Rawan Ashrawi-Abughazaleh graduated from St. Edward’s University with her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. Her experience includes facilitating groups with girls ages 8-18 to promote self-efficacy. Rawan is now attending the University of Texas at San Antonio as an advanced standings student to receive a Masters of Social Work degree. Rawan is passionate about providing a space that helps people connect their experiences, and enjoys walking alongside people as they discover their truest selves. She is bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as she starts her new journey at Mind Your Self and looks forward to connecting with clients.
Lisa Black, LMSW
Lisa holds a master’s degree in Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University ‘93, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from Lamar University ‘92. She is a licensed social worker and is working toward obtaining her LCSW licensure. She was raised in SE Texas but has lived in San Antonio and has practiced social work here since 1994. Lisa has worked with young adults for the past 16 years in the community college setting. She is experienced with crisis intervention, anxiety, depression and challenging life transitions.
Ashley Blackmore is an UTSA MSW Intern, scheduled to graduate December 2020. Ashley graduated with her Bachelor’s of Social Work from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH and has experience in trauma informed care, mental health, and behavioral health settings. Ashley is passionate about uncovering, processing, and intervening individual’s traumatic experiences. Ashley is an advocate for healing through healthy, holistic ways.
Kimberly Cross holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, and a Master of Human Relations and Counseling from The University of Oklahoma. She is currently completing a second master’s degree in Social Work. Kimberly is a medically retired military servicemember who is also a multi-published author of over 22 books in the genre of women’s fiction (under a pen name) with today’s top publishing houses.
Throughout her writing career, Ms. Cross has continued to mentor, provide life coaching and give therapeutic services, pro bono, through various organizations. For the military she served as a Family Readiness Group leader at the Battalion level, as well as served as a civilian director of volunteer services with the Red Cross in Yongsan, Korea. Although she has enjoyed her career as a writer, Kimberly’s desire to return to her first love, counseling, led her to return to school and complete her second Master degree. Working with veterans, and those who are survivors of all walks of life, Kimberly is honored to assist and walk with them in their journey to mental and spiritual healing.
Evelyn Cruz is a University of Southern California (USC) Master of Social Work (MSW) Intern and will graduate in May 2021. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and General Management from Trident University International, Cypress, CA. She is passionate about providing clients a safe and relaxed atmosphere to develop skills and achieve goals with positive changes. She is enthusiastic to be a part of the Mind Your Self Counseling team.
“Every day may not be good …. but there is something in every day.” – Alice Morse Earl
TaSharra Ford attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology. TaSharra is now a Master of Social Work advanced intern student from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and will graduate in the Fall of 2020. Her passion is to empower others to be the best version of themselves. She has seven years of experience, in working with adults and adolescents in the social services field. Tasharra is excited to be a part of the Mind Yourself Counseling team and serving clients to help reach their goals.
Hey Y’all! My name is Janet Gutierrez. I received my Bachelor of Social Work degree from Our Lady of the Lake University. I am currently in the Master of Social Work program at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where I am set to graduate fall of 2020. Once I obtain my MSW I will advance forward into the clinical field. I have two years of foster care case management experience and a year of working with adults in crisis situations. Additionally, I have spearheaded empowerment conferences for adolescents that cover topics such as teen dating violence, positive body image, and gender identity. I have also conducted research on intimate partner violence with a focus on psychological abuse among adolescents. I have an immense passion for working with individuals of all backgrounds. I look forward to meeting you.
Hello, I am Emilia Guzman. I am working on earning my Licensed Master of Social Work accreditation and am a student at the University of Texas At San Antonio. My forte is chemical dependency; therefore, I am also in the process of becoming a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. I have a background in Child Development, Pre-nursing, Business, and non-profits.
As an MSW Intern with an extensive and diverse background, I have the ability to relate to my clients in profound real-world situations. My sphere is the “Mind, Body, and Soul”: a spiritual approach. As a counselor, I look at my clients from a much broader lens in assisting them with their issue at hand with the ability to dive deeper.
I have experience in chemical dependency counseling working with clients dealing with grief and loss, relations, and behavior issues having to do with addiction. I have taught clients self-compassion and mindfulness techniques. As a chemical dependency counselor, I am experienced in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Strengths-based Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. The spiritual approach has been proven to reduce general anxiety symptoms, decreased stress, alcoholism, depression, and undoubtedly increased sense of well-being. Allow me to assist you on your journey to recovery.
Ashley is a U.S. Army veteran who holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Seeking to become a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, she is currently a graduate intern pursuing her Master’s in Social Work at UTSA. Ashley is on a lifelong mission to inspire and empower people to achieve a higher level of success both personally and professionally. Ashley’s professional experience includes violence prevention and intervention, case management, and life coaching. Her area of keynote coaching specializes in faith, healthy relationships, parenting, and women’s empowerment. With a quest to impact her passion to many, she is an exemplary teacher who uses her professional education and skills to help others become the very best version of themselves.
Loni graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. She is in the Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at the University of the Cumberlands located in Kentucky and is set to graduate August 2021. She will be pursuing licenses to be a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), and Certified Sex Therapist (CST). She is passionate about helping individuals navigate addiction, faith or religious transitions, relationships, and anxiety. Loni believes in creating a safe, non-judgmental, and trusting environment where individuals can feel empowered to navigate through the challenges and complexities that life brings. As an intern, Loni desires to gain experience from working with many different populations that can give her extended experience in the mental health field.
Kosaka Martin, LMSW
I am Kosaka Martin. I graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio, 2015. Currently, I am a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in Texas. I was born and raised in Japan. I moved to San Antonio with my Navy veteran spouse and our little doggy in late 2011. I have worked in the field of social service / welfare and the educational field. I have worked with diverse populations such as youth, woman and children, the elderly and refugees. Currently, I am working towards being a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
I am passionate about assisting others. I would like to collaborate with people to help them to meet their needs and achieve their goals. By working at Mind Your Self, I hope I can contribute to the client’s well-being.
I will always strive to be self-aware and be a culturally competent provider. See you soon!
Hello! My name is Stephanie Shamloo and I am a student in the Master of Social Work Program, at the University of Texas at San Antonio, with advanced standing. I am scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2021. I earned my Bachelor of Social Work in 1992 at Midwestern State University in North Texas. I have over 25 years of experience with serving the mental health population, primarily those involved in the criminal justice system, by providing intensive case management, psychosocial skills training, medication skills training and crisis intervention. I have also served on the Assertive Community Treatment Team, investigated reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of the elderly and disabled and in the medical case management field.
I am devoted to empowering and advocating for those that are unheard. It is my desire to help and support you through your journey of transformation.
I believe wholeheartedly that … “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Hellen Keller