Counseling services 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

DIANE DUNN MS, LPC

Diane has 23 years experience as an educator in addition to being a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor, a member of the American Counseling Association and the Association of Play Therapy.Diane uses a holistic, person-centered approach that looks at the whole person, including their family, their environment and their current needs. Techniques include developing coping and communication skills using solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral techniques, sand tray and play therapy. She has worked extensively with children and adolescents with learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, ADHD and autism spectrum disorders.  Her work has included victims of past physical, emotional or sexual abuse and trauma, bullying, and issues of self-harm, depression, anxiety or panic attacks, anger, and suicidal thoughts. Supervised by Celeste Inman, MEd, LPC-S, RPT-S #60831

MARCELLA GARCIA MA, LPC

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, supervised by Sonia Dimas, Phd., LPC-S. 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.

DIANA GARCIA MA, LPC

 In 2008 Diana received a Master’s in Community Counseling from The University of Texas At San Antonio. Her experience has included a two year internship working with bereaved children and families, conducting groups in a partial hospitalization program, seeing clients in a hospital outpatient setting, and working with individuals and couples in private practice.

NANCY SMITH MA, LPC

Nancy is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2005 and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling in 2008, both from The University of Texas at San Antonio.  She has six years of experience working with victims of domestic violence as well as a wide range of other issues such as ADHD, borderline personality disorder, bi-polar, anxiety, trauma and sexual abuse.  Her interests include teaching coping skills, self-awareness, self-esteem utilizing techniques derived from cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and person-centered therapy.   Nancy takes a collaborative approach with the client to create a treatment  plan unique to the individual’s needs.

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
The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself – the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us – that’s where it’s at.

Jesse Owens

And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” ― Paulo Coelho,

“We all have an unsuspected reserve of strength inside that emerges when life puts us to the test.” ― Isabel Allende

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