Dr. Mark F. Jones, lmft
Dr. Jones is an approved Continuing Education Provider with the state of Texas for counselors, therapists, social workers, psychologists and other professionals. He is also a certified Supervising Therapist for graduates who have passed their board exam. Dr. Jones was the Associate Director for a private residential treatment facility for six years, counseling troubled teens with addictions, personality disorders, and various problematic behaviors. Dr. Jones has also been an ordained minister since 1985.
His emphasis is helping his clients overcome anxiety, stress, panic, depression, anger, relationship wounds, and lack of purpose. He is the founder of Mark Jones Ministries, Inc., the Liberty Foundation, and the Trinity Program.
Dr. Anna Felsl, PHD, LCP
Dr. Anna Felsl is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She was born in Germany. She then moved to Puerto Rico where she resided for 21 years. Dr. Felsl completed her Bachelor of Science at Pontifical Catholic University in Ponce, Puerto Rico and she later received her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Carlos Albizu University in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2002. Soon after, Dr. Felsl began to narrow her focus and started to work primarily doing assessments and evaluations in children, adolescents, and adults. At the same time, Dr. Felsl was also doing classwork at the undergraduate and graduate level and taking courses such as statistics, personality theories, and research.
Dr. Felsl became licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in Texas in 2012 and later moved to Texas in 2013 where she lived in Dallas for 2 years. While in Dallas, Dr. Felsl's work was primarily working with the elderly. Dr. Felsl moved to San Antonio in January 2015, working with children and women doing initial assessments and therapy. She also conductsPsychological Assessments, and testing, and pre-employment screening for individuals of all ages.
Nancy Sheridan, CRT
Nancy is a devoted mother of four beautiful children and wife to a retired US Army officer. She is a Biblical Counselor and Certified Restorative Therapist, trained by Dr. Mark Jones, LMFT.
Nancy counsels individuals and families as well as groups. She also facilitates breakthrough healing during his powerful Trinity Program as a hands on counselor and group leader. She has worked with Dr. Jones for more than 6 years, and enjoys helping people find purposeful living and God's restoration after trauma.
Nancy is knowledgeable in, and applies, the therapeutic use of essential oils for anointing and balancing the body both emotionally and physically.
Walter "Dub" Jones
Dub is the older brother of Dr. Mark Jones and joined the practice in 2012. Dub has been a Certified Restorative Therapist since 2001. Dub served as a pastor since 1975 during which time he counseled thousands of hours with individuals and families. Dub has served as Chaplain for the Kendall County Sheriff's office since 1996 where he counseled and ministered to many individuals and families in crisis. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Southwestern University of the Assemblies of God in 1975, with honors, and has been an ordained minister for 30 years. Dub specializes in the spiritual aspect of healing and instruction while also providing key insights for the client to help bring them to a place of freedom, peace and a new productive relationship with others and God.
Caroline Behrens, CPC
Caroline helps parents of kids with special needs who are experiencing stress and exhaustion from managing care for their family and care for themselves, and want to create balance in their family and personal lives. By doing so, they will achieve stronger relationships, freedom from feeling bound to their child’s disability, and a successful plan for their family’s future and the life they want to live. She also empowers people to reach their full potential, live out their purpose, discover their gifts and strengths, set and achieve short term and long term goals, change unhealthy patterns, and step into their true identity.
Caroline Gaines Behrens graduated from Baylor University with her bachelor of science degree in Special Education. She is a certified early childhood through 12th grade special education teacher as well as a certified professional life coach. Caroline brings her experience as the former teacher of a special needs life skills class coupled with her abilities as a professional certified life coach to encourage and bring people into a place of inner healing and renewed strength.
Gene Benedict, LPC-S
Gene is a Florida native who attended a Christian Liberal Arts college in Central Florida where he obtained a BA in Pastoral Ministries and Minor in Bible. For 20 years he was involved in full and part-time Christian ministry in Illinois, Oklahoma, and in Texas, as an Associate Pastor, Youth Minister, and Interim Pastor.
In 1990, Gene earned an MA in Counseling at St. Mary’s University here in San Antonio and is a Marriage and Family Therapist. He worked with troubled children and teens for six years while working for Texas MHMR and has specialty training in the area of domestic violence and chemical dependency. Gene has taught courses at Texas A&M and was a men's group facilitator for a Christian-based Domestic Violence Recovery Program. He has also been a counselor at Methodist Hospital and Laurel Ridge. Gene was an Associate Pastor and Counselor at Harvest Fellowship for 5 years. In addition to his private practice, Gene is a consultant with Embassy of Hope in San Antonio and has co-authored When It's All Her Fault, which deals with arrested development.
