Zulema E. Magana, MA, LPC-Supervisor, NCC
Zulema Magana has been working in the mental health field for 14 years. Her educational achievements include a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University and a Master of Arts in Community Counseling from St. Mary's University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor, a National Certified Counselor, and a Certified Hypnotherapist specializing in Adolescent, Adult, and Couples Therapy. She is a wife and a mother, too, which helps her relate that much more to some of her clients. Her focus is to help adults and adolescents with problems such as: self-esteem issues, relationship/marital issues, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, social problems, and communication problems. Her goal is to help her clients learn to accept themselves and decide on ways to change. She will help clients gain self-awareness, personal growth,and increase insight and direction.
Richard Walla, LPC
We all want to be heard, at first, that’s all; and then to be heard by someone who will not judge our feelings harshly, but with understanding instead. We want someone who can listen to what we want, relief for our thoughts and feelings, and can help us understand what “the problem” is. I started my journey in counseling with my Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Management Science in 1970, with an interest in human behavior and motivation. Why do some people have mental and emotional problems and some don’t? What caused these differences? So I began studying New Age Psychology on my own and throughout my life. It wasn’t until later in life that I earned my Master’s Degree as a Licensed Professional Counselor (in 2011). I love helping others and genuinely enjoy working with people by helping them treat those negative feelings. I help them decrease feeling distraught, sad, ashamed, angry, guilty, etc., about their lives, themselves, their intimate and social relationships, and their behaviors. People hurt, and they want to talk to someone to get explanations, and to prove they’re not “Crazy”. It’s the reason I studied so intensely, and still do; and the reason I treat people with that same intensity and sincerity they deserve.
Brianna Antu, MA, LPC
Do you ever feel like your life has no meaning? Do you ever feel like you don't know which path to take next? I'm sure there has been a point in your life where you just wanted to talk to someone, for someone to listen. Counseling has opened my eyes to many ways of not only helping others but also myself. I have four years’ experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. My specialties are, low self-esteem, mostly dealing with trauma, grief, and loss, abuse, anxiety and depression, behavioral problems and mood disorders. For the past two years I have also specialized with pre-teens who are struggling with identity issues and lack of motivation to succeed in life. Let’s set up an appointment, I can aid you in finding your own solutions to your problems!
Rocio Maloney, LPC-Intern
Taking the first step in self-help takes a tremendous amount of courage and vulnerability. While exposing your personal thoughts and feelings may seem extremely uncomfortable or overwhelming, I have personally witnessed the peace and healing that comes from exploring yourself in therapy and it is well worth the initial discomfort. My belief in the possibility of human improvement and change is what ignited my interest in psychology and counseling. I received my B.A. degree in psychology with a minor in neuroscience from Texas A&M University, College Station in 2012 and a M.A. degree in clinical mental health counseling from St. Mary’s University. I have gained experience in working with children, adolescents, adults, and elderly patients. My work has focused on dealing with issues such as grief and loss, behavioral issues, identity issues, conflict resolution/management, parenting issues, mood disorders, chemical dependency, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and career guidance. I am proficient in play therapy, art therapy, cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, client-centered, and somatic therapy. However, I tailor my therapeutic approach to what the client presents and needs. I am a firm believer that there is beauty in every pain because every pain serves a valuable purpose and we just need to find what that purpose is. My goal is to help you find a purpose for your pain or your personal situation and help you tap into your own potential that will get you to a place of peace and contentment. You have everything you need already built inside you so lets find it together.
Eric Dreyer Smith, MA, LPC-Intern, PhD student
As an intern, I have had extensive experience working withchildren and families. During the last year, a large part of my focus has beenwith couples and marriage counseling within which my reviews have beenexcellent. I graduated from Trinity University with a BA in Political Science in1989 and have done political as well as extensive social casework. In 2014, I receivedmy MA in counseling from Wayland Baptist University. Currently I am conducting depth research into risk, sociological patterns and group motivation through PhD at Northcentral University. Areas of counseling strengths are reestablishing the bonds of intimacy, overcoming fears andself-limiting beliefs, reducing compulsive thinking and behavior as well asconnecting families with their gifted or unique children.
“Ambition is best tempered withself-knowledge… - William Hague.”