Meet the Staff
Brian J. Sneed, Ph.D., L.P. – Director and Staff Psychologist
Education: Ph.D.’from Brigham Young University in Counseling Psychology; M.S. from Brigham Young University in Counseling and School Psychology; B.S. from Brigham Young University in Psychology and Family Science
Experience: Assistant Director/Director of Training, University of Texas at El Paso – Counseling and Psychological Services; Post Doctoral Psychology Fellow, University of Texas at El Paso – Counseling and Psychological Services; Psychology Intern, University of Missouri at Kansas City – Counseling, Health and Testing Center; Practicum Extern, Brigham Young University – Accessibility Center; Practicum Counselor, Brigham Young University – Counseling and Career Center; School Psychology Intern, Provo City School District
Interests: Stress and Anxiety Management; Existential Psychotherapy; Psychological Assessment; Family of Origin Issues; Career Counseling and Assessment; Spirituality Issues and Theistic Approaches in Psychotherapy; Mentoring and Training.
Jorge A. Marquez, Ph.D., L.P. – Assistant Director/Director of Training and Staff Psychologist
Education: Ph.D.’from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Clinical/Community Psychology; M.A. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Psychology; B.S. from University of Texas at El Paso in Psychology
Experience: Outreach Coordinator, University of Texas at El Paso – Counseling and Psychological Services; Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellow, University of Texas at El Paso – Counseling and Psychological Services; Psychology Intern, Wasatch Mental Health in Provo, Utah
Interests: Spanish speaking therapist; Issues impacting first generation college students; Social Justice and Diversity issues; Issues impacting Latinx students and undocumented college students; Issues affecting minority students; the intersectionality of identities; Issues affecting Military Veterans; Self-Harm Reduction and Emotion Regulation; Relationship Difficulties; Psychological Assessment; Mentoring (advisor to NAMI on Campus) and Training
Cecilia M. Holguin M.S.W., L.C.S.W. – Community Liaison and Staff Social Worker
Education: M.S. in Social Work from University of Texas at Austin; B.S in Psychology from University of Texas at El Paso
Experience: Community Liaison, The University of Texas at El Paso - Counseling and Psychological Service; Social Work Practicum Supervisor, University of Texas at El Paso - Counseling and Psychological Services; Clinical Therapist, NCED Psychiatric Hospital (currently known as El Paso Behavioral Health System)- El Paso, TX; Migrant Social Worker, Region 19 –El Paso, TX; Clinical Therapist, El Paso Psychiatric Center- El Paso, TX
Interests: Mindfulness; Career Counseling; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Spirituality Issues; Relationship Issues; Loss, Stress Management; Supervision
Jeffrey Y. Kuroiwa, M.Ed., L.P.C. – Groups Coordinator and Staff Counselor
Education: BA in Psychology - The University of Texas at El Paso, M.Ed. in Educational Psychology and Counseling - The University of Texas at El Paso
Experience: Clinical Mental Health Counselor - The University of Texas at El Paso, Director and Clinical Counselor - ACCESS Employee Assistance Program, Clinical Mental Health Counselor - NCED Mental Health Center
Interests: Anxiety/Stress Management, Coping with Depression, Self-esteem, Cultural diversity, Wellness, Developmental stage of life challenges
Christine Berger, M.Ed., L.P.C. – Impact Team Liaison and Staff Counselor
Education: Master’s of Educational Psychology from University of Texas at El Paso, BA in Psychology from University of Texas at Austin
Experience: 10 years working in a non-profit agency and Clinical Counselor, The University of Texas at El Paso – Counseling and psychological Services
Interests: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindful Self Compassion Therapy, Group Therapy, Therapy for Military and their families, Assessment and Research, Training and Supervision
Laura James, Ph.D., L.P. – Outreach Coordinator and Staff Psychologist
Education: Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from New Mexico State University; M.A. in Counseling Psychology and B.A. in Psychology from Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez.
Experience: Staff Psychologist, University of Texas at El Paso – Counseling and Psychological Services; Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellow, University of Texas at El Paso – Counseling and Psychological Services; Psychology Intern, University of Texas at El Paso – Counseling and Psychological Services; Practicum Student, University of Texas at El Paso – Counseling and Psychological Services; Behavioral Health Consultant, New Mexico State University – La Clinica de Familia; Practicum Student, New Mexico State University; Clinical Counselor, Juarez Mexico - Instituto Chihuahuense de la Mujer.
Interests: College Mental Health; Mental Health Prevention; Mindfulness; Stress reduction; Program Development; Psychological Assessments; Supervision and Training; Group Therapy; Bilingual therapy; Behavioral Health.
