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Therapists, Counselors, and Psychologists in El Paso, TX

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John Funk
Self Pay Rate: $99

John Funk, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

John Funk is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 37 years of doing social work. He has worked with many different groups of people, including folks experiencing homelessness, folks experiencing major mental health issues, active-duty soldiers and veteran soldiers, and folks experiencing anxiety, depression, and PTSD. In more recent years when working as a therapist, he has mostly worked with couples doing couples therapy, and primarily using attachment theory and therapy, in addition to cognitive-behavioral therapies, and a PTSD treatment called gentle reprocessing therapy. John often uses information from attachment therapy authors including John Bowlby, Sue Johnson, Robert Karen, Stan Tatkin, Daniel J. Siegel, Amir Levine, Rachel Heller. Today, he is most interested in doing couples therapy.

John believes the development of attachment therapy over the years has been very significant in helping couples work through their issues successfully. Attachment theory and therapy allow for couples to non-judgmentally look at how the dynamics of their attachment relationships as children with their primary caregiver(s) affect how they are in a relationship as adults with their now new primary attachment figures — each other. As the couples gain a greater understanding of why and how they respond to each other in times of stress, and to stress in general, they allow for much greater empathy in understanding each other's situation, and they allow themselves the opportunity to learn more effective coping strategies, and ultimately to develop their own attachment relationship, unique to them.

"I believe the client(s) are the ultimate experts regarding their situations, and they have many perspectives on how to understand and intervene when they struggle," says John. "What the therapist brings is a few more perspectives with a new understanding that often allows the client(s) to see his/her/their situation in a different light, and the therapist helps as a guide to utilizing new perspectives so as to allow for more successful interventions."

Education

University of Washington
Master of Social Work

Specialties

  • General/Undisclosed
  • Anger
  • Mental Stress
  • Relationships
  • Self-Esteem
Brandy Messiah
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-ups

Brandy Messiah, PMHNP-BC, RN, APRN

Philosophy of Care

Brandy Messiah is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a mission to deliver quality mental health care to individuals and their families by providing a safe, nonjudgmental environment to foster a strong therapeutic alliance with the patient and/or family. Brandy began a nursing career in 2009 as a Registered Nurse (RN) and spent the next 10 years as a bedside nurse in emergency medicine, psychiatry (outpatient programs & inpatient hospitals), long-term intensive care units (ICU), step-down ICU/cardiac/telemetry, home-health, and hospice.

Throughout her nursing career Brandy witnessed the many disparities in the delivery and approach to mental health issues. This led her to develop an intense passion for the mental health population and the specialty of psychiatry. She decided to pursue an advanced degree as a PMHNP to effectively contribute and reach her personal goal to enhance the delivery of the mental health care to assist patients/families in better management and outcomes associated with mental health conditions.

Brandy thoroughly enjoys direct patient care and values the therapeutic relationship between patient/family and provider as the foundation to success in outpatient psychiatry. In this relationship, she will be able to provide you with the relevant education and resources, and better assist you in your own, unique journey in the recovery and healing process.

Education

Master of Science in Nursing
University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Adolescents
  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Women's Issues
Eliza Mendoza
Self Pay Rate: $99

Eliza Mendoza, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

Eliza Mendoza is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has 15 years of experience working with adults, couples, and children in multicultural settings. Eliza has military training in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and military life. Recently she has used virtual therapy with couples, adolescents, and individuals needing support with depression, anxiety, work stress, and adjustment issues.

Eliza completed her Master of Social Work (MSW) at San Diego State University. Her varied background includes the use of client-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), couples work with a focus on strengths and solutions, trauma/PTSD therapies, and many major mental health conditions. Eliza seeks to establish a nonjudgemental and supportive relationship with her clients. Feedback on her work has been positive and filled with gratitude.

