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
Elisa Dober Staff Counselor, M.S.W., L.C.S.W. –
Education: Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at El Paso, M.A. from Bowling Green State University and Bachelor of Arts from University of Texas at El Paso
Experience:Elisa Dobler, LCSW worked as a therapist at the El Paso Child Guidance Center from October of 2015 to October 2019. During her tenure with the non-profit agency she was Outreach Coordinator and provided counseling services primarily to victims of crime of all ages. Currently she is trained in TF-CBT, EMDR among other modalities. Elisa has a Master of Arts from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Science in Social Work from UTEP. While in the master of social work program, Elisa was awarded the Hogg Bilingual Scholarship for Mental Health and the SAMSHA/HRSA Borderland Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Initiative Grant. Previously, Elisa worked in public education as an IB English (International Baccalaureate) teacher and English IV teacher from 2006-2013. She is trilingual and enjoys taking weekend hikes, playing the piano and spending time with family.
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
Marieli Pinero Melendez, PhD. –
Education: PhD in Clinical Psychology from Carlos Albizu University- San Juan ; B.A in General Psychology in University of Puerto Rico- Rio Piedras
Experience: 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. Has had experience in college counseling, community mental health, residential treatment, clinical research, educational system.
Interests: Spanish speaking therapist, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); anxiety and depression, sexual orientation and gender diversity; diversity issues
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