TMD Counseling Program

Promoting Emotional Wellness, Resiliency and Readiness of our Military Community. 
The Texas Military Department Counseling Program can be reached via the counseling line.  

About US

The Texas Military Department (TMD) Counseling Program was created to provide free and confidential counseling to Texas Military Service Members, as well as Veterans of the Army and Air National Guard, and the Texas State Guard thereby promoting overall wellness. We are located in various cities across the state and are available to meet via telephone, video or in person. 
What services do our counselors provide?

  • Individual counseling
  • Counseling Line support
  • Critical incident response
  • Collaboration with Unit Leadership to promote wellness
  • Behavioral health presentations and training

 

Counselors in your Area

 

Austin Area

Counselor

Amy Parker, M.Ed., LPC

Shelley Smith, MA, LPC-S

Tracy Keating Ward, M.Ed., LPC-S

Biography

Amy's Bio

Shelley's Bio

Tracy's Bio

Phone

(512) 317-3395

(512) 782-6214

(512) 550-7869

Dallas Area

Counselor

Cheryl A. Scott, LPC

Margaret Rivera, MA, LPC-S

Biography

Cheryl's Bio

Margaret's Bio

Phone

(512) 391-9879

(512) 391-9867

Houston Area

Counselor

Barbara Spruill, MS, LPC, LCDC

Pakiza M. Butler, M.Ed., LPC

Biography

Barbara's Bio

Pakiza's Bio

Phone

(512) 391-9881

(512) 913-4045

San Antonio Area

Counselor

Ariedni 'Ari' Penalosa, LPC, LMFT

Biography

Ari's Bio

Phone

(512) 391-9878

El Paso Area

Counselor

Cynthia M. Reyes, M.A., LPC

Biography

Cynthia's Bio

Phone

(512) 560-5447

Weslaco Area

Counselor

Yezi Trevino, MSSW, LCSW-S

Biography

Yezi's Bio

Phone

(512) 317-3654

 

Seeing a counselor can be an amazing step toward wellness.  People pursue counseling and therapy for a variety of reasons, most commonly for struggles with life challenges we all face. 

Many people seek counseling because they have identified specific goals or issues that they wish to work on. Others may be encouraged by family, friends, or medical professionals to seek help, and in some cases, a person may be mandated to attend therapy as part of a court ruling or military profile. Whatever the impetus, it takes courage to attend therapy, and it takes dedication to see it through. Together, the client and the therapist will determine the goals of therapy, and an effective plan for reaching them. In many cases, the therapist and client will explore much more than just the client's presenting problem—the issue that first brought the person to therapy. The help of a caring therapist can promote self-actualization, empower self-growth, improve relationships, and reduce emotional suffering.

Confidentiality means that the counseling program does not release any information without your permission.  Without your consent, the program will not confirm to your command or anyone else that you are even participating in counseling.  There are state and national laws and standards, however, to report and seek assistance when someone is a threat to self or others, or if it is discovered that there may be abuse or neglect of a child, the elderly or a disabled individual.

You and your therapist will meet to discuss what brings you into counseling as well as your needs, goals, and expectations. The two of you will collaborate to design a plan that centers on what you would like to accomplish during counseling and the techniques or tools your counselor recommends for helping you meet your goals. You may also talk with your counselor about the proposed duration of therapy, but you and your counselor will work at a pace that best supports you. If you have needs that fall outside of what our program can address, we can assist you in finding people or organizations in your community that can be of assistance.

More Information


What Really Happens in a Therapy Session

There is a great deal of uncertainty in our society about what actually happens during a therapy session, what types of issues and problems are suitable for therapy, and what benefits a therapy session can provide. I’d like to address a few typical questions—and misconceptions—about what therapy is, what it isn’t, and how it really works.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/all-grown/201512/what-really-happens-in-therapy-session

 

The Six Dimensions of Wellness

Mindfully focusing on wellness in our lives builds resilience and enables us to thrive amidst life’s challenges.

https://www.nationalwellness.org/page/Six_Dimensions

Natural Treatments for Depression

Being depressed can make you feel helpless. You're not. Along with therapy and sometimes medication, there's a lot you can do on your own to fight back. Changing your behavior -- your physical activity, lifestyle, and even your way of thinking -- are all natural depression treatments.

These tips can help you feel better -- starting right now.

https://www.webmd.com/depression/features/natural-treatments#1

Sleep Matters

Well-rested warriors are important for a psychologically healthy and ready force.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/drupal-s3bucket-7j533in9sows/campaignmedia/infographic-sleep-matters.pdf

Contact Us

The Texas Military Department Counseling Program can be reached via the counseling line.  

512-782-5069

*If leaving a message on the counseling line, be sure to leave a name and callback number and the call will be returned as soon as possible – typically within 2 hours. 

For crisis or emergency situations, please call 911

For other urgent needs, please call the Veterans Crisis Line below.

Crisis Lines:

Military Crisis Line/Suicide Prevention
1-800-273-8255

DoD Safe Helpline
(Survivors of Sexual Assault)
1-877-955-5247

Substance Abuse
1-800-662-4357