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Deborah Daily, LPC has shown success in building trust and rapport with her clients. She shares a sense of genuine concern with her clients and works well with couples, adults and older adolescents. She has a Masters of Education in Professional Counseling from Texas Christian University. As part of her training, she worked in community-based and non-profit counseling services where she provided individual, family, and group counseling. Her counseling experience includes age and phase concerns, substance-use, mood, and anxiety disorders, as well as counseling clients who have experienced sexual, physical, and emotional abuse.  Therapeutically, her philosophy is founded on a counselor-client collaborative, solution-oriented partnership. She uses a strengths-based approach to build on her client's strengths and strives to help others believe in themselves.


Christina Ashby (LMSW), is originally from Tyler, Texas. She completed her Bachelors in Social Work at Our Lady of the Lake University and her Masters in Social Work at Western New Mexico University. She has a special heart for, and has been in the ministry of, helping individuals, families and couples most of her adult life. She balances concerns for individuals of all ages, couples, and families while ministering to all. She strives to meet people where they are, help them understand their strengths, and aids in the empowerment of taking charge of and developing their lives. 





Alison Raymer, LPC received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Southwestern University and a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from St. Mary's University.  In addition to working with individuals and families in private practice, she has also served children, adolescents, and parents for over 20 years as a counselor in private schools. Alison combines a warm, thoughtful, and compassionate approach with a systemic, strength-based perspective to help her clients identify and utilize their inner resources to overcome personal challenges. Her therapeutic toolbox includes cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and other brain research-based therapies to achieve growth, balance, and personal healing. Her specialty is helping clients through times of major transition such as adjustment to parenthood, divorce, grief, and empty-nest syndrome. Her experience counseling in an educational setting has alsop provided her a deep understanding of the importance of parental coaching for the development of healthy families and adolescents.


Karina Schwarz, MS, LPC, ATR is a Licensed Professional Counselor who utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, art therapy, and person-centered therapy approaches to help children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families find there strengths and reach their goals.  She received her Master of Art Therapy at Eastern Virginia Medical School and her undergraduate degree from Our Lady of the Lake University. Her experience includes working with clients with grief and loss, trauma, death and dying, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, ADHD, ODD, and sleep challenges.  Her training in art therapy allows clients to explore their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in instances where words can’t express what other mediums can.


Christy Cull, LPC, has a background in working with children, individuals and families for 14 years. She began working in the private practice setting in 2011. Her experience includes: working with grief and loss, abuse, marriage and family issues, divorce care, mood disorders, and women and children's issues. She provides family and individual therapy to children, adolescents and adults utilizing a variety of counseling approaches; including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy and Family Systems Theory to address the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of an individual's healing process. She enjoys counseling and walking alongside individuals across the life span as they work through a wide variety of struggles. She believes that the counseling relationship is a supportive, therapeutic environment where individuals, couples and families can work toward healing, growth and meeting personal goals. Her background of being raised overseas, working overseas and now as a military wife has also given her a passion for working with families and children with transition and adjustment issues. She has completed additional training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and the TF-CBT model. When she is not counseling, Christy enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons spending time outdoors and traveling to see family and friends.



Cristina Alvarez, LPC has a Masters in Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of Texas at San Antonio. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. As part of her graduate training, she worked in a community-based/non-profit counseling office, as well as a private university clinical counseling office where she provided individual, family, and group counseling.  Her counseling experience includes working with young adults and older with a variety of concerns including: Autism Spectrum issues, mood and anxiety disorders, life transitions, self-harm, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, and body image struggles, as well as counseling clients who have experienced trauma and sexual or emotional abuse. Cristina is passionate about working with families, couples, and individuals in young adulthood. She works with each individual client to explore their immediate and long term goals, to create an individualized plan for each of her client's goals. 

Shey currently practices as an LPC-Intern (License # 76708) under LPC-Supervisor Dr. Michelle R. Holcomb, Ph.D., LPC-S (License # 17577). Shey also works on the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) team and holds a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential. She has earned her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Abilene Christian University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Dallas Christian College. Shey has a passion for working with clients of all ages and has experience with children, adolescents, and adults. However, Shey specializes in working with children. As a part of Shey's graduate training, she has had experience in several clinical settings including, an out-patient clinic, an in-patient behavioral health hospital, and a long-term residential treatment center. Shey uses a strengths-based and client-centered approach to help her clients achieve their goals. She has experience with a variety of concerns/issues including: social skills training, self-esteem/body image issues, anxiety, mood disorders, and behavioral issues. Shey has a desire to see her clients strive for the future that they envision for themselves and the passion for helping them on their way.  


Rick Stotts is a LMFT-Associate experienced in counseling adults and adolescents.  With expertise in conducting marriage, and couples therapy from his time in the United States Air Force through his current focus on relationship dynamics, Mr. Stotts has developed significant perspective into the characteristics which create sound, stable, lasting connections. His counseling experience has involved work with active duty military/families and he continues to provide individual, couple and family therapy while completing his PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy at St. Mary's University. He has worked with parents, children, and adolescents in addressing school and family systems approaches to learning and motivation. He is Level I Certified in Restoration Therapy and uses collaborative approaches to create positive outcomes for clients. His many years of active duty and subsequent business experience provides his clients with a balanced set of insights into the dynamics of relationships set against the pressures and stress of life demands.  Rick has been a frequent presenter on marriage and family issues at local and international conferences sharing insights and creating advanced perspective for fellow mental health professionals.


Vanessa Gutierrez, BCBA received her Master's Degree in Special Education from the University of Texas in San Antonio in 2015. She has been actively practicing Applied Behavior Analysis since 2014 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2016. Vanessa has experience working with children on the autism spectrum in home, center-based, and in the community as well as supervising Registered Behavior Technicians. She is committed to making meaningful changes in the lives of children and their families.





Raquel Espino is an LPC-Intern (License # 79119) under supervision from LPC-Supervisor Sarah A. Bendele, M.Ed., M.A., LPC-S (License # 9623). She graduated with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2017. She also holds a B.A. in Psychology from UTSA. During her time in graduate school, she gained experience in a community based counseling clinic working with young children and adolescents, and in a medical rehabilitation hospital with adults and older adults who sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), stroke, spinal cord injury, or amputation. She has individual and group therapy experience related to: mood and anxiety disorders, life transitions, depression, brain injury, and grief & loss. She is excited to join the Forever Hope team! Raquel is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and is currently working towards becoming a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT). She is a current member of the American Counseling Association and the Texas Counseling Association. In her spare time, Raquel enjoys playing her ukulele, reading, and volunteering with her church youth group.


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