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Jeanette Lira MA, CSC, LPC-S

My goal as your Counselor will be to help you understand yourself holistically. Mind, body, and soul. I believe in order to find happiness you must fully understand your environment, thoughts, and behaviors. I will assist you in creating self understanding, and realistic goals, which can be used to help solve any problem at hand.

I have experience in group, individual, family, and couples counseling.  We will work together to create a new positive lifestyle and explore many different creative therapy techniques using books, art, exercise, music, writing, poetry, role-play, and talk. I am flexible with your schedule and offer late evening, and weekend appointments. I also offer online therapy if coming into the office isn’t an option for you.

I look forward to hearing from you soon, so we can start your journey to a successful and positive life style.

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Juan F. Lira MA, CSC, LPC-S

As your counselor, I will provide a holistic approach to your mental health. The goal is to work together to achieve a balance of sound mind and body. This will be done by assisting one in self thought, understanding and setting realistic goals for problems effecting ones well being.

The setting may include individual, group, family or couples counseling based upon the need. 

I am flexible with your schedule and offer evening as well as weekend appointments. I look forward to meeting you so that I may be of service.

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Aimee Shimek MA, CSC, NCC, LPC

Are you ready to start a more positive and healthy lifestyle?  When you can view and understand yourself holistically- mind, body, and soul- you will be able to accomplish your goals and make positive life changes.  I am here to assist you on your new incredible journey.  I can help you reach these goals and make lasting positive changes by using a variety of therapeutic approaches and techniques.

I am knowledgeable and have a passion for working with pre-teens, teenagers, and young adults.  I have over 8 years of experience and training working in the school setting with children as a Certified School Counselor and Special Education Teacher.  I have been successful in helping pre-teens/teenagers and their families navigate the challenges of adolescence.  My training encompasses working with children with ADD/ADHD, Mood Disorders, Anxiety, Learning Disabilities, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

To accommodate your schedule, evening and Saturday appointments are available.  I look forward to meeting you so that we may begin your new journey to a more positive and healthy lifestyle.

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Veronica Ball MA, CSC, LPC 

As a licensed professional counselor, my goal is to provide clients a caring environment of safety, support, and growth. I specialize in counseling approaches for children, adolescents, and families. Working towards wellness, I strive to join clients in identifying goals and developing an action plan that supports growth towards a positive sense of well-being.I earned a Master’s degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio and have been licensed as a professional counselor since 2003.

I typically utilize an integrative approach drawing upon cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, reality, and client-centered approaches to best serve each client’s individual needs.
I look forward to supporting you as your advocate in the counseling process.

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Priscilla Perez MA, LPC, CSC 

Are you overwhelmed with life challenges? Do you wish and hope things could be different? I believe that clients have the power and ability to help create the life they desire. Counseling will help provide you the tools and support you need to navigate the ups and downs of life, with the hope that you may be able to have a better quality of life regardless of the things that are in and out of your control. If you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed or are not feeling like the best version of yourself, I am here to help you navigate your journey in a compassionate, safe and therapeutic environment.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor experienced in working with a wide range of issues including but not limited to depression, anxiety, stress, addictions, grief, self-esteem, relationship problems, anger management, career counseling, academic counseling, sports performance counseling and life transitions. I work with children, teens, adults, couples and families. I utilize an integrative approach to counseling using theories such as cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, reality, and client-centered approaches along with creative counseling techniques to best serve each client’s individual needs.

To accommodate your schedule, evening and Saturday appointments are available. I also offer online therapy. You have made an important step towards improving your life and those in your area of concern. I look forward to visiting with you so that we may begin your new journey to a more positive and healthy lifestyle!

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Alexandria Ortiz MA, LPC-Intern 

Supervised by: Phil Ynostrosa-Travers

I am currently an LPC-Intern and my objective as your counselor is to join alongside you, and create a safe therapeutic environment that will allow you to explore the areas in your life where you would like to see a change. I have worked with individuals who have experienced trauma, drug and alcohol use,depression, anxiety, self-esteem, grief, relationship difficulties, stress, anger management, suicidal thoughts and a variety of other problems. As well as experience working with children ages 5 and up using child-centered play therapy techniques.
Everyone is unique and I believe that there is no “one size fits all” modality of treatment. Using a client-centered approach, I work on developing an authentic and trusting relationship and draw from Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy as well as focusing on mindfulness and other creative techniques.
You have taken the first step towards creating a healthier, more positive lifestyle. I look forward to working with you and empowering you to find healing, make positive changes and accomplish your goals.

 

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Julia Gonzalez MA, CSC, LPC-Intern 

Supervised by Jeanette Lira LPC-S

 Currently, I am a Licensed Professional Counseling Intern, under supervision. I also have 14 years of school counseling experience with children ages 4-18 years.
I understand it is difficult to be a child, teen and young adult experiencing trauma, divorce, depression, anxiety, behavioral concerns, or just trying to figure out your identity. As a counselor it’s important to get the professional help you need during traumatic life events, life stressors, or even self-acceptance. We will work together to find solutions, develop realistic goals, and work through the underlying issues through therapy.
This will be accomplished using Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Solution Focus Therapy, and/or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I have experience in individual, group and family counseling. I am flexible with the needs of my clients and work after hours and weekends for your convenience.
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Amy Flores MA, LPC Intern 
Supervised by Jeanette Lira LPC-S
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. My hope as your counselor will be to help you understand yourself wholly. I have worked with individuals experiencing depression, post-traumatic stress symptoms, PTSD, anxiety, trauma, career and life transition issues, relationship/friendship issues, behavioral issues, and much more. I have experience in group and individual counseling. In addition, I have experience working with children using Art Therapy and other techniques. I practice Prolonged Exposure Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, both focus on confronting challenges, stresses, and traumas.
We will work together to help you understand your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. We will focus on the here and now to set goals. We will accomplish this by using Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Art Therapy, and other techniques.
I am flexible to your schedule. I offer morning and afternoon appointments as well as online therapy. I look forward to meeting with you.

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Alisha Castaneda BA, Communication

Administrative Assistant