Dr. Kirleen Richardson-Neely PhD,LPC-S
CEO, Richardson Counseling Services
Dr. Neely has worked in the mental health field for over eighteen years. She has been the chief executive officer of Richardson Counseling Services since it’s inception in 2001. Dr. Neely has gained valuable knowledge and experience through collaborations and employment with many prominent social service organizations. She has served in an array of capacities including psychotherapist, adjunct professor, counselor supervisor, caseworker, case manager, consultant and seminar facilitator. She currently manages the day to day operations of the counseling center and is also an adjunct professor at Webster University in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Neely is licensed by the Texas State Board of Professional Counselors and is an approved counselor supervisor. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Sam Houston State University, a Master’s degree in Counseling from Prairie View A & M University and a PhD in Counselor Education from St. Mary’s University. Dr. Neely incorporates relational cultural therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy with her Christian belief system. Her specialty areas include self-esteem improvement in women and adolescents, anxiety reduction, and decreasing the psychological implications of hair loss for women. She is supported by her husband and two beautiful daughters.
Richardson Counseling Services, PC
The practice began with the mission of empowering families, adults, and adolescents with tools to combat depression, disruptive behavior patterns, and anxiety. During the initial years, the company worked extensively with adolescent anger management issues and sexual abuse trauma. The practice teamed up with social service agencies such as Child Protective Services, Head Start, DePlechin Children Center and multiple foster homes to meet the needs in the community. RCS, later expanded its reach to include the needs of employee’s in the work place. Through employee assistance programs, RCS focused on addressing issues such as major depression, anxiety, marital discord, and low self-esteem.
In 2007, RCS moved it’s office from Houston, Texas to San Antonio, Texas. RCS, established it’s presence in the San Antonio region and continued to use its resources to make a difference in the lives of others. Currently, the central platform of the company is to implement programs that will provide affordable counseling services to working families and individuals. RCS, is able to accomplish this goal through it’s counselor training program. Licensed professional counselor interns provide affordable counseling services while receiving advance clinical training and supervision. In addition RCS also provides free military counseling to active military members and their dependants through Military One Source EAP.
MEET OUR STAFF
Ellen Hartman/ Office Assistant & Medical Billing
Ellen has over 30 years of experience working with children and families. Ellen managed and directed Early Childhood programs for the Department of Defense in Europe, and Asia. Ellen joined Richardson Counseling Services in 2013 as Office Manager. Ellen has a BA in El. Education from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania and a minor in Early Childhood Education from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ellen and her husband retired in San Antonio, Texas in 1995, after serving 24 years in the USAF. Ellen is the proud mother of two adult sons and three amazing grandchildren.
Kathy Zeltmann /Licensed Professional Counselor
After a 28 year career as a manager for a Fortune 50 corporation, Kathy embarked on a second career as a therapist. She choose this field after witnessing numerous examples of people, through therapy, learning and growing in ways that significantly improved their lives. Kathy applies her life skills and experience, as well as her formal graduate education at our Lady of the Lake University, to working with individuals, couples and families to assist them in working through life issues. Using a strengths-based approach drawing upon Narrative, Cognitive Behavioral and Solution Focused therapies, Kathy applies techniques from other therapeutic modalities as well. She sees her function as assisting clients in making changes needed to accomplish their desired goals and she offers them resources to support them in making the changes they desire. Her greatest joy is helping clients to improve their lives.
Dr. Sylvia Villareal, PhD, LPC/Licensed Professional Counselor
Dr. Villarreal, is a licensed professional counselor and certified Integral Hatha Yoga instructor, specializing in services to adolescents, adults, and cancer patients. Dr. Villarreal received her undergraduate degree from Texas State University, completed a Master’s level counseling program from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and received a PhD in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. She also has completed the advanced training program in Mind-Body Medicine under the direction of Dr. James Gordon, an internationally acclaimed Harvard –trained psychiatrist and founder of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine. With over 20 years combined experience as a therapist and mind-body practitioner, Dr. Villarreal uses an integrative and holistic approach to therapy to help reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress. She blends conventional cognitive-behavioral therapy, dreamwork, and alternative mind-body modalities such as breathwork, relaxation, and evidence-based healing techniques that can help restore and maintain balance in all areas of an individual’s life.
“As a cancer and trauma survivor, I can attest to the benefits of mind-body techniques and would like to share this awareness in a soulful way with others during their journey towards healing.” Dr. Villarreal
Calleen Friedel, MS LMFT-S CEAP SAP/Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Calleen earned her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Psychology, in Pasadena California in 1993. She also has a master’s degree in business administration. Calleen is a licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed therapist supervisor, certified employee assistance professional and substance abuse professional. She has worked in the employee assistance field for over 19 years and has served as clinical director of a partial hospitalization program and manager of clinical services. She has counseled a wide array of populations including children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Calleen enjoys providing individual, play, couple, family and group therapy. She is married with a 12-year-old son. Family life along with her Christian spiritual life is important to her.
