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The Ecumenical Center (Nonprofit / Christian )

The Center is an ecumenical force for hope, dedicated to alleviating suffering and facilitating spiritual, ethical, physical, emotional and intellectual healing and growth for our community and God’s world.

The Center is affiliated with and accredited by three prominent faith-based, standard-setting organizations: The Samaritan Institute, the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.

At The Ecumenical Center, we serve as a catalyst to bring together community leaders in the research, education, medical and mental health professions. The purpose is to allow us to offer professional help and hope in a caring atmosphere. Our counselors and educators recognize that the body, mind and spirit are interrelated. They are people of personal faith with an openness and understanding of other faith expressions, trained to incorporate, when requested, the understandings and traditions of the client’s individual beliefs in the growing and healing process.

Fee adjustments are available based on personal financial need and available funding. Many of our educational programs, counseling training and consultation services are underwritten in whole or part by generous businesses, organizations and ministries.

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: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday: CLOSED
Mary Beth Fisk - CEO/Executive Director Send email
(210) 616-0885 x: 215
Online and Virtual Assistance

At The Center, we’ve long recognized that creative arts can help people cope with mental, physical, emotional and spiritual issues.

Join us at The Center for a no-cost monthly Poetry Writing Circle.

Bring your notebook or journal.

Virtual Poetry Writing is open to anyone 18 years of age and older. No experience with writing poetry is necessary!

Click here for more program information.

Please call or email to reserve a seat!

Free.

Every 3rd Saturday: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Lejla Cenanovic Send email
(210) 616-0885
Cyra Dumitu
Updated within the last 2 months.

Wellness Conversations:

Our Wellness Conversations create a safe place for dialogue that helps you achieve mental, spiritual, emotional and relational wellness through positive action.

  • Telephone sessions are proven to be as effective as in-person counseling
  • All you need is access to a phone
  • Please be prepared to share your contact info
  • No out-of-pocket costs at this time

Tele-Counseling:

The Center’s tele-counseling services are available to provide ongoing counseling services to people in need during this pandemic. Our professional counselors are ready to share their expertise in every type of counseling, including:

  • Child and Adolescent Counseling
  • Individual Counseling
  • Couple Counseling
  • Family Counseling
  • Grief and Trauma Counseling

Please call to schedule a Tele-Counseling Session or Wellness Conversation today.

Click here for more program information.

Hours
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

Updated within the last 2 months.

Helps individuals deal with the often-complex concerns and problems faced by teenagers in today’s world.

We use a team approach, drawing upon the unique talents of professionals from the counseling, theological and medical disciplines. Our collaborations allow us to renew a person’s mind, body and spirit.

Our counselors have graduate degrees and are certified or licensed as professional therapists by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors or a state licensing board.

Please call or click here to schedule an appointment.

Insurance

Persons wanting to use insurance will be assisted by The Center’s staff to determine if their insurance plans provide coverage through The Center. Please call The Center office at 210.616.0885 if you have additional fee questions.

Fee subsidies to make services available for persons unable to pay the standard fee.

Updated within the last 2 months.

Helps individuals come to a deeper self-understanding and self-appreciation through exploration of a variety of mental health, professional, and life-style concerns. Individual counseling is one-on-one care for emotional, relational, and vocational stress, which might include depression, anxiety, grief, faith concerns and more.

We use a team approach, drawing upon the unique talents of professionals from the counseling, theological and medical disciplines. Our collaborations allow us to renew a person’s mind, body and spirit.

Our counselors have graduate degrees and are certified or licensed as professional therapists by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors or a state licensing board.

Please call or click here to schedule an appointment.

Fee subsidies to make services available for persons unable to pay the standard fee.

Please call The Center office at 210.616.0885 if you have additional fee questions.

Hours
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

Updated within the last 2 months.

Includes play therapy which allows children to communicate their needs, express feelings and wishes, and facilitate healing through age-appropriate activities designed specifically to help deal with emotional distress. We also offer testing services for children through our Mindwise Now program. 

We use a team approach, drawing upon the unique talents of professionals from the counseling, theological, and medical disciplines. Our collaborations allow us to renew a person’s mind, body, and spirit.

