Shirley Nedock, LPC-S
In-person and Telehealth

My professional experience includes over 13 years of experience working with our military service members and their dependents working through deployments, suicide, multiple relocation’s, marital issues, PTSD and other issues that military families face. In addition, I have worked with families, teens and children on multiple issues such as depression, anxiety, family issues, divorce, substance abuse, anger management, grief and loss, parenting skills, domestic violence, and adolescent issues.


I know that making the decision to contact a therapist can be difficult for some and my goal is to make the process as welcoming as possible. My approach to therapy is solution-focused and collaborative. You will find that sessions are more like a warm conversation in an office setting.


I believe that everyone is motivated to succeed given the right tools in a safe and warm comfortable environment. I tend to use cognitive behavioral therapy or solution-focused therapy to help people overcome irrational and/or unhealthy thought patterns. I would love to help you overcome obstacles in your life and move forward.
I am a certified CANS evaluator, a qualified child custody evaluator,and an adoption evaluator on the Bexar and Comal Counties DRO list of evaluators appointee # 1949 1300-1700 for adoptions and 1500-2500 for contested. I also do immigration evaluations.

Now offering supervision to LPC-A’s.

J’Briel Porter , LPC
Telehealth

J’Briel Porter is a Licensed Professional Counselor licensed in the states of Oklahoma and Texas as well as pursuing licensure in Colorado and Washington state. J’Briel received her Bachelor of Science Degree at Northeastern State University and received her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Marriage, Family, and Couples from Walden University. J’Briel is currently completing practicum courses to complete a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision at Walden University.

 

J’Briel brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the field of mental health and well-being. With a strong passion for helping individuals facing anxiety and depression challenges, she specializes in utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to address and combat negative thinking patterns associated with these conditions. J’Briel understands the struggles that individuals go through to maintain their daily functioning and is committed to providing effective support. Furthermore, J’Briel has a particular interest in addressing complex trauma, juvenile justice, reducing recidivism in minority communities, infertility, and women’s issues, recognizing the unique and sensitive nature of these concerns. She is dedicated to offering compassionate and effective services to individuals within this population.

 

J’Briel’s commitment to personal and professional growth is evident through her training in play therapy, where she is actively working toward certification as a play therapist. Additionally, she is an AutPlay trained and certified therapist, demonstrating her proficiency in working with individuals who benefit from this therapeutic approach. J’Briel also brings a valuable perspective to her practice by integrating a focus on cultural identity. She recognizes the impact of cultural identity on mental health and is dedicated to addressing the specific challenges that individuals from multicultural backgrounds may face. With a warm and empathetic approach, J’Briel is genuinely eager to connect with you, acknowledge the significance of your personal identity, and guide you on your journey toward positive change and improved well-being. Her dedication to your growth and her wealth of experience makes her a valuable resource in your path to a healthier and happier life.

 

Brooke Albrecht, MS, NCC, LPC
Telehealth

Hello! My name is Brooke Albrecht, LPC, and I offer online therapy to clients across Texas. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and my Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of Texas at San Antonio. I provide therapy for adults, teens, and couples, specializing in anxiety, depression, and trauma. I am passionate about addressing issues related to sex, relationships, and sexuality. As a sex-positive, LGBTQ+ affirming clinician, my goal is to create a safe and professional environment where we can discuss and explore these topics and their significance to you.

 

If therapy is a road trip, I believe you should be in the driver's seat with me as your navigator. I’ll assist in guiding you, making informed decisions, and connecting the dots you bring to each session. I will help hold you accountable for your goals and support you as you address the factors contributing to your symptoms and overall mental health. My aim is for you to explore yourself, your identity, and any other issues troubling you. Together, we can build a personalized toolbox of skills to help you navigate your life and make impactful changes. I believe in compassionate and honest therapy where you are recognized as the expert on your own experiences.

