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The Ecumenical Center (Nonprofit / Christian )

The Center is an ecumenical force for hope, dedicated to alleviating suffering and facilitating spiritual, ethical, physical, emotional and intellectual healing and growth for our community and God’s world.

The Center is affiliated with and accredited by three prominent faith-based, standard-setting organizations: The Samaritan Institute, the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.

At The Ecumenical Center, we serve as a catalyst to bring together community leaders in the research, education, medical and mental health professions. The purpose is to allow us to offer professional help and hope in a caring atmosphere. Our counselors and educators recognize that the body, mind and spirit are interrelated. They are people of personal faith with an openness and understanding of other faith expressions, trained to incorporate, when requested, the understandings and traditions of the client’s individual beliefs in the growing and healing process.

Fee adjustments are available based on personal financial need and available funding. Many of our educational programs, counseling training and consultation services are underwritten in whole or part by generous businesses, organizations and ministries.

Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday: CLOSED
Mary Beth Fisk - CEO/Executive Director Send email
(210) 616-0885 x: 215
Hotlines and Virtual Assistance

At The Center, we’ve long recognized that creative arts can help people cope with mental, physical, emotional and spiritual issues.

Join us at The Center for a no-cost monthly Poetry Writing Circle.

Bring your notebook or journal.

Virtual Poetry Writing is open to anyone 18 years of age and older. No experience with writing poetry is necessary!

Click here for more program information.

Please call or email to reserve a seat!

Free.

Every 3rd Saturday: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Lejla Cenanovic Send email
(210) 616-0885
Cyra Dumitu - Leader
Updated within the last year

Wellness Conversations:

Our Wellness Conversations create a safe place for dialogue that helps you achieve mental, spiritual, emotional and relational wellness through positive action.

  • Telephone sessions are proven to be as effective as in-person counseling
  • All you need is access to a phone
  • Please be prepared to share your contact info
  • No out-of-pocket costs at this time

Tele-Counseling:

The Center’s tele-counseling services are available to provide ongoing counseling services to people in need during this pandemic. Our professional counselors are ready to share their expertise in every type of counseling, including:

  • Child and Adolescent Counseling
  • Individual Counseling
  • Couple Counseling
  • Family Counseling
  • Grief and Trauma Counseling

Please call to schedule a Tele-Counseling Session or Wellness Conversation today.

Click here for more program information.

Hours
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

Updated within the last year
Notice

There is no more important role you play than that of parent! If you have children under 10 years of age, look closely at Child Parent RelationshipTraining (CPRT). CPRT is an evidence-based, parent-training intervention for treating children experiencing a wide range of social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties.

Helps individuals deal with the often-complex concerns and problems faced by teenagers in today’s world.

We use a team approach, drawing upon the unique talents of professionals from the counseling, theological and medical disciplines. Our collaborations allow us to renew a person’s mind, body and spirit.

Our counselors have graduate degrees and are certified or licensed as professional therapists by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors or a state licensing board.

Please call or click here to schedule an appointment.

We are committed to providing the best service possible for as many people as possible. In keeping with our mission, fee adjustments are available based on personal financial need and available funding.

An appropriate fee would be established through conversation with your counselor during your initial session taking into account such factors as gross family income and resources, number of dependents, and extenuating circumstances.

Updated within the last week

Helps individuals come to a deeper self-understanding and self-appreciation through exploration of a variety of mental health, professional, and life-style concerns. Individual counseling is one-on-one care for emotional, relational, and vocational stress, which might include depression, anxiety, grief, faith concerns and more.

We use a team approach, drawing upon the unique talents of professionals from the counseling, theological and medical disciplines. Our collaborations allow us to renew a person’s mind, body and spirit.

Our counselors have graduate degrees and are certified or licensed as professional therapists by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors or a state licensing board.

Please call or click here to schedule an appointment.

We are committed to providing the best service possible for as many people as possible. In keeping with our mission, fee adjustments are available based on personal financial need and available funding.

Hours
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

Updated within the last year

Includes play therapy which allows children to communicate their needs, express feelings and wishes, and to facilitate healing through age-appropriate activities designed specifically to help deal with emotional distress. We also offer testing services for children through our Mindwise Now program.