Our counselors have graduate degrees and are certified or licensed as professional therapists by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors or a state licensing board.

 CLick here to learn more

Please call or click here to schedule an appointment.

We are committed to providing the best service possible for as many people as possible. In keeping with our mission, fee adjustments are available based on personal financial need and available funding.

Updated within the last month

Community Counselors help people who are uninsured, whose existing coverage does not provide mental health services benefits, are low-income and lack the money to pay for counseling services, or who would not receive treatment any other way.

Counseling services are provided by trained, licensed professional counselors, licensed clinical social workers, and licensed marriage and family counselors. Sessions are private and conducted in a safe and familiar environment such as churches and community centers.

The first meeting with a counselor is free. A modest fee based on a sliding fee scale is collected for each follow-up session; however, no one is denied service because they cannot pay.

An appointment must be scheduled in advance.
Updated within the last 1 month.

Assists with communication, conflict management, marital expectations, parenting, and other relationship issues.

We use a team approach, drawing upon the unique talents of professionals from the counseling, theological, and medical disciplines. Our collaborations allow us to renew a person’s mind, body, and spirit.

Our counselors have graduate degrees and are certified or licensed as professional therapists by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors or a state licensing board.

Please call or click here to schedule an appointment.

We are committed to providing the best service possible for as many people as possible. In keeping with our mission, fee adjustments are available based on personal financial need and available funding.

Updated within the last month

The Ecumenical Center collaborates with many organizations to provide quality, educational workshops designed to strengthen the community’s care providers.

Please call or click here to find out more about our events.

Hours
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

Updated within the last 2 months.

At The Center, we’ve long recognized that creative arts can help people cope with mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual issues.

Join us at The Center for a no-cost, monthly therapeutic rhythm-making session led by Jorge Ochoa, Occupational Therapist. 

Expressive Therapeutic rhythm-making can have many benefits, including:

  • Accelerating physical healing and boosting your immune system
  • Feeling more connection with others
  • Feeling of well-being
  • Relieving emotional trauma
  • Reducing stress.

Expressive therapeutic rhythm-making sessions are open to anyone, so bring along the whole family. No experience is necessary!

To reserve a seat, please email Leila Cenanovice or call The Center at (210) 616-0885.

Free.

Every first Saturday from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Leila Cenanovice Send email
(210) 616-0885
Updated within the last 1 month.

Usually involves several family members and helps with communication, problem-solving, conflict management, losses such as death and divorce, changes, and understanding of family dynamics.

We use a team approach, drawing upon the unique talents of professionals from the counseling, theological, and medical disciplines. Our collaborations allow us to renew a person’s mind, body, and spirit.

Our counselors have graduate degrees and are certified or licensed as professional therapists by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors or a state licensing board.

Please call or click here to schedule an appointment.

We are committed to providing the best service possible for as many people as possible. In keeping with our mission, fee adjustments are available based on personal financial need and available funding.

Updated within the last month

Provided in the recognition that change and growth continue through the life cycle, and with the awareness that the older person may have particular needs. Counseling can be provided for the older person experiencing difficulty or for family members and caregivers concerned about the well being of an older person.

At The Ecumenical Center, we view healing as the integration of mind, body and spirit. That’s why we want every aspect of care provided to be clinically competent, and – where desired – theologically informed and spiritually sensitive. Nowhere is this more apparent than in our counseling services.

Our counseling staff and qualifications:

All of us working in this field are state-licensed counselors, graduate and doctorate level therapists, psychologists, registered play therapists, LPCs, LPSWs and LPC-S working under supervision. In addition, all those who deal with faith-based counseling clients are certified by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

Please call or click here to schedule an appointment.

We are committed to providing the best service possible for as many people as possible. In keeping with our mission, fee adjustments are available based on personal financial need and available funding.

Updated within the last 2 months.

Designed to meet the particular needs of people who share similar issues. Individual counseling is required before group counseling.

We use a team approach, drawing upon the unique talents of professionals from the counseling, theological, and medical disciplines. Our collaborations allow us to renew a person’s mind, body, and spirit.

