Dr. Kirleen Richardson-Neely PhD, LPC-S
CEO, Richardson Counseling Services
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. To learn more about Dr. Neely’s work visit her personal website at www.drkneely.com.
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/ 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
Linda Y. Cortes/Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Linda Y. Cortes, LMFT, is a bilingual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than a decade of experience providing mental health services in community health centers, private practice, and large HMO settings. Linda provides therapy services to children, adults, and families. Linda uses a variety of therapeutic approaches to address family conflicts, parent-child relationship problems, and marital issues. Linda is a double graduate of California State University-Long Beach, holding a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master’s of Science in Counseling. She is licensed to practice in the states of Texas and California. Linda was born and raised in Southern California and moved to Texas in 2013 where she resides in San Antonio with her husband and two children.
Beth Owens/Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern
I graduated from Trinity University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Women’s studies. I also studied Music Therapy for a year at Texas Women’s University. I obtained my Master’s in Community Counseling from University of Texas at San Antonio, and I have been accepted as a doctoral student at St. Mary’s in Counseling Education and Supervision. My approach to therapy is primarily client-centered, where I actively listen with unconditional positive regard, and help clients to become their authentic, genuine selves. I treat all types of clients, and have experience working with couples, Gifted and Talented individuals, people struggling with anxiety and depression, and those making lifestyle changes to lose weight or accommodate bariatric surgery, such as gastric bypass. I am sex positive, and work with LBGTQ people, as well as those with alternative lifestyles. I am very open-minded. I grew up in San Antonio, and live here with my husband and two cat
Sheri Dorman/Licensed Professional Counselor Intern
Sheri 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. Sheri is also registered in the State of Texas as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern. Sheri works with adolescents, adults, and families using an eclectic approach tailored to each individual client utilizing techniques from Cognitive-Behavioral, Restoration, Solution Focused, and other therapy modalities. She has experience working in the areas of addictions, anxiety, grief, depression, and a variety of other life issues. Sheri retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving 20 years of honorable service. Sheri received a Bachelors in Administration Management from Wayland Baptist University and her Masters in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She has volunteered within the community as a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault crisis advocate and as a grief support group co-facilitator.
Whitni Faulkner/ Licensed Professional Counselor Intern
Whitni is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, currently completing her clinical hours at Richardson Counseling Services. Whitni received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from North Carolina A&T State University, and her Master’s degree in Counseling at the University of Texas at San Antonio. During her graduate internship, Whitni worked with clients from various backgrounds, with issues such as chemical dependency, domestic violence, low self-esteem, relationship and communication issues, and other difficult life problems. Whitni collaborates with clients in therapy using a goal-directed or solution-focused approach. She has years of experience working with older adults in long-term care facilities, and she also has experience working with adolescents, adults, and families. Whitni enjoys spending time with her fiancé and their dog.
Gabriela Duarte /Bachelor level, Intern
Gabriela is currently a senior at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She will be graduating May of 2015, with her Bachelor’s in Psychology. After that she plans to pursue a Master’s in Counseling at the University of Texas. Gabriela has had experience mentoring high school students and young adults as she was previously a volunteer at a local church group. She hopes to eventually become a counselor at a private practice, as she is passionate about helping people find success in their personal lives by overcoming the emotional and psychological obstacles that we all at some point face.
Jean Hernandez / Bachelor level, Intern
Jean is currently a senior in his last semester at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He will be graduating May of 2015, with his Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. After that he plans to pursue a Master’s in Counseling and a PhD in Counseling Psychology so that he may direct commission into the military. Jean has over 7 years of leadership training from both JROTC and ROTC. He hopes to eventually become a counselor at a private practice, as he is passionate about helping military families cope with the hardships of deployment, PTSD, and life in military as a whole.