Primary Location

1100 N.W. Loop 410

San Antonio, TX 78213 United States

(210) 557-7672

Secondary Location

16607 Blanco Rd.

San Antonio, 78232 US USA

(210) 557-7672

Meet Our Staff

Lauren Balat, M.A. LMFT

Lauren Balat, M.A. LPC 
Licensed Professional Counselor

Specializing in Relational Issues and Working through Trauma with Individuals, Couples and Families.

As a counselor, I believe that the client is the expert in their life. I work collaboratively with the client to create realistic, motivational treatment goals. Throughout the counseling process, I am committed to supporting the client to understand their thoughts and emotions, while educating in techniques for growth and relief in the areas of depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, anger, grief, low self-worth, substance abuse and relational issues. I approach counseling from the perspective of the client's needs with techniques including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), person centered therapy, solution focused therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and Gottman Method Couple's Therapy.

Speciality Areas: Trauma, Abuse, Relational Issues, Couples Therapy.

Education: Master of Arts in Counseling from Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX. Bachelors Degree in Psychology & Sociology from Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX.

License, Certifications: Licensed Professional Counselor.
Additional post-graduate training in Trauma, EMDR and Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

Tracey D. Bauer, M.A. LMFT

Tracey D. Bauer, M.A. LMFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Owner and founder of The Center for Personal & Relationship Growth

Specializing in Marriage & Couples Counseling, Pre-marital Counseling, Individual Relationship Counseling & Individual Personal Growth.

I believe that the best way to predict the future is to help create it! I use a counseling approach that is positive, active and solution-oriented, with the goal of helping my clients achieve hope, fulfillment and growth in their personal lives and relationships. I specialize in relationships and marital therapy and have advanced training two of the most renowned and successful approaches to marital and relationship therapy, each of which have been scientifically validated, Gottman Method Couples Therapy Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. I work with each couple to create a personalized plan that will help them improve their friendship, improve communication, help to productively manage conflict, and achieve connection and shared meaning.

In Individual Personal Growth Counseling I help my clients learn to create their Best Life! Sometimes we find ourselves at a place in life where we feel stuck or overwhelmed.  We know we need to make some changes but we don't know quite what to do or how to begin. Personal growth counseling lends that helping hand to take the next step.  We may need to make a decision, change a bad habit, deal with a relationship, make a career change or just want to feel happier about life in general.  Personal growth counseling can help!

Additional Background: As a former Naval Intelligence Officer, Multimedia Producer and recorded Vocal Performing Artist, I also bring a rich and diverse base of life experience to my clients. I am also the founder and owner of The Center for Personal & Relationship Growth.

Speciality Areas: Marriage & Couples Counseling, Pre-marital Counseling, Individual Personal Growth.

Education: Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy from St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX.

License, Certifications: Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Advanced Training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy & Gottman Method Couples Therapy

Rick Bauer, M.A. LMFT

Rick Bauer, M.A. LMFT, C.A.R.T.
Clinical Director of The Center for Personal & Relationship Growth
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist,
Certified Anger Resolution Therapist

As a Couples Specialist and Anger Resolution Therapist who specializes in Anger Management, Couples Counseling and Life Coaching, no matter what particular issues are interfering with your ability to achieve personal or relationship goals, I have the experience and knowledge to help. Using proven couples counseling, life coaching and anger resolution principles, I will strategize plans and solutions so you can attain the changes you desire in your life or relationship.

Anger Management: Uncontrolled anger issues can be devastating to people’s lives and relationships. I offer both one-on-one intensive anger resolution therapy, as well as a class type setting for anger management. Highly effective tools and techniques are learned along with communication skills that will begin to change things immediately. Our goal is that,you will be in control, not your anger.

Couples Counseling: Using the principles of John Gottman's Sound Relationship House, I help couples with Communication Issues, Conflict Resolution, Lack of Connection & Intimacy and many other relationship challenges.

Speciality Areas: Anger Management, Couples Counseling, Personal, Life & Relationship Challenges.

Background:  Retired Navy Officer & Airline Pilot  Education  Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy from St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX  License, Certifications  Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist  Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists  Certified Anger Resolution Therapist Advanced Training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy & Gottman Method Couples Therapy 

Tim Collingham, M.A. LMFT

Tim Collingham, M.A., LMFT 
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

I specialize in the treatment of PTSD, Drug and Alcohol addiction and Relational/Individual Enhancement and recovery. PTSD members are encouraged to not only come for individual treatment but to join our PTSD support group as well. For people and families living with drug and alcohol addiction we first work on building a recovery plan and then developing a Relapse Prevention Plan that the recovering alcoholic or addict and their supporters can follow for Life Long Recovery. Relational therapy is designed for individuals and families and for those who are just looking to create a better life for themselves.

