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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.

(Accelerated Resolution Therapy)

Betty is fluent in both English and Spanish
 

Christine Myers M.A., LPC, LCDC, MAC

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.     

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Julie Nixon M.S., LPC

Julie is a graduate of Our Lady of The Lake University and Concordia University.

She currently holds a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance, a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, and a Master of Education.

Julie has been a music teacher for 16 years in public and private setting.

 She has clinical experience working with children, teenagers, and adults. Her area of expertise includes:

Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and Bipolar symptoms.

Julie is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern (LCDCI).

 

Ijeoma Too Chiobi M.A., LPC

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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.

 
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Monte C. Miller, Psy.D.

Hi! I’m Dr. Monte Miller, a licensed psychologist. I have both my Master’s and Doctoral degrees in psychology and have 25 years of experience. Blah blah blah. That’s all good, but you need someone with whom you can feel comfortable. I try to be a genuine “normal” guy, and not too much like an academic shrink.

Do you feel like your negative emotions (sadness, anxiety, anger) are controlling you? I use primarily Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy. I believe a good education and understanding about how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors interact with each other is critical in gaining control over one’s problem behaviors.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • Sex Therapy – Improving Marital Sex, Infidelity, Impotence, Trauma recovery, Porn addiction

  • Health Psychology – Chronic Pain & Illness, Cancer, Death and Dying, Strokes, Geriatrics &                    Dementia

  • Christian Counseling – Faith based approach without judging

 

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.

 
 

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Diana C. Ramirez, MS., LPC-A, NCC

Diana earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Texas at Brownsville, and her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. Diana is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate (LPC-A) by the state of Texas and a Certified Counselor by the National Board (NBCC).  During her internship she worked with families, children, and adolescents. Diana is fluent in both Spanish and English as she is originally from Peru. As a Military Veteran she was station at Ft. Riley where she became familiar with a variety of challenges Military families face such as deployment, reintegration, and readjustment to civilian life. Diana believes there is compassion and hope for everyone and incorporates those beliefs in her counseling treatment. Diana worked as a substitute and schoolteacher for five years and is aware of the needs that students and their families face daily.  Diana has experience with the following therapy modalities: Play Therapy, Cognitive -Behavioral therapy, Solution-Focused, and faith-based. Her areas of specialty are anxiety, depression, trauma and trauma recovery, grief, PTSD, crisis, and bullying.
Diana is married, has two daughters and three rescue dogs: Princess, Cookie and
Duke. Diana enjoys spending time with her family playing board games and going to the movies.

Diana is fluent in both English and Spanish
 

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.

 

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.

Alex Arredondo

Rapha Counseling Administrator

Business Office

10615 Perrin Beitel Rd Suite 801

San Antonio, TX 78217

Office:  210.757.3150