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Alamo Heights Counseling (Business )

Alamo Heights Counseling is a small practice of licensed professional counselors serving the greater San Antonio area from our conveniently located office on Loop 410 East. 

We are dedicated to providing you with the best possible therapy experience for your unique situation, whether you are seeking assistance with a life transition, desiring assistance coping with the after-effects of a traumatic experience, or coping with a long-term mental health issue. 

Whatever your needs, we are confident that one of our dedicated and compassionate therapists will be able to provide you with the tools you need to heal and move forward wherever life takes you.

We are local counselors, here for you, in person or by telehealth. We service individuals and Family counseling for adults, children, & couples.

Services:

  • Counseling/Psychotherapy
  • EMDR
  • Hypnoanalysis
  • Court-related Services
  • DFPS Services
  • New Clinician Supervision

Click here for forms and intake packets

Monday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Wednesday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Thursday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Friday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Evenings & Weekends, by Appointment Only

Cherie Shulter is trained as a mental health professional/facilitator to provide services in Collaborative Law matters, including Collaborative Divorce. Collaborative Law is a non-adversarial legal process outside the court system. Attorneys represent both parties, but the parties and attorneys have signed a Collaborative Agreement that requires, in part, that if they decide to change to the adversarial process and take the matter to court both attorneys are relieved of their representation. The parties will find new attorneys and start the process again.

When parties commit to the collaborative process, they emphasize that the two know what is best for them (and their children if they are part of their family). By committing to the collaborative process, the parties remove the “wild card” aspects of going to court such as which judge will be assigned, how much testimony the judge will be willing to hear, and whether the judge will order outside professionals such as a visitation observer, a parenting facilitators, and custody evaluator.

By engaging in the collaborative process, parties ensure that the decision-makers for their case will be themselves. In addition to the parties, and their attorneys, most collaborative law cases also, include a financial professional and a mental health professional. Financial professionals help the parties explore how divorce will affect wealth preservation and how the division of assets may affect

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 Evenings & Weekends, by Appointment Only
Updated within the last month

The word counseling means several different things. In a mental health context, it refers to a service that can also be referred to as therapy or psychotherapy. While some make a distinction between counseling and therapy, to provide information to assist a prospective client decide to pursue counseling at Alamo Heights Counseling, the terms may be used interchangeably.

Generally, counseling doesn’t involve advice-giving; instead, counselors are trained in a variety of skills that allow them to help individuals reach their unique answers to questions and solutions to situations that may be perceived as problems. Instead of telling you what to do, a counselor helps a person explore options and find the one that is best for that person.

Types of Counseling/Therapy:

  • Rogerian/Person-Centered
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Solution Focused (Brief) Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Sand Tray Therapy, Sandplay therapy

 

 

We accept most major insurance

Depending on the clinician:

  • Sliding scale
  • Low-cost service
Hours
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: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

Evenings & Weekends, by Appointment Only
Updated within the last month

What are Court Related Services?
Court-related services is a blanket term that refers to several services provided by mental health professionals to support individuals involved in legal matters. As they cover a wide range of services, each service will be described thoroughly here.

If you have been to court and the judge has mandated a specific service, it is considered a court-related service. Similarly, if your attorney advises you to obtain a service, the service is likely related to court proceedings.

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Hours
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: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

Evenings & Weekends, by Appointment Only
Updated within the last month

A custody evaluation is defined by the Texas Family Code as “an evaluative process in a contested case through which information, opinions, recommendations, and answers to specific questions asked by the court made by made regarding conservatorship of a child, including the terms and conditions of conservatorship, possession of or access to the child, including the terms and conditions of possession or access or any other issue affecting the best interest of a child and made to the court, the parties to the suit, the parties attorneys, and any other person appointed under this chapter by the court in the suit. [Texas Family Code Section 107.101(1)].

Custody evaluations are ordered by the Court in connection with a divorce, request to change conservatorship, or other suit affecting a parent-child relationship. A custody evaluation involves home visits, interviews of parents, interviews of children (both the subjects of the suit and other children living in the home) observation of parents and children interacting with one another, background checks, and many other elements that are defined by law.  Custody evaluations can be requested by a party but can also be ordered by a judge without a request from either party. If you have questions about the legal issues involved, consult an attorney who practices family law.

While the Texas Family Code outlines the requirements for an evaluation and the qualifications of an evaluator, In Bexar County, the Domestic Relations Office, located on the third floor of the Bexar County Courthouse, maintains a list of custody evaluators who have already been determined to have met the qualifications and are therefore approved to provide services in the Bexar County Courts. The surrounding counties may or may not maintain a specific list, but those who are listed on the Bexar County Evaluators List meet (or exceed) the criteria outlined in the Texas Family Code and are qualified to provide custody evaluations in any county in Texas. Cherie Shulter provides custody evaluations in Bexar and surrounding counties on a limited basis. She also provides oversight for the following providers who are also on the Bexar County Evaluators List: Corrina Espinosa Herrera, LPC-S, Bexar County Evaluator Number 1134; Lillian Little, LMSW Bexar County Evaluator Number 1634; and Elvira Marquez, LPC Bexar County Evaluator Number 1419. 

