Are you searching for peace and happiness?

Spring Oaks Counseling specializes in the healing and empowerment of women, the Hispanic community, People of Color, Indigenous people, immigrants, and children.

Therapy for PTSD, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, and more

Are any of these mental health conditionals taking over your life? Does it feel like you can’t control it no matter how hard you try? Have you already tried therapy but found it ineffective?

If this sounds like you, we’re confident we can help. Our practice offers the most effective forms of treatment to get the relief you deserve.

Psychological Evaluations for Immigration

Immigration screening assesses how the individual’s departure will impact the family and the individual. We offer the following evaluations:

  • Asylum
  • U-Visa
  • T-Visa
  • VAWA
  • Extreme Hardship (I-601, I-601A, I-212, and I-612)

Children Play Therapy

Play therapy refers to a large number of treatment methods, all applying the therapeutic benefits of play. Play therapy helps children to address and resolve their own problems and builds on the natural way that children learn about themselves and their relationships in the world around them.

Belinda Arriaga, LMFT - Associate

Taking the step to participate in counseling demonstrates bravery and motivation for change. Belinda Arriaga renders her clients with empathetic support and encourages them to bring mindfulness to their problems and goals. She believes that individuals are experts on their own story and that their story is unique, as such, Belinda tailors each session according to the clients’ specific needs.

Belinda Arriaga (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Associate in San Antonio, Texas under the supervision of Laurie Ann Hightower, PhD. Belinda received her bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a Minor in Psychology from California State Dominguez Hills University in Carson, California. She received her Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Family, Couple & Individual Psychotherapy as well as a Certificate for Psychology Services for Spanish Speaking Populations from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.

Belinda Arriaga is a child of first-generation immigrants and has been exposed to diverse challenges of acculturation as a result of transitions and new environments. Belinda is a bi-iterate and bicultural psychotherapist that specializes on problems that affect the family when generations within the household have contrasting cultural understandings. When working with couples and families, she explores their cultural differences to find their strengths and their coping tools.

Belinda has experience working in refugee camps in Texas and with the undocumented community in San Antonio, Texas. She has extensive knowledge in immigration procedures, including, I-601/I-601A/I-212/I-612 waivers (Paquete de Perdón), Asylum, VAWA, and U-Visas. Belinda offers detailed and extensive immigration assessments for immigration procedures with the Department of Homeland Security.

Belinda works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She has experience in many areas, including family reunification counseling, depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, multigenerational family conflict, life transitions, chronic pain, and grief. She has interned for the Health Texas Clinic, Community Counseling Service, Haven for Hope, Driggers Elementary Counseling, and the Rape Crisis Center.

Belinda’s approach is both relational and collaborative. She utilizes techniques from evidence-based theories including solution focus therapy, collaborative therapy, narrative therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). She has also received Family Therapy Integrative Behavioral Health Training (FTIBHT) to help clients dealing with chronic pain. She is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, PSI CHI International Society of Psychology, and a Member of Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica.

About Spring Oaks Counseling

Spring Oaks was founded in 2020 after Nidia Valadez worked in group practice for three years. She then realized there was a need for bilingual therapists to empower Latina/Hispanic women and children. Nidia knew she could reach more patients by starting her own private practice. In just over one year, Spring Oaks Counseling has grown from one therapist (Nidia) to four bilingual Spanish speaking therapists. Spring Oaks is proud to serve the greater San Antonio area and Del Rio, Texas.

Spring Oaks is different in that we screen all patients by giving assessments to ensure the correct diagnosis and treatment are provided, giving peace of mind to our patients. We screen for PTSD, anxiety, depression, and hardship immigration when a family member is facing deportation. Immigration screening assesses how the individual’s departure will impact the family and the individual. Spring Oaks also offers in person and telehealth appointments to accommodate our patient’s needs.

Our Team

Nidia Valadez, LPC
Nidia Valadez, LPC

“I have more than 7 years of experience in the mental health field, helping children, teens, families and adults overcome trauma, life stressors and challenging life changes to expose the wiser, stronger, and more confident person behind the hurt.
I believe you already have the tools to live the life you deserve, let’s work together to bring them forward and live your best life yet.”

