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Dr. Kevin Milligan, LPC-S

Director of Counseling

Dr. Kevin Milligan is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. Dr. Milligan graduated with his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Dr. Milligan is certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. He specializes in working with survivors of trauma, clients with PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and crisis interventions. He also serves as an adjunct professor in graduate level counseling programs and has supervised graduate level practicum and internship students. His research interests include religion and spirituality in mental health and grief and loss. Dr. Milligan is married with three children, and enjoys spending his free time with his family, going to the gym, and being involved in sports.

kmilliga@uiwtx.edu

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Debbie Garcia, M.A., LPC

Senior Clinical Counselor

Debbie Garcia is a bilingual Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. Debbie attained a Master of Arts degree (M.A.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Her therapeutic experience includes working with children, military families, individuals with eating disorders, and university students. Debbie specializes in Sand Tray Therapy which allows a person (children and/or adults) to creatively construct a miniature world allowing reflections of an individual’s inner thoughts, struggles, and concerns. She also has experience in suicide prevention, family violence, crisis and trauma. Debbie works collaboratively with individuals to assist in healing through life’s journeys.

“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” −Mother Teresa

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Laura Clement, MA, LPC

Clinical Counselor

Laura Clement is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. Laura is a graduate of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and received a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Her therapeutic experience includes depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, veteran issues, clients with disabilities, ADHD, mindfulness, resiliency practices, and grief/loss. She utilizes various approaches in counseling including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy.

“I believe people have unique strengths to improve their lives, and I am honored to be a part of their journey toward helping them make their lives work better."

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Laurel Cook, MA, LPC

Clinical Counselor

Laurel is currently a Doctoral Candidate pursuing her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Laurel has a background with child welfare and social service leadership. Laurel provides a full range of counseling and support services. Services focus on expanding and deepening personal skills needed to help cope with the challenges of life that can impede healthy living styles and relationships. She has been providing Neurofeedback and biofeedback to clients for over five years. Laurel is also certified as a Basic Level Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) clinician. 

Laurel has spent over 25 years working with persons who have experienced various levels of trauma. Populations include children in Child Protective Services custody, victims of domestic violence, and addiction. Laurel collaborated with a couple of local lawyers to petition Dallas County Family Court Judges to change laws regarding the protection and rights of families impacted by domestic violence. In 2001, Laurel started the first restorative justice program in the Dallas Metroplex area and provided a comprehensive skills training program for perpetrators with Class C Misdemeanors. Skills training included the following: communication/social/conflict resolution skills, stress management skills, and anger management skills.

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Brandon Hertzog M.A., LPC, NCC, Doctoral Student

Clinical Counselor

Brandon Hertzog completed his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and then his master’s degree in Marriage and Family therapy from The University of Louisiana Monroe. Brandon is now pursuing his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from St. Mary’s University. Brandon serves as a Health Services Plans, Operations, Intelligence Security, and Training Officer in the United States Army National Guard. He has served his country in this role and many others for the past twelve years, including a Behavioral Health Technician NCO.  Brandon has five years of counseling experience across various treatment settings, including; community-based services and inpatient facilities. Brandon helps individuals find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships with one another to discover the strength they possess. Brandon uses Solution Focused therapy when discussing issues with clients dealing with a range of difficulties. However, he understands that no single approach is the right one for every individual, so he eagerly trains in various modalities to include traditional counseling and systems theories to postmodern theories. Brandon is a proponent of healthy living, and this is evident in the holistic approach in the sessions. Brandon believes that when people have hope, they are inspired to change and pursue their ideal nature.

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Noel Blessing

Intern PhD Student

Noel earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Texas at San Antonio and is in her second year in UTSA’s PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program. Her mission is to help you through whatever challenges your facing and to grow into the person you want to be. Through her training she has helped clients from diverse backgrounds understand and develop skills to manage depression, anxiety, major life-transitions, and grief. When she is not busy with work or studying, she enjoys crocheting, crafting, reading books and manga, and watching Netflix with her cat family.

"I'm here to support you in your personal and educational journey. Whatever your concern, I’ll work with you to address them in a trusting and nonjudgmental space."

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Alex Portillo, MS, LPC-S

Behavioral Health Manager

Alexander Portillo is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor (LPC-S) and has been practicing counseling for over 10 years. He is a graduate of Our Lady of the Lake University and received his master’s degree in Family and Marriage therapy. He enjoys working with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. He utilizes various approaches in counseling, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. He specializes in marriage/couples’ therapy, military/veteran issues, health related issues, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, behavioral problems, school related problems, domestic violence, client's with disabilities, ADHD, parenting solutions and grief/loss. Mr. Portillo is based out of our School of Osteopathic Medicine campus seeing medical students. 

"I'm passionate about helping others and I believe that everyone has their own unique strengths to solve their problems. I hope to be a part of your journey to make new changes that will improve your life!"

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Dr. Esda Beverly, LPC

Clinical Counselor

Greetings!

My name is Dr. Esda Beverly. I am so excited to be a new member of the counseling team here at UIW. I have over 10 years of experience counseling individuals, families, children and adults in a wide variety of settings. I also have experience teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level which I feel offers a unique understanding of student needs that I hope to utilize in my new position. Personally, I am married to a wonderful man and we have a beautiful 2-year-old son called Sebastian who keeps us very busy. We love movies, dining, reading and traveling. I am thankful for this wonderful opportunity and thrilled to be a member of the Cardinal family!

Olivia Hinojosa

Olivia Hinojosa

Master Level Intern

Hello everyone! My name is Olivia Hinojosa. I am currently in my last year of the OLLU MS Graduate Psychology Program. My clinical interests include solution-focused, strength-based therapy and integrating brief therapy interventions within the health care system. I come to every session with open curiosity, excited to get to know my clients and learn about their life experiences. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, puzzles, and testing out coffee recipes on my Nespresso machine!

Olivia will serve medical students at our School of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Raisa Nunez

Raisa Nunez

Master Level Intern

Hi everyone! My name is Raisa Núñez, I am currently on my last year of my MS in Marriage and Family Therapy program with a certification in Spanish Speaking Populations at OLLU. Experiencing life as an Afro-Latina and Dominican American, I am passionate about providing services to the Latinx community from a solution-focused, strengths-based therapy. I approach every session from a curious, non-judgmental, and supportive stance to collaborate with my clients and their families to identify and build their strengths. In my free time I enjoy cooking, spending time with my 8yr old Black Lab mix, Bruce Wayne, and watching/listening to true crime.

Raisa will serve medical students at our School of Osteopathic Medicine.