We use a team approach, drawing upon the unique talents of professionals from the counseling, theological and medical disciplines. Our collaborations allow us to renew a person’s mind, body and spirit.

Our counselors have graduate degrees and are certified or licensed as professional therapists by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors or a state licensing board.

Please call or click here to schedule an appointment.

We are committed to providing the best service possible for as many people as possible. In keeping with our mission, fee adjustments are available based on personal financial need and available funding.

Updated within the last week

Community Counselors help people who are uninsured, whose existing coverage does not provide mental health services benefits, are low-income and lack the money to pay for counseling services, or who would not receive treatment any other way. Counseling services are provided by trained, licensed professional counselors, licensed clinical social workers, and licensed marriage and family counselors. Sessions are private and conducted in a safe and familiar environment such as churches and community centers.

The first meeting with a counselor is free. A modest fee based on a sliding fee scale is collected for each follow-up session; however, no one is denied service because they cannot pay.

An appointment must be scheduled in advance.
Updated within the last week

Assists with communication, conflict management, marital expectations, parenting, and other relationship issues.

We use a team approach, drawing upon the unique talents of professionals from the counseling, theological and medical disciplines. Our collaborations allow us to renew a person’s mind, body and spirit.

Our counselors have graduate degrees and are certified or licensed as professional therapists by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors or a state licensing board.

Please call or click here to schedule an appointment.

We are committed to providing the best service possible for as many people as possible. In keeping with our mission, fee adjustments are available based on personal financial need and available funding.

Updated within the last week

The Ecumenical Center collaborates with many organizations to provide quality, educational workshops designed to strengthen the community’s care providers.

Please call or click here to find out more about our events.

Hours
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

Updated within the last year

At The Center, we’ve long recognized that creative arts can help people cope with mental, physical, emotional and spiritual issues.

Join us at The Center for a no-cost, monthly therapeutic rhythm making the session led by Jorge Ochoa, Occupational Therapist.

Expressive Therapeutic rhythm making can have many benefits, including:

  • Accelerating physical healing and boosting your immune system
  • Feeling more connection with others
  • Feeling of well-being
  • Relieving emotional trauma
  • Reducing stress.

Expressive therapeutic rhythm making sessions are open to anyone, so bring along the whole family. No experience is necessary!

To reserve a seat, please email Leila Cenanovice or call The Center at (210) 616-0885.

Free.

Every first Saturday
Leila Cenanovice Send email
(210) 616-0885
Updated within the last month

Usually involves several family members and helps with communication, problem-solving, conflict management, losses such as death and divorce, changes, and understanding of family dynamics.

We use a team approach, drawing upon the unique talents of professionals from the counseling, theological and medical disciplines. Our collaborations allow us to renew a person’s mind, body and spirit.

Our counselors have graduate degrees and are certified or licensed as professional therapists by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors or a state licensing board.

Please call or click here to schedule an appointment.

We are committed to providing the best service possible for as many people as possible. In keeping with our mission, fee adjustments are available based on personal financial need and available funding.

Updated within the last week

Provided in the recognition that change and growth continue through the life cycle, and with the awareness that the older person may have particular needs. Counseling can be provided for the older person experiencing difficulty or for family members and caregivers concerned about the well being of an older person.

At The Ecumenical Center, we view healing as the integration of mind, body and spirit. That’s why we want every aspect of care provided to be clinically competent, and – where desired – theologically informed and spiritually sensitive. Nowhere is this more apparent than in our counseling services.

Our approach to counseling:

We help people of every age, stage and condition of life – and from every imaginable cultural background – in dealing with all types of challenges. To do this, we offer a multidimensional approach to counseling. Based on client preference, we can provide a straightforward clinical counseling style – or we can take a faith-based approach that correlates with the client’s traditions.

Our counseling staff and qualifications:

All of us working in this field are state-licensed counselors, graduate and doctorate level therapists, psychologists, registered play therapists, LPCs, LPSWs and LPC-S working under supervision. In addition, all those who deal with faith-based counseling clients are certified by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

Please call or click here to schedule an appointment.

We are committed to providing the best service possible for as many people as possible. In keeping with our mission, fee adjustments are available based on personal financial need and available funding.

Updated within the last week

Designed to meet the particular needs of people who share similar issues. Individual counseling is required prior to group counseling.

