Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs)

If you are having a mental health emergency, please contact:
1-877-289-7199 - TTBH Crisis Hotline
For all other emergencies, contact 911
Sessions by Appointment Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, during school days.
***During school closure - by appointment as needed for urgent cases.
What is an LPC? 
A licensed professional counselor (LPC) is a mental health professional who provides professional therapeutic services to individuals and groups that involve the application of mental health, psychotherapeutic, and human development principles to facilitate adjustment and development throughout life.
Director for Guidance & Counseling
Jesse Trevino
MISD Central Office
1201 Bryce Drive
Mission, TX
(956) 323-5578
Mission High School
1802 Cleo Dawson
Mission, TX
(956) 323-5700
Nenci E. Garcia, LPC, LCDC (Also serves R. Cantu JH)
Mark Garza, LPC (Also serves K. White JH)
Veterans Memorial High School
700 E 2 Mile Line
Mission, TX
(956) 323-3000
Maricela Ponce, LPC-S (Also serves Roosevelt Alternative)
Christopher Cantu, LPC-S (Also serves Mission JH)
Mission Collegiate High School
605 S. Los Ebanos Blvd.
Alton, TX
(956) 323-8600
Jeanette Gonzalez-Ballesteros, LPC-S
(Also serves Alton Memorial JH, Cavazos Elem.)
Pearson Elementary School
315 Holland
Mission, TX
(956) 323-4000
Miguel Garza, LPC
(Serves: Marcell, Pearson, Cantu, Leal, O'Grady, Waitz & Escobar-Rios Elementary Schools)
Mims Elementary School
200 E. Two Mile Rd.
Mission, TX
(956) 323-4400
Ana Parra, LPC, LCDC
(Serves: Bryan, Castro, Alton, Mims, Salinas, & Midkiff Elementary Schools)


Anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The symptoms can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships.

For more information on various types of anxiety disorders click below:

For information on dealing with stress click below:



Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks.

For more information on various types of depressive disorders click below:



Suicide is complicated and tragic, but it is often preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can help save lives.

For more information on suicide signs, symptoms, and prevention:


Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder:

Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD) is a childhood condition of extreme irritability, anger, and frequent, intense temper outbursts. DMDD symptoms go beyond a being a “moody” child—children with DMDD experience severe impairment that requires clinical attention.

For more information on DMDD click below:


Motivation and Getting Out of Your Own Way
In this Mental Health Moment, LPC Mark Garza explores Motivation and how we can get out of own way of accomplishing things.
Teen Dating Violence
In this segment LPC Ana Parra explores the subject of teen dating violence including warning signs and what to do.
Setting Healthy Boundaries
In this segment LPC Nenci Garcia explores how to set up healthy boundaries in relationships / friendships, etc. 
Talking to Children about War
In this segment LPC, Christopher Cantu provides some tips on how to talk to kids about the conflict in Europe.  
Listening & Communicating
In this segment LPC Miguel Garza explores the subject of listening and communication in relationships.
Healthy Dating and Courting
In this segment our LPC Jeanette Gonzalez-Ballesteros covers healthy dating and courting.
Flirting and Dating
In this segment our LPC Jeanette Gonzalez-Ballesteros explores the topic of flirting and dating.
In this segment, LPC Maricela Ponce explores the different types of relationships and how to tell when you might be in an unhealthy relationship.
The Role of Our Thoughts
In this segment Licensed Professional Counselor Mark Garza explores the role of our thoughts in our mental health.
Covid-19 Fear
In this segment, LPC Chris Cantu explores Covid fear and fear in general.
Grief and the Holidays
In this segment, Licensed Professional Counselor Nenci Garcia has some thoughts and ideas surrounding grief during the holiday period.
Holidays and Depression
While the holidays are a time of joy for many people, it can also be a time when many people struggle. Our Licensed Professional Counselor, Miguel Garza explores that subject in this segment.
Positive Outcomes
In this segment, Licensed Professional Counselor Ana Parra discusses how to focus on positive outcomes and creating a positive ending.
Stop and Listen
In this latest segment, we explore a great way to help when worrying is weighing you down.
Exercise to Help the Mind
In this 60 Seconds of Self-Care segment we explore using the body to help the mind.
Using Music to Cope
In this 60 Seconds of Self-Care segment, we explore how listening to music can be an effective coping skill.
Breathing Relaxation
This video gives a helpful idea on how to deal with stress using your breathing.
Texas law requires that any person suspecting that a child has been abused or neglected must immediately make a report. If there is an emergency, call 911 and then call the DFPS Texas Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-5400. You can also make a report online.  If you need assistance, talk to your school counselor.
1901 S 24th Ave, Edinburg, TX 78539
Phone: (956) 289-7000
511 N. Cynthia St. Mcallen, TX. 78501
Domestic Abuse Hotline
1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 En Espanol
724 Cage Blvd, Pharr, TX 78577
2102 W Trenton Rd, Edinburg, TX 78539
5510 Raphael Dr, Edinburg, TX 785399
1200 E 8th St, Mission, TX 78572
4417 N Shary Rd, Palmhurst, TX 78573
509 S Alton Blvd, Alton, TX 78573
1600 N 23rd St, McAllen TX 78501
2215 N. Conway, Mission, TX 78572
400 N Nebraska Ave, San Juan, TX 78589
Mon, Tues Thurs, and Fri
4:00 PM-10:00 PM
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For questions about mental health services, connecting with community mental health agencies or other concerns you can contact us by clicking here and we will contact you within the next 48 hours.  If this is an emergency contact 988 or 911.

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