Education

San Diego State University
Master of Social Work

Specialties

  • Stress Management/Work stress
  • Anxiety
  • Couples Issues
  • LGBTQ issues
  • Teen issues
  • Anger Management
  • Domestic Violence
  • Holistic techniques/Spirituality
  • Aging
Francis Segovia
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-ups

Francis Segovia, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Francis Segovia is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in Texas and Wisconsin. She is qualified to diagnose, provide psychotherapy, and prescribe medications to children, adolescents, and adults with mental health disorders. Francis has experience working with individuals who experience symptoms of anxiety, impulsivity, depression, insomnia, trauma, abuse, obsessive compulsive, adjustment, behavioral, and psychosis. She has a passion for holistic patient care and has 14 years of experience working with individuals from ages 10 to 95.

Francis completed her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at the University of South Alabama. She spent 9 years as a Registered Nurse (RN) and 4 years as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN). Francis has worked at an in-patient psychiatric state facility in Texas, a 24-hour crisis phone line, and an outpatient crisis stabilization unit. She also has experience as a charge nurse on an adolescent and adult psychiatric forensic intensive care unit. Francis has great communication skills, is a good listener, and takes pride in providing positive patient care with no judgement.

Since Francis has 7 years of experience working with adolescents under the age of 17, she has a way to interact therapeutically and became a great advocate to children and adolescents. She is able to determine the needs of the patient and provide holistic care. She is understanding and provides patient education during each visit. There is no wrong question. It is better to ask than to not understand your symptoms.

Education

Master of Science in Nursing
University of South Alabama

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar
  • Trauma & PTSD
Maame Obiri-Boateng
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-ups

Maame Obiri-Boateng, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Maame S. Obiri-Boateng is a Board-Certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner whose focus is working with patients with mental illness in a collaborative manner to understand their diagnosis, treatment plan, and develop management strategies to better manage the day-to-day challenges that affect the patient’s general wellness. She sees patients across the lifespan from ages 4 to 88 years older adults and has worked with patients diagnosed with PTSD, MDD, anxiety, psychotic disorders, addiction, and behavior disorders.

Maame graduated with her Associate Degree in Nursing from San Antonio, her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington, and her Master's of Science in Nursing from Walden University.  Her love for psychiatry led her to pursue an advanced degree in nursing and today, she collaborates with other care providers (primary care provider, specialist, therapist, nutritionist, life coach, etc) to address underlying symptoms and lifestyle factors associated with mental illness.

Maame understands that each patient is unique and focuses on providing personalized care, putting the needs of the patients first, and creating treatment plans specific to their disorders. Each patient requires careful attention in order to shape their treatment plan, focus on medication management in order to achieve positive and therapeutic outcomes. Maame puts a lot of emphasis on listening to understand her patients in order to provide the best care possible.

Maame uses engaging, empathetic, and pragmatic guidance in therapeutic settings and utilizes active listening, mindfulness, and observational skills to collect data for treatment planning and therapeutic interventions.

Education

Walden University
Master of Science in Nursing

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • ADHD
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Trauma and PTSD, Women’s Issues
Marcia Umbarger
Self Pay Rate: $99

Marcia Umbarger, LPC, LCDC

Philosophy of Care

Marcia Umbarger is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) who has many years of experience working with adults, veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or military sexual trauma (MST), and adolescents. Marcia provides individual, group, and relationship/couples counseling, dream work in therapy, biofeedback, and vocational therapy sessions.

Marcia's educational background includes a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Rehabilitation Studies, a Master of Science (MS) in Rehabilitation Counseling, and 72 hours of doctoral studies in Jungian Psychology. She attended the University of North Texas (UNT).  Marcia was born and raised in The Hague, The Netherlands, so she also provides therapy for Dutch speakers.

Are you experiencing stress, feeling stuck, depressed, anxious, and lonely? Have you resorted to substances alone to deal with life? Are you having issues communicating with your significant other? Are you lost in life and too stressed or lonely to make changes? Do you have longstanding issues, perhaps maybe from childhood, that have not been manageable? Do you need help figuring out who you are, and what you would love to do with your life?

Marcia is here to help you soothe excessive worrying, sadness, loneliness, fears, addictions, and/or anger, or anything that keeps you from functioning in life. She will provide a safe, warm, and trusting environment. Marcia uses a variety of therapy methods including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, reality therapy, and psychoanalytic/Jungian therapy. When dealing with longstanding issues, especially from childhood, Marcia uses a combination of psychoanalysis, analytical/Jungian, reality therapy, and CBT to help you make changes to yourself and your life.

