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Counseling Services is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services. All counselors have a minimum post graduate degree at the master's or doctoral level in psychology, social work, and counseling. Most of the staff is additionally licensed in the State of Texas as independent practitioners in their respective areas. To get and maintain these credentials, counselors must adhere to a strict code of ethics, serve in clinical internships, have their clinical practice supervised, pass comprehensive exams in in their fields, and participate in ongoing professional education to keep their practices current. For information about professional licensing and certification, access information with the Department of State Health Services.

Director of Counseling Services

Thomas Baez, Ph.D.

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Licensed Psychologist (Texas and Michigan)
Board Member, International Association of Counseling Services, Inc.
Editorial Board Member, The Counseling Psychologist

Areas of Special Interest

  • Bilingual Psychotherapy
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Training & Supervision
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Crisis Management
  • Risk Management

Assistant Director of Counseling Services

Melissa Hernandez, LCSW

Masters of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Clinical Social Worker -- Board Approved Social Work Supervisor
Coordinator, The CURE Peer Education Program -- Coordinator, Women's Resource Center

Areas of Special Interest

  • Relationship Issues
  • Body Image/Eating Disorders
  • Women's Issues
  • Anxiety

Clinical Staff

Richard Blask, Ph.D.

Doctorate in Counseling Psychology, University of Houston
Licensed Psychologist (Texas and New York)
Coordinator, Training Program

Areas of Special Interest

  • Depression
  • Training
  • Cognitive Therapy

Mia Veve, Ph.D.

Doctorate in Counseling Psychology
Texas A&M University
Coordinator of Outreach Programs

Areas of Special Interest

  • Family of Origin
  • Diversity
  • Individual, Couples and Group Therapy
  • Bilingual Psychotherapy
  • Relationships

Jeff Gatlin, MS, LPC

Master of Science - Counseling Option -- Angelo State University
Licensed Professional Counselor

Areas of Special Interest

  • Marital/Family Therapy
  • Men's Issues
  • Veteran's Issues
  • GLBT Couples Counseling

Michael Martinez, MA

Masters of Arts - Educational Psychology - University of Texas at Austin

Areas of Special Interest

  • Psychological Assessment
  • Multicultural Issues
  • Relationship Issues
  • Instruction and Training

Michelle Klein, LPC

Masters of Arts Degree in Counseling, University of Texas at San Antonio
Sexual Assault Liaison

Areas of Special Interest

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Sexual Assault Issues
  • Career Counseling
  • Anxiety
  • Intimate Partner Violence Issues
  • Grief and Loss

Hazel L. Lane, Psy.D.

Doctorate of Counseling Psychology, Our Lady of the Lake University

Areas of Special Interest

  • GLBTQ and Gender Issues
  • Non-Traditional Students
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Supervision/Training
  • Multi-Cultural Issues
  • First Generation Students
  • College Adjustment

Richard Martinez, Ph.D.

Doctorate of Counseling Psychology, New Mexico State University

Rachel Lutz, MSSW, LCSW

Bachelor of History with a Minor in Art History, The University of Texas at Austin
Masters of Science in Social Work, The University of Texas at Arlington

Tiffany Frias, MS

Gabriela Maestas O'Dell., LPC-S

Psychiatric Staff


Tracy Schillerstrom, M.D.

Post Doctoral Counselors

Korey Watkins, Ph.D.

Michelle L. Wiggins, MS, MA, Psy.D.

Psychiatrist Residents

Jessica Sandoval, MD

Kathryn Saunders, MD

Laura Sidari, MD

Ziyad Nuwayhid, MD


Emily Greygor

Tiffany Loggins

Kristin Lopez

Kristy Santibanez

Support Staff

Maria Zayas, MBA

Wayland Baptist University, San Antonio, TX
Fiscal Specialist

Sandra Pardo

Senior Office Assistant

Sharon Foote

Administrative Assistant

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