Mariel J. Gonzalez
LIcensed Professional Counselor-Associate
Hi there, I am Mariel J. Gonzalez, and am a bilingual and bi-cultural senior Master’s- level counselor under the direct supervision of Teresa Y. Chapa-Cantu, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist. With a strong sense of compassion and commitment, I address any individual concerns that impact development across the lifespan. I encourage clients to define goals, plan actions, and gain insight through quality counseling services to ensure the client’s well-being. In the process, I integrate research data and evidence-based counseling techniques. My objective is to guide clients who are facing challenges learn how to make informed and healthy decisions about themselves, their relationships, and their future.
I am currently a senior Master’s- level student of the program Counseling and Guidance of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. I graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s in Psychology from UTRGV, with a Minor in Addiction Studies (substance-related concerns). I have earned my degree with a strong focus on Family & Disabilities (addressing the importance of each client’s support network), Child and Adolescence Psychology (cognitive and psychosocial development from infancy to adolescent years), Mental Health (depression, anxiety, adjustment to chronic illness, eating disorders), Development Across the Life Span (identified key achievements in development during the lifelong process), and Trauma Focus with TF-CBT (a psychotherapy model for children and adolescents with behavior difficulties related to traumatic experiences), among others.
I am a spiritual person and my interests include nature, culinary cuisine, botany, and interior design. I also am a loving pet owner of two dogs and two cats.
Thank you for taking the time to read about me, and I hope to see you soon.