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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
Marina Vladimir, Ph.D., LPC
Hello! My name is Dr. Marina Vladimir and thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself to you. I have Masters and Doctorate degrees in a counseling profession. Based on effective treatment strategies, I am here to help you identify your concerns and develop or improve problem-solving skills. More importantly, I am hopeful that I can offer you a platform to explore your inner-self and reconnect with your body, mind, and soul. I commit to understanding and respecting your experiences and appreciating your unique life story. I will dedicate our time to support and challenge you so you can live a life that is fulfilling and meaningful to you.
In my clinical work, I have counseled survivors of sexual abuse/assault and domestic violence. I have presented on and conducted research on psychological trauma and its effects on the body and mind. I have experience working with individuals who are struggling with addiction, especially those who have history of opioid use. I have been also trained to help individuals manage their chronic health conditions from a behavioral and cognitive perspectives. I stay current on new treatment options so that you can receive effective therapeutic services.
On a personal note, I am originally from Mongolia and have lived in the U.S. for over 13 years. I have my own unique experience of being an immigrant and adapting to a new culture. In my personal and professional lives, I strive for cultural humility where I respect and appreciate identities, viewpoints, cultures, and beliefs of others. I am here to help if you think we are a good match!
Carissma Hughes-Mendez, M.A., LCSW
Carissma is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a graduate of Texas State University, where she earned her Master of Social Work degree in 2015. Carissma also earned a Masters in Non-Profit Management and is a current Doctoral Candidate at Walden University, pursuing her degree in Social
Work with a specialization in Family interventions.
Carissma is passionate about educating individuals and families on wellness, mindfulness, self-care and stress management. Carissma has much experience working with military veterans and dependents, alternative lifestyle and families, couples, seniors, terminally ill persons, children and adolescents, persons experiencing trauma, and persons with severe mental health diagnoses.
Carissma takes a person centered approach and encourages all clients to be the captain of their destinies. Carissma utilizes Crisis intervention, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy and art based techniques.
Carissma is married and has two children, and two chihuahuas. Carissma’s family loves to travel, and explore new activities, cities and countries.
Carissma Hughes-Mendez, LCSW, M.S.
Kimberly Dunlap, M.A., LPC
Kim Dunlap received her Master of Arts in Counseling at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts from Stephens College Columbia, Missouri.
Kim has worked in a variety of settings. As a Masters level intern she worked for Communities in Schools with preschool and elementary aged children in the school setting, a women’s residential drug and alcohol treatment center running groups, individual therapy & conducting assessments and the Cyndi Taylor Krier Juvenile Correctional Treatment Center working with adjudicated youth; writing assessments, facilitating individual and family therapy sessions and group therapy.
As an LPC-Intern she worked with the pastoral care services of Methodist Specialty & Transplant hospital in the Adult Behavioral Health department working with patients diagnosed with variety of mental health issues including: depression, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety, schizoaffective, borderline personality as well as substance abuse/addiction. Under supervision she was also seeing individual clients, not affiliated with the hospital. Kim's approach is eclectic, meeting the needs of each individual client.
Kim has one son. She enjoys spending her time with her horses, reading, her dogs and cat.
Toni Young, M.S., LPC
Toni received her Master of Science in Psychology with a Concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2009 at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with many years of experience working with families, children, and youth of all ages.
Toni is well aware that there is no single approach that will meet the entire need(s) of an individual, but rather a variety of techniques and modalities used in combination. Toni has been trained in Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Collaborative Therapy, Strategic Family Therapy and Play Therapy.
In addition to being licensed in counseling, Toni is also licensed in another field of the healing arts and is very open to approaching problems or life stressors from a holistic point of view. When she is not in session with her clients, Toni applies her skills in a classroom setting by sharing her knowledge and experience with bright eyed students. Toni has instructed undergraduate psychology courses including: Life Span and Human Development, Essentials of Psychology, and Personality of Psychology at the University of Phoenix in San Antonio, Texas.
For leisure, she enjoys venturing into health and wellness, music, the arts, and culinary. Toni has a passion for helping others grow, become healthier and would love to help you make change happen.
Karla Hernandez, M.S., LPC
Karla is a licensed professional counselor and a graduate of Our Lady of the Lake University where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Master of Science in Individual and Family Therapy. Karla is dedicated to helping others achieve stability and well-being. During her time working with children and adults who have experienced trauma she has developed insight into the level of resilience people have and how strong they are. Her goal is to provide a safe, comfortable and non-judgmental environment where clients can find tools they can use to manage symptoms and cope with challenges. Trained in post-modern approaches including Solution-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Collaborative Therapy. Karla has experience in helping people with PTSD, severe trauma, physical and sexual abuse, and severe mental illness, including; depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Fluent in English and Spanish
Karla enjoys spending time with her family, reading and traveling.
