Elizabeth Arredondo, M.ED., LPC-S
Director of Rapha Counseling
Elizabeth 'Betty' Arredondo is a graduate of the University of Texas at Pan American in Edinburg, Texas. There she received her Bachelor's in Spanish and Business and a Masters in Counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified School Counselor (CSC) and a Texas State Board certified LPC supervisor. Betty has worked in the public school system for the last 27 years as a teacher and school counselor. She is presently retired NEISD where she worked as a middle school crisis intervention counselor. During her internship she worked with CASA in the Rio Grande Valley. There she worked with foster children, women in half way housing, couples and families seeking healing.
As a breast cancer survivor, Betty believes that faith and the power of positive thinking brings healing to one's body, soul and spirit. She has been a volunteer for 7 years of an international women's organization working with women in the healing of the soul and body through faith and positive thinking.
Her counseling techniques include cognitive-behavioral therapy, reality therapy, rational-emotive therapy, conflict resolution, restorative practices and faith-based counseling. Her experience lies best with adolescents and families.
Betty is married with two boys. She enjoys spending time with family, reading and writing her book on the journey of her healing from breast cancer.
She feels there is no greater joy in her work than to the see her clients find healing when healing did not seem to be a choice. She believes in the power of healing from the inside out, we just have to be willing to get there.
Betty is fluent in both English and Spanish
Christine Myers M.A., LPC, LCDC, MAC, CCTP
Christine is extremely happily married with 2 amazing adult children. Christine is a retired
United States Air Force Non-Commissioned Officer. She has been in the mental health/substance abuse career field since 2007. Mrs. Myers has worked as a Mental Health Case Manager, a Program Manager for the homeless with mental health/addiction issues. Christine has continued to work with local non-profit organizations in the San Antonio area. Prior to her Counseling Career, Christine owned, choreographed and established a dance studio, in conjunction with Northside Independent School District (the largest school district in Texas at the time). She championed from her experience in dance which she incorporates a type of dance therapy for Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. An addition, Mrs. Myers instructs “At-Risk” females and individuals struggling with eating disorders, dance techniques to assist them in the Appreciation/Self-Preservation aspects to respect their bodies. Christine uses sports/coaching for children-adults for various personal concerns. Mrs. Myers was the United States Air Force Vandenburg’s AFB Athlete of the Year for softball, volleyball and basketball in 1992. Christine continues to work and volunteer at various churches in Biblical Counseling. As the Executive Director for a pregnancy center, Christine organized procedures for young ladies in counseling, procuring appointments for ultra-sounds and addressing self-addictions. Crisis Management is one of Christine’s main focuses as she was assigned to the National Veterans Military Suicide Crisis Line for 3 years. Christine counseling experience includes adults, couples, families, single mothers, teenagers and children. She continues to work on her education towards a second master’s degree in social work. Christine is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), and a Master Addiction Counselor (MAC). In her off-time, Christine is continuing with her Crisis Management and International Trauma credentialing.
Ijeoma Too Chiobi M.A., LPC
Diligent Licensed Professional Counselor exercising competency in broad subject-matter in counseling therapies, including substance abuse, grief and domestic violence.
Knowledgeable in youth and adolescent development, including social, behavioral, emotional and cognitive strategies.
Exhibiting expertise in listening, empathy, and unconditional positive regard. A certified educational diagnostician in the state of Texas; I have the knowledge of assessing, identifying, and working with persons with disabilities that affect school performance.
Michelle Brakhage, M.S., LPC
Michelle is a graduate of Florida State University where she earned a bachelor's in Psychology and Troy State University where she earned a master's in Counseling and Human Development. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licensed by the state of Texas.
Michelle retired from the federal government where she served for 25 years as a government civilian. In her years of federal service, she counseled military families in the areas of domestic violence, deployment, reintegration, stress and anger management, anxiety and depression and all issues related to military life. Before she retired, she was a program manager with headquarters Army family programs at Ft Sam Houston.
Her counseling techniques include short term solution focused counseling, cognitive-behavioral therapy as well as tailoring her techniques based on the needs of the client. Michelle's strengths lie with adolescents and adults of all ages.
Michelle was a military spouse whose husband is now retired from the US Navy. Michelle enjoys her family, gardening, volunteering to help others in need and spending time with her two rescue pups at home.
Carolyn L. Gallardo MH Intern, BS, LVN1
Supervised by Elizabeth Arredondo, LPC-S
Carol is a graduate Of the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is Student Intern pursuing her Master’s Degree in becoming a licensed counselor in Mental Health. She is a Licensed Vocational Nurse for over 35 years specializing in family care and Public Health. She has been a Substitute Teacher for 3 years for grades Pre K- 5th grade. She loves traveling and has lived in San Antonio all her life and San Francisco for 8 years learning multicultural beliefs, lifestyles and empowering women and teens to become healthy in mind and body.
She specializes in therapy with a solution-focused approach using her client's strengths to arrive at solutions to their current problem.
She believes that her clients are individuals who has many gifts and talents, but who find themselves facing challenges. She has experience in helping women, teens and children who face challenges in the areas of health and growth, spiritual concerns, overeating and self-esteem. She also helps couples in their premarital preparation and relationship issues going into their journey of marriage or commitments. She also helps couples who want to renew their commitment after being in their relationship for years. She has been giving Premarital and relationship classes for 8 years now and is now has added Divorce care and Anxiety classes.
She uses Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Compassion focused, Dialectical Behavior (DBT), Family / Pre-Marital/ Renewing long relationships, Mindfulness-Based (MBCT), Positive Psychology, Solution Focused Brief (SFBT), Strength-Based.
Britany Avila Intern, MA
Supervised by Elizabeth Arredondo, LPC-S
Brittany Avila is working towards her license as a Professional Counselor with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is currently enrolled in a dual licensure graduate program at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas where she also completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology. Brittany completed 2 years of collegiate softball at Northeast Texas Community College prior to transferring to LETU where she finished her remaining two years of college softball. Brittany is passionate about helping youth and young couples navigate through the challenges of life. She plans on continuing her education to obtain a PhD in Counseling Psychology.
We're committed to your well being here at Rapha Counseling
We know there are a lot of choices when considering a Counseling group, I consider our group one of the best San Antonio has to offer. Everyday we strive to improve and bring more options to our clients. In that we also understand everyone is different and that “rapport” with their Counselor is essential. If for any reason you don’t feel connected to your therapist please call us and we will assist you in finding another therapist within our organization. We offer many highly qualified therapists that can step right in.
Rapha Counseling Administrator
P.O. Box 34834
San Antonio, TX 78265