Celia Medrano-Ortiz, M.A., - Clinical Case Manager
Education:M.A. from University of Texas at El Paso in Clinical Psychology; B.A. University of Texas at El Paso
Experience: Case Manager, University of Texas at El Paso; Practicum, Counseling and Psychological Services, University of Texas at El Paso; Psychology Undergraduate Advisor, University of Texas at El Paso
Interests: Anxiety Management; Existential Psychotherapy; Family Psychology; Mindfulness
Krista Powell, Psy.D. – Diversity Coordinator
Education: Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium; M.S. in Counseling from Johns Hopkins University
Experience: college counseling, community mental health, residential treatment, Veteran mental health, clinical research, mental health advocacy
Interests: multicultural counseling; body image; acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT); mindfulness-based interventions; self-compassion; mental health wellness; psychological assessment
David Jones, Ph.D.
Coralys Pena Diaz, M.S.
Education: M.S. from Carlos Albizu University ; B.A. from University of Puerto Rico Cayey Campus
Experience: Practicum, Jeshua Community Mental Health Clinic; Practicum, Save the Children; Practicum, Pediatric Center at Mennonite Hospital; Practicum, Society of Education and Rehabilitation of Puerto Rico (SER de PR)
Clinical Interests: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Trauma-Focused (TF-CBT); Anxiety and Depression; Psychological Assessment
Selina Breshers, B.S.
Education: Currently completing Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at John F. Kennedy University; B.S. in Psychology from Pacific Union College
Experience: Advanced Practicum at Contra Costa County Behavioral Health- Children and Adolescents Clinic; Externship at Los Medanos College - Counseling/Wellness Center; Beginning Practicum at YMCA School-Based Mental Health Program- Kennedy High School; Externship at JFKU Community Counseling, School-Based Program- Antioch Middle School; Practicum with JFKU Assessment Practicum
Clinical Interests: Anxiety and Depression; Stress Management; Mindfulness and Relaxation; Feminist Therapy; Art-based Interventions for Working with Traumatized People; Social Justice and Diversity Issues; Issues affecting Students of Color; the Intersectionality of Identities; Psychological Assessment
Nancy P. Ramirez, M.A.
Education: M.A. in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University; and B.A. in Behavioral Sciences, double major in Psychology from San Jose State University.
Experience: Pre-doctoral Intern at University of Texas El Paso and Texas Tech University Health Services-Psychiatry; Advanced Practicum Trainee at Contra Costa County – Consultation and Assessment team; Practicum Trainee at John Muir Hospital Family Residency Program; and Beginning Practicum Trainee at La Clinica de la Raza, Casa del Sol.
Interests: Spanish psychotherapy and assessment, integrated behavioral health, psychological assessment, dialectical behavioral therapy, trauma-informed psychotherapy, child and adolescent therapy, art therapy, LGBTQ services, feminist therapy.
Isaac Del Rio, M.A.
Education: M.A. in Counseling from New Mexico State University; B.A. in Psychology/B.A. in Sociology from New Mexico State University
Experience: Practicum, Ben Archer School-Based Health Center; Practicum, NMSU Health and Wellness Center; Staff, Mesilla Valley Hospital; Sex Offender Treatment Program Intern, Otero County Prison; Practicum, MacArthur Elementary School; Practicum, NMSU Counseling Center; Practicum, The Clinic at NMSU
Clinical Interests: Grief, Depression and Anxiety, Relationship Distress, Borderland Issues, First-Generation College Students, Person-Centered Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Assessment, and Career Guidance.
Karen Godinez Gonzalez, M.S.
Education: M.S. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from the University of California, Irvine
Experience: Practicum Training Student at the Counseling Psychology Training Clinic, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Clinical Therapist Intern at Journey Mental Health Center, Madison, WI; Practicum Training Student at the Counseling & Educational Psychology Training and Research Clinic, New Mexico State University
Clinical Interests: Bilingual Therapy in Spanish and English, Narrative Therapy, Interpersonal Process, Sexual Assault Trauma
CJ Woloshchuk, B.A.
Education: B.A. in Psychology, Minor Biology from American University. MA in Clinical Psychology at UTEP (in progress)
Experiences: QMHP-Crisis Specialist with the Emergence Health Network Crisis Unit in El Paso, TX. Student Advocate/Peer Educator for the Elimination of Relationship and Sexual Violence at American University in Washington, D.C.
Clinical Interests: Anxiety and Depression Management, Substance Misuse/Abuse Management, Trauma/PTSD Counselling, Psychodynamic Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Interventions.
Giovanna Perez, M.A.
Education: Doctoral Student at New Mexico State University; M.A. in Experimental Psychology from The University of Texas at El Paso; B.A. in Psychology from Texas State University
Experience: Practicum Student at the Community Mental Health Clinic at New Mexico State University
Clinical Interests: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; Relational Cultural Therapy; Spanish Counseling; Social justice advocacy; Issues affecting Latinx college students; Issues impacting people with marginalized identities
Patricia Curry, Administrative Assistant I – Counseling and Psychological Services
Sylvia Serrano, Administrative Secretary – Counseling and Psychological Services
Vanessa Zamora, B.B.A., Administrative Assistant II – EPPIC and CRP