– Nidia Valadez

Nidia Valadez is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas born in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Nidia graduated with her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Texas-Pan American (now known as University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) in 2010 and acquired her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University in 2012. Nidia has worked in a variety of settings since receiving her Counseling License in 2013. She has worked as a Bilingual Therapist at Laurel Ridge Partial Hospitalization Program, ChildSafe, as a Military and Family Life Counselor, and as part of a Disaster Mental Health Team with Baptist Child and Family Services.​

For the last six years Nidia has worked with children, teenagers, adults, families, and immigrant children from Central America. Nidia is passionate about helping clients deal with anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, communication issues, self-harm, history of abuse, sexual abuse, women’s issues and parenting.

​Nidia utilizes a Trauma Focused Therapy for dealing with trauma issues in children and adolescents and Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD in adolescents and adults. Nidia also includes in her treatment interventions such as Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions and play. Nidia believes knowledge is power and provides psycho-education throughout the course of treatment.

Nidia Valadez, LPC

“I have more than 7 years of experience in the mental health field, helping children, teens, families and adults overcome trauma, life stressors and challenging life changes to expose the wiser, stronger, and more confident person behind the hurt.
I believe you already have the tools to live the life you deserve, let’s work together to bring them forward and live your best life yet.”

– Nidia Valadez

Nidia Valadez is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas born in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Nidia graduated with her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Texas-Pan American (now known as University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) in 2010 and acquired her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University in 2012. Nidia has worked in a variety of settings since receiving her Counseling License in 2013. She has worked as a Bilingual Therapist at Laurel Ridge Partial Hospitalization Program, ChildSafe, as a Military and Family Life Counselor, and as part of a Disaster Mental Health Team with Baptist Child and Family Services.​

For the last six years Nidia has worked with children, teenagers, adults, families, and immigrant children from Central America. Nidia is passionate about helping clients deal with anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, communication issues, self-harm, history of abuse, sexual abuse, women’s issues and parenting.

​Nidia utilizes a Trauma Focused Therapy for dealing with trauma issues in children and adolescents and Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD in adolescents and adults. Nidia also includes in her treatment interventions such as Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions and play. Nidia believes knowledge is power and provides psycho-education throughout the course of treatment.

Margaret Helen Bean, LMFT
Margaret Helen Bean, LMFT

“Trauma creates change you don’t choose. Healing is about creating change you do choose”
– Michelle Rosenthal

Margaret Helen, “Maggie”, was born and raised in Laredo, TX. Her first degree was in Criminal Justice from Laredo College and went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Texas A&M International University in 2015. She then moved to the city she loves so much to complete her Master’s Degree in Psychology focusing on Family, Couples, and Individual Psychotherapy from Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) in San Antonio, TX in 2019.

Border Region Behavioral Health Center was where Margaret began to walk down her career path as a Qualified Mental Health Professional and crisis worker. Being bilingual, Maggie was able to assist both English and Spanish speaking clients. Her next steps would be to move to San Antonio after being hired at The Center for Health Care Services as a clinician with the Genesis program working with federal probation and parole clients.

During this time Maggie enrolled in the graduate program at OLLU and began her journey as a therapist. It was at OLLU that she was blessed with professors and supervisors who would teach her how to navigate and conduct therapy utilizing several different modalities. During her time at OLLU she was privileged to have interned at the Rape Crisis Center until her graduation.

After receiving her Master’s she began working with BCFS – Transitional Foster Care working with unaccompanied minors again putting her bilingual skills to use. When the opportunity arose, she returned to the Rape Crisis Center where she continued to help those with a history of trauma.

Maggie has interned for the STEP Program with Juvenile Probation, The Rape Crisis Center, Community Counseling Service, and Driggers Elementary Counseling. Her working experiences have offered her a wide range of opportunities to counsel couples, families, children, adolescents, and adults. She has knowledge in many areas including trauma, PTSD, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, anxiety, self-esteem, multigenerational challenges, sexual assault, human trafficking, life transitions, and grief. Maggie has experience working with members of the queer identity through all stages of their identity exploration and acceptance. She is also informed in various relationship practices including monogamous and alternative styles such as polyamory, kink, long-distance, and open relationships.

Margaret is an eclectic therapist utilizing techniques from evidence-based theories such as collaborative therapy, solution focus therapy, narrative therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). She believes in providing a safe and judgment free space for her clients to process and work through any struggles they may be facing.

