LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS

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 and Doctoral degree (PhD) from St. Mary’s University in Counselor Education & Supervision. He has been a licensed counselor since 2001. He holds a variety of professional certifications and licensures: Approved Clinical Supervisor, Nationally Certified Counselor, Nationally Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Certified Case Manager, and 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 plans, inpatient mental health hospitals, a university counseling center, intensive outpatient programming, and as a Military Family Life Counselor.   His specialties include clinical supervision, mood disorders, depression/anxiety, phase of life issues, couples therapy, and GLBT issues. His philosophy on counseling is to provide an environment in which individuals feel empowered to change the quality of their lives, improve communications, & create healthy relationships and wellness. He identifies his role as a therapist who assists his clients feeling heard, respected, & validated and, in turn, offering supportive, constructive feedback to help clients gain greater insight &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, & 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 taking on limited cases due to client capacity.

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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.

Sara Gonzales

Sara Gonzales, MS, LPC

I am a licensed professional counselor trained to provide bilingual therapeutic services to adolescents and adults from a perspective that includes the family. For many years I have worked in shelter settings with teens and children. I have many years of training and experience working from a behavior modification approach after completing my bachelor’s of Arts in psychology at the University of Texas at Dallas. I went on to continue my education at Our Lady of the Lake University where I completed my Masters of Science with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling Psychology. While studying at OLLU I was immersed in coursework that focused on the impact of culture on our lives and completed the Psychological Services for Spanish Speaking Populations. I work primarily from a narrative therapy perspective to help you decide what story you would like your life to tell.  Child and Adolescent Provider Specialist.

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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 people overcome anxiety, depression, trauma, bereavement, adjustment issues, GLBT issues, and relational difficulties.  I work with adults of all ages, as well as willing adolescents (ages 10 and up), through a variety of clinical approaches; I work with children (ages 5 and up) dealing with grief and loss issues through art therapy; I use hypnotherapy to help people quit smoking, eliminate unwanted behaviors, improve sleep and relaxation, and release negative emotions; and I facilitate pre-marital counseling for couples.

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Diana Luu, MA, LPC, LCDC

My name is Diana Luu. I provide counseling services to the individuals, couples, and families here in San Antonio. I moved to San Antonio about 10 years ago to pursue a degree in psychology and counseling at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Once I completed school, I decided to stay and dedicate myself to the community by playing various roles related to the field of counseling. While I have much more growth and development in my counseling career… I have had the wonderful opportunity to gain experience in individual counseling, marital counseling, family counseling, group counseling, assessment and referrals, and behavioral therapy. I have worked in various settings such as: partial hospitalization programs, non profit and for profit organizations, private practice, and am currently in a psychiatric hospital and group practice setting. I love the work that I do, and feel that I am right where I need to be.  I truly believe in giving back to the community, and I am able to achieve that goal by playing a positive role as a community counselor here in San Antonio.

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Helen Huff, MS, LPC

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor since 1999.  I specialize in working with children, adolescents, families, and couples.  Other areas of expertise involve:  adoption, foster care, abuse, family conflict, and relational distress.

Marissa Garcia, MA, LPC

I was born and raised in San Antonio and know this city quite well. I graduated from UTSA with a Bachelors in Business Administration in Marketing (2001), Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (2006), and a Master of Arts in Community Counseling (2012). I enjoy being of service to others in the private practice setting because a humanistic connection between counselor and client facilitates a strong alliance. I use a Transpersonal and Cognitive Behavioral approach where I listen for patterns and themes that have been overlooked yet are necessary variables to inner healing. I am committed to my own shadow work and have an established asana (yogic posture) practice in the Ashtanga Yoga Method. Yoga is a lifestyle and lifelong journey for me so in 2014 I completed a 6-month yoga teacher training. I taught in a studio for two years and then life presented a gift for me to share this powerful asana practice in the counseling office. I believe in the power of using one’s breath to tap into the emotional body and peel away the layers of unresolved feelings and self-limiting beliefs. Practicing asana can help the mind recognize cognitive distortions and restructure them to thoughts more in alignment with a world of infinite possibilities. I am always honored to introduce beginners to yoga asana because I started at the very bottom and just kept breathing through my practice six days a week. Four years later it’s an honor to share this practice with those who are willing to take the first step on an incredible journey to the Self. The mind is an amazing field to explore and the physical body we inhabit holds information for us to navigate with the vehicle of breath.

