Dr. Ramirez has been inspired by her 20 plus years of experience and extensive work with children across a variety of issues related to Autism Spectrum Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Anxiety, Depression, Trauma and learning disabilities which has provided families with the tools needed to cope with these lifelong challenges. Dr. Ramirez's 15 years of work within the school system has allowed her to provide special education students and their families, as well as at risk students, with caring and responsive counseling services. Her passion to serve the community within various populations also includes adults and couples struggling with communication issues as well as everyday stress affecting their day to day life. Dr. Ramirez's passion for healing is evident in her approach to therapy. Additionally, she has extensive experience working with the LGBT community and utilizing the EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) method and Post Inductive Therapy with trauma survivors.
Dr. Ramirez received her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Marys's University and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Baylor University.
*Dr. Ramirez also provides supervision for both MFT Associates and LPC Interns.
Priscilla specializes in working with individuals, couples and families who are struggling to communicate within their relationships, having family challenges, or experiencing difficulty related to conflict resolution. She strives to providing a safe place where clients can communicate and work through challenges as well as identify tools and skills needed to convey their feelings, and manage thoughts in a healthy and effective way. In addition, Priscilla works closely with clients struggling with anxiety and depression in their lives through the use of mindfulness skills and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) when traumatic experiences or events have been identified as a barrier to completing goals.
Priscilla has a Master’s of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy Counseling from Capella University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Priscilla is the spouse of a retired military veteran, she's been married over 25 years and has three children. As a licensed marriage and family therapist, she approaches life's challenges from a systemic perspective which considers the relational influences experienced by clients.
Priscilla is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) a trauma based treatment.
My name is Melissa Pettit and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I came to the therapist role by no accident. Having faced my own issues around anxiety, depression and unhealthy coping techniques, I bring years of personal experience, training and education to my work with clients.
My areas of specialization are trauma and addiction (of all types), including substance.
After significant assessment, I use progressive and research - proven techniques to decrease anxiety and increase the desire for healthy boundaries and self-love and care.
My goal is to provide intense, short- term and solution- oriented assistance in a safe and caring environment.
I am a bilingual Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio, Texas. I have a Masters in Individual and Family Psychotherapy from Our Lady of the Lake University. I have worked with families and individuals diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and those who struggle with behavior problems and communication. I help people to utilize their existing strengths and abilities to overcome personal, relational and psychological difficulties. I utilize a post-modern approaches such as solution-focused therapy and evidenced-based practice to motivate client goal-orientated change and lessen symptoms or stressors in a welcoming environment. My areas of competence include adolescent therapy, children & family therapy, anxiety, depression, and immigration issues.
It can be difficult to take the first step to seek counseling, I encourage all who are considering therapy to call and ask questions to determine how I can be of helping assistance in moments of difficulty and uneasiness.
My name is Brandon Lucio and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor here in San Antonio, Texas. I have worked with children, teens, adults and couples. I've worked closely with individuals experiencing symptoms of Depression, Anxiety, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Suicidal Ideations and Bi-Polar Disorder. I also have experience in working with individuals with poor communication skills, lack of confidence, low self esteem, marital issues, work related issues, gender identity, conflict resolution and couple related concerns.
In session I incorporate a Solution Focused Therapeutic approach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Person Centered Therapy. I try to include non medicated therapeutic interventions, but understand medication can be beneficial when deemed necessary.
I am a very engaged therapist and enjoy getting clients up and out of the chair. I utilize every tool at my disposal to help clients I serve reach their full potential. I conduct activities and real world experiences during session.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I earned my Bachelor of Arts at the University of the Incarnate Word and my Master's degree in community counseling at The University of Texas at San Antonio. I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and elderly in many different avenues surrounding mental health. If you have been dealing with depression or anxiety that are impacting your every day life, I encourage you to give therapy a try.
My education and trauma informed training has helped clients identify how past life experiences, their thoughts, and habits contribute to their current maladaptive behavior. Traumas can be processed and healed and new thoughts and habits can be formed. This allows for growth of new behaviors that align with current goals to make success attainable.
Clayton Sponhaltz is a Licensed Chemical
Dependency Counselor and Professional Interventionist from San Antonio, Texas.
He has worked in the field of chemical dependency and recovery since 2008. He
received his primary clinical training at the nationally renowned treatment
facility La Hacienda Treatment Center in Hunt, Texas and worked there as a counselor
for five years. He has also held positions in outpatient treatment, private
practice, youth recovery communities and as the drug and alcohol counselor for Alamo
Heights Independent School District. His passion for helping people find the
hope and purpose available in a life of recovery led to implementing and
directing a large collegiate recovery program at The University of Texas at San
Through his work in educational settings
and consulting with families he felt led to pursue advanced clinical
interventionist training. He is a Love First Certified interventionist; one of
the most highly regarded certifications in the field.
Clayton specializes in working with
adolescents, young adults, professionals and families affected by chemical
dependency. He brings a warm and compassionate personalized approach along with
a wealth of experience in treating complex issues related to chemical
My name is Emily Tran and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate, as well as a Counseling Psychology doctoral student at Our Lady of the Lake University. I am currently under the supervision of Erin Guanero, LMFT-S, LPC-S. I work with a wide variety of circumstances children, adults, couples and families may face. This includes, but is not limited to, behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, communication issues, and life transitions. We can work together to discover where you want to be in your life no matter where you are or who you are.
As a doctoral student, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist-Associate, I am continually learning to provide the best possible help to you. I take a non-judgmental stance and work hard to provide an environment where you can feel comfortable sharing your experiences.
Throughout our lifetime, we will all face challenges. Sometimes, these challenges become too heavy for us to carry on our own. I hope that in working together, we can make them as light as possible.
Ana is a highly experienced administrator with a heart for service. Her professional experience has given her the opportunity to exemplify her organization and communication skills as well as make meaningful relationships with those she meets.
From showing the love of Christ to kindergarten children, to yielding her professional skills at Levi Strauss & Co., to nurturing a small business into operation, Ana shows dedication and passion in all she does. She is honored to work with a team of professional marriage and family counselors at AFCC that show the Word of Christ to those they serve.
Ana received her Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at El Paso. She resides in the San Antonio area along with her husband and two children who are now college graduates.
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