What We Do

The counselor provides a safe and supportive environment for individuals and families to discuss their innermost conflicts, concerns and feelings. Together, everyone involved will work to identify and enhance strengths and achieve goals to resolve problems. Ultimately, everyone will work to attain more adaptive and healthy patterns of living.

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Why Choose Us

We realize that you have a wide range of choices available to you and that seeking counseling can be a difficult decision within itself. Therefore, you will discuss the needs and special circumstances of the individual or family with the therapist when planning treatment and setting goals. The therapy technique chosen will be specifically tailored to meet the situation and needs of the individual(s) involved.

New Braunfels Counseling Center has been serving the New Braunfels Texas community for over 27 years! Our dedicated team of professionals are here for your counseling needs.

Darla Lane, LCSW-S

Darla Lane, LCSW-S is the founder, owner and director of New Braunfels Counseling Center (NBCC), established in 1997. Through the years, New Braunfels Counseling Center has achieved an excellent reputation and referral base. NBCC has continued to grow, reaching out to many in the New Braunfels area. Most recently, Darla is ecstatic about the opportunity to open a second location, Lubbock Counseling Center in Lubbock, TX (Red Raider land)!!

Darla Lane, LCSW-S holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas in addition, she earned her Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Texas Tech University, where she has remained a true Red Raider at heart for all of these years! Darla holds the highest licensure possible at the Masters Level, as she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker – Supervisor (LCSW-S). She has been a member with the National Association of Social Workers, the National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists, and the Association for Play Therapy. She has also been a member with the New Braunfels Women’s Chamber of Commerce and The Greater Chamber of New Braunfels. Her background includes pediatric and adolescent diagnostics and treatment, geriatric consultation, specialized training in anxiety, depression and OCD. She has provided individual, group, and conjoint family therapy with children, adolescents, adults and seniors for the past 31 years and has been a social worker for 34 years.

Melanie Blank, LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker having earned a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006.

My approach to therapy is to meet my clients where they are. I believe building trust and rapport in a therapeutic relationship is essential to the healing process. I work with all ages, including children, adolescents, young adults, and seniors.

I have over 17 years’ experience working with all ages and diverse clients experiencing multiple challenges including substance abuse, grief and loss, and trauma. I have worked in school settings with children and teens, and I have extensive grief and loss experience through many years of hospice work. Despite their diverse backgrounds, most of my clients have struggled with similar challenges: anxiety, depression, relationship, family, and/or social dynamics, and past trauma.

Becoming EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)-certified by EMDRIA has improved my skills in a trauma-informed approach to therapy, and I’m excited to share the EMDR technique which is largely client-led and very beneficial for overcoming anxiety, phobias, and past trauma. I also have training in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I am certified in Teen and Adult Mental Health First Aid and have experience working with clients to overcome suicide ideation.

I am a mother and a stepmother to a blended family of 4 children, and I have been through a divorce, so my life experiences have also informed my practice. I look forward to meeting you and helping you work towards your therapeutic goals. Together we can face any challenge you may bring to my office.

Kelvin D. McCoy, LCSW, LCDC

I have practiced for approximately 26 years. I have practiced and held a Licensed Clinical Social Work designation in Illinois, Missouri, Texas, Georgia, and Louisiana. I have also been designated a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in the State of Texas. I graduated from Faulkner University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Clinical Psychology and from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a Master’s of Social Work in Clinical Social Work.

I have worked with children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics dealing with trauma, life stage issues, substance abuse, relational issues, depression and psychiatric disorders. I have worked in recovery treatment centers, residential treatment centers, in community mental health agencies, psychiatric hospitals, medical hospitals, with home health/hospice agencies, on military bases for the Defense Health Agency, in the community with the Department of Veteran Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services in school programs, in private practice, in group practices, and in telehealth.
I have worked with multiple community advocacy groups, community projects, given trainings, given talks, wrote articles, and worked on policy within the government through professional groups. From the various experiences and populations that I have had the opportunity to work with, I would look forward to working with you as well.