Karla is fluent in both English and Spanish
Rosalva R. Richardson, M.A., LPC
Rosalva earned a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Texas Pan American. While stationed at Fort Bragg, NC, she earned a Bachelor of Science at Fayetteville State University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) certified by the state of Texas. During her internship, she worked with Families and Individuals. She also taugh Parenting Classes in English and Spanish. Further, as an Army Retiree, she is familiar with issues that affect military families such as Deployment, Reintegration, and Readjustment. Her counseling techniques include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, SandTray and Art techniques.
Rosalva's philosophy is that to experience joy and harmony, one must at least attempt to live a balanced life (socially, emotionally, spiritually, and physically) and she enjoys helping others find balance in their own lives. She enjoys spending time with family, especially her two children, and playing with her two rescued dogs. Her hobbies consist of reading, dancing, and drawing.
Rosalva is fluent in both English and Spanish
James "Jim" Denning, M.A., M.A.-Min, LPC, LCDC
Jim received his Masters of Arts in Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio and his Master of Arts in Ministry from American Christian College and Seminary. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor.
Jim has a particular passion and expertise for working with adults of all ages struggling with anxiety, depression, addiction and those dealing with relationship issues. His therapeutic approach is to provide support and counseling to help effectively address personal life challenges. He combines traditional counseling techniques and current neurological research to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client.
Jim provides a non-judgmental and compassionate atmosphere in which you can safely explore and work through feelings, thoughts, images and beliefs, conscious or unconscious, that may be keeping you stuck. He tempers the process with creativity, imagination and humor, along with practical solutions and concrete goals. He is committed to assisting each individual build on their existing strengths to live their best possible life.
Michelle Brakhage, M.S., LPC
Michelle recently retired from federal civil service after serving military families for 25 years working in various positions with two different branches of service (Navy and Army). Her last duty station was Ft Sam Houston where she served as a Program Manager at Headquarters for Army Family Programs.
Michelle has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Human Development and is licensed by the state of Texas as an LPC. Her expertise in counseling overall lies in working with military families on issues surrounding dealing with deployment and reintegration as a family again. She has also worked with domestic violence
victims within the military system assisting in the rebuilding of their lives after experiencing abuse and trauma.
Michelle is married to a retired Navy service member and has lived in San Antonio for 14 years. Her passions outside of work include her family, her two rescued shelter dogs, gardening and baking.
Krystal Shilling, M.S., LPC, NCC
Krystal earned her Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio in December of 2015.
In her experience so far, Krystal has enjoyed working with a broad range of individuals. Her experience includes working with children and adolescents dealing with anxiety, depression, and anger issues; as well as adults and couples dealing with grief, loss, relationship, anxiety, and depression issues. Life can get messy and overwhelming; Krystal’s main passion lies in helping people find better ways to cope with problems life can sometimes throw their way.
Krystal approaches counseling from a holistic perspective, believing that healing comes from balancing and taking care of your mind, body, and spirit. She also incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as some other creative approaches, such as meditation and mindfulness, into her counseling practice.
Krystal enjoys getting outdoors, cooking, reading, and spending time with her husband, family, and friends. Krystal identifies as a Christian, and upon request can provide faith based counseling.
Ivonne Mouser, M.S., LPC
Ivonne Mouser received her Master of Science in Counseling from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2004. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with many years of experience working with adults, youth and children of all ages. She worked in the domestic violence field for many years. She also has had the opportunity to work with sexually abused victims and help them find healing from their trauma.
Ivonne uses different approaches when working with clients, being aware that each individual comes with different needs. Cognitive behavioral therapy, Reality therapy and Play therapy are on top of her list. She believes in the connection of spirit, mind and body and encourages clients to work on all three. Techniques and tools can be effective but most importantly Ivonne provides a safe and compassionate atmosphere in which one can process feelings, make healthy goals and gain the freedom to live the life they want. She’s bilingual and more than happy to also provide faith based counseling to anyone who desires it.
Ivonne and her husband did missionary work for many years in Southern Mexico. They recently moved back. Ivonne enjoys spending time with her five children and getting together with friends.
Ivonne is fluent in both English and Spanish
Melissa Tejeda, M.A., LPC
Melissa received her Masters in Counseling from UTSA in 2009. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified School Counselor (CSC). She has worked as a School Counselor for 8 years, providing counseling to children at the elementary and high school levels.
In addition to counseling children, Melissa has counseled adults and college students, taught life skills classes, and held consultations with parents about effective parenting techniques to help children who are exhibiting difficult behaviors.
Melissa enjoys working with adults and children of all ages to provide a safe place to process whatever is keeping you “stuck” in life. She is passionate about helping you develop insight and skills that will help you handle the challenges life throws your way.
Melissa has extensive experience working with children and adults who are experiencing depression and anxiety. Her counseling approach includes her training in Brief Solution-Focused, Cognitive Behavioral, Narrative, and Impact Therapies, as well as creative counseling techniques to help clients reach their goals.
For fun, Melissa likes to spend time with her five wonderful children, exercise, and cook.
Melissa is fluent in both English and Spanish
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
10615 Perrin Beitel Rd Suite 801
San Antonio, TX 78217