Richardson Counseling Services, PC
The practice began in 2001 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. 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 dependents through Military One Source EAP. Click hear to learn about Dr. Neely’s prices and availability.
MEET OUR STAFF
Dr. Kirleen Richardson Neely, PhD, LPC-S Owner/Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Neely has worked in the mental health field for over twenty years. She has been the chief executive officer of Richardson Counseling Services since its inception in 2001. Dr. Neely has enjoyed serving in an array of capacities through out her career, 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. She spends a large portion of her time writing and speaking to audience on issues related to self-esteem but also enjoys working with relationship conflict, anxiety reduction, and depression. She combines her practical straight forward approach to therapy with cognitive behavioral skills and her Christian perspective. 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. She is supported by her husband and two beautiful daughters.
Kathy Zeltmann /Licensed Professional Counselor
After a 28 year career as a mid-level manager for a Fortune 50 corporation, Kathy embarked on her long-time dream of a second career as a therapist. She chose this field after witnessing people, through skillful and compassionate therapy, learning and growing in ways that helped them reach their goals and improve their lives. Kathy applies her life skills and experience in working with adolescents, adults, couples and families to assist them through issues involving depression, anxiety, relationship conflict and grief. She sees her role as assisting clients in making changes needed to accomplish their desired goals and she offers resources to support clients in making desired changes. She has worked in community health, outpatient, partial hospitalization, EAP and private practice settings. Using a strengths-based approach drawing from Narrative, Cognitive Behavioral and Solution Focused therapies, Kathy believes collaboration and creating a safe place for exploration and growth are the foundation of effective therapy. Her greatest joy is helping clients improve their lives.
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 cats.
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.
April Schoonover/Licensed Professional Counselor Intern
I received my Bachelors in Psychology from New Mexico State University, before moving to San Antonio and completing my Masters Degree in Community Counseling from Webster University. I currently work for the Center for Health Care Services an organization designed to help and serve the community of Bexar County. It is here that I have gained most of my experience working with adults and children with mood, anxiety, psychotic and personality disorders. I am happy to begin combining my experience and education that I have earned over the years at Richardson Counseling Center. I am currently completing my supervised counseling hours required by the Texas State Board of Licensed Professional Counselors under the supervision of Dr. Kirleen Neely.
Belia Torres/ Bachelor level, Intern
Belia is currently a senior at the University of Texas at SanAntonio. She will be graduating in December of 2015, with her Bachelor’s in Psychology. Thereafter she plans to pursue higher education towards her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Texas A&M University San Antonio. Belia has previous experience working with seniors at a local retirement community, and loves interacting with people of all ages. Belia hopes to one day help adults, and adolescents overcome the everyday struggles of building and maintaining healthy relationships.
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