YVONNE CASTILLO, PH.D., Licensed Professional Counselor - BOARD APPROVED SUPERVISOR
Dr. Yvonne Castillo received her Ph.d. in Counselor Education from Texas A & M University Corpus Christi in 2006. She obtained her M.S. in Counseling and Guidance from TAMU-CC in 2001 and her B.S. in secondary education from Corpus Christi State University in 1990. Dr. Castillo is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor with twenty-three years experience in public schools and higher education.
Her specialized training includes Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), levels 1 and 2 of Gottman's Method Couple's Therapy, certified faciliator for the Nurturing Parenting Program, Rainbow Days' Faith Connection for children and youth development, Rainbow Days' Strengthening Families Program for parents and youth, Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP), a Certified Anger Resolution Therapist (CART), and being a Mental Health Facilitator Master Trainer for the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) and NBCC International,.
Dr. Castillo is owner/director of C2Counseling. Today, Dr. Castillo’s work includes being Board President of the Coastal Bend’s Coalition Against Modern Day Slavery and facilitating healthy relationship classes and positive parenting programs. She counsels and presents in English and Spanish on a diversity of topics to schools and community agencies. Dr. Castillo’s interests include families and individuals affected by trauma, incarceration and human trafficking.
ESTHER GONZALEZ-POWELL, M.S., Licensed Professional Counselor & Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
As a wife, a mother, and a counselor I believe that relationships provide us with the best joys and the greatest challenges. I also believe that many of us struggle with some of the harsh conditions of life. I think that for the most part we are all doing the best we can and when life pushes us a little too hard, we may need help. I see myself as a "fellow traveler" helping my clients find their own answers and gain strength to move forward in their journey.
I draw from several therapeutic approaches but favor Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a modification of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). DBT combines principles of mindfulness, CBT, and the support needed to learn and practice balancing acceptance and change. I also work from a family systems and experiential perspective and value collaboration. I am passionate about working with couples and prefer the highly researched and effective Gottman Couples Therapy. I have completed the level 3 Practicum Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. I am also trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.
I did my undergraduate work at North Texas State University and received a Master's degree in Counseling from Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi. My graduate experience has solidified my passion for helping others in both English and Spanish.
LAURIE HOFFMAN, M.S., Licensed Professional Counselor - BOARD APPROVED SUPERVISOR and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor
Laurie Hoffman received her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with emphases in Education, International and Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona in 1999. She obtained her M.S. in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling from TAMU-CC in 2009. Laurie is a Texas state board Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor.
Her specialized training includes a cutting-edge, evidence-based cognitive behavioral treatment called Cognitive Processing Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder through the Strong Star Training Initiative. CPT is effective at treating PTSD for veterans as well as civilians and works well for a variety of traumas including combat trauma, sexual assault and domestic violence. CPT is a short-term treatment with approximately 12 weekly sessions.
Laurie also specializes in Chemical Dependency Counseling through structured and organized treatment designed to initiate and promote a person’s chemical-free status and/or to maintain a person free of illegal drugs. It includes the application of planned procedures to identify and change patterns of behavior related to or resulting from substance-related disorders that are maladaptive, destructive, or injurious to health, and to restore appropriate levels of physical, psychological, or social functioning. Laurie also provides treatment for eating disorders, anxiety and depression.
Laurie believes in every person the desire for peace is an essential aspiration, which coincides in a certain way with the desire for a full, happy, and successful human life. Counseling requires willingness, honesty, and an open mind. Once we accept who we really are, through the process of a guided inward journey of the body, mind and spirit, we have the joyful experience of life: the sharing of truth, grace, and a fully blessed existence. I believe that prayer is an important part of helping people to grow.
Laurie was licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in 2011, and as a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2012.
YE (AGNES) LUO, M.ED., NCC., LPC-INTERN
Agnes received a B.S. degree in Applied Psychology from Changzhi Medical College in China. She then traveled overseas and earned her Master’s Degree in Community Mental Health Counseling from The University of Mississippi. After working as a Mental Health Clinician for a year in Mississippi, she moved to Texas and started working on her doctoral degree in Counselor Education from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
As a bilingual Chinese (Mandarin) / English counselor, Agnes enjoys working with people from diverse backgrounds. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults who struggle with various issues, which include depression, anxiety, anger, trauma, grief, stage of life issues and many others. In order to meet every individual’s need, Agnes has used different approaches in counseling, including Child-Centered Play Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Wellness approach, and Expressive Art techniques. Agnes sees that people are doing the best they can in the ways they have learned throughout their lives. She thinks it is a great honor to hear personal stories from her clients and witness their growth. Her research interests include technology use in counseling, resilience of international students, social media use among adolescents, and trauma.