About Jessica Reynolds, LCSW

Jessica Reynolds is a licensed EMDR-trained trauma therapist and the owner of The Purple Couch Counseling and Consulting. Jessica has been a social worker for eleven years and a therapist for the last six years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Metropolitan State University and then went on to receive her Masters’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver. Throughout working in the field of social work and mental health, Jessica discovered that there is a barrier within communities of color; she later concluded that people want therapy from those with who they can identify.

The Purple Couch Counseling and Consulting was then launched in October of 2019.

Jessica chose the color because purple is the color of royalty. She wanted to use her platform as a woman of color and a mental health professional to help people discover the royalty within themselves so that they’re able to continue to grow instead of staying stuck.

Jessica works with many clients with different backgrounds, and her niche is to work with women who have been through domestic violence situations. Jessica loves showing up in the therapy space as her authentic self so that her clients feel comfortable enough to show up as their authentic selves.

Qualifications

  • Years in Practice: 11 Years
  • School: University of Denver
  • Year Graduated: 2013
  • License and State: 60552 Texas

About Joelisse Galarza, LMSW

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

Joelisse Galarza is a licensed master social worker (LMSW) in the process of earning her clinical license. She earned a master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University in 2019. She has 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, her experience directly relates to youth and adolescents in helping them connect the pieces of their lives together throughout their growing years. While she love working with adolescents, she has developed a passion for assisting young adults and older adults to navigate their lives as well. Joelisse is skilled in crisis intervention, suicidal ideation and self-harm, depression, anxiety, grief, familial changes and struggles with academic success.

Social Work to Joelisse is not just a profession, it is a passion. Mental health for communities of color is not always equitable, she wants to bring awareness to our communities and allow them to access these resources in order to have an improved lifestyle. Her approach is to be trauma-sensitive, creating a safe space for healing as well as maintaining cultural humility. You are the expert of your life; and Joelisse is the assistant helping you navigate that journey. Joelisse’s role ultimately is to help you with recognizing signs and behaviors while learning how to develop appropriate coping skills in order to heal in positive ways that benefit you. Therapy is a journey; her first step is to ensure that we are the right fit in order to navigate your journey and find growth.

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

Joelisse’s ultimate passion within her 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, she also work in the school system in macro social work, building structures and systems so our youth have the mental health resources they need and deserve.

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

Qualifications

  • Years in Practice: 5 Years
  • School: Columbia University in New York
  • Year Graduated: 2019
  • License: Licensed Master Social Worker #68943

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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