AMISTAD FOR VETERANS PROJECT (AFVP)
Access to mental health services for veterans is essential in order to help them recover from their combat experiences and address mental health issues that may be related to their military service. Amistad understands the importance of increasing access to needed services to those who have served regardless of when they served, their time in service, or their discharge status. Amistad offers the following services free of charge to veterans, dependents, and surviving spouses:
- Individual, couples, and family counseling*
- Psychoeducational groups on mental health topics including post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, anger management, alcohol and substance use, etc.
- Peer support counseling
*Uber is available for veterans who need transportation getting to and from their Amistad counseling and peer support sessions.
The goal of the veterans counseling program at Amistad is to empower veterans and their families to successfully transition into and re-establish identity within the society they have fought to preserve.
- Individual Counseling
- Group Counseling
- Employment Training
Providing Education in the following:
- Post Traumatic Stress
- Relational Conflict
- Alcohol & Substance Use
- Traumatic Brain Injury
Meet our Counselor
Marisela is a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker who graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelor of Social Work in 2016 and a Master of Social Work in 2017. She has more than 5 years’ experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in various treatment settings. Marisela specializes in working with individuals who have been impacted by trauma, domestic violence, and substance abuse. She has experience treating a wide range of clinical issues such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, family conflict, emotional problems, unresolved grief, parenting difficulties, and adjustment issues.
Marisela has received training in various treatment modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, trauma-focused CBT, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). She is Phase I certified in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), an evidence-based clinical tool that guide the assessment process using a trauma-informed lens. Marisela recently became certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), an evidence-based treatment that uses eye movements to process trauma. She also recognizes the importance of using mindfulness interventions in her work with clients.
Through the years, Marisela has found her work deeply rewarding and continually strives to better meet her clients’ varying needs in therapy. Marisela values a collaborative, client-centered approach that focuses on empowering clients so that they can not only alleviate emotional pain but also find meaning and fulfillment in their lives. She brings a calm presence to the therapy room and her style has been described as warm, authentic, thoughtful, and flexible.
In her free time, Marisela enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, kickboxing, and creating art. She is dedicated to her own personal growth and has long-standing practices of mindfulness meditation and journaling.
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This program is supported by counseling grants from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance provides grants to organizations serving veterans and their families.