Quality counseling interventions for children, adolescents, adults, and couples

Your Mental Health Partner

At Alba Wellness, we are devoted to creating a warm, accepting atmosphere where clients address important concerns and move toward valuable change and growth. Based in Universal City, Tx with an office in north San Antonio we provide professional counseling services to children, adolescents, adults, and couples. Give us a call and begin your wellness journey today.

COUNSELORS

Anna Rivera MA, LPC

Adjusting to life changes can be difficult at times. Finding someone trustworthy and capable to guide you with effective methods to live a fulfilling life can be just as challenging.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Professional Life Coach in San Antonio and surrounding areas who will provide you with a genuine, confidential, and safe environment.

I hold a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from UNC Pembroke and a Master’s of Arts in Counseling from Webster University. I have more than seven years working in the mental health field and have experience working with children, teens, adults, couples, and families in private practice, outpatient clinics, and psychiatric hospital settings. I am fully billingual in Spanish. My multicultural background and experience has allowed me to assist many individuals experiencing minor problems like adjusting to life changes, to those suffering from severe mental illnesses. My experiences have also allowed me to assist our nation’s Armed Forces, providing counseling to active, seperated, and retired military suffering from PTSD, adjusting to seperation from service, and marital/family issues stemming from military life. Having been a military spouse for 21 years, I personally understand the unique challenges our military families and members undergo, even years after retirement or separation.

I utilize a person centered approach to treatment. Meaning, I will assist you towards personal growth and fulfillment. The structure of my sessions are based on the needs of each individual client. I utilize techniques derived from various therapy methods to include, cognitive behavior therapy, brief solution focused therapy, and person-centered therapy to create a treatment plan unique and specific to your therapeutic goals.

Allow me to earn your trust and assist you with enhancing the quality of your life. Give me a call and lets get you on your way!

Marcella Garcia MA, LPC

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I earned my Master’s degree in community counseling from The University of Texas at San Antonio (2014). My clinical experience began in 2013, working in non-profit community counseling agencies. I have specialized training in couples communication psychoeducational groups and bereavement process groups. I am a therapist that strongly believes in making personal connections in order to earn your trust, create a safe, supportive and empathetic environment with mutual respect. As a veteran and military spouse for more than 20 years, I understand the challenges of Military life. I have experience working with couples working through relationship issues, individuals having difficulties with anxiety, stress, depression, life transitions, developing coping skills to deal with loss, grief and bereavement. I will provide a safe place to facilitate a custom treatment plan designed especially for each client. I’m passionate about helping clients through some of the most difficult times in their lives. I value the importance of supportive connections that lead to successful therapy.  Together we can embark on a committed journey to helping you find solutions and successful techniques for a better tomorrow.

Mercedes Ingram MS, MA, LPC-Intern (Supervised by Christina Del Rio MA, LPC-S)

I received my Master’s of Science degree in Psychology at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in 2010, my Master’s of Arts degree in Counseling at UTSA in 2014, and am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at UTSA, with plans to graduate in the Fall of 2017.  Since 2013, I’ve worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families from various cultural backgrounds helping them to overcome various life challenges. I have been trained in trauma informed care and include Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in my approach. I have worked in integrated health care settings, interacting directly with primary care physicians and psychiatrists for a collaborative approach to mental and behavioral health care. My experience has also been in community counseling settings, pediatric primary care clinics, and a crisis transitional center using evidence-based intervention approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing to encourage desired outcomes. It is my goal to help clients develop practical skills to effectively deal with ADHD, anxiety, depression, developmental issues, life transitions, and relational issues.

Lauren Byrd, MA, LPC

 I have a passion for helping others. I enjoy spending time with my family, being outside, painting, reading, playing with my dogs, and educating myself about new ways to promote health. I have experience using several types of therapy including: narrative therapy, brief solution-focused, CBT, trauma-focused CBT, play therapy, and sand tray therapy. I hope that if your search has brought you to me, that you will consider contacting me with your information. I would love to hear your story. Lauren is currently accepting clients for online therapy.

 

What is Counseling?

  • Counseling is a chance to talk over what is on your mind with an objective person. S/he can help you learn new skills and ways of looking at situations so that you will be more capable of solving problems on your own.
  • Counselors are non-judgmental, objective, empathetic, professional, experienced helpers.
  • Counselors work to understand your concerns and collaborate with you to address those issues you choose to address.
  • Counseling involves addressing issues and concerns to allow you to live the life you want to live.
  • Counseling is voluntary and you have the right to continue or terminate counseling at any time you choose.
  • Counseling is about confidentiality and what is discussed between you and your counselor should not be shared with others.

How do I Choose a Counselor?

Choosing a counselor is about your comfort. It’s important that you feel safe to share those areas you wish to address in counseling. If you feel judged, criticized, or anxious around a therapist you will be less likely to discuss those concerns that brought to counseling in the first place. A counselor should be open hearing your thoughts and feelings and work to minimize any anxiety you may be experiencing.

Some things to consider may be:

What is the counselor’s theoretical approach and how will this influence your work together.

Consider how the gender of your counselor makes you feel and whether this will have an effect on what you will address in counseling.

A high level of attentiveness. A counselor should actively listen to what you bring to therapy and work to build a collaborative relationship.

Ultimately, choosing a counselor is about your preference about who will assist you in meeting your goals.

How Do I Pay For Counseling?

Alba Wellness offers a variety of options for payment. We are in network with a variety of insurance companies, we accept clients who wish to pay out-of-pocket, and we work with counseling interns to offer lower cost services. Services fees, typically, start around $45 per session, but we pride ourselves on making an effort to serve those in need so give us a call for information.

Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” –Viktor E. Frank
I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. —Jimmy Dean
The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. —Amelia Earhart
The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

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