Click here for a copy of the Bexar County Domestic Relations Office’s list of custody evaluators can be accessed

Those interested in having Cherie, Corrina, Lillian, or Elvira ordered to provide a custody evaluation may contact our office directly at 210-822-2600 or may contact the Bexar County Domestic Relations office at 210-335-1242 or visit their website at: https://www.bexar.org/3186/Domestic-Relations-Office

Click here for evaluators and fee listing

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 Evenings & Weekends, by Appointment Only
Updated within the last month

The term “DFPS Services” refers to services performed under a contract between Alamo Heights Counseling, Inc. and the State of Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. A service is not necessarily a DFPS service just because the service is recommended by an employee of DFPS. Only when the services are required by DFPS to complete a Family Plan of Service or when the services are being paid for by DFPS is the service truly considered to be a “DFPS Service.”

These services may have additional requirements beyond HIPAA, informed consent, or insurance guidelines. DFPS Services may have additional requirements in terms of required paperwork, and releases of information.

DFPS Services that Alamo Heights Counseling offers:

  • Evaluation and Treatment Services
  • Supervised Visitation
  • Supplemental Caregiver Services for Children Without Placement
  • Substance Abuse Services (groups and individuals)
  • Hospital Sitting Services

CPS caseworkers can refer families to Alamo Heights Counseling for Evaluation and Treatment Services by creating a 2036 referral form and a 2054 authorization providing 4 units of 86U and a minimum of 16 units of 86C to get started. Other units, such as 86F may also be used if needed. Caseworkers with questions may contact our offices by calling 210-822-2600.

Hours
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: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

Evenings & Weekends, by Appointment Only.
Updated within the last month

What is EMDR?
EMDR is a form of psychotherapy that was developed in the early 1980s by Francine Shapiro. The acronym stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. The reference to ‘eye movements’ refers to the moving of the eyes back and forth (left and right) during the processing of a traumatic memory. While eye movements were the first form of bilateral stimulation to be studied, other forms may be as effective, or more effective with some individuals.

Although relatively new (when compared with psychoanalysis for example) EMDR is well-researched, efficacious, and is considered by most health insurance companies to be a “best practice” for the treatment of trauma, including those associated with a diagnosis of PTSD.

We accept all major insurance

Sliding scale available

Low-cost services 

Hours
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: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

Evenings & Weekends, by Appointment Only
Updated within the last month

An Adoption Evaluation, sometimes informally called a “social study” is defined by the Texas Family Code as “a pre-placement or post-placement evaluative process through which information and recommendations regarding adoption of a child may be made to the court, the parties, and the parties’ attorneys” [Texas Family Code, Subchapter E, Section 107.151(1)].

Adoption evaluations are ordered by the Court in connection with adoptions, including private adoptions and step-parent adoptions. An adoption evaluation involves home visits, interviews of parents and children (both those to be adopted and any others living in the home) observation of the prospective adoptive parent and the child interacting with one another, background checks, and other elements that are defined by law. Adoption evaluations when the Department of Family and Protective Services are different than the evaluations performed for private adoption and are not a service we provide at this time. If you have questions about what type of adoption evaluation applies in your situation, you may need to consult an attorney who practices family law.

All Evaluators on the Bexar County Domestic Relations Office Evaluators List who can provide Custody Evaluations as described above also meet the qualifications outlined in the Texas Family Code for providing Adoption Evaluations. Cherie Shelter provides adoption studies in Bexar and surrounding counties on a limited basis. She also provides oversight for the following providers who are also on the Bexar County Evaluators List: Corrina Espinosa Herrera, LPC-S; Lillian Little, LMSW; and Elvira Marquez, LPC.

Those interested in having Cherie, Corrina, Lillian, or Elvira ordered to provide an adoption study may contact our office directly at 210-822-2600 or may contact the Bexar County Domestic Relations office at 210-335-1242 or visit their website at: https://www.bexar.org/3186/Domestic-Relations-Office

Evaluators listed on the Bexar County Domestic Relations Office’s list of evaluators have already been determined to meet the qualifications required by law. Those that provide adoption evaluations have indicated so and may have provided a starting estimate of costs: https://www.bexar.org/DocumentCenter/View/23558/Child-Custody-Evaluators-List-PDF?bidld=

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 Evenings & Weekends, by Appointment Only
Updated within the last month

Supervised Visitation refers to any visit between a child and an adult or adults in that child’s life that is supervised for whatever reason (such as to ensure the safety of the child, to document behaviors of the child and parent such as in a reunification situation, or to protect the parent from being falsely accused of hurting the child when there have been false allegations by another adult in the past).

Alamo Heights Counseling has a contract with the Department of Family and Protective Services to provide independent objective observers to observe interactions between children in DFPS legal cases and can when sufficient staff are available, provide observers for visits that are ordered by judges outside children’s court as well (such as when ordered by a District Court judge in a family law matter).

Parties or their attorneys may contact our office for additional information or may contact the Bexar County Domestic Relations Office for a reference

Alamo Heights Counseling provides supervised visitation on a limited basis when other resources in Bexar County are inaccessible or have been deemed not to be a good fit. While we are generally able to provide services on relatively short notice, it is imperative that we have a copy of the Court Order and that both parties sign our contract and pay all fees in full before visitation can begin.

 In rare instances when there is no court order but parties agree that one party’s time with the children will be supervised, we may be able to provide an independent observer, but will need documentation of the agreement between the parties.

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 Evenings & Weekends, by Appointment Only
Updated within the last month