Meet the Staff

Meet the Staff

Support Staff

Mary Alice Morales
Administrative Assistant
mmorales@delmar.edu
361-698-1586

Madison Beatty
Part-Time Office Assistant
mbeatty@delmar.edu
361-698-1586

Counselors

Rita Hernandez, M.A., LPC - Supervisor

Rita HernandezLead Counselor
rhernandez18@delmar.edu
(361) 698-1586

Rita Hernandez began her educational trajectory as a Del Mar College Viking. She steered her ship to Texas A&M International University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. Rita returned to campus life in 2001 and has been a dedicated advocate for higher education since that time. Rita is passionate about helping students reach personal goals. Rita is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and specializes in treating symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, and trauma. She utilizes solution focused and cognitive behavioral therapy while teaching practical stress reduction skills. Rita’s professional interests include attachment issues, emotional intelligence/management, and life transition. Rita is responsible for overseeing clinical services, providing individual counseling, couples counseling, crisis intervention, and faculty and staff consultation. Rita believes that a supportive, caring, and honest relationship with each client is of the utmost importance and she strives to stay present, compassionate, and open-minded throughout the therapy process. Rita is a news enthusiast and maintains knowledge of current events that could put any trivia-junkie to shame. In order to keep up with her fast and furious lifestyle and maintain adequate nourishment, Rita is strict and passionate about maintaining a healthy diet, sticking to Oreo cookies and Coca Cola Classic. Rita finds revitalization in spending time with her family. Rita takes claim as the resident sports-fan and is a dedicated champion for the San Antonio Spurs.

Johanna Torres, M.S., LPC

Johanna TorresCounselor
jtorres110@delmar.edu
(361) 698-1586

Johanna Torres is a Licensed Professional Counselor and received her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at Tyler and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from St. Edward’s University. Johanna specialized in neuropsychology, has done neuropsychological research and assisted in the development of a bilingual clinic offering therapeutic services at her alma mater in Tyler, Texas. Johanna is currently able to provide Spanish speaking services to the students of Del Mar College.

Johanna’s professional interests include anxiety, depression, childhood trauma, and advocating for the LGBTQIA community.Johanna has received specialized training in helping students heal from childhood trauma and sexual violence. Johanna is an integral member of the counseling center’s outreach services team and has worked to develop the center’s campus and social media presence (follow us on Facebook, y’all). Johanna provides individual, couples and group counseling and is passionate about integrating neuropsychology with evidenced-based therapeutic techniques in order to help enhance client mental health. Johanna is a health enthusiast, a dog-lover and a frequent beach-day initiator. Johanna loves running, reading, playing in the ocean, and spending quality time with her two, four-legged fur babies. A true Texan, Johanna follows a “grab life by the horns” mentality and has been marathon running, sky-diving, and snowboarding. Johanna believes in the importance of a balanced life, and maintains equilibrium by online shopping, eating cherry piccadilly raspas, and binge-watching her favorite TV shows.

Brittany Palacios, M.S., LPC-Intern

