Phil studied at St Mary's University Graduate School earning a Master of Arts and graduated with distinction from the highly competitive and intensive Marriage and Family Therapy program.
Phil's academic focus was on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and families suffering from the trauma of suicide.
Phil has been working with families in pastoral settings for 18 years and clinically since 2007. His unique blend of humor, pastoral, educational and clinical skills have enabled families to understand how the dynamics of family relationships can get off track from time to time.
AAMFT -- Allied Mental Health Professional
Phil's primary theoretical approach to treatment is Solution Focus Brief Therapy which respects the unique beliefs and strengths of each family member seeking relief from distress and finds solutions to improve their particular situations and bring hope. There are no "cookie-cutter" approaches used here. Counseling is tailored to suit the specific needs of every family or couple.
Family Counseling is a type of psychological therapy that helps family members improve communication, acquire skills to cope with difficult situations, and understand the dynamics of relationships. It is much more than individual and group therapy and requires a substantial amount of specialized training. Phil can help you explore the strengths in your family that make it special.
Couples Counseling is for adults in a relationship whether they be married or partners or dating. Counseling helps resolve difficult problems that are emotionally sensitive with a partner's history that involve trust.
Adolescent/Child Counseling usually focuses on interpersonal relationships, school, bullying, identity, divorce, grieve, stress, self-esteem. (Of course, there are always exceptions!) Since teens and children are still developing and experience attachment issues, they will typically see reality differently than adults. Phil finds it helpful when one or both parents are present for sessions. In this manner, he treats teen/child counseling as a family counseling session.
Premarital Counseling is a type of therapy that helps a couple prepare for marriage. The issues explored vary from counselor to counselor but will typically help the couple identify strengths and weaknesses in the relationship, common goals, child-rearing, in-laws, religion, and finances. Phil believes each couple is unique and he works with each couple's value system whether it be faith-based or secular.
You can now work with an expert who has years of experience treating families suffering from addictions, marital problems, questions about faith, financial issues, and problems between parents and children. Phil's talent for working with families suffering from addictions is highly respected, and he has helped develop family education programs for other treatment providers in San Antonio.