Leadership Team

Our visionary leaders inspire, innovate, and guide our organization toward excellence. Meet the individuals shaping our mission and fostering a culture of compassion and growth.

Therapists and Counselors

Our therapists and counselors are empathetic listeners and skilled healers. They provide personalized care, helping you navigate your challenges and empowering you to find resilience and strength.

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Jeanette Ballesteros, MS, LPC-S

CLINICAL DIRECTOR | OWNER

Jeanette Ballesteros, a compassionate licensed professional counselor and approved supervisor, is deeply committed to transforming lives through her expertise in mental health treatment. As the proud owner and founder of South Texas Counseling Agency, PLLC, she has established a renowned practice in McAllen, specializing in trauma treatment, couples counseling, and guiding individuals through grief and loss.

Jeanette’s educational journey began with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Texas Pan American, followed by a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at the same institution in Edinburg, TX. Motivated by her own life experiences, she discovered the power of resolving conflicts through non-adversarial methods, leading to profound healing and meaningful resolutions. Licensed as a professional counselor in 2013 and earning supervisor status in 2016, Jeanette possesses over 15 years of education and training in an integrative clinical approach.

Specializing in EMDR therapy, Jeanette offers highly personalized counseling deeply rooted in scientific research and relational dynamics. She collaborates closely with her clients, co-determining goals and crafting a customized path toward healing. Jeanette’s expertise lies in understanding trauma and its pervasive impact on various aspects of our lives. Her practice thrives in helping individuals and relationships where trauma has left its mark. Notably, Jeanette welcomes clients at different stages of their therapeutic journey, embracing all with her gentle and compassionate approach.

Patricia M. Skalitsky, M. Ed., LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

With a graduate degree from the University of Texas Pan American and 16 years of mental health experience, I specialize in aiding diverse clients, focusing on issues such as domestic abuse and family discord. My expertise includes diagnostic assessments, treatment planning, and crisis intervention, with a primary focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I excel in individual therapy for youths, at-risk adolescents, adults, and families, emphasizing a supportive environment.

Additionally, I have a proven track record in supervisory roles and crisis prevention. Beyond clinical work, I’ve mentored staff, engaged in public speaking, and contributed significantly to community health programs, emphasizing my dedication to holistic well-being.

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Jackie Pulido, MS, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

I am a Texas Licensed Professional Counselor with over eight years experience in employee assistance programs, community clinics, inpatient facilities, k-12 schools, and private practice. In these positions I have helped diverse clients to set and achieve therapeutic goals by using cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive processing therapy, solution-focused therapy, and other evidence-based modalities. I hold a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from what was previously the University of Texas Pan American and received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Child & Family Studies from Baylor University. I have experience treating depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, relationship issues, behavioral issues, and substance abuse issues. Apart from holding my LPC, I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). I provide my clients a safe space where they can be open and honest, without fear of judgment. I enjoy teaching clients to take control of their thoughts and learn new strategies to help achieve long-term success.

Stephanie Gonzalez, MS, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Stephanie believes that the acceptance of oneself completely and unconditionally is the purpose of existence, and that it is necessary for our own development to accept our mistakes and pain. Stephanie has a double Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Texas Pan American. She has been practicing within the field for over 13 years in various Outpatient Mental Health Clinics, non-profit organizations, and private practice settings.

Stephanie is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused, Client Centered Therapy and Psycho-Educational Therapy.

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”

~ Carl Jung

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Miguel Garza, MS, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

My name is Miguel Garza and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with South Texas Counseling Agency. I graduated from UTRGV in 2011 with my Masters of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling. I have 10 years of experience within the mental health field. Currently I have about five years of clinical experience working with children, teenagers and adults, helping them with their emotional needs. Through the years I have learned many skills through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy to address an array of mental health needs like behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, grief, crisis intervention, trauma and couples counseling.

“It ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, that’s how winning is done.”

~ Rocky Balboa

Janneth Alvidrez, MS, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Bridging Gaps in Mental Healthcare

Janneth is a dedicated mental healthcare professional with a strong academic foundation. She earned a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Texas Pan American in 2010. Her academic journey laid the groundwork for her commitment to improving the lives of others through counseling.

Janneth’s career spans various mental health settings. Her unique bilingual skills enable her to connect with a diverse range of individuals, breaking down language barriers and fostering a deeper understanding of their needs. Janneth’s expertise knows no bounds as she specializes in working with individuals in all age groups. She excels in addressing issues such as anxiety , depression, adjustment issues and trauma.

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Ana Parras, MS, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Ana Parra is a licensed professional counselor with a passion for helping individuals navigate life’s challenges and find their inner strength. With over 10 years of experience in the field, Ana has worked with diverse populations including adolescent, adults and families. Ana holds a master’s degree in counseling gand is dedicated to providing a safe and nonjudgmental space for her clients to explore their thoughts and emotions. Through her work, Ana strives to empower individuals to overcome obstacles, build resilience and lead fulfilling lives.

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Nellie Cano, MS, LMSW

Associate Therapist

Nellie Cano is a bilingual Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) under LCSW-Supervision that has over 15 years of experience in both the mental health and social work field. Ms. Cano’s educational background includes a Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from the University of Texas Pan American. Ms. Cano is focused on providing a safe space for clients while empowering them through the therapeutic process. She will provide a treatment approach that addresses internal and external contributors to your mental health needs. Ms. Cano utilizes a person-centered approach and will use evidence-based modalities tailored to the client’s unique treatment. She will often use aspects of Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during treatment. Whether you're seeking support for anxiety, depression, self-esteem, trauma, family conflict, relationship conflict or grief, she is here to guide you with empathy and understanding.

Melissa Rodriguez, M. Ed.

Licensed Professional Associate

My name is Melissa Rodriguez and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) from UTRGV in Edinburg, Texas. I have a Master’s degree in Education with a major in Counseling & Guidance, and have worked as a Middle School Migrant & Academic Counselor for 15 years, 2 years as a Curriculum Assistant, 5 years as an Elementary School Counselor and 5 years as an Elementary School Teacher. Throughout my years of experience I have worked in many capacities, and have worked with a diversity of different populations. My personal goal is to help individuals reach their desired goals and full potential by implementing a client-centered approach. I believe that there is always room for improvement in everyone’s quality of life, and that through consistent counseling and self-discovery change can occur.

“Life is so precious, one day, one hour and one minute will not come again. Avoid fights if you can, forgive quickly, and speak kind words”

~ Wisdom Quotes

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Roy Olivarez, MS, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

I specialize in working with client that have experienced trauma or relationship difficulties. My experience include treating those that suffer from anxiety, depression, trauma, grief or relationship conflicts. Working together, we will discover the obstacles and hurdles that prevent you from living the type of life you deserve. My combined methods involve using multiple approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Conflict Resolution and Motivational Interviewing. I am eager to work with an empathetic ear and a trauma-focused lens.

Una Breithaupt

Office Manager

Una González Breithaupt is a highly skilled and dedicated professional serving as the Office Manager at South Texas Counseling Agency in McAllen, TX. With a wealth of experience in office administration and a deep commitment to supporting mental health services, Una plays a vital role in ensuring the efficient and effective operation of the agency. Her attention to detail, strong organizational abilities, and ability to multitask make her an invaluable asset to the agency. As the Office Manager, Una oversees a wide array of administrative tasks, including managing schedules, coordinating appointments, and maintaining client records. Her exceptional interpersonal skills and empathetic nature allow her to create a warm and inviting environment for clients and staff alike.

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Why We Are Here

“To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors.”

~ Tia Walker

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