Randall Chavez, LPC

Randall Chavez is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 15 years’ experience. He obtained his Master of Counseling at Webster University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Texas Lutheran University.

Randall has experience working with children and adults with chronic mental illnesses using a variety of treatment modalities based on the cognitive model. Randall has been trained and certified in CPT, TF-CBT and CBT. By using a cognitive approach, the individual can learn to identify the specific emotions, attitudes, and behaviors that get in the way of their daily living and incorporate the skills to handle new problems that may arise.

Randall has also worked with individuals who have been exposed to traumatic stress. Traumatic stress overwhelms our ability to cope and leaves us to feel unsafe, vulnerable, and out of control. Randall uses a trauma-informed care approach to promote understanding of the impact of the trauma to help survivors rebuild control and empowerment in their lives.

Susan M Greco, MS, NCC, LPC

Have most of your days become consumed with mental worry and feelings of aloneness? And, family members you were once able to reach out to are justifiably distracted by their own concerns? You simply want the relief of feeling heard by someone who will not judge your thoughts, no matter what they are. I am here for you.

I am currently seeing individuals (ages 9 – 65+), couples, and families who are experiencing personal and relationship distress. I want to hear how the ‘story of your past’ has contributed to the person you are now. And, as a therapist and creative coach, I will work with you to strategize ways we can move you forward at your own pace and comfort level.

My preferred method of counseling involves a hybrid modality of solution-focused brief therapy, narrative work, and mindfulness-based cognitive approaches. The intention is to equip you with the appropriate education and tools you need to move beyond the things you believe to be limiting your personal growth.

In addition to my therapeutic work, I facilitate restorative group sessions and am credentialed in Disaster Mental Health Counseling, the Science and Practice of Wellbeing, and Applied Positive Psychology.

Areas of Specialization:
• Anxiety
• Behavioral Issues
• Coping Skills
• Depression
• Couples-Family Conflict
• Life Coaching
• Creative Coaching
• Sexual Identity (LGBTQ+)

School: Walden University
Year Graduated: 2018
License and State: 82198 Texas

Shar McKelvie, MA, LPC, LCDC

After graduating from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2002 with a Masters in Counseling, I worked as a Counselor in the public education setting until 2023. In addition to this, I obtained my LPC and LCDC licensure in 2015 and have worked in both the private practice and residential treatment settings.

My approach to counseling is eclectic, and I utilize several therapuetic styles including: Person Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused, Positive Psychology, Reality Therapy, and EMDR.

My counseling is designed to help clients succeed in overcoming the obstacles that interfere with their ability to obtain their goals and/or achieve their maximum potential and happiness.

I am a firm believer that all individuals benefit from having a safe place where they are free to develop the skills needed to meet the complex challenges that arise in life.

I work with both adolescents and adults and specialize in all things addiction related, family systems and co-parenting counseling, and recovery from trauma.

Ulysees Cantero, LPC

Hi, I’m Ulysees, or simply “UC”! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have experience working with individuals facing challenges with anxiety, depression, grief, and trauma to name a few. I tend to be solution focused and will utilize a combination of approaches to work with you while trying to resolve various situations. Life experiences and my desire to help others is a primary factor behind becoming a therapist.
My communication style is calm, non-judgmental, and personable. I want my clients to feel comfortable talking with me about anything, and I pride myself on my ability to listen without judgment. My approach to therapy varies based on the needs of each client I work with. I most frequently use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I will meet you where you are, without judgment and bias, hoping to provide a comfortable and safe space, as we work together towards potential solutions.

I have found that my style and approach are a good fit for pre-teens, teens, and adults, who may be dealing with life challenges and social pressures. This often takes the form of anxiety, depression, and stress. I work to help my clients navigate these challenges and build necessary skills to help them feel better about themselves, and develop a more positive outlook on life. I also have experience with Parent Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT), working with children ages 2-7, parent involvement required in every session.
Our first session together is for us to spend the majority of the time talking about how you’ve been feeling recently, and me asking questions to gain a better understanding of why you may be feeling that way. The first session is about starting to build rapport and an initial connection, helping me get a sense of where we should go from there. Each individual is different, and I like to listen first before assuming I know what will work best for you moving forward.