Margaret Helen Bean, LMFT

“Trauma creates change you don’t choose. Healing is about creating change you do choose”
– Michelle Rosenthal

Margaret Helen, “Maggie”, was born and raised in Laredo, TX. Her first degree was in Criminal Justice from Laredo College and went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Texas A&M International University in 2015. She then moved to the city she loves so much to complete her Master’s Degree in Psychology focusing on Family, Couples, and Individual Psychotherapy from Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) in San Antonio, TX in 2019.

Border Region Behavioral Health Center was where Margaret began to walk down her career path as a Qualified Mental Health Professional and crisis worker. Being bilingual, Maggie was able to assist both English and Spanish speaking clients. Her next steps would be to move to San Antonio after being hired at The Center for Health Care Services as a clinician with the Genesis program working with federal probation and parole clients.

During this time Maggie enrolled in the graduate program at OLLU and began her journey as a therapist. It was at OLLU that she was blessed with professors and supervisors who would teach her how to navigate and conduct therapy utilizing several different modalities. During her time at OLLU she was privileged to have interned at the Rape Crisis Center until her graduation.

After receiving her Master’s she began working with BCFS – Transitional Foster Care working with unaccompanied minors again putting her bilingual skills to use. When the opportunity arose, she returned to the Rape Crisis Center where she continued to help those with a history of trauma.

Maggie has interned for the STEP Program with Juvenile Probation, The Rape Crisis Center, Community Counseling Service, and Driggers Elementary Counseling. Her working experiences have offered her a wide range of opportunities to counsel couples, families, children, adolescents, and adults. She has knowledge in many areas including trauma, PTSD, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, anxiety, self-esteem, multigenerational challenges, sexual assault, human trafficking, life transitions, and grief. Maggie has experience working with members of the queer identity through all stages of their identity exploration and acceptance. She is also informed in various relationship practices including monogamous and alternative styles such as polyamory, kink, long-distance, and open relationships.

Margaret is an eclectic therapist utilizing techniques from evidence-based theories such as collaborative therapy, solution focus therapy, narrative therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). She believes in providing a safe and judgment free space for her clients to process and work through any struggles they may be facing.

Kelly Clarke, LMFT
Kelly Clarke, LMFT

Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. --Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

Hello!

My name is Kelly Clarke and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Texas. I have a passion for working with teenagers and adults to assist them in creating healthy and beautiful lives. I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. I have worked with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, family issues and relationship issues. I also have experience working with those struggling with self-esteem, PTSD and other mental health diagnoses such as Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder. I utilize a strengths-based, client-centered approach, providing individualized treatment based on the clients’ specific needs and identified goals.

I have a Master of Science degree in Psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University and received my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from The University of Denver. I began providing therapeutic services in graduate school through the Community Counseling Services, working with a wide variety of clients from diverse backgrounds. I continued providing clinical services at UT Health’s Transitional Care Clinic, where I worked with adults with severe mental illness, at the Rape Crisis Center where I worked with children, adolescents, adults and families who have experienced trauma, and provided counseling services at a middle school through Communities In Schools. I have also provided clinical services at Starlite Recovery Center, working with adults, adolescents and families contending with addiction and substance abuse. Most recently, I have served as a counselor at the San Antonio Counseling and Behavioral Center, where I worked with children, adolescents, adults and couples.

I believe in working collaboratively with my clients by utilizing their strengths to help them overcome challenging situations in their lives. As every client is an individual with different circumstances and needs, my approach to treatment is first and foremost client-centered, which means it’s all about you! We will work together to help you achieve your goals. I have experience with a wide range of treatment modalities including Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Art Therapy. I believe that each client is unique, therefore I will tailor my approach to best fit your needs.

Kelly Clarke, LMFT

Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. --Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

Hello!

My name is Kelly Clarke and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Texas. I have a passion for working with teenagers and adults to assist them in creating healthy and beautiful lives. I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. I have worked with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, family issues and relationship issues. I also have experience working with those struggling with self-esteem, PTSD and other mental health diagnoses such as Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder. I utilize a strengths-based, client-centered approach, providing individualized treatment based on the clients’ specific needs and identified goals.

