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Andrea M. Alvarez, M.Ed., LPC-S, NCC is owner and Executive Director of AMA Behavioral Therapy, PLLC.  She opened her practice doors in 2009 and has steadily grown since.  Andrea earned her licensure to supervise new therapists entering into the field.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from University of Houston and her graduate degree from UTPA and she has over 11 years licensure experience. Andrea provides services for clients in which she believes has the capacity to resolve their own problems with her assistance. She assists client in exploring and resolving difficult life issues.  She utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy techniques and provides structured sessions to maximize time and assist in meeting therapeutic goals identified in first session. She approaches therapy as a working relationship between client and therapist.  Further, she understands the importance of bringing evidenced based therapy to her clients and continues professional development in assisting individuals with trichotillomania and other body focused repetitive behaviors.  She is a professional member of International OCD Foundation and has attended their professional development (BTTI) to continue evidence-based practice to assist clients with OCD with both cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure response prevention therapy.  She is also a professional member of TLC Foundation.
 

AMA Behavioral Therapy, PLLC  welcomes Larry Williamson, M.A., LPC, LCDC.  Larry is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC).  He is also a retired U.S. Army veteran with over 21 years of military service and understands the unique experiences that our Veteran’s and their families face.  Larry earned his Master’s in Counseling Degree from Wayland Baptist University in 2012.  His therapeutic experience consist of providing clinical mental health counseling to adults, adolescents and families who are experiencing psychological and emotional distress ranging from anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship conflict. His experience includes providing therapy to clients who have been diagnosed with co- occurring mental health disorders.  Larry is also a Certified Anger Resolution Therapist (CART) and has knowledge in providing anger management strategies and techniques to clients struggling to effectively managing their anger.  As a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), he has more than 10 years of experience in providing substance abuse counseling and treatment to adults and adolescents in both residential and outpatient treatment facilities.  As a therapist, Larry utilizes strategies from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy and Choice Theory as an approach to work collaboratively with his clients. Larry views therapy as a mutual endeavor between the therapist and the client in establishing the goals and objectives that will assist the client in achieving the life that they desire.

 

 AMA Behavioral Therapy, PLLC welcomes Febe Fernandez, LPC! Febe was born in Monterrey, Mexico where she spent the majority of my childhood.  Close to her teen years, she had the great opportunity to live and study in the U.S. where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Psychology at West Texas A&M University on 2012 and 2014 respectively.  When asked on  her approach to therapy, here is her response: As a therapist, I like to build a strong non-judgmental relationship with patients in order to encourage safety and the comfort needed to explore and resolve the life struggles that have led you to counseling. I use cognitive behavioral therapy to pin down problem areas in thinking that ultimately affect our relationships, self-worth, and perspective in an unhealthy way. I work towards assisting individuals towards their own therapeutic goals in a structured manner that aims at efficiently providing tools and the knowledge necessary to overcome current and future life stressors. 

 

AMA Behavioral Therapy welcomes D. Michelle Ruiz-Deal, LPC-Intern!  "I believe that each person is doing the best that they can now; however, sometimes they need new tools to be even better.  I am a firm believer that you, the client, have the most knowledge about yourself, and I see my role as a facilitator to help you finding resolution for your major issues. Sometimes I will help you process, other times provide coaching, and other times give you new tools, but in every case, I will never judge you. I will, also, help you to let go of the judgments that you impose on yourself. In my opinion, the strength of the partnership that you and I form will be the biggest indicator of change for you.  The combination of training and experience has prepared me to work with anxiety, PTSD, depression, LGBTQ issues, veteran issues, substance abuse, and major mental illnesses. I come from a background of CBT, which focuses on reframing thoughts and DBT where we leverage your strengths and develop better emotional control and communication skills, and crisis management.  I have been training in Prolonged Exposure for PTSD for combat, noncombat and sexual trauma.  I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from Florida State University and Master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance from Texas A&M San Antonio. In addition, I am a native speaker of Spanish, and have an understanding of the military life gained from life as a dependent. My unique background has prepared me to work with clients from diverse backgrounds.  I am currently being supervised by Andrea M. Alvarez, LPC-S, NCC."

 

AMA Behavioral Therapy, PLLC welcomes Deborah Saldana, LPC! 

As a former teacher and school counselor, my focus as a professional counselor is on helping children and adolescents navigate the sometimes difficult and painful challenges they face. Childhood issues such as divorce, loss, bullying, anxiety, and behavioral concerns are just a handful of tough issues our children encounter. I typically use an integrative perspective; utilizing cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, play therapy and expressive arts therapy in the counseling sessions.

I have worked with children and families and strive to help clients achieve a more positive place in their lives. I enjoy counseling individuals of all ages, specializing with children and adolescents. In addition, I offer services in Spanish and I have evening/weekend appointments available.

 

 

AMA Behavioral Therapy, PLLC welcomes Wendy Theriot, M.A., LPC. 

I have a Master’s of Arts in Counseling from Texas A&M University in San Antonio and have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and couples in several different settings, including: schools, community agencies, and inpatient hospital care. As a therapist I use CBT which focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors, while improving emotional regulation and developing personal coping strategies that target solving current problems. Starting your counseling journey can be a very intimidating process; however, a primary goal of mine is to create a space of safety and comfort as you take a step towards personal growth. I believe that there is power in the counseling process to work through even the most difficult of problems, and I always consider it an honor when I can be a part of the journey. We will start by developing a greater understanding of you: your challenges, your strengths, your areas for growth, and your goals. I aspire to create a safe and validating environment throughout our sessions.  

 

Welcome, I am Melisa Fleming, Ph.D., LPC-S, LMFT and I believe my extensive counseling experience has developed my passion to educate and empower those around me.  I completed my Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, and my B.S. in Psychology at the University of Maryland European Division.  I have been a licensed professional since 2005 and earned supervisor status in 2013.  I believe in a collaborative working relationship with every person who is ready to build on their strengths toward being able to C-Beyond the challenges life brings through Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Brief Therapy, Play in Therapy (usually for use with children and families with children in counseling), and Meditation.  My areas of expertise are working with Military Veterans and their families, individuals, couples, and families in areas such as: Anxiety, Depression, Transition, Parenting, Relationship building, and Stress Management.  I am a member of several professional organizations:  AAMFT, SAAMFT (on the board), APT, and TCA. 

 

 

As a counselor and former teacher, Alexandra enjoys helping clients envision their personal goals and facilitating progress and lasting growth. Alexandra primarily utilizes elements of CBT, Person-Centered, and Solution-Focused Therapy to address the specific needs of her clients. She believes in the importance of developing a counseling relationship that inspires, equips, and motivates clients to live their best life. 

Banks graduated Summa Cum Laude with a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Addiction Counseling. The majority of her graduate work focused on addiction, trauma, depression, and anxiety. Alexandra also worked closely with Bexar County Drug Court and she has also earned her EMDR certification for trauma counseling.

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