Michelle Scott

Michelle Scott, MS, LPC.

I was born in California, but raised in Texas most of my life. I received my Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Texarkana College, my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, and my Master’s of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M University – Texarkana. I was born in California, but raised in Texas most of my life. I received my Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Texarkana College, my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, and my Master’s of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M University – Texarkana.  My goal as a therapist is to create a safe place for you as a client to explore and heal. I want to work with you through your journey and find a solution that fits you as a client. I believe all counseling is diverse and offer individualized and flexible therapy for each client. I have experience in working with children, adolescents, teenagers, and adults. I have also worked with individuals that have addiction and substance abuse issues. My goal as a therapist is to create a safe place for you as a client to explore and heal. I want to work with you through your journey and find a solution that fits you as a client. I believe all counseling is diverse and offer individualized and flexible therapy for each client. I have experience in working with children, adolescents, teenagers, and adults. I have also worked with individuals that have addiction and substance abuse issues.

Jillian Thomas

Jillian Thomas, MA, 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 and a career with The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. I have an extensive background in working with families and children that have been involved with abuse and neglect. I also have provided services to individuals, families, children and couples. I also have experience and currently offer religion based counseling services to those who may be seeking incorporation of the Christian perspective.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 and a career with The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. I have an extensive background in working with families and children that have been involved with abuse and neglect. I also have provided services to individuals, families, children and couples. I also have experience and currently offer religion based counseling services to those who may be seeking incorporation of the Christian perspective. I provide contract services through Counseling Connections of San Antonio at 7300 Blanco Rd Suite 501, phone number 210.446.8255 and I am fully licensed in the State of Texas.  I look forward to providing services to those who are in need and I am pleased to provide compassion, understanding, objectivity, and a nonjudgmental environment for you to thrive. I look forward to the opportunity to help you achieve your goals. I look forward to providing services to those who are in need and I am pleased to provide compassion, understanding, objectivity, and a nonjudgmental environment for you to thrive. I look forward to the opportunity to help you achieve your goals.

Theresa Spencer

Theresa Spencer, MS, LPC, LCDC

I recently moved to San Antonio due to my husband’s transfer to Fort Sam Houston. Originally from a small town outside Monroe, Louisiana, I have also lived in Texas, Virginia, and Maryland. I obtained a BS in Pharmacy from Northeast Louisiana University (now known as University of Louisiana at Monroe) and practiced clinical pharmacy with a specialization in pediatrics for over 10 years. Later, I acquired my Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University.

While living in Maryland, I worked in an outpatient mental health clinic at a non-profit agency. The clinic received referrals for clients starting as young as three years old. My personal experience has been with children starting at age 9, tweens, teens, young adults, adults and seasoned adults. I have provided individual as well as family services. The clients I have helped have dealt with symptoms of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, adjustment disorder, personality disorders, Asperger Syndrome (now known as Autism Spectrum Disorder) and family relational issues.

As a counselor I believe that collaboration is the key to successful therapy. I will work with you to provide a safe, nonjudgmental environment in which you can grow and develop into your best self. I utilize tools and techniques from a variety of theoretical backgrounds to ensure that therapy is tailored to the needs of the client. It would be my pleasure to assist you in unlocking your personal potential.