I have a Master of Science degree in Psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University and received my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from The University of Denver. I began providing therapeutic services in graduate school through the Community Counseling Services, working with a wide variety of clients from diverse backgrounds. I continued providing clinical services at UT Health’s Transitional Care Clinic, where I worked with adults with severe mental illness, at the Rape Crisis Center where I worked with children, adolescents, adults and families who have experienced trauma, and provided counseling services at a middle school through Communities In Schools. I have also provided clinical services at Starlite Recovery Center, working with adults, adolescents and families contending with addiction and substance abuse. Most recently, I have served as a counselor at the San Antonio Counseling and Behavioral Center, where I worked with children, adolescents, adults and couples.

I believe in working collaboratively with my clients by utilizing their strengths to help them overcome challenging situations in their lives. As every client is an individual with different circumstances and needs, my approach to treatment is first and foremost client-centered, which means it’s all about you! We will work together to help you achieve your goals. I have experience with a wide range of treatment modalities including Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Art Therapy. I believe that each client is unique, therefore I will tailor my approach to best fit your needs.

Belinda Arriaga, LMFT - Associate
Belinda Arriaga, LMFT - Associate

Taking the step to participate in counseling demonstrates bravery and motivation for change. Belinda Arriaga renders her clients with empathetic support and encourages them to bring mindfulness to their problems and goals. She believes that individuals are experts on their own story and that their story is unique, as such, Belinda tailors each session according to the clients’ specific needs.

Belinda Arriaga (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Associate in San Antonio, Texas under the supervision of Laurie Ann Hightower, PhD. Belinda received her bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a Minor in Psychology from California State Dominguez Hills University in Carson, California. She received her Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Family, Couple & Individual Psychotherapy as well as a Certificate for Psychology Services for Spanish Speaking Populations from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.

Belinda Arriaga is a child of first-generation immigrants and has been exposed to diverse challenges of acculturation as a result of transitions and new environments. Belinda is a bi-iterate and bicultural psychotherapist that specializes on problems that affect the family when generations within the household have contrasting cultural understandings. When working with couples and families, she explores their cultural differences to find their strengths and their coping tools.

Belinda has experience working in refugee camps in Texas and with the undocumented community in San Antonio, Texas. She has extensive knowledge in immigration procedures, including, I-601/I-601A/I-212/I-612 waivers (Paquete de Perdón), Asylum, VAWA, and U-Visas. Belinda offers detailed and extensive immigration assessments for immigration procedures with the Department of Homeland Security.

Belinda works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She has experience in many areas, including family reunification counseling, depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, multigenerational family conflict, life transitions, chronic pain, and grief. She has interned for the Health Texas Clinic, Community Counseling Service, Haven for Hope, Driggers Elementary Counseling, and the Rape Crisis Center.

Belinda’s approach is both relational and collaborative. She utilizes techniques from evidence-based theories including solution focus therapy, collaborative therapy, narrative therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). She has also received Family Therapy Integrative Behavioral Health Training (FTIBHT) to help clients dealing with chronic pain. She is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, PSI CHI International Society of Psychology, and a Member of Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica.

Belinda Arriaga, LMFT - Associate

Taking the step to participate in counseling demonstrates bravery and motivation for change. Belinda Arriaga renders her clients with empathetic support and encourages them to bring mindfulness to their problems and goals. She believes that individuals are experts on their own story and that their story is unique, as such, Belinda tailors each session according to the clients’ specific needs.

Belinda Arriaga (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Associate in San Antonio, Texas under the supervision of Laurie Ann Hightower, PhD. Belinda received her bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a Minor in Psychology from California State Dominguez Hills University in Carson, California. She received her Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Family, Couple & Individual Psychotherapy as well as a Certificate for Psychology Services for Spanish Speaking Populations from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.

Belinda Arriaga is a child of first-generation immigrants and has been exposed to diverse challenges of acculturation as a result of transitions and new environments. Belinda is a bi-iterate and bicultural psychotherapist that specializes on problems that affect the family when generations within the household have contrasting cultural understandings. When working with couples and families, she explores their cultural differences to find their strengths and their coping tools.

Belinda has experience working in refugee camps in Texas and with the undocumented community in San Antonio, Texas. She has extensive knowledge in immigration procedures, including, I-601/I-601A/I-212/I-612 waivers (Paquete de Perdón), Asylum, VAWA, and U-Visas. Belinda offers detailed and extensive immigration assessments for immigration procedures with the Department of Homeland Security.