Ivonne Mouser, MS, LPC

I received my Master of Science in Counseling from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2004. I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor with over eighteen years of experience working with adults, youth and children of all ages. I have also had the opportunity to help many domestic violence and sexual abuse survivors find healing from their trauma.

From time to time, we all need help carrying life’s burdens. As a therapist, I want each person to feel seen and heard. I use different approaches when working with clients, being aware that each individual comes with different needs. Cognitive behavioral therapy, Reality therapy and Play therapy are on the top of my list. I believe in the connection of spirit, mind and body and encourage clients to work on all three. Techniques and tools can be effective but most importantly I strive to provide a safe and compassionate environment in which individuals can process feelings, make healthy goals and gain the freedom to live the life they want.

I’m bilingual and would be more than happy to also provide counseling in Spanish to anyone who needs it. When I’m not working I enjoy meeting up with friends for coffee and spending time with my husband and five children.

Stephanie Donnell, LPC

( Telehealth Only)

Meet Stephanie Donnell, a compassionate and seasoned counselor with over 32 years of experience dedicated to fostering positive change and growth in the lives of individuals and families. Stephanie is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and a solution-focused therapist, passionate about guiding clients toward their goals and empowering them to overcome life’s challenges.

Awards and Recognitions: Stephanie’s commitment to service and excellence has earned her several accolades, including nominations for Outstanding Community Service and the ATPE-Association of Texas Professional Educators Special Services Educator of the Year. She has also been recognized for her Random Acts of Kindness and has successfully written and secured grants, further demonstrating her dedication to supporting those in need.

Solution-Focused Approach: Stephanie’s counseling approach is deeply rooted in the solution-focused model. She is dedicated to helping clients identify their strengths, set achievable goals, and navigate challenges with resilience. Stephanie believes in empowering individuals to build on their existing resources and develop practical strategies for positive change.

Authorship: Stephanie is not only a skilled counselor but also an author. She wrote a children’s book titled “Feeling Anxious Again,” which is available on Amazon. This insightful book provides valuable tools for children dealing with anxiety, showcasing Stephanie’s commitment to supporting mental health at an early age. Stephanie Donnell’s extensive experience, compassionate nature, and solution-focused approach make her a trusted guide for individuals and families seeking support and positive transformation on their unique journeys. Whether you’re navigating personal growth, life transitions, or specific challenges, Stephanie is here to collaboratively explore solutions and help you thrive.

Tifarah Canion, LPC

Graduated with a Master’s Degree in Counseling from St Edwards University, Undergraduate in Social Work from Texas A&M San Antonio.

Hello there! I know that choosing a counselor is a big deal and I hope this helps you see if we would be a good fit!
I am drawn to working with those who are going through life changes, healing from complex traumas, and anyone who is just looking to work on themselves. I am an eccentric counselor, and while I prefer to work under the theories that best work for my clients, I hold the mind-body connection as a crucial piece of our sessions. I enjoy using a holistic approach by incorporating mindfulness into the sessions, be that through stretches, breath work, or guided meditation. Through the person-centered counseling style, I incorporate empathy, explore attachment, and utilize narrative skills to navigate our time together and get you to where YOU want to be. You know you best and I am here to help you through the foggy bits.
Most of my client work has been with individuals between the ages of 18 and 50. My background prior to counseling was in social work. Prior to this, I had 10 years of experience in the foster care world working with foster parents and teenagers in care, this line of work led me to pursue a career in counseling.
I love live music, good food, and everything vintage. A San Antonio native, beautiful Wimberly, TX is where I call home with my amazing husband and four spoiled fur babies

Rima Kaikhah, LPC

Life is a journey and can sometimes leave us feeling totally out of control. Are you or your adolescent experiencing hopelessness, fear, and worries? If you are living your life in black and white, while others are experiencing life in full color, I can help you change this and find the beauty in life. Life does not have to be so painful, together we can resolve your issues and help you find meaning and harmony in life again.