At The Ecumenical Center, we view healing as the integration of mind, body, and spirit. That’s why we want every aspect of care provided to be clinically competent, and – where desired – theologically informed and spiritually sensitive. Nowhere is this more apparent than in our counseling services.

Our approach to counseling:

We help people of every age, stage, and condition of life – and from every imaginable cultural background – in dealing with all types of challenges. To do this, we offer a multidimensional approach to counseling. Based on client preference, we can provide a straightforward clinical counseling style – or we can take a faith-based approach that correlates with the client’s traditions.

Our counseling staff and qualifications:

All of us working in this field are state-licensed counselors, graduate and doctorate level therapists, psychologists, registered play therapists, LPCs, LPSWs, and LPC-S working under supervision. In addition, all those who deal with faith-based counseling clients are certified by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

Please call or click here to schedule an appointment.

We are committed to providing the best service possible for as many people as possible. In keeping with our mission, fee adjustments are available based on personal financial need and available funding.

Updated within the last month

One-on-one care for emotional, relational, and vocational stress, which might include depression, anxiety, grief, faith concerns, and more.

We use a team approach, drawing upon the unique talents of professionals from the counseling, theological, and medical disciplines. Our collaborations allow us to renew a person’s mind, body, and spirit.

At The Ecumenical Center, we view healing as the integration of mind, body, and spirit. That’s why we want every aspect of care provided to be clinically competent, and – where desired – theologically informed and spiritually sensitive. Nowhere is this more apparent than in our counseling services.

Our approach to counseling:

We help people of every age, stage, and condition of life – and from every imaginable cultural background – in dealing with all types of challenges. To do this, we offer a multidimensional approach to counseling. Based on client preference, we can provide a straightforward clinical counseling style – or we can take a faith-based approach that correlates with the client’s traditions.

Our counseling staff and qualifications:

All of us working in this field are state-licensed counselors, graduate and doctorate level therapists, psychologists, registered play therapists, LPCs, LPSWs, and LPC-S working under supervision. In addition, all those who deal with faith-based counseling clients are certified by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

Please call or click here to schedule an appointment.

We are committed to providing the best service possible for as many people as possible. In keeping with our mission, fee adjustments are available based on personal financial need and available funding.

Updated within the last month

Life After Loss is a program of The Ecumenical Center designed to help people better understand the process of grief and how to live through it in a way that is healing. It provides a place to share experiences and to support one other. Each six-week session is a combination of teaching, discussion, and learning activities. Led by trained facilitators with knowledge of bereavement and grief support.

Sessions cover the physical, emotional, spiritual and social implications of grief; the process of grief; memories and how to use them to heal; how to take care of yourself while you grieve; holidays and anniversary dates and planning for the future. Attending all six sessions is most beneficial, therefore no new participants are accepted after the second session.

The sessions are open to those who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

For a list of San Antonio area bereavement support groups, please click here.

Free.

Call the Center for details of upcoming sessions.
Lejla Cenanovic Send email
Updated within the last 2 months.

Offering a wide range of testing administered by certified, highly-trained psychologists and counselors to help assess gifted and talented, learning disabilities, ADD and ADHD, depression, developmental delays, cognitive delays, career preferences, marital compatibility, clinical behaviors, substance abuse, IQ, personality traits and emotional/behavioral problems, among other things.

We use a team approach, drawing upon the unique talents of professionals from the counseling, theological, and medical disciplines. Our collaborations allow us to renew a person’s mind, body, and spirit.

Our counselors have graduate degrees and are certified or licensed as professional therapists by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors or a state licensing board.

Please call or click here to schedule an appointment.

Click here for more information on testing.

To view the Signs & Symptoms of Depression & Anxiety: A Guide for Children & Adolescents booklet, click here.

We are committed to providing the best service possible for as many people as possible. In keeping with our mission, fee adjustments are available based on personal financial need and available funding.

Frank Emmett, Ph.D.
(210) 616-0885 x: 0
Updated within the last 2 months.

At The Center, we’ve long recognized that creative arts can help people cope with mental, physical, emotional and spiritual issues.