Education

University of North Texas, Denton TX
Doctoral studies in Jungian Psychology
Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling
Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Studies

Specialties

  • Anxiety Therapy
  • Stress Counseling
  • Depression Counseling
Olayemi"Cynthia" Akindele
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-ups

Olayemi “Cynthia” Akindele, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Cynthia Akindele is a Doctoral-Prepared and Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC, DNP) with over 11 years of experience providing psychiatric evaluations, diagnoses, medication management, and supportive psychotherapy. She specializes in treating clients of all ages who are struggling to cope with anxiety, depression, anger management issues, relationship difficulties, ADHD, behavioral issues, eating disorders, gender identity and transgender issues, military and veteran issues,  including PTSD, and more.

Cynthia earned her Master's degree in Nursing from Walden University, with a focus on Family Nurse Practitioner. She then obtained a post-master's certificate in psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in 2019. Her journey into the health care field began when she was working as a registered nurse taking care of patients in homes and hospital settings. She had the opportunity to work with patients in various settings, including medical-surgical units, long-term acute care units, outpatient surgery, hospice, neonatal/pediatric unit, and adult home health agency. She also worked for the Veterans Affairs hospital in 2017, and this experience made her more aware of the great need for mental health professionals.

Cynthia's psychiatric approach is evidence-based, holistic, and patient-centered. She'll work to create an environment where you can develop trust in her and feel safe sharing your stories and experiences. With Cynthia's guidance and support, you'll partner together to create realistic goals that can meet your mental health needs.

Education

Walden University
Master's Degree in Nursing

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Adolescents
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Trauma & PTSD
Vanessa Longoria-Carter
Self Pay Rate: $99

Vanessa Longoria-Carter, LPC, LMFT

Philosophy of Care

Vanessa Longoria-Carter is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who has 13 years of experience in the mental health field. Vanessa has provided therapeutic services in a variety of settings including outpatient, intensive outpatient, community-based, home-based, and school-based. She has worked as a clinical supervisor to graduate-level interns providing individual, group, and family counseling in adult and child-focused facilities. During Vanessa's training she worked almost exclusively with military families and their surrounding communities. She has specialized training and experience in the areas of child welfare, child abuse prevention and intervention, domestic violence prevention and intervention, divorce with dignity, foster care and adoptions, blended families, immigration, and couples struggling with infidelity.

Vanessa completed her bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and her master's degree in Counseling Psychology at Tarleton State University-Central Texas. She has received additional training through The Center for Anger Resolution to obtain the credentials of Certified Anger Resolution Therapist. Vanessa has received training in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), cognitive processing therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), couples therapy, solution-focused therapy, and trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TFCBT). She is also certified in hypnotherapy.

Vanessa believes that every client is unique and it is important to ensure the client is utilizing the strengths they already have in order to empower growth and positive change. As a therapist she hopes to help clients build a strong foundation so that they can continue to make positive changes even after they are no longer receiving services.

Education

Tarleton State University-Central Texas
Masters in Counseling Psychology

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Couples
  • Life transitions
  • Anger management
  • ADHD
  • EMDR
Appolonia Chineme
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-ups

Appolonia Chineme, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care 

Appolonia Chineme is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a passion for holistic patient care. Appolonia has worked as a Registered nurse in many hospital and outpatient settings including, home health, psychiatric hospital setting, Medical surgical nursing, ICU nursing and inpatient nurse case manager in the Tarrant County level one trauma hospital system. Appolonia spent over 10 years as a bedside Registered Nurse prior to graduating with a master’s degree from the University of Texas El Paso in 2015 with focus in Family Practice.