Shawna Corley

Shawna Corley, MA, LPC

I graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2014 with a Master’s of Arts degree in Community Counseling. My Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology was achieved at the University of the Incarnate Word in 2011. I was raised here in San Antonio and have worked with children at risk for over 3 years. I love kids and am skilled to handle the hard issues of sexual assault and abuse involving children.  I use an eclectic approach in my work with children which includes working with sibling/parent conflict, relationships, trauma, abuse, sexual identity, eating disorders, and grief.  In working with children I also work with the family unit.  In addition I bring with me the opportunity to use animal assisted therapy in session with my therapy dog, Rylie.

LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKERS

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Patricia Domine, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I graduated with a Master’s of Science in Social Work degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 2006.  Throughout my ten year Social Work career, I have had the opportunity to work with clients of all ages and with issues including unhealthy anger, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.  As a hospital case manager, I have had the opportunity to work with clients adjusting to chronic and acute medical issues.  Currently, I am working with adolescents and adults of all ages to reach their therapeutic goals.  My approach is individualized to the client and their needs.

INTERNS

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Melissa Hudson

Melissa Hudson, MS, LPC Intern

I was raised in the great city of San Antonio and appreciate the diverse culture our city provides. I graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University with a Master of Science in Psychology.

Talking about concerns, facing challenges and taking action can seem difficult. I collaborate with clients to resolve issues, improve relationships, and find joy in life. As your therapist, I will help identify and encourage your personal resources, resiliencies, and competencies to facilitate growth and healing. We will create a place where you can face challenges and recognize that change can happen. When hope is present, you can open the door to new possibilities and persevere through adversity. My own compassion, diverse background and life experiences enable me to connect with clients genuinely. I have experience working with children, teens, adults, couples, and families in a community counseling and clinical setting.

Under the clinical supervision of Robert K Franklin, LPC-S

Beth Owens

Beth Owens, MA, Doctoral Student, LPC Intern

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.

Under the clinical supervision of Robert K Franklin, LPC-S

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Jeremy Gunn, MA, LPC Intern

Born in Florida, raised in Texas, I moved to San Antonio in 2001 and completed my undergraduate work with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2003. From here I spent the next 10 years working within the field of mental health, specifically, working with individuals that have dual diagnoses (mental health and an intellectual disability). I worked mostly with children, but have worked with all age groups. It was during these years that I developed my strong sense of advocacy for my clients and the drive to help serve this population. I completed my Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from St. Mary’s University in 2015. I take a very person centered approach to therapy with my clients. I believe the individual is the expert about themselves, and my role is to help facilitate their journey towards their goals. While I do have experience working with individuals that have intellectual or developmental disabilities, I have worked with a wide range of clients/issues to include, but are not limited to: children & adolescents, adults, couples, child abuse, depression, grief, anger and relationships.

 

Under the clinical supervision of Dr. Robert K Franklin, LPC-S

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Marilyn Carylor, MA, Doctoral Student, LPC Intern

Mrs. Caylor was born and raised in El Paso, Texas.  She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State and is currently earning her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision at University of Texas at San Antonio.  For 19 years she supported her husband’s military career; she has lived in Alaska, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Texas, and Germany. She raised 4 children and opened her home to several other children over the years.  Mrs. Caylor has experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups.  She works with children, teens, and adults.  She specializes in working with people experiencing problems with adoption issues, combat related or sexual assault related PTSD, military family/ deployment issues, childhood physical/ sexual abuse, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, and phase of life issues.  Mrs. Caylor seeks to establish a respectful, collaborative therapeutic relationship where clients are empowered in facing challenges, decision making and problem solving.
Under the clinical supervision of Dr. Robert K Franklin, LPC-S

Kelli Franklin, LPC Intern, LCDC

Bio/Photo Coming Soon.  Specialties include:  Child, Adolescent, Family Therapy, Individual Adults, Limited Home Visits (requires in-office initial visit).

Under the Clinical Supervision of Robert K Franklin, PhD, LPC-S.

Paul Stephenson, LPC Inter

As a Navy veteran and a former teacher/coach I have a great deal of experience working with men and adolescents from a variety of backgrounds. If you are looking for a counselor with a keen interest in hearing you, honoring you, and helping you find a way forward then give me a call. I’ll take your call personally, and get you scheduled ASAP!

