About Our Therapists

Lewis Hill, MA, LPC, NCC, CCMHC, and the Owner is a retired Veteran who started counseling while serving.  Realizing his ability to assist others, he decided to return to college to become licensed and continues to counsel to this day.  He served more than 30 years in the military, counseling and referring Soldiers returning from combat as they first began to return from OIF and OEF.  He also has assisted numerous First Responders, not only with PTSD and combat issues, but also in transitioning and seeking new careers.  He has more than 10 years of experience, utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach including Prolonged Exposure Therapy, CBT, solution-focused, and emotionally supportive.  Mr. Hill has vast experience with all the stressors military members struggle with and sees individuals high-school age and up.

Amirah Saldivar-Smith, MA, LPC-S, LCDC uses an integrative approach to therapy with her clients and has over 15 years of experience.   She works with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families to address a myriad of life challenges.  She specializes in trauma, infant mental health as well as addiction and she conducts child-parent psychotherapy with children under 5 years old.  Amirah recently returned to the Central Texas area, she is married to a veteran, and they have three children. She enjoys working with clients to strengthen relationships as well as spending time with her own family doing everything from board games, hiking and traveling.

Natalie Brown, LPC has strong empathy and insight of the struggles of chronic health conditions, broken families, and financial struggles.  She also has vast experience working with adolescents/teenagers and their unique difficult issues.  She has lots of enthusiasm to assist children in their many struggles to gain self-control and self-motivation towards achievement in school and bonding relationships.  Children love her high energy which can keep easily distractible children engaged towards goals.

Suleika M. De Gracia Rivera, LPC is a fully bilingual (English/Spanish) mental health and rehabilitative therapist offering individual, family, and couples counseling with culturally competent care. She has experience working with adolescents and adults whom have tried all they know to improve mood and decrease maladaptive behaviors. With psychotherapy and psycho-education she will introduce coping skills to improve your positive self-talk and communication with others to feel empowered and problem solve. Her experience includes treating depression, anxiety, grief, attachment disorder, substance abuse, obsessive compulsive disorder, adjustment disorder, stress management, anger management, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Suleika M. De Gracia Rivera, LPC es una terapeuta de salud mental y rehabilitación totalmente bilingüe (inglés / español) que ofrece asesoramiento individual, familiar y de pareja con atención culturalmente competente. Ella tiene experiencia trabajando con adolescentes y adultos que han intentado todo lo que saben para mejorar el estado de ánimo y disminuir los comportamientos inadaptados. Con psicoterapia y psicoeducación, introducirá habilidades de afrontamiento para mejorar su auto-conversación positiva y la comunicación con los demás para sentirse empoderada y resolver problemas. Su experiencia incluyó el tratamiento de la depresión, la ansiedad, el duelo, el trastorno de apego, el abuso de sustancias, el trastorno obsesivo compulsivo, el trastorno de adaptación, el manejo del estrés, el manejo de la ira y el trastorno de estrés postraumático. 

Our Philosophy: Empowerment


The goal is to EMPOWER you with confidence, esteem, knowledge, and coping skills to manage or overcome your current stressors. You set the pace and are the main decision-maker on how you want to achieve your goals. Therapists provide good listening skills, coupled with encouraging and insightful feedback, aiding you to focus and meet your goals so that you are more able to tackle stressors on your own.

EXPECT to gain awareness on how your stressors are affecting you and a more optimistic view that improvements can be made in coping, managing, and conquering stressors.  PERCEPTIONS have a large influence on our attitudes which then direct our moods and behaviors. Increasing awareness of one’s own perceptions and how they help or hinder daily life is a very significant coping skill.

At times, our experiences can cause problems in relationships, employment, or just uncomfortable feelings in general. Such experiences can be from trauma, abuse, criticism, grief, loss, or even from self-perceptions of inadequacy. EMOTIONAL HEALING can be achieved by expressing those experiences and feelings in an empathetic atmosphere to professionals who understand the course of emotional healing.

 Professional counselors do not treat medically, but they can provide awareness of some of the various health practices  and treatments available to choose from and teach both behavioral modification techniques and coping skills to decrease symptoms. Many individuals will benefit from a combination of services from healthcare providers, counselors, and other service providers, depending upon the individual’s unique needs and goals.

You have rights and limitations concerning confidentiality and protected health information.

Email CounselingTexans@gmail.com or call our friendly administrative staff to receive more information.