Appolonia has worked as an outpatient Family Nurse Practitioner at the Tarrant County hospital system since 2016 providing holistic care to patients addressing both medical and mental health needs of patients in all age groups. Throughout the years as a Family Nurse practitioner, Appolonia recognized the overwhelming need for specialized and knowledgeable providers to address the Mental health needs of the patient population, she became increasingly interested in the Mental health aspect of her patient population. Appolonia then graduated from the University of Texas Arlington with Post Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2019 after which she continued Practicing at the Tarrant County Hospital with a focus on medical and psychiatric patient care.

Appolonia believes that her years and experiences working at the bedside, case management, family and psychiatric patient care have prepared her to provide holistic care and better understand the patient as an integral part of the care team.

Education

University of Texas at El Paso
Masters with Focus Family Nurse Practitioner

University of Texas at Arlington
Post-Masters with Focus Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston Texas
Post-Masters with focus Emergency and Trauma care.

Specialties 

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood disorder
  • ADHD
  • PTSD
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive disorders
  • Medically induced Mental health problems.
  • Generalized Mental Health Problems.
Barbara Thompson
Self Pay Rate: $99

Barbara Thompson, LPC, MA, MS, Ph.D. EDUL, NCC

Philosophy of Care

Barbara is a nationally certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC-NCC) who has over 15 years of combined experience with children, adolescents, adults, and couples seeking help with school issues, depression, anxiety, anger, stress management, grief, and relationship issues.

She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, a Master's degree in Counseling, a Master's degree in Human Sciences Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Prairie View A&M University. Barbara utilizes person-centered therapy as a starting point between client and therapist. She has empathy for the client and unconditional positive regard for people which means she respects them and will not judge them.

Barbara commonly uses a combination of several approaches to counseling which include solutions-focused, rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), and multi-generational therapy. She welcomes and respects diversity. Learn new ways to cope and meeting your goals means a better life and a brighter future with Barbara's help.

Education

Prairie View A&M University
MA Counseling, MS MFT, Ph.D. EDUL

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • School Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Marital Problems
  • Panic Attacks
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Bullying
  • Video Game Addiction
  • Family Conflict
Deborah Solomon
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-ups

Deborah Solomon, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Deborah Solomon is a compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with over 3 years of experience delivering care focused on the body-mind-social wellbeing of individuals ages 16 and older.

Deborah completed her post-master’s PMHNP certification at the University of Cincinnati. She is commended for her expertise in a broad range of psychiatric and mental health diagnoses. She has also demonstrated proficiency in comprehensive assessments and integrating findings to coordinate recovery-focused care to promote optimal mental healthcare results.

Deborah seeks to identify and capitalize on your psychological, developmental, cognitive, and personal strengths to effectively manage your mental health conditions. She wants to work together to help you be the best you can be. You can begin by setting achievable goals together.

Education

University of Cincinnati
Post Master's certification as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Specialties

  • Medication Management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Coping Skills
  • Men's Issues
  • Military/Veteran
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Women’s Issues
Mabel Nwachukwu
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-up

Mabel Nwachukwu, APRN, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care 

Mab Nwachukwu is a Board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner licensed in the state  of Texas since 2017. She has experience working in psychiatric clinics with clients 18 years and older helping them to achieve their recovery goals. She is skilled in assessing and treating a variety of mental health disorders including Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Adjustment disorders, Bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, and psychotic disorders. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University Dallas and received her Master of Science in Nursing specializing in Psychiatry and Mental Health from University of Texas in Arlington. 

Mab provides Psychiatric evaluation and medication management services  through Telepsychiatry. She is passionate about thorough evaluation, patient teaching, holistic and collaborative care. So, your treatment will be customized, physical, psychosocial, and spiritual concerns considered, medical work-ups and therapy referrals included when indicated. 

Mab is a patient-friendly clinician who actively and intuitively listens to foster a therapeutic alliance with her clients; you will ALWAYS have an active voice in  your treatment and her goal is to provide a setting where all clients are comfortable to communicate their current needs and achieve the optimal level of functioning that they value and desire. 

Education

University of Texas
Master of Science in Nursing

Specialties 

  • Major Depressive Disorder 
  • Post-partum Depression 
  • Adjustment Disorder 
  • Bipolar Disorder 
  • Other mood Disorders 
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder 
  • PTSD 
  • OCD

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