The issues I work with most regularly are Anger, Depression, Anxiety, and Sexual Addiction, but feel free to call if you have something else you are dealing with. I will respect your time and trust, and if I can’t help personally I’ll point you toward someone who can.

My commitment is that my counseling will be filled with both grace and truth. I am licensed in the state of Texas as a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern.

Under the clinical supervision of Rolla Bradley, PhD, LPC-S.

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Priscilla Garcia McLemore, LPC Intern

Quality care can be affordable! I can offer flexible scheduling and low out of pocket cost. Make and investment in yourself today. Do you struggle with loving yourself or allowing others to love you? Do you experience pressure to fit in or belong? Do you want to feel free, alive and find your purpose and passion? I believe that you have everything you need to flourish and thrive in this life already inside of you.

I am here to help you find that to be true for yourself. I will work with you as you are right now, and help you find your path. Together we will challenge negative thoughts and rebuild your view of yourself in a strong, positive way.

My aim is to understand you, not judge you. I seek opportunities to reflect back your own strengths, so that you can use them to help you grow and transform as you desire. When you call, ask for me directly. I look forward to meeting you and working with you very soon.

Under the Clinical Supervision of Robert K Franklin, PhD, LPC-S.

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Maribel Arias, LPC Intern

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.

I am a LPC-Intern which means I have acquired the highest level of education and passed the National Counselor Exam, but still gaining hours to fulfill requirements of full LPC licensure. Here is a good article on the differences: https://goo.gl/cAo1sD

Under the Clinical Supervision of Robert K Franklin, PhD, LPC-S.

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David Arias, LPC Intern

I find fulfillment in helping others achieve their goals and work through the many hurdles in life. I have a background in Rogerian Person Centered Therapy to which I utilize to focus on the clients individual needs in therapy. Along with this I have experience in Existential Therapy, to which I help the client establish his/her goals in therapy as well as life, and ensure the client is a healthy, fulfilled individual.

I have experience with all age groups, including children. I specialize in anxiety, career counseling, stress management, depression, grief counseling, family therapy, and marital counseling. I obtained my Master of Arts in Counseling at Wayland Baptist University in 2015.

I am a LPC-Intern which means I have acquired the highest level of education and passed the National Counselor Exam, but still gaining hours to fulfill requirements of full LPC licensure. Here is a good article on the differences: https://goo.gl/cAo1sD

Under the Clinical Supervision of Robert K Franklin, PhD, LPC-S.

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Steven Belcher, LPC Intern

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Under the Clinical Supervision of Robert K Franklin, PhD, LPC-S.

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Yvonne B. Elias, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist

 

I was raised in San Antonio, Texas where I earned my undergraduate and master’s degree in psychology. I later earned a second master’s degree and a doctorate in clinical psychology. My experience within the field of psychology began in direct care working with children and adolescents in an inpatient psychiatric setting. While furthering my education I continued expanding my career goals, gaining training and expertise in substance abuse counseling as an LCDC and developing therapeutic and assessment/diagnostic skills. Over several years in multiple settings I have worked with a client base spanning from young children of 2 or 3 years to adolescents and adult clients, providing bilingual English/Spanish family and individual therapy/counseling and psychological assessments. I’ve worked extensively with those exposed to trauma via abuse and violence, both within the therapeutic relationship and via trauma assessment. I went on to hold supervisory/management positions within both outpatient and inpatient facilities, to oversee a therapeutic foster care agency, and to assist in research and development of intellectual and neurocognitive assessment instruments. These experiences have enriched my skills as a clinician and diagnostician, contributing to an approach to psychotherapy/counseling grounded in the essential role of the therapeutic relationship in gaining meaning and resolving the conflicts that arise within our human experience. In working with children, I utilize play therapy to facilitate process and communication and include cognitive behavioral tools while working closely with parents and families.