 

Balancing stress, pain, and sadness on top of our already overwhelming lives is a lot for anyone, and you don’t have to face it alone. Taking care of our mental health is crucial for leading fulfilling lives. Everyone has a story, and it would be a privilege to hear yours. Let’s talk—I’d love to hear from you!

 

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Kaymi Franco, M. Ed, LPC Associate
Supervised by Lynn Jennings Ph.D., LPC-S, LSOTP

Telehealth

My name is Kaymi Franco. I received my bachelors and masters degree from Texas Tech University and am currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Mississippi College. I have been counseling for 4 years in various settings including schools, community mental health clinics, residential treatment centers, and criminal justice settings. I have a passion for working with people who have been involved in the criminal justice system including those who have been incarcerated and family members of those who are currently or previously incarcerated. My specialties include helping those who are going through life transitions, having trouble in their relationships, trying to figure out who they are and where they belong in the world, and people with previous abuse or trauma. I also work extensively with adolescents who have behavioral issues and parents of children with behavioral issues. I am trained in Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Sandtray, however most of my sessions are more informal and conversational with the therapeutic relationship at the center. I am currently only able to provide telehealth services to people 12 and older who are in Texas at the time of the session. I look forward to working with you! 

Hannalore Mueller, LPC Associate
Supervised by Shirley Nedock, LPC-S

In-person and Telehealth

Hello! I am an LPC-Associate with Living Tree. I offer diverse and adaptable support using an eclectic therapeutic approach to tailor our journey to your unique path. I also employ diverse skills and cultural understanding to create a supportive environment for you to be heard and heal as you seek understanding and growth. As an eclectic therapist, I ensure the use of numerous research-based approaches including, but not limited to, CBT, DBT, Narrative, CPT, solution-focused, somatic, mindfulness, and existential. My greatest goal is to adapt to your needs as they become evident in our sessions.

 

I understand the courage it takes to seek help, and I believe in your ability to heal, grow, and thrive. Together, we can embark on a journey of self-discovery, empowerment, and transformation through safe and affirming care.

 

Angela Battise, Intern
Supervised by Shirley Nedock, LPC-S
In-person and Telehealth

Hello! My name is Angela, and I am a graduate student in the Lamar University Counseling and Development- Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling program. I earned a BA in Cultural Anthropology and Diversity Studies at Texas State University. I am passionate about serving diverse populations by encouraging and supporting positive, holistic mental health journeys. I have previous experience working with teens and adults from multicultural communities. I am excited to help you discover tools for the healthy, positive life that you deserve!

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Kathryn Sleeper, Intern
Supervised by Shirley Nedock, LPC-S
In-person and Telehealth

Hi! My name is Kathryn and I am a graduate student in Texas State University’s Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program. I have previous experience working with adults and couples, and use a combination of Solution-Focused and Systems Therapy as my guiding theories. It is my belief that progress takes time, and I encourage clients to consider taking small steps, rather than large and difficult steps, when working towards their goals in counseling. My goal is to create a safe space where we can navigate through your areas of concern and explore other avenues that are of importance to you. I will strive to empower you through nonjudgmental support as we work step by step together through your therapeutic journey.

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Jubilee Flores, Intern
Supervised by Shirley Nedock, LPC-S
In-person and Telehealth

Hello there, my name is Jubilee I am a current graduate student at Liberty University. I have earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. I have passion to help and assist anyone, especially when they feel like they can’t do it alone. I am here to walk with you so we can accomplish it together. I have a cognitive-behavioral therapeutic approach as well as a client-centered therapeutic approach in order to help the clients feel heard and seen within the counseling setting.