These activities can:

  • Relieve stress
  • Encourage creative thinking and problem-solving
  • Increase brain connectivity and plasticity
  • Boost self-esteem
  • Improve the quality of life

Open Art Studio is a wonderful opportunity for people of ALL AGES (6 to 106 years) to use art materials in a playful manner in a relaxed setting.

Click here for more program information.

To reserve a seat, please email Deb Murphy or call The Center.

This creative experience is FREE! All materials are provided.

Every 4th Saturday: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Deb Murphy, LPC-AT-S, ATR-BC Send email
(210) 616-0885
Updated within the last 2 months.

Provides an opportunity for couples contemplating or committed to marriage to strengthen and enrich their relationship by building upon their particular strengths, exploring concerns, and clarifying expectations while gaining a deeper understanding of themselves and each other. Counseling is provided for individual couples and in larger group workshop formats.

We use a team approach, drawing upon the unique talents of professionals from the counseling, theological, and medical disciplines. Our collaborations allow us to renew a person’s mind, body, and spirit.

Our counselors have graduate degrees and are certified or licensed as professional therapists by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors or a state licensing board.

Please call or click here to schedule an appointment.

Counseling is available in person or virtually.

Click here to view sessions & fees

Updated within the last month

Helps people in a variety of personal and professional relationships to understand relationship expectations, improve communication, problem-solving, and decision-making, and to develop an appreciation of differences. 

We use a team approach, drawing upon the unique talents of professionals from the counseling, theological, and medical disciplines. Our collaborations allow us to renew a person’s mind, body, and spirit.

Our counselors have graduate degrees and are certified or licensed as professional therapists by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors or a state licensing board.

Please call or click here to schedule an appointment.

We are committed to providing the best service possible for as many people as possible. In keeping with our mission, fee adjustments are available based on personal financial need and available funding.

Updated within the last month

Available for individuals and couples who have questions or concerns related to the sexual aspects of their relationship and/or want to gain a deeper or more integrated understanding of sexuality and faith.

We use a team approach, drawing upon the unique talents of professionals from the counseling, theological, and medical disciplines. Our collaborations allow us to renew a person’s mind, body, and spirit.

Our counselors have graduate degrees and are certified or licensed as professional therapists by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors or a state licensing board.

Please call or click here to schedule an appointment.

We are committed to providing the best service possible for as many people as possible. In keeping with our mission, fee adjustments are available based on personal financial need and available funding.

Updated within the last month

We support parents. You have one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs on earth.

Find help through our varied programs, including Child Parent Relationship Training and our online Parenting Tips resource.

Please call or click here to schedule an appointment for our Child-Parent Relationship training.

Updated within the last 2 months.

Volunteers:

We are grateful for those who support The Center through their time.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact The Center at 210.616.0885 for more information.

Donations:

The work of The Center would not be possible without the generous donations from individuals, religious congregations, foundations, and businesses and from the income generated from The Center's services and programs.

Click here to make a donation online.

Mail your donation to The Center at:

The Ecumenical Center, 8310 Ewing Halsell, San Antonio, TX 78229.

You can also participate by donating through:

  • Vehicle Donations
  • Planned giving
  • Funding our endowment
  • Attending or sponsoring our events
  • Joining Legacy of Life
  • Providing congregational support
Hours
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

Updated within the last 2 months.

The Uvalde Together Resiliency Center (UTRC) is a program of The Ecumenical Center that provides resources, support, and hope to individuals, families, students, faculty, community, and organizations impacted by the tragedy at Robb Elementary School.

Participating organizations and the services each provides:

The Ecumenical Center

  • Long term mental health counseling services with trauma & grief specialists for all ages
  • Music, Art & Play Therapy
  • Support Groups
  • No-cost support for families and community

Bluebonnet Children's Advocacy Center

  • Trauma-informed care, particularly for child victims and their families

Nueva Vida Counseling

  • Long-term mental health counseling services
  • Child psychiatry
  • Adult psychiatry

Hill Country Mental Health

  • Mental health services and counseling

Family Service

  • Financial counseling only

All services are FREE of charge and provided regardless of citizenship status.

Hours
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

After hours, on weekends or holidays, call the National Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990.
Updated within the last 2 months.