Tonya Smith/Licensed Professional Counselor- Intern
Tonya enjoys working with individuals, couples, families, and children. She views therapy as a way to help clients find a more successful and meaningful way to experience life. She uses a variety of therapeutic approaches and techniques to help clients develop coping skills necessary to address issues they may be experiencing. Tonya’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and a Master of Arts in Counseling, both from Wayland Baptist University. Tonya is also a proud United States Air Force veteran, honorably serving her country for over 26 years. After retiring from the Air Force, she worked part-time as a substitute teacher, primarily with students with special needs and behavioral issues. She was also active in the community, volunteering as a Court-appointed Child Advocate for foster children and volunteering as a Family to Family teacher for San Antonio National Alliance on Mental Illness. With compassion and understanding, she works with each client to help them build on their personal strengths and skills to empower them to live a healthy and balanced life. Tonya is currently completing supervised counseling hours required by the Texas State Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and is under the supervision of Dr. Kirleen Neely.
Carlos Cavazos/ Licensed Professional Counselor -Intern
Being a therapist has been a dream of mine since a very young age. I made my dream a reality by empowering myself to overcome various obstacles. That’s what I believe counseling should do, empower you to overcome any obstacle standing in your way. I will work with you to identify these obstacles, and plan a course of action. Keeping my sessions as dynamic, fresh, and innovative as possible, I pull from various approaches including Reality, Cognitive-Behavioral and Narrative therapy to fit your needs. I obtained a Bachelor’s in Psychology from my home town’s University of Texas at Brownsville, before finding a new home and earning a Masters Degree in Counseling from Texas A&M University at San Antonio. I have a wide range of experience working with adults and adolescents, mood, personality, anxiety and psychotic disorders as well as self-esteem, identity, LGBT and relationship issues. I am able to provide services in English and Spanish. I serve the community as a Clinical Practitioner for the Center of Health Care Services, and am currently completing supervised counseling hours required by the Texas State Board of Licensed Professional Counselors under the supervision of Dr. Kirleen Neely, PhD, LPC-S.
Beth Owens/Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern
Beth Owens is a graduate of UTSA’s Community Counseling program. She also has a 2006 Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Trinity University, with a minor in Women’s Studies. Additionally, she studied Music Therapy at Texas Women’s University. Much of her previous counseling experience was at a day treatment hospital, working with patients who had problems with major mental illness. Her area of interest is with Gifted and Talented students but she enjoys dealing with a variety of issues. Beth primarily approaches counseling from a Person-Centered perspective, while employing Cognitive Behavioral techniques.
Emily Roberts (Internship License in Process)
Over the past 15 years Emily has been given the opportunity to serve others through various positions including the director of a crisis hotline for teenagers, care giver at a residential care facility, teacher, and mentor. Now, after graduating with her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health from Denver Seminary, Emily is completing supervised counseling hours required by the Texas State Board of Licensed Professional Counselors under the supervision of Dr. Kirleen Neely. Emily’s desire is to come alongside people as they face difficult or confusing times. She hopes to enable people to see their value and further develop self-awareness in order to achieve their goals in counseling through Cognitive-Behavioral, Narrative, and Solution-Focused therapies. Emily believes the client/therapist collaboration can truly be life changing. Emily also has the privilege of working for Inheritance of Hope, a non-profit organization that provides expense free retreats for families with a parent who has a life-threatening illness.
Hannah Beaver (Bachelor level, Intern)
Hannah is currently a senior at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is getting her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Art History. She is interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology. During Spring 2013, she participated in an independent study with Dr. Michelle Little regarding relationship violence in social situations. Hannah has taken classes in: experimental psychology, child psychopathology, and abnormal psychology. She has made the Dean’s List and Honor Roll many semesters during her time at UTSA. She is a member of the Psi Chi club, a psychology major honor’s club. Hannah is hoping to become a clinical psychologist specializing in eating disorders.
Ashanti Blackman (Bachelor level, Intern)
I am currently a senior at The University of Texas at San Antonio studying Psychology. I didn’t always want to work in the field of psychology but I always knew I wanted to help people. My love for psychology didn’t happen till my senior year of high school when I took one course and ever since then I have loved it. I also have a second love for music. I am involved in the UTSA Marching Band as a saxophone player. I hope to one day to work in the field of Neuroscience or perhaps music therapy. My ultimate goal is just to help people. I am passionate and put full effort in everything I do!