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Philip Kolba, MA

Psychotherapist

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Are you fulfilled by your relationships as you deserve to be? I specialize in online relationship counseling for LGBTQ and hetero clients. By examining your life and relationships with a counselor you can increase your capacity for happiness and success.

Laura Wallace, Ph.D, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

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Laura provides therapy to children, adolescents, couples, and families using a strengths-based, family systems approach. She has specialized training in trauma-related issues as well as Gestalt approaches to therapy.

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Location: El Paso, Texas

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Counseling El Paso Texas

Therapist Coronado Hills, East El Paso, Kern Place, Mission Valley El Paso, Sunset Heights

One of the more important El Paso planners, Anson mills, is known as the Father of El Paso. One of his most remembered contributions to the growing city was his proposal to change the name from Franklin to El Paso.1 The population was at around roughly 10,000 in 1890 after several large railroad companies moved into town. With its growth in population came a reputation for lawlessness and disorder. The town hired a marshal by the name of Dallas Stoudenmire who was known for his quick temper and rough manner. The newcomer used fear to control the City Council, but he turned out to be effective at ending the rampant crime that plagued the area. During the 1920s and 1930s, El Paso became an important business center with several hotels, and the first Hilton Hotel opened in the city. Despite a few hiccups, El Paso has continued to grow throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

Mental Health in El Paso

Similar to all major cities in the United States, El Paso has a significant population who lives with a mental illness or addiction, or struggles with day-to-day emotional health. Due to its proximity to the border of Mexico, one of El Paso's major problems is illegal drug use. Virtually all illegal drugs are available in El Paso or across the border. Yet, the primary cause of addiction treatment in El Paso is alcohol. Opiate use is also on the rise. As a result, drug treatment programs are in high demand at El Paso area mental health facilities.2

Many schoolchildren in El Paso are the subject of bullying or witness others being bullied. It is a significant problem that leads to emotional distress, physical altercations, and in some instances, bullied students taking their own lives. To curb the incidence of bullying, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office has implemented an anti-bullying campaign in the area's schools. The mission of the campaign is to educate students, parents, and the community about bullying and inform them of laws that ban harassment and intimidation. Furthermore, the campaign seeks to work with stakeholders to develop and deploy anti-bullying programs in schools that establish a culture of acceptance. Additional information about the program is available by calling 915-996-5060.3

Current Education

The University of Texas-El Paso offers a graduate degree program in mental health counseling that prepares individuals for practice as a licensed professional counselor in the state of Texas. The program centers on a community mental health track, which gives students insight into appropriate counseling methods to use in community settings, such as community mental health centers, social service agencies, or family counseling centers. There are also program options for school counseling and marriage and family therapy for those who wish to work with those populations. For additional information about the programs available, call 915-747-5572.4


References

1. Texas State Historical Association. (2017). Anson Mills. Retrieved from http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fmi36
2. Texas Department of State Health Services. (2010). Patterns and Trends of Drug Abuse in El Paso, Texas. Retrieved from https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/sa/research/currenttrends/1998/elpaso98.html
3. El Paso County Sheriff's Office. (2017). Anti-Bullying Coalition. Retrieved from http://www.epcabc.com/
4. University of Texas-El Paso. (2016). Counseling Degrees. Retrieved from http://coe.utep.edu/epss/index.php/academic-programs/counseling

El Paso is located in El Paso County, Texas. It has a land area of 256.77 square miles and a water area of 0.86 square miles.  The population of El Paso is 681,124 people with 220,682 households and a median annual income of $42,772. .


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Mental health treatment and therapy in El Paso is sometimes a struggle to afford for families and individuals without proper insurance coverage. Finances for many in El Paso are not able to cover long term weekly counseling sessions without a budgetary plan in place. The good news is that therapists are often willing to work with you if accessibility is an issue. Low cost therapy and sliding scales are just some of the options that therapists can offer. Insurance may cover your sessions as well. Talk to your counselor to learn more.