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 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.

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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.

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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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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.

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. 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.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/jillian-thomas-san-antonio-tx/168929

Shawna Corley M.A., NCC, 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 am currently enrolled in a doctoral program and due to graduate in December of 2018 .  

 
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.  

Jeremy Gunn, MA, LPC

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.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/jeremy-w-gunn-san-antonio-tx/274894

Paul Stephenson, MA, LPC

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.

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Beth Owens, MA, LPC, Doctoral Candidate

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.

Jennifer Harkins, MA, LPC, LCDC

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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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

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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

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.

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.

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

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Rachelle Mellieon, MA, LPC Intern

Life can hurt. My passion is to help others navigate through those daily life issues. I believe that a genuine, therapeutic relationship is fundamental to its success. Thus, I strive to foster a calm, caring environment. I combine warmth, empathy, and gentle challenges designed to lead you towards new ways of thinking and acting on your circumstances. The strategies I use are dependent upon the needs of each client. For those seeking a Biblical approach in sessions, I incorporate Christian counseling. I am currently seeking my PhD in Clinical Pastoral Counseling.

As a teacher for 10+ years, I have a special heart for helping families and children. I have a background in ABA, offering parenting tools to create a more positive home environment.

Overall, my passion is in assisting couples, peer relations, and individuals struggling with depression and anxiety.

I strive for a no judgement zone, where compassion and quality care abide. I am open to both office and in-home services where available.

 

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

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.

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

Noel Blessing, MS, 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.
Under the clinical supervision of Robert K Franklin,  PhD, LPC-S

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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 reconnect with each other and with individuals who want to regain balance in their lives. I understand that life is not always easy and that misunderstandings happen. It’s important to know that while this occurs for many people, it does not mean that you have to live every day this way. I have experience in working with couples who may be experiencing a recent affair, blocks in communication, or lack of intimacy.  I have experience in working with individuals who may be experiencing anxiety, lack of motivation, low self-esteem, and with those who want to feel more at peace. I also do premarital work with couples who are dating or engaged and want to develop a strong relationship foundation for themselves. I am fluent in Spanish and am able to provide counseling in Spanish. 
 
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 for about 3 years and been in private practice for 2 years. San Antonio is my hometown and I love how this city is growing! I love spending time with my husband and my dog and 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.