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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




Associate Director of Counseling Services

Melissa F. Hernandez, LCSW

Masters of Science in Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Clinical Social Worker -- Board Approved Social Work Supervisor

Areas of Special Interest

  • Trauma Recovery
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sexual Violence Prevention and Education
  • Suicide Prevention and Education




Assistant Director of Counseling Services

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 and Supervision
  • Cognitive Therapy



Assistant Director of Counseling Services

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



Clinical Staff

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

Hazel L. Lane, Psy.D.

Doctorate of Counseling Psychology, Our Lady of the Lake University
Licensed Psychologist
Testing and Psychological Assessment Coordinator

Areas of Special Interest

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

Richard Martinez, Ph.D.

Doctorate of Counseling Psychology, New Mexico State University
Licensed Psychologist
Coordinator of Outreach Programs

Areas of Special Interest

  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • LGBTQ Concerns
  • Supervision/Training
  • Identity Exploration
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • First Generation College Students

Cristina Villegas-Hernandez, LCSW

Masters of Social Work, San Jose State University
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Texas and California)

Areas of Special Interest

  • Anxiety
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Depression
  • Multi-Cultural Issues
  • Grief and Loss
  • Relationships
  • Women's Issue

Vanessa Aviña-Peña, Ph.D

Doctorate in Counseling Psychology, University of Houston
Licensed Psychologist (Texas)

Areas of Special Interest

  • Bilingual Counseling/Therapy
  • Easting Disorders
  • First Generation Students
  • Multi-Cultural Issues
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Relationships

Catherine Love, MA, LPC, NCC

Master of Arts in Counseling, University of Texas at San Antonio
Licensed Professional Counselor
Case Manager

Areas of Special Interest

  • Community Counseling and Community Outreach
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Learning Assistance and Study Strategies
  • Mood Management

Megan D. Colletta, LCSW

Masters of Science in Social Work, The University of California, Berkeley
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Areas of Special Interest

  • Eating Disorders
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Trauma Recovery
  • Supervision and Training
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Interpersonal Relationships

Claudia Kypuros, Ph.D, LCSW

Post Doctoral Counselors

Adam A. Lotfi, Psy.D.

Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, Illinois School of Professional Psychology

Maria Austin, Psy.D.

Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, Fuller School of Psychology, Pasadena, California

Psychiatric Staff


Tracy Schillerstrom, M.D.

Psychiatrist Residents

April Lourdes Garing, MD

Michael Miller, MD

Diego Rodriguez, MD

Elle Sowa, MD

Ann Marie Torres, MD

Practicum Students

Catherine Blount

Martha Guerra

Kelli Hestilow

William Peters

Support Staff

Cathy Fearing

Administrative Services Officer I

Sandra Pardo

Senior Office Assistant

Sharon Foote

Administrative Assistant

Steven Campos

Student Assistant I

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