Speciality Areas:
Trauma, PTSD, Addiction, Marriage & Couples Counseling.

Background:  Retired Air Force Combat Veteran

License, Certifications  Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist  Advanced Training In Treatment for Trauma & PTSD  Advanced Training in Gottman Marital & Relationship Therapy  Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Ashley Enriquez, M.A. LMFT

Ashley Enriquez, M.A. LMFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

I work with couples to find new approaches for effective communication, conflict resolution and togetherness. For couples who are interested in premarital enrichment counseling, I work to provide tools to strengthen communication with one another in many areas. I also special experience working with couples who have children with special needs and/or behavioral issues. I believe that working with couples is a collaborative process which includes the concerns and issues that are important to each partner. It is my job to be an advocate for the relationship. The best way I have found to do this is by using the Gottman Method for Couples Therapy. This method utilizes scientifically validated tools to help couples learn to connect and communicate as well as manage conflict effectively. While taking into account the needs of each partner, Gottman Therapy focuses on strengthening and repairing the relationship.

When working with engaged couples, I utilize TWOGETHER in TEXAS' GREAT START premarital counseling. In this process, I have found that even couples who have been in their relationship for a long period of time may begin to talk about important issues for the first time. These are conversations that are very important in achieving a happy and long lasting marriage.

I also work with individuals to achieve personal growth and help with struggles with day to day stressors, anxiety and depression. When I work with individuals, I focus on their unique personal narrative. I believe my clients are the expert on their own personal experience and are the vehicle for the changes they wish to achieve. By collaborating with my clients, we are able to work together to find solutions and create positive change.

Speciality Areas: Marriage & Couples Counseling, Premarital Counseling, Anxiety Issues, Individual Counseling & Personal Growth.

Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy from St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX

License, Certifications
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Advanced Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy
Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Valerie Rivas, M.A. LPC

Valerie G. Rivas, M.A. LPC 
Licensed Professional Counselor

Specializing in Chronic Illness, Infertility or Miscarriage, Trauma, First Responders, & Individual Personal Growth (6th Grade and Up) with a Christian or Clinical Counseling Approach.

As a San Antonio native, who grew up on the Southside, I whole-heartedly know the strength and courage it takes to accept when we face struggles with life. I was on track to attend medical school, but decided to put it on hold to answer God's call to do missionary work in South Africa for a year. While living in Umphumulo, South Africa, I learned what it means to accompany others 

along their journey because of the isiZulu’s culture focusing on “Ubuntu,” which emphasizes brotherhood and humanity to others.  Upon my return home, to San Antonio, I worked on the Westside of town in the high school public education system. Both of these experiences led me to pursue mental health counseling.

My Christian-influenced, higher education and experience have helped me understand the significance of integrating psychology with Christian values, while also understanding the importance of being in tune to our physical, mental/emotional, social, and spiritual selves.  This holistic approach in emphasizing the Biopsychosocial-Spiritual Model is what drives my work in counseling individuals, couples, and groups. As a mental health therapist, I am able to accompany others where they are, help them understand their strengths, and allow them to take charge in changing and developing their lives.

I have 5 years experience in the healthcare field which has given me a knowledge base and experience in serving others with chronic illnesses. In addition, I also have 5 years experience working in both middle and high school public education systems, which began my work with adolescents, young adults, and their families. This unique position has fueled my desire to expand, explore, and continue accompanying populations within my specialty areas.

My hobbies include:  reading, running, playing with my dog, singing, the San Antonio Spurs, and enjoying time with Family and Friends.

Speciality Areas: Christian or Clinical Counseling, Chronic Illness, Infertility, Miscarriage, IVF, Trauma, Abuse or Neglect, First Responders and their Families, Individual Personal Growth (6th Grade & up)

Education: Master of Arts in Counseling from Wayland Baptist University, San Antonio, TX, Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from Texas Lutheran University, South San Antonio High School Alumni.

License, Certifications: Licensed Professional Counselor

Center for Personal & Relationship Growth 
1100 N.W. Loop 410, Suite 201, San Antonio, TX  78213 
(210) 557-7672

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