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Michelle Stephan , Intern
Supervised by Shirley Nedock, LPC-S
In-person and Telehealth

Michelle Stephan is currently pursuing her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Liberty University, marking a significant transition after an impressive career in the tourism/hospitality industry. Driven by a passion for helping others, Michelle is dedicated to achieving her goal of becoming a licensed professional counselor. In her personal life, Michelle is a devoted wife and mother to five adult children within a blended family, which includes a son with autism spectrum disorder. Married for 12 years, she values the importance of family bonds and cherishes moments spent with loved ones. Michelle’s commitment to service goes beyond her academic pursuits; she has volunteered with teens in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, and Reno, NV through Young Life, showcasing her dedication to making a positive impact on the lives of young individuals. Alongside her academic journey, Michelle finds joy in exploring new places, embracing travel as a cherished hobby. Her diverse life experiences uniquely position her to contribute meaningfully to mental health counseling.

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McKenzie Van Geffen , Intern
Supervised by Shirley Nedock, LPC-S
In-person and Telehealth

My name is McKenzie Van Geffen, and I am a graduate student in Northwestern University’s Counseling program. I have a wide range of experience working with young children, adolescents, teens, and adults through various educational and athletic programs. I am passionate about helping others navigate life’s challenges and dedicated to fostering growth and empowerment in all my clients.

With a client-centered approach and a genuine desire to make a positive impact, I strive to create a safe and supportive environment where individuals can explore, heal, and thrive. I believe in taking a collaborative approach to helping clients reach their goals! I look forward to meeting with you and helping you discover the power you hold within yourself!

Lauren Arrendell, Intern
Supervised by Shirley Nedock, LPC-S
In-person and Telehealth

Meet Lauren, our bright counseling intern here at Living Tree New Braunfels Counseling Center. She is currently enrolled at UTSA, pursuing her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Lauren is dedicated to encouraging clients through the counseling process, showing compassion, and understanding. She enjoys working with neurodivergent individuals and those with comorbid mental disorders, such as depression and anxiety. As someone on the Autism spectrum, Lauren has first-hand experience navigating a neurotypical world. She has experience working with a variety of people from different ages and backgrounds. Lauren has led a group for Autistic adults, providing them with support and a safe space. Lauren also wants to work with children, adolescents, and adults. She is eager to offer services to a variety of clients of different ages and looks forward to gaining more experience. In her free time, Lauren continues her own journey of personal growth, being surrounded by family and playing games with friends. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys baking, spending time with family, playing video games, and going to concerts.

Monica Ellis, Intern
Supervised by Shirley Nedock, LPC-S
In-person and Telehealth

My name is Monica, and I am a graduate student at the University of Texas San Antonio Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. I earned a BA in Psychology from Saint Edward’s University and a MA in School Psychology from Trinity University. For the past 15 years, I have been working as a School Psychologist in public schools. After realizing the best part of my job was counseling students, I decided to go back to school to pursue my master’s degree in counseling. I have experience with group and individual counseling and psychological assessment with children and adolescents. I have specialized training in counseling children and teens with ADHD, on the autism spectrum and with neurodevelopmental disabilities. I look forward to expanding my practice to include working with families, couples, and adults.

As the mother of two grown daughters, I have dealt with the challenges of raising children. As a widow, I have dealt with the pain and chaos of losing my husband.

I would describe my approach to counseling as client empathetic and practical rooted in client centered and CBT theories. I focus on building a strong therapeutic relationship to help people feel safe and secure. Change occurs when people feel accepted. We also want to leave sessions with practical tools we can use immediately. I like to use breathing techniques I have learned from yoga as well as DBT approaches to help regulate emotions. I look forward to walking with you on your healing journey.

Kiera James, Intern
Supervised by Shirley Nedock, LPC-S
In-person and Telehealth

Hello, I’m Kiera James, a Graduate student in UTSA’s clinical mental health counseling program. I have a genuine passion for working with individuals at all different stages of their lives. Throughout my experience, I have had the privilege of supporting adolescents facing challenges such as homelessness, sexual abuse, community violence, grief, and trauma.


In addition to my professional pursuits, I enjoy reading and spending quality time with my children. It is my utmost commitment to assist clients in navigating through difficult times in their lives, while also learning from each and every one of them.


I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of your journey and look forward to helping you overcome obstacles, heal, and grow. Together, we can work towards achieving a brighter future.