Welcome back to a fresh and new semester. We at the Counseling Center were privileged to walk with many of you during last semester. In fact, we had a record number of visits and that means that the word is getting out that we are here to help you walk in your UD journey. This is great!
There are some changes at the Counseling Center and we want to share with you:
• First, we have a new counselor who is here and eager to meet you. Her name is Vanessa Garcia, LPC, and her biography is below.
• Secondly, we will be introducing the Solidarity Group which is set up to help any of us going through anxiety and stress. Amazing healing happens when we share our struggles and receive words of encouragement for each other. Solidarity Group will have its first meeting on Wednesday, January 24th, 3:30pm at Farrell Hall, room 204. I especially would like to invite those of us who struggle with social anxiety to come to this. You are not alone, and we know that although coming to a group may not be appealing, if you are ready to move through the fear because you are tired of its grip on your life, then this group can really help you. We are going to be exploring tips and tools on how to deal with anxiety and stress.
• Thirdly, we started a new Counseling Center blog where we post articles and videos of mental health tools and education that fit very nicely with what we teach in therapy. You can find our blog at http://www.udcounselingcenter.com. There are already four posts on anxiety to check out!
We welcome you back to counseling if you have already visited us. We most especially welcome you if you think that you’ve had some nudging recently to talk with someone about a particular issue but have not tried counseling with us before. We can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Now, I’d like to introduce you to Vanessa Garcia!
Vanessa Garcia, MS, LPC holds a master’s degree in Counseling from Amberton University. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas in Arlington, majoring in psychology and minoring in Biology. After UTA she worked in a Psychiatric hospital. Her love for the mental health profession led her to attain her masters in counseling as a licensed professional counselor from Amberton University. She continued her work for a non-profit mental health facility in Dallas and worked with other mental health professionals and facilities throughout the metroplex. Vanessa worked with English and Spanish speaking individuals, couples, and families. Her experience and vocation led her to open her own private practice in 2015 where she works and treats conditions like depression, anxiety, relationship issues, sexuality, sex abuse, spirituality, anger management and eating disorders. Vanessa sees clients from different backgrounds and different walks of life as doctor referrals are also part of her caseload. Vanessa lives in Arlington with her husband and two children.
Doug Scott, MA, MSW, LCSW holds a master’s degree in clinical social work and a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from Boston College. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas, majoring in psychology and minoring in Spanish. After UNT, he served as a lay missionary in Bluefields, Nicaragua, with the Capuchin Franciscans for two very formative years. Returning from Nicaragua, he worked at a non-profit organization in Worcester, MA, before going to graduate school. Between 2001 and 2015, Doug worked as a mental health counselor to English and Spanish speaking individuals, couples, and families, including four years with Catholic Charities in Chicago, IL. In the fall of 2015, Doug joined the Counseling Center at the University of Dallas and has taught as an adjunct professor through UD’s Ann and Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry. His clinical interests include depression, anxiety, relationship issues, vocation, sexuality, sex abuse, spirituality, and mindfulness. The college experience is a powerful catalyst to learn about oneself and he considers it a great privilege to walk with young adults during this time in their lives. Doug lives in Carrollton with his wife and three children.