We use a team approach, drawing upon the unique talents of professionals from the counseling, theological and medical disciplines. Our collaborations allow us to renew a person’s mind, body and spirit.

At The Ecumenical Center, we view healing as the integration of mind, body and spirit. That’s why we want every aspect of care provided to be clinically competent, and – where desired – theologically informed and spiritually sensitive. Nowhere is this more apparent than in our counseling services.

Our approach to counseling:

We help people of every age, stage and condition of life – and from every imaginable cultural background – in dealing with all types of challenges. To do this, we offer a multidimensional approach to counseling. Based on client preference, we can provide a straightforward clinical counseling style – or we can take a faith-based approach that correlates with the client’s traditions.

Our counseling staff and qualifications:

All of us working in this field are state-licensed counselors, graduate and doctorate level therapists, psychologists, registered play therapists, LPCs, LPSWs and LPC-S working under supervision. In addition, all those who deal with faith-based counseling clients are certified by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

Please call or click here to schedule an appointment.

We are committed to providing the best service possible for as many people as possible. In keeping with our mission, fee adjustments are available based on personal financial need and available funding.

Updated within the last week

One-on-one care for emotional, relational and vocational stress, which might include depression, anxiety, grief, faith concerns and more.

We use a team approach, drawing upon the unique talents of professionals from the counseling, theological and medical disciplines. Our collaborations allow us to renew a person’s mind, body and spirit.

At The Ecumenical Center, we view healing as the integration of mind, body and spirit. That’s why we want every aspect of care provided to be clinically competent, and – where desired – theologically informed and spiritually sensitive. Nowhere is this more apparent than in our counseling services.

Our approach to counseling:

We help people of every age, stage and condition of life – and from every imaginable cultural background – in dealing with all types of challenges. To do this, we offer a multidimensional approach to counseling. Based on client preference, we can provide a straightforward clinical counseling style – or we can take a faith-based approach that correlates with the client’s traditions.

Our counseling staff and qualifications:

All of us working in this field are state-licensed counselors, graduate and doctorate level therapists, psychologists, registered play therapists, LPCs, LPSWs and LPC-S working under supervision. In addition, all those who deal with faith-based counseling clients are certified by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

Please call or click here to schedule an appointment.

We are committed to providing the best service possible for as many people as possible. In keeping with our mission, fee adjustments are available based on personal financial need and available funding.

Updated within the last week
Notice

NOTE: Our support groups are closed groups and with limited seating. To be placed our list please complete the application : 2023 Friend Family participant Intake Form Life After Loss Support Group

The completed form must be emailed to: [email protected] 

Life After Loss is a program of The Ecumenical Center designed to help people better understand the process of grief and how to live through it in a way that is healing. It provides a place to share experiences and to support one other. Each six-week session is a combination of teaching, discussion, and learning activities. Led by trained facilitators with knowledge of bereavement and grief support.

Sessions cover the physical, emotional, spiritual and social implications of grief; the process of grief; memories and how to use them to heal; how to take care of yourself while you grieve; holidays and anniversary dates and planning for the future. Attending all six sessions is most beneficial, therefore no new participants are accepted after the second session.

The sessions are open to those who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

For a list of San Antonio area bereavement support groups, please click here.

Free.

Call the Center for details of upcoming sessions.
Lejla Cenanovic Send email
Updated within the last week
Notice

Registration is open up to three months in advance.

At The Center, we’ve long recognized that creative arts can help people cope with mental, physical, emotional and spiritual issues.

These activities can:

  • Relieve stress
  • Encourage creative thinking and problem-solving
  • Increase brain connectivity and plasticity
  • Boost self-esteem
  • Improve the quality of life

Open Art Studio is a wonderful opportunity for people of ALL AGES (6 to 106 years) to use art materials in a playful manner in a relaxed setting.

Open Art Studio happens every fourth Saturday 10 am to 1 pm

Click here for more program information.

To reserve a seat, please email Deb Murphy or call The Center.

This creative experience is FREE! All materials are provided.

Every 4th Saturday: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Deb Murphy, LPC-AT-S, ATR-BC - Program Director Send email
(210) 616-0885
Updated within the last week

Provides an opportunity for couples contemplating or committed to marriage to strengthen and enrich their relationship by building upon their particular strengths, exploring concerns and clarifying expectations while gaining a deeper understanding of themselves and each other. Counseling is provided for individual couples and in larger group workshop formats.