Belinda works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She has experience in many areas, including family reunification counseling, depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, multigenerational family conflict, life transitions, chronic pain, and grief. She has interned for the Health Texas Clinic, Community Counseling Service, Haven for Hope, Driggers Elementary Counseling, and the Rape Crisis Center.

Belinda’s approach is both relational and collaborative. She utilizes techniques from evidence-based theories including solution focus therapy, collaborative therapy, narrative therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). She has also received Family Therapy Integrative Behavioral Health Training (FTIBHT) to help clients dealing with chronic pain. She is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, PSI CHI International Society of Psychology, and a Member of Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica.

Holly Ulman
Holly Ulman, LPC
Holly Ulman is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Texas. Born and raised in San Antonio, Holly is grateful to be able to serve and work within this community. Holly graduated with a Bachelors in Science in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011 and received her Masters of Arts in Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2013. Since then, she has been able to counsel individuals, families, couples, and groups in a variety of settings.

Most recently, Holly served as the Clinical Director at ChildSafe, Bexar County's Child Advocacy Center. In addition to leading a diverse group of clinical therapists, she continued to provide counseling services, utilizing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with survivors of abuse and neglect. While Holly specializes in providing trauma-informed counseling, she has experience working with anxiety, depression, anger, issues related to relationships, family, and parenting, grief, and other life stressors.

Holly is passionate about helping others. She strives to be inclusive and to learn from her clients, knowing that they are the experts on their own lives, cultures, and experiences. Her therapeutic approach is to partner with her clients as they work through their concerns, while she provides support, tools, gentle challenging, and a judgement-free space. Holly believes that everyone has the capacity to find happiness and self-fulfillment and that therapy can be an essential tool in that journey.
Holly Ulman, LPC
Holly Ulman is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Texas. Born and raised in San Antonio, Holly is grateful to be able to serve and work within this community. Holly graduated with a Bachelors in Science in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011 and received her Masters of Arts in Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2013. Since then, she has been able to counsel individuals, families, couples, and groups in a variety of settings.

Most recently, Holly served as the Clinical Director at ChildSafe, Bexar County's Child Advocacy Center. In addition to leading a diverse group of clinical therapists, she continued to provide counseling services, utilizing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with survivors of abuse and neglect. While Holly specializes in providing trauma-informed counseling, she has experience working with anxiety, depression, anger, issues related to relationships, family, and parenting, grief, and other life stressors.

Holly is passionate about helping others. She strives to be inclusive and to learn from her clients, knowing that they are the experts on their own lives, cultures, and experiences. Her therapeutic approach is to partner with her clients as they work through their concerns, while she provides support, tools, gentle challenging, and a judgement-free space. Holly believes that everyone has the capacity to find happiness and self-fulfillment and that therapy can be an essential tool in that journey.

Rates and Insurance

Depending on your current health insurance provider or employee benefit plan, it is possible for services to be covered in full or in part. Please contact your provider to verify how your plan compensates you for psychotherapy services.

We recommend asking these questions to your insurance provider to help determine your benefits:

We accept cash, check and all major credit cards as forms of payment to include HSA or FHS cards.

If you are unable to attend a session, please make sure you cancel at least 24 hours beforehand. Otherwise, you may be charged for the full rate of the session.

  • Initial consultation 60 minutes $140
  • Follow up appointments 50-60 minutes $110
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Community First
  • Medicaid -Traditional, Superior, Ambetter, Allwell
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare/ Optum

If you are new, please feel free to fill out these intake forms before our first session. These forms can also be filled out during the first session.

New Clients

If you are a new client and would like to schedule an appointment now simply click the link below and select your therapist, day, and time you want to be seen. You will be asked to add your credit card information. Don’t worry, we won’t charge your card, this is only to secure your appointment.

If you schedule your appointment by phone, you will receive an email from us after scheduling your first appointment with a link to create your Client Portal account. This allows you to receive and send documents, see your therapist’s availability, and manage your appointments.

ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS AND CONSENT FORMS MUST BE COMPLETED WITHIN 48 HOURS OF SCHEDULING APPOINTMENT TO AVOID CANCELLATION. If you are an existing client and have yet to set up your portal, give us a call and we will send you the link to get started.

Here is a helpful link to the portal login: https://springoakscounseling.clientsecure.me.

If you are having any trouble accessing your portal, please feel free to contact us for assistance.

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