intern

Karen strives to create an environment of trust, empathy, and openness with every client. The establishment of a secure, nonjudgmental space for individuals to feel at ease to explore and examine issues is essential for all individuals coming to counseling. A clear understanding of obstacles helps put the client on the path toward confidence, stability, and contentment. She also works to teach and adapt simple tools to help individuals better understand themselves, create goals, and move forward.

Her clientele has expanded into a diverse group of individuals, couples, children, families, and refugees with a wide-ranging variety of issues.

Karen graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with High Distinction. She is a member of the academic honor societies: Phi Kappa Phi, Psi Chi, and Alpha Lambda Sigma. Karen went on to receive a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

 

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

Valerie A F Stewart, MA, LPC Intern

When life presents challenges that are too difficult to overcome on your own, Valerie offers a safe, non-judgmental space to explore and express your emotions. Working together, you and Valerie will reveal your existing strengths and develop them into viable coping skills to overcome these challenges.  She has personal experience, as a parent and a daughter, in dealing with the challenges of physical and mental disabilities.

Valerie has lived and worked in various regions of the United States and abroad. In addition, she has led group therapy sessions for recent refugees arriving to the United States.  These experiences have given Valerie an open, accepting, and empathetic worldview.  She understands the feelings of isolation and uncertainty that can surface when in a new environment, situation, or even in every day circumstances.

With an extensive repertoire of applied theories to draw from, Valerie is qualified to treat a wide variety of clients including: individuals, children, couples, and families. She operates from a Positive Psychology/Strength-based perspective and is trained in a variety of evidenced-based counseling approaches such as: Relational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy. She will tailor her approach to address your specific needs. Her experience includes treating anxiety, depression, grief, as well as more complex concerns.

Graduating from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science with concentrations in Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology, Valerie then continued her studies and received a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from The University of Texas at San Antonio.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern, a Board Certified National Certified Counselor, and a member of the American Counseling Association

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

Elizabeth Wymer, MA, LPC Intern  

We all have the power to take control of our lives in order to reach our full potential. We all need guidance, at times, to skillfully navigate the path that life lays out before us. As a counselor, I see my role as someone who is there to accompany and guide my clients as they strive for excellence in all areas of their lives. NOTE: If you are interested in my services please feel free to call the office and be SURE to ask for me directly. Additionally, you may reach out to me directly via email on this platform.
I believe in the healing power of creativity. I believe in that every person is inherently creative and is capable of using and developing their skills and drives to create their own thoughts and, in turn, their lives.
Supervised by:  Robert K Franklin, PhD, LPC-S, ACS

LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS

Maribel Arias, LPC

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.

Psychology Today Link

Shawna Corley, PhD, LPC

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.  
Note:  Ms. Corley can be contacted directly at 210-853-2618.
Each Licensed Counselor is an Independent Practitioner and do not represent Counseling Connections of San Antonio

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Diana Garcia, MA, LPC

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

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.

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

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

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Helen Huff, MS, LPC

Helen Huff graduated from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in special education.  She has a master’s degree in Education from New York University in Hearing Impaired and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Our Lady of the Lake in San Antonio.  She was trained in Marriage and Family Therapy and is a  Licensed Professional Counselor.  Helen has done group work with siblings of special needs children, worked in the area of Foster Care and Adoption for 25 years and was a Licensed Child Placing Administrator.  Over the past five years Helen has counseled military children, families and adults.

Helen specializes in working with adolescents, families and couples. Other areas of expertise are adoption, foster care ,family conflict, bereavement , LGBT issues and relational distress.

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

Beth Owens

Beth Owens, LPC

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.

Psychology Today Link

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

Jillian Thomas, LPC

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 new wasy 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 host couple workshops and have different online relationship classes. 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

Note:  Mrs. Rodriguez can be contacted directly at 210-899-6284.

STUDENT COUNSELORS

Student Counselors are masters level students who have completed core educational and training components to put there education to the test in practical ways.  Student Counselors are the most eager to help a client through distress and are under the consistent supervision of Dr. Franklin.

Brittney Okorocha, MA Student Counselor

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, I graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. A year after graduating, I moved to San Antonio to pursue my Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at The University of Texas at San Antonio. I am currently completing my internship hours in my program and have been eagerly learning and absorbing new information and skills along the way. As my client, our sessions together are held to a high level of confidentiality and I look to create a safe, warm, and inviting atmosphere for you to express yourself. I look forward to meeting you, listening to you, understanding you, and being a witness to your growth as we go on this journey together.

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

Carlos Ortiz, MS Student Counselor

I was born and raised in McAllen, TX (South Texas), and recently moved to San Antonio. I attended the University of Texas Pan American (U.T.P.A) where I completed my Bachelors in Rehabilitative Services graduating top of my class with Summa Cum Laude honors. I am currently a graduate student at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley completing my Master’s in Clinical Counseling. I look forward to working with individuals from all walks of life ensuring they receive the best therapeutic outcome from our time together.

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