We use a team approach, drawing upon the unique talents of professionals from the counseling, theological and medical disciplines. Our collaborations allow us to renew a person’s mind, body and spirit.

Our counselors have graduate degrees and are certified or licensed as professional therapists by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors or a state licensing board.

Please call or click here to schedule an appointment.

Counseling is available in person or virtually.

We are committed to providing the best service possible for as many people as possible. In keeping with our mission, fee adjustments are available based on personal financial need and available funding.

Session Number of Sessions Fees
Marriage 101 4 $130/hour or $400 in advance
(20% discount)
Marriage 102 12 $130/hour or $1,200 in advance
(20% discount)
Marriage 101 & 102 16 (4 pre-marital + monthly sessions for one year) $130/hour or $1,600 in advance
(25% discount)
Updated within the last week

Helps people in a variety of personal and professional relationships to understand relationship expectations, improve communication, problem-solving and decision-making, and to develop appreciation of differences.

We use a team approach, drawing upon the unique talents of professionals from the counseling, theological and medical disciplines. Our collaborations allow us to renew a person’s mind, body and spirit.

Our counselors have graduate degrees and are certified or licensed as professional therapists by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors or a state licensing board.

Please call or click here to schedule an appointment.

We are committed to providing the best service possible for as many people as possible. In keeping with our mission, fee adjustments are available based on personal financial need and available funding.

Updated within the last week

Available for individuals and couples who have questions or concerns related to the sexual aspects of their relationship and/or want to gain a deeper or more integrated understanding of sexuality and faith.

We use a team approach, drawing upon the unique talents of professionals from the counseling, theological and medical disciplines. Our collaborations allow us to renew a person’s mind, body and spirit.

Our counselors have graduate degrees and are certified or licensed as professional therapists by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors or a state licensing board.

Please call or click here to schedule an appointment.

We are committed to providing the best service possible for as many people as possible. In keeping with our mission, fee adjustments are available based on personal financial need and available funding.

Updated within the last week
Notice

Find help through our varied programs, including Child Parent Relationship Training and our online Parenting Tips resource.

We support parents. You have one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs on earth. Find help through our varied programs, including Child Parent Relationship Training and our online Parenting Tips resource.

We are delighted to offer a series of short parenting videos as part of our education program, generously underwritten by Methodist Healthcare Ministries. The entire free series is housed on our YouTube Channel.

Please call or click here to schedule an appointment for our Child-Parent Relationship training.

Updated within the last week

Offering a wide range of testing administered by certified, highly-trained psychologists and counselors to help assess gifted and talented, learning disabilities, ADD and ADHD, depression, developmental delays, cognitive delays, career preferences, marital compatibility, clinical behaviors, substance abuse, IQ, personality traits and emotional/behavioral problems, among other things.

We use a team approach, drawing upon the unique talents of professionals from the counseling, theological and medical disciplines. Our collaborations allow us to renew a person’s mind, body and spirit.

Our counselors have graduate degrees and are certified or licensed as professional therapists by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors or a state licensing board.

Please call or click here to schedule an appointment.

Click here for more information on testing.

To view the Signs & Symptoms of Depression & Anxiety: A Guide for Children & Adolescents booklet, click here.

We are committed to providing the best service possible for as many people as possible. In keeping with our mission, fee adjustments are available based on personal financial need and available funding.

Frank Emmett, Ph.D. - Clinical Director
(210) 616-0885 x: 0
Updated within the last 2 months.

Volunteers:

We are grateful for those who support The Center through their time.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact The Center at 210.616.0885 for more information.

Donations:

The work of The Center would not be possible without the generous donations from individuals, religious congregations, foundations, and businesses and from the income generated from The Center's services and programs.

Click here to make a donation online.

Mail your donation to The Center at:

The Ecumenical Center, 8310 Ewing Halsell, San Antonio, TX 78229.

You can also participate by donating through:

  • Vehicle Donations
  • Planned giving
  • Funding our endowment
  • Attending or sponsoring our events
  • Joining Legacy of Life
  • Providing congregational support
Hours
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

Updated within the last year