My name is Rima, and I completed my graduate work in counseling at the University of Rhode Island. My professional background includes extensive experience in working with adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings. I also have a combined 25 years experience working for school districts as a teacher and a school counselor.

I specialize in working with individuals, couples, and families in either an in person or virtual setting. My client centered style of therapy is a combination of psychotherapy, cognitive, and solution focused therapy. I incorporate teaching self care, mindfulness, and meditation in my therapy. My specialties include anxiety, depression, PTSD, personality disorders, and couples therapy.

As a parent of three children myself, I know how difficult it is to have to juggle everything life hands us while trying to be the best parent and partner you can be. You are not alone! I am passionate about my work and about helping and empowering my clients. You can reach me via phone ar email. I look forward to meeting you and to being a part of your healing journey.

Mike Allen, LPC-A

Under the Supervision of Tammy Fisher, MA, LPC-S, LMFT-S

​Hello! My name is Michael Allen and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate. I like to help adults who find themselves stuck in unproductive behavior patterns which have a negative impact upon themselves and the people around them. During my twenty years as an Army Chaplain I was known to be easy to talk with. I develop ways to create a safe place where individuals, couples, and families feel comfortable exploring themselves and their situations. This allows the clients to develop new skills and responses which lead to more fulfilling lives enriched with deep and meaningful relationships.
​Life can be tough. Each one of us has learned behaviors and created relationship styles which help us best survive what life throws at us. Some of those behaviors we picked up from our families as we were growing up. Other patterns of behavior we learned on our own during times of trauma and difficulty. When we feel threatened or stressed, we can get stuck into reacting in old unproductive ways rather than responding in more productive manners.
​These survival responses impact our most intimate relationships. Life can feel even more difficult when relations with loved ones have become stretched, strained, and torn apart. Often we get stuck in an Attack-Defend cycle with the most loved people in our lives. These Attack-Defend cycles typically have their roots in our survival responses of Fight, Flight, or Freeze.

​I like to use a combination of Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Gottman Therapy to help individuals identify when their unconscious responses to survive are sabotaging their ability to thrive in relationship with others. These methods help clients to feel the connection between their brain and their body so that that they can identify when they are in survival mode. During sessions, I like to use a combination of mindfulness, relaxation, and Speaker-Listener techniques to improve communication and appreciation between members of a family.

​Spirituality is also an important part of my sessions. I am a licensed and ordained minister and served as an Army Chaplain for over 25 years. I graduated from Howard Payne University with a major in Bible and Southern Seminary with an emphasis on Pastoral Counseling. I recently earned a Master of Arts in Counseling from Wayland Baptist University.

Angela McCree, MEd, LMFT Associate, CCTP

Under the supervision of Steve Katzman, LMFT-S

My name is Angela McCree and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate. I gained my graduate degree from Lamar University, out of Beaumont, Texas with a Master of Education in Counseling and Development. One of my passions is helping individuals and families in re-adjustment, re-alignment, and effectively maintaining their resiliency in relationship with self, family, and others.

My therapy approach is client-centered, as in the beginning I become a student of my clients. Allowing them to teach me their unique cultural experience, introducing me to their life viewpoint and aiding me in assessing their thoughts, emotions and behaviors. As a Christian therapist, I believe in the importance of building the therapeutic relationship, in order to help my clients in seeking safety, solace, and satisfaction in their personal and interpersonal life (with the inclusion of their life with Christ, when it is permitted by the client). I have earned certification in trauma-focused therapy, and Polyvagal and Somatic therapy. I believe in the triune nature of human existence, meaning we are spirit, soul, and body and everything that we experience affects each of these areas which make up “The Self”. This is discovered as we partake in various modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Systems Theory, Internal Family Systems and PolyVagal Therapy (which is an amazing introduction to our autonomic nervous system,bringing understanding to how our nervous system aides in our adjustment to our surroundings).

In my own personal journey as a disabled veteran diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis it is also important for me to assist my clients in health and wholeness mentally, emotionally and physically. Bridging the gap in mental health disparity, stigmatism, and misdiagnosis; I desire to serve and affect my community, one healing at a time.

Mandy Gonzales

Practice Administrator