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Maria Marcon, M.S, discovered her passion for counseling and helping others while working as an Adjunct Professor for a local community college in Orlando, Florida. The interaction with the students and her work as a professor led her into pursuing a career in counseling.
She completed her Master of Science in Psychology and earned a Certificate in Psychological Services for Spanish Speaking Populations from Our Lady of the Lake University in 2013. This certification serves to enhance her cultural competency in working with the Latino/Spanish Speaking Population.
During her time working as a Bilingual Licensed Professional Counselor, she had the opportunity to work with adolescents, adults, and couples in different settings; which includes community counseling centers and emergency shelters. Her most recent experience has been at the primary care clinic.
In addition to her work related experience, she has conducted group sessions and presentations related to the topics of self-esteem, faith and spirituality, and women related issues. She is also trained in EMDR therapy (English & Spanish), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Narrative Therapy.
Sofia Torres, MA, LPC, NCC is a mental health counselor, art enthusiast, group facilitator, and co-owner and Creative Director of Venus Springs.
With 10 years experience in mental health field, Sofia has a Master of Arts in Counseling with a minor in Art History from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her specialization includes cognitive behavioral & solution focused techniques; along with knowledge of dialectical behavior therapy and holistic methods.
Sofia enjoys teaching the use of creativity as a means for healing, connecting, mindfulness, and open communication. She is skilled in mixed media, photography, crafting, song writing, and has acclaimed recognition in the slam poetry scene. As a clinician, she can integrate art therapy approaches into more traditional therapeutic methods. She believes every client's needs are unique and deserves the best care when processing concerns and accomplishing goals.
She provides services for children, teens, adults, couples, & families facing issues related, but not limited, to: emotional/behavioral problems, identity issues, mood disorders, relationship/family matters, trauma, grief/loss, co-parenting conflicts, & career guidance. Sofia is passionate about sharing the benefits of art for mental health wellness and hopes to expand its significance in the community.
Elizabeth is a licensed professional counselor who works to empower individuals, couples and adolescents to overcome negative thinking patterns and obstacles in their relationships. Her passion is to help people cope on their journey in life. Elizabeth has worked with children, adolescents and adults using cognitive behavioral and solution focused therapy since 2005.
Liz has over 44 years’ experience in public health services and 15 years of counseling in Corpus Christi and the South Texas area. Elizabeth began her counseling practice in San Antonio in 2014 and provides counseling for real life issues including relationship issues, divorce, separation, anger, traumatic life experiences, anxiety and depression. Her current certification is Certified Anger Resolution Therapist (CART) and she is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Elizabeth believes that change is inevitable and the best is yet to come. Counseling is important to help people cope with during the change process and certain crisis situations. The purpose is to provide support, encouragement and strengthen the client. The goal is to bring awareness, healing reconciliation and understanding.
Michele received her Master’s in Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio in December of 2012. Michele’s passion has been working with children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced trauma, depression, and anxiety. She completed her Master’s graduate internship at The Rape Crisis Center of San Antonio where her primary focus was working with adults and children overcoming sexual trauma.
Additionally, she has over 4 years of experience working as district counselor in the school system. Michele works closely with teachers, administrators, and parents to develop an in-depth counseling program that offers individual and group counseling for students from ages 4-18. She also conducts initial suicide assessments and creates individualized safety plans for students that are suicide risks or self-harm. Her wealth of knowledge and experience in the school system, allows her to help parents navigate their child's mental health and assist in academic success.
In session, Michele uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused therapy, and mindfulness interventions. Michele has had great success implementing these interventions with both children and adults by creating an environment that allows her clients to understand the process of controlling their emotions and changing their dysfunctional/negative thoughts.