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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
 

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!

 
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Rosalva Rodriguez Richardson  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 taught 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. 

 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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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.

 

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.

 
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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.

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.

Alex Arredondo

Rapha Counseling Administrator

Business Office

10615 Perrin Beitel Rd Suite 801

San Antonio, TX 78217

Office:  210.757.3150