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 25 years! Our dedicated team of professionals is here for your counseling needs.

Darla Lane, LCSW

Darla Lane, LCSW 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.

Darla Lane, LCSW holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. She holds the highest licensure possible at the Masters Level, as she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). 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 28 years and has been a social worker for 32 years.

Melanie Blank, LMSW

I am a Licensed Master 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 16 years’ experience as a LMSW that involved working with all ages and diverse clients experiencing multiple challenges including substance abuse, grief and loss, and trauma. I have worked in the school setting 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.

Recently 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.

Jennifer Mitchell, Psy.D

Education/Training
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist having earned my Masters Degrees (Educational Psychology-1989 and Clinical Psychology-2000), and Doctoral Degree (Clinical Psychology-2001) from Baylor University.

Professional
I began my career as a Special Education Teacher (SED/Autism) and Speech and Language Pathologist. After completing my Masters in Educational Psychology, I worked as an associate psychologist in a birth-3 program providing evaluation and intervention to families and children with developmental disabilities. After moving to Louisiana, I continued working with children as a School Psychologist.

When my own children entered their teenage years, I returned to Baylor to complete my education. Since then I have had the opportunity to work in a wide variety of settings including school systems, Interdisciplinary Pain Management Programs, private practice, Behavioral Health (Primary Care Clinic – Randolph AFB), and research (Strong Star Research Foundation).

Approach to Therapy
I am an evidence-based practitioner providing psychological and behavioral intervention and treatment for a wide range of emotional, behavioral, and adjustment problems including mood disorders (anxiety and depression), phobias, PTSD/trauma, chronic illness/chronic pain, behavioral management (early childhood), suicidal ideation, and relationship conflicts. My clients have ranged in age from 2 years to 80+.

While I have an eclectic style of therapy, my orientation is primarily Cognitive-Behavioral and Interpersonal. I am always excited to work collaboratively with clients to develop a treatment plan and goals designed to bring about positive change, effective coping, and improved quality of life. I utilize CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy), CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy), CBCT (Cognitive-Behavioral Conjoint Therapy for couples), PE (Prolonged Exposure), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), and MI (Motivational Interviewing).

I am passionate about providing a safe and supportive environment for individuals to explore their needs and move toward change. I affirm the humanity and dignity of all people and strive to both actively listen and actively challenge my clients. While change can be uncomfortable, it is a necessary part of therapy. I strive to empower you to find the insight, courage, skills, and strength you need to overcome barriers, challenge unhealthy beliefs/behaviors and find self-acceptance.

Randall Chavez, LPC

Randall Chavez is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 12 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.

Mallory Hall, LPC

Mallory is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling and Development from Texas Woman’s University. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Howard Payne University. Mallory’s experience includes working with children ages 3-18 years old as well as adults 19-65 years old. She has worked in several settings including: inpatient at a behavioral hospital, non-profit which included school/home environments, and a residential treatment center for adolescent girls. Mallory’s specialties include anxiety, depression, anger and life transitions such as adjustment to illness, changes in school, family dynamics and grief. She utilizes a person-centered approach that incorporates interventions from attachment and systemic theories. Mallory believes that rapport is the most important element in a counseling relationship. She provides a warm, supportive and welcoming environment for clients to feel safe and comfortable.

Candace Marlowe, LPC

Ever feel like no one understands you? Wish you could talk to someone without judgment or bias? Have something wrong but are not sure how to vocalize the issue? That is exactly what counseling is for. I offer you a setting that is safe to work through whatever issue you are struggling with, whether you have a specific goal or just need an outlet. My mission as a counselor is to support anyone that is struggling, by educating them, listening to them, or help by working with the family.
The main issues I see walk in my door are: depression, mood disorders, anger issues, suicidal thoughts/ attempts, hearing voices or seeing things that aren’t there, self-esteems issues, relationship problems (whether with family or spouses), struggling with substance abuse, and more.
I have been married and have 2 children of my own, so I understand family dynamics and the concept of being married, as well as divorced. I was a dependent in the military and understand this culture. I have lived in Texas since 2005 and before this moved several times and was exposed to many areas, people, and cultures. I have chosen this profession because I genuinely care for others and have the desire to help.

I graduated with my Master’s Degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in 2011. I have been a part of New Braunfels Counseling Center since 2014.

Suzette Castilleja-Decker, LPC

Suzette Castilleja-Decker is Licensed Professional Counselor at New Braunfels Counseling Center and loves helping people find their peace, passion, and emotional well- being. She has a Master’s in School Counseling from Lamar University and a Bachelor’s of Science from Texas A & M University. Her specialties include Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Play Therapy, Gottman Method, Internal Family Systems Therapy and college and career planning. Suzette Sees children and individuals starting at age 8 to adults. She is LGBTQIA allied.

Katrina Spivey, MS, NCC, LPC, RPT

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor having earned a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in 2014. As a person-centered therapist I believe that a strong therapeutic relationship with the client is essential in the healing process. I view my clients as independent and resourceful individuals who take an active role in their own healing process. My role as therapist is to promote the necessary conditions for change to occur. Although I work with all ages, I am primarily a Registered Play Therapist working with children and adolescents experiencing emotional, behavioral and social issues, trauma, abuse, depression and anxiety.

I take the time to get to know the client, discussing the reasons for pursuing therapy, then develop a personalized plan to help the client reach their goals. I have advanced training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trust Based Relational Intervention, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Sandtray Therapy Techniques, and Expressive Art Techniques.

I aim to provide every individual with a safe place to share their concerns and to develop a healthier self-image. I believe I can help clients develop tools for peace in life. I want to empower my clients by developing coping skills to help strengthen their well-being and lead fulfilling lives. Please contact my office to get started on this journey.

Vikki Vanderhoeven, LMFT

Vikki has over 12 years of experience as a therapist. She is known for developing a warm and safe connection with her clients which makes the work of therapy less daunting and more effective. Her therapeutic approach encourages awareness and curiosity for all parts of self, helps people see how their past impacts their present and future. She is also passionate about helping couples find a secure attachment with one another to reduce cycles of conflict and to restore feelings of love.

She specializes in recovery from different kinds of trauma. Whether you’ve experienced emotional abuse, sexual abuse, childhood trauma, grief and loss, disturbing memories, dissociation, or just feel stuck, she uses a powerful tool called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, EMDR to help you recover.

She also sees many clients suffering from anxiety, depression, grief and loss, divorce, parenting issues, and marital conflict.

Vikki earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from California State University, Fresno in 2004 and went on to graduate with a Master of Arts degree in Marriage, Family & Child Counseling from Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary From Fresno, CA in 2009. She is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the State of Texas.

She has advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, EFT and utilizes this approach with couples counseling. In addition she is an EMDR trained therapist through EMDR International Association.

Tifarah Canion, LPC-A

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