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Mr. David Rangel, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate Student Intern.

Supervised by: Tritia M. Finley, PhD, LPC-S, NCC

Fluent in English and American Sign Language (ASL)

David Rangel grew up in Castroville, TX, and brings a unique perspective to his counseling practice. His upbringing in a close-knit community fostered a deep understanding of the value of support, hard work, and the resilience it can inspire in individuals.

 

David works with diverse populations including individuals and couples (children and adults) with a particular focus on life transitions and trauma. His interest in these areas stems from an extensive background as a combat medic and paramedic in the United States Army, where he served for over ten years. During this time in the military, David worked closely with soldiers, civilians, and their families during some of the most critical and traumatic moments of their lives. His last assignment as a Platoon Sergeant for the Fort Sam Houston Warrior Transition Battalion underscored the essential role of mental health services in recovery and resilience, inspiring David’s transition to a career in counseling after medically retiring as a Sergeant First Class in December 2019.

 

David is also proficient in American Sign Language and his eagerness to work with the Deaf community underline his commitment to providing accessible and inclusive mental health services. He recognizes the unique challenges faced by Deaf individuals and is dedicated to ensuring they have equal access to quality care.

 

David holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The University of Texas at Austin and is in the final year of the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. David’s counseling approach uniquely combines evidence-based interventions, mindfulness techniques, and existential and person-centered therapy. His priority is to create a safe, empathetic, and non-judgmental space where clients feel heard and supported. Whether navigating the complexities of a major life transition, dealing with trauma, or seeking to improve mental health, David is here to help clients on their journey toward resilience and authentic living.

Mr. Christian Molina, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate Student Intern.

Supervised by Tritia Finley, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC

Fluent in English and Spanish

Christian is originally from El Paso, TX. His journey into the world of mental health counseling is deeply rooted in his passion for understanding the human experience and helping individuals navigate life’s challenges with resilience and authenticity.

Christian is skilled at working with the LGBTQ+ population, musicians, young adults, and adults transitioning toward the end of life. His passion for these populations stems from both personal and professional experiences as someone who identifies with and advocates for the LGBTQ+ community. Christian understands the unique that come with navigating identity and acceptance. Moreover, his background in music performance allows Christian to connect deeply with fellow musicians, effectively providing a supportive space for them to express and manage their creative struggles and emotional well-being. Christian is also profoundly moved by existential themes that surface in the lives of people facing the transition to death, a time during which Christian strives to provide compassionate and meaningful support. He works best with clients ready to explore their inner world, confront life’s deepest questions, and those ready to embrace the journey toward self-discovery and fulfillment.

 

Christian holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in Vocal Performance from St. Mary’s University. This unique background provides him with a profound appreciation for the creative process and the emotional expression that music fosters. It has also given Christian a first-hand understanding of the pressures and struggles artists and performers face. He is also in his final semester of a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from St. Mary’s University. Christian’s educational journey has equipped him with a robust foundation in various therapeutic modalities, but often uses existential therapy because of the focus on the human as an integrated whole. Ultimately, Christian believes that by helping clients explore fundamental aspects of their existence, they can find greater clarity and purpose in their lives.

Testimonials.
Melissa

Wow Tritia! I am just speechless! What you did yesterday was the most healing and powerful session I could ever imagine. I literally didn’t see that coming or think something like that was deep inside of me. You literally cut through the bullshit and honed in on it like a Navy Seal! I felt “ok” before and knew something was hiding down there but I just couldn’t find it and it was this darkness that I couldn’t shake off. It was POWERFUL!

Mother of Teenage Son

My son has been doing so well since working with you. I don't know what it is but he has a new focus on what he wants to do and has immensely improved his mindset. He hasn't lost a singles tournament since we last saw you!

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