About Jessica Reynolds, LCSW

My name is Jessica Reynolds, I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). I earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver in 2013. I have over ten years of experience in the human services field, initially practicing social work with children and families involved with the Department of Human Services in Colorado. I have gained a wealth of experience working with adults and children who have struggled with depression, PTSD, and anxiety.

My role as a therapist is to guide you into learning how to consciously identify patterns or blocks that will sometimes hinder us during our journey. It is time to focus on yourself and sometimes that can take a lot of work. As a wounded healer who is a survivor of domestic violence and childhood trauma, I understand how difficult it is to find the right therapist and to be vulnerable to a complete stranger. In the therapy process there is no single prescription that will heal all invisible wounds. The therapeutic process is tailored to your specific individual needs. I am trained in various types of approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy, which is a fancy term that refers to modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. I am also trained in acceptance commitment therapy which is a type of therapy to help us lessen the load of our symptoms so we can live our best lives.

My passion involves breaking down the stigma of mental health specifically in communities of color. I currently serve as an Adjunct professor with Our Lady of the Lake University. Teaching allows me to stay fresh. As a social worker, I stay connected with updated community resources within the community.
Thank you for reading. I look forward to working with you.

Qualifications

  • Years in Practice: 10 Years
  • School: University of Denver
  • Year Graduated: 2013
  • License and State: 60552 Texas

About Joelisse Galarza, LMSW

Graduate of Columbia University in New York (M.S.W.), 4 years of Social Work practice, Licensed Master Social Worker #68943

Skills: Fluent in Spanish, Extensive knowledge of community resources, History of working with people and developing interventions, A commitment to helping others

My name is Joelisse Galarza and I am a licensed master social worker (LMSW) in the process of earning my clinical license. I earned a master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University in 2019. I have over four years of experience in the school setting, practicing social work with children, adolescents, and families in communities of color within San Antonio and New York City. Overall, my experience directly relates to youth and adolescents in helping them connect the pieces of their lives together throughout their growing years. I am skilled in crisis intervention, suicidal ideation and self-harm, depression, anxiety, familial changes and struggles with academic success.

Social Work to me is not just a profession, it is a passion. Mental health for youth is not a topic of conversation when we are talking therapy and I strive to bring awareness to that. Youth just as adults are trying to navigate life and its everyday challenges. My approach is to be trauma-sensitive, creating a safe space for healing as well as culturally competent. You are the expert of your life; I am the assistant helping you navigate that journey. My role ultimately is to help you with recognizing signs and behaviors and how to develop appropriate coping skills in order to heal in positive ways that benefit you.

My overall expertise is centered in Cognitive Behavioral therapy, crisis intervention, solution-focused therapy, and mindfulness. YOU are the expert of your life, I will always look towards ensuring you feel comfortable, safe, seen and heard.

My ultimate passion within my life is breaking down the stigma of mental health in communities of color, specifically youth, who often do not feel seen or heard within their lives. Currently, I also work in the school-setting where I live out this passion but also want to be able to serve more outside of the school setting, which is why I am happy to be at the Purple Couch.

As someone who overcame childhood trauma, we all need somebody to hear us, see us and who looks to understand us. I hope I can be that person for you in providing therapy that meet your mental health needs.

Qualifications

  • Years in Practice: 4 Years
  • School: Columbia University in New York
  • Year Graduated: 2019
  • License: Licensed Master Social Worker #68943

About Jordan Morrison, Intern

My name is Jordan Morrison and I am a graduate student at Our Lady of the Lake University working towards my Masters in Social Work. My goal is to graduate in the spring to be a licensed master in social work (LMSW) and to continue my counseling practice with The Purple Couch. I have experience in social services, working with children and adults of different backgrounds and walks of life.

My therapy approach is catered to each individual client. I believe in meeting my client where they are at in their journey and working together to find what works for them. My approach is trauma-sensitive, meaning, I create a safe space for you to be yourself without any pressures or judgments. I am here to provide support and encouragement to help you live your best life.

I am passionate about breaking the stigma around mental health and trauma. I want to empower individuals to look at therapy as a form of self care and to embrace the healing process. I look forward to working with you.


About Natalina Vélez, Administrative Assistant

My name is Natalina Vélez and I’m currently a senior at University of Texas San Antonio. I’m working towards getting a Bachelors of Art in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. After this year I will be pursuing a Masters in Social Work.

I am extremely passionate about all things art, I’m an avid painter and digital artist, and usually spend most of my free time listening to crime podcasts as I paint or sketch on my iPad. I also love to workout and finding fun ways to eat and stay healthy, as well as reading constantly for personal growth.

 

 

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4115 Medical Drive, Suite 502 G
San Antonio, TX 78229

natalina@purplecouchcounseling.org
(210) 999-9851

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