Gene has years of experience working with children, teens, couples and individuals and enjoys doing pre-marital counseling. Gene wants to help restore troubled marriages and help make good marriages even better! All his counseling is done from a Biblical perspective. Gene has been married for over forty three years and has two adult daughters and seven grandchildren. Gene is in network for both TRICARE and Medicaid
Britt Dodson, CRT
Britt is a Certified Restorative Therapist who conducts Faith-Based Counseling and is the daughter of Dr. Mark Jones. She counsels primarily adolescent and teenage girls and young women, with a concentration of thirty years and younger. Britt earned her Bachelors degree in Art and in Public Relations from Missouri Valley College where she graduated Cum Lade. She is also the 2004 Bronze Medal Texas State Champion and 2005 United States Team National Freestyle and Junior National Freestyle wrestling champion. Britt has a unique insight into recognizing and solving problems that today's young people face that helps them overcome personal; emotional and mental struggle within themselves, their relationships and family struggles. She is able to help her clients identify their strength and God-given gifting and maximize their potential to the fullest.
Britain Hayes LPC-I and LCDC-I
After Britain received her bachelor’s degree from University of San Diego in 1999 she began her first business at age 24. After selling that business ten years later, Britain decided to pursue her true passion and returned to get her Masters in Clinical Mental Health at UTSA. While in Graduate School Britain became a certified Life Coach and began building her practice immediately. Although Britain’s initial counseling interests were in the areas of addiction, spirituality and overcoming identity issues she did her internship at the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas that specialized in grief and trauma. While there she used talk therapy, child play therapy and artistic interventions to help clients of all ages work through their grief
journey. Britain’s life experience combined with her education, knowledge of the Twelve Step Program, work as a bereavement counselor and life coach have given her versatile skills in healing. At present Britain is pursuing her licensure as a Licensed Certified Drug Counselor and
Licensed Professional Counselor.
Michael Benitez, LCDC
Michael "Mickey" Benitez is a bilingual in English and Spanish Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor with over fourteen years of experience working in the counseling field. He has worked in Christian ministry for over twenty years. He is a former youth pastor and has been an ordained minister for twelve years. He found his calling in counseling at-risk youth and helping them
to lead their lives with intention and purpose. Mickey has over eight years of experience working with the opioid addicted population and has worked in various settings including residential, outpatient, and intensive outpatient programs. Mickey specializes in motivational speaking and has presented at conferences across the state. He also has experience working with people who suffer from social anxieties as a result of their substance use disorder. Mickey's work is guided by the belief that every person is capable of changing and achieving success. His passion is
inspiring people to live sober, fulfilling, and happy lives.
Lisa Pinkstaff, MA, LPC, BCN
Lisa's professional motto is "Creating Harmony from Chaos." She does this through neurofeedback and biofeedback. Lisa graduated from University of Texas at San Antonio and is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as Board Certified in Neurofeedback.
Neurofeedback research has shown effectiveness in treating anxiety,
ADHD, ADD, focus and attention, migraines; essentially, most issues that originate in the brain. Lisa works with a variety of clients, from children to adults.
Jennifer Velasquez, LCSW
Jennifer recieved her Masters at the University of Texas in Social Work and is bilingual in English and Spanish. She specializes in providing support and counseling services to children and their families. She is experienced to help families in their times of need as well as provide proper diagnosis and documentation needed for cases that extend into your legal and medical needs
Elizabeth Buckley, LPC, EMDR Certified, RN
Elizabeth has over thirteen years of counseling experience. She is originally from Louisiana, and now lives in San Antonio. She has also lived in Indiana, Minnesota, and Arkansas. Elizabeth has been blessed with four wonderful children and 3 beautiful granddaughters. Elizabeth holds a Licensed Professional Counseling degree from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, and an Associate Registered Nurse Degree from Del Mar College and a Bachelors of Nursing Degree from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi. She has been helping people receive medical, spiritual and emotional healing for more than 40 years. As a school nurse and adjunct nursing professor, she worked in the promotion of health, facilitated healing, and advocated for individuals, families, groups and the community. Elizabeth empowers adults and adolescents to overcome negative thinking and obstacles in their relationships. Elizabeth has worked with children, adolescents, and adults using cognitive behavioral and solution focused therapy. She has experience working with people who suffer from depression, anxiety, anger and relational issues. She has conducted stress, anger, parenting, and communication awareness groups and women’s conferences since 2006. Elizabeth is a Certified Anger Management Therapist, CART for over 10 years, EMDR Certified. "Using EMDR, I can help clients find negative core beliefs and find strengths and resources to enhance their desired outcome. My mission is to help people cope on their journey and understand their life situation."
Larry Van Hook LMFT, EMDR Certified
Larry is an ordained Baptist minister and former Active Duty Army chaplain having served two tours in Iraq. He has been in the Gospel ministry for over 25 years and has a heart for following Jesus’ mission to “seek and to save that which is lost.” He does this through marriage and family counseling primarily but also by helping individuals suffering from trauma. Besides being a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Larry is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and is currently seeking certification. EMDR is a widely recognized therapy for treating PTSD and other trauma related problems. Additionally, Larry was certified as a Gallup Faith Strengths Performance Coach in August, 2012 and has helped many find and develop their individual strengths. He has ten years experience in conducting marriage and family retreats for the Army, having led over 40 military events in “The Five Love Languages.” He also is available for premarital counseling and participates in the “Twogether in Texas” program. Larry obtained his Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership in 2011 and is eager to counsel church leaders in spiritual renewal, conflict recovery, pastoral brief counseling, influence, and organizational development. Currently, Larry is writing a book for pastors, chaplains, and lay leaders in brief counseling using lessons learned from the military.
Taylor Moore, Master's Student
Taylor received her bachelors degree in psychology and sociology from University of Texas at San Antonio. She currently is at Texas A&M - San Antonio University acquiring her masters in mental health counseling with plans to become an LPC. She has been involved in volunteer work for Crisis Text Line as a Crisis Text Line counselor for the past two years. She has grown up with a passion of helping others through hard times, and looks forward to working alongside us here at South Texas Liberty Alliance Group.
Pamela Ramsey, LPC
Pamela graduated from St. Mary’s University with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is bilingual in English and Spanish. She has worked with all ages and specializes with adolescents. She has a heart to help individuals and walk them through healing and emotional recovery. Pamela has a special insight into behaviors and underlying factors that cause them and surround them. She has experience working with Child Protective Services and conducting Psychosocial assessments. She sees the importance of empowering individuals and families. In addition to being a Licensed Professional Counselor, she is credentialed in the following: Infant Mental Health, Specialist III, Forensic Interviewer SAN, CAN exams, PuMP® Project Measurement, SAMA Certified, High Fidelity Wraparound Facilitator, Cultural & Linguistic Competence Trainer, Child & Adolescent Needs Assessment, Common Sense Parenting, ASIST, Suicide Care & Nurturing Parenting.
Johanna Becho, MFT-A
Johanna graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2001. She trained in the Family, Couple, and Individual Psychotherapy graduate program at Our Lady of the Lake University and earned a Master’s of Science in Family Therapy in 2017. Adamant each person is equipped to self-actualize in every facet of life, Johanna draws from the Biopsychosocial-Spiritual Model to inform her therapeutic work. Her clinical interests include the intersection of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) and mental health, Value-Based decision making, and Motivational Interviewing. Ms. Becho has worked with an array of research teams in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UT Health since 2002. She is licensed to offer bilingual, culturally competent therapy to promote growth and healing to individuals, marriages, and children. Johanna is a chosen mother to three young men and has been married for 15 years.
Rhonda Devlin, B.C.B.T., BS, Lic. Min., RN, F.M.P., Cert. Life Coach
With 20+ years of professional experience, I utilize my various educational skills, training tools, and resources needed for individuals, family systems, and a variety of other group settings to assist in reaching their goals in journeying toward complete wellness.
I have traveled down a long road of trauma, abuse, and health issues personally, so I am able to empathize with my clients and walk a mile in their shoes as we work together. I have discovered victory and healing for myself, therefore I not only bring a professional perspective, but also a personal one while working with my clients. I honor each of my clients' unique, remarkable, complex, individual issues and understand that not everyone fits in one specific box. Therefore, I believe that comprehensive care is a necessity.
I am able to accomplish this by wearing the many hats that I am qualified to wear through the degrees, licenses, and certifications I have received, which includes:
• Faith-Based Therapist, Board Certified
• Psychology, BS
• Licensed Minister
• Registered Nurse
• Functional Medicine Practitioner
• Certified Life/Wellness Coach
I am married and have two amazing children whom I have homeschooled all their lives. Some of my hobbies include working out, reading, and spending time with my family and friends. I love a good joke, enjoy experiencing the zest of living well, and have an insatiable curious nature that drives me to learn, study, and experience all the flavors this life offers. I've been told my enthusiasm for life is contagious and the very essence of who I am inspires those who know me. I am humbly honored to be given the privilege to assist and walk with others on their healing journey.
Alicia Scott, CRT
Alicia is a Certified Restorative Therapist who has worked in the addiction treatment field for over 15 years. She has done this through many different modalities, including inpatient treatment facilities, a homeless shelter, an outpatient center designed to help patients struggling with chronic pain and opiate addiction, and her church. Over the years, she has used her own personal story of recovery and freedom to help encourage others, whether it is in a one on one setting, leading group sessions, or as a public speaker at various conferences in the U.S., as well as internationally. Alicia feels that because of the many obstacles she has overcome, including childhood wounds, trauma, addiction, and so much more, she has a deep level of empathy and compassion for what her clients are going through. She uses Faith Based Counseling to walk beside them and help them find the healing that only the love of God can bring. Alicia resides in San Antonio, TX and after being a single mother for many years, now has a beautiful blended family with her husband Rich, Retired Major US Army, and their 3 children.
LAURETTA AKPOYOWARE, M.A, NCC, LPC
Lauretta graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a master of counseling degree. She specializes in everyday life problems, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, addiction and adjustment issues. Lauretta also has experience working with people from all walks of life, and assisting individual clients, couples, adolescents and families experiencing relationship issues. She believes no individual is the same, and empowers them with tools needed to improve their situations. Lauretta currently provides individual therapy services to clients experiencing suicidal thoughts, mental health, substance abuse, and PTSD utilizing a client centered, CBT, and solution focused approach to assist clients in therapy.