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.
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.
Aja Jackson, MSW
My name is Aja Jackson and I am originally from Chicago, IL and moved to San Antonio in February of 2018 with my husband, who is active duty Air Force. I am a graduate student at Our Lady of the Lake University pursuing a Masters in Social Work (MSW). Once I have received my MSW, I will be pursuing a license to be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I do not have the traditional approach to the field of Social Work and received my bachelor’s degree for Communication Disorders. Although I do not have a specific background in social work, I have spent most of my free and professional time working with children (birth to 6 years of age) and their families as a preschool teacher, an advocate, and as someone who helped families find resources for their children to aid in their growth and development. In the future, I would like to work with children, adolescents, and military families. I would also like to work with minorities in the community to help improve them access the resources in their community. The goal throughout this journey is to continue learning about the different populations that I will encounter while empowering their ability to choose as well as empowering their mental, emotional, and spiritual states.
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, I am Rocio Morales Salazar, I have earned my BSW at Our Lady of the Lake University and I will soon be getting my Masters degree in Social Work.
Adrienne Rodriguez is a San Antonio native that brings over 15 years of case management experience in forensic mental health, substance use disorders and crisis intervention to Mind Your Self Counseling. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of the Incarnate Word in Psychology. Adrienne has provided intensive case management services to those underrepresented and involved in the criminal justice system.
Adrienne is greatly experienced in conducting client assessments, assisting with service coordination and referrals to appropriate social service agencies. She has familiarity with community networking, collaboration and partnerships with local providers and agencies.
Adrienne supports policy and implementation for community-wide jail diversion services for persons with mental illness who come in contact with law enforcement and for offenders with mental impairments within Bexar County. She is passionate in client advocacy to ensure equal opportunity and access to community supports.
Adrienne is currently a graduate student at The University of San Antonio pursuing a Masters of Social Work degree.
In her spare time, she enjoys yoga and gardening. She strives to empower others to being their best self and to explore their greatest potential. Adrienne looks forward to applying her skills and professional experience with clients as graduate intern at Mind Your Self.
Hi! I’m Denise Salas-Garza; born and raised right here in the Alamo City. I graduated from St. Mary’s University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and from Tulane University in 2010 with a Master’s in Social Work. Currently, I am licensed in the State of Texas as an LMSW and am working toward obtaining my LCSW licensure.
I have worked with children, adolescents and adults throughout various times in my career. I have worked in community mental health as a Counselor and a Case Manager as well as a Hospice Social Worker. Most recently I have worked as an Employee Assistance Program Counselor. These roles have helped me become better prepared to help in cases of crisis intervention, anxiety, depression, and grief/loss.
My goal is to help clients work on finding solutions and empower them to make changes for the betterment of their own lives. Please let me know how I can help! I look forward to working with you.
Jennifer Solis is currently an advanced intern student working towards earning a Masters of Social Work from the University of Texas at San Antonio and will graduate in the Fall of 2020. She was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, and has resided in San Antonio since 2009.
Jennifer has worked over 10 years providing direct care services to adults, children and families within non-profit community agencies in San Antonio. Most of her career has be focused on working with specialized populations to include survivors of interpersonal violence, formerly homeless families, individuals with persistent mental illness, and at-risk children and youth.
Jennifer believes in providing culturally congruent services that are tailored to meet the specific needs and preferences of each individual. She believes that everyone deserves a safe space free of judgement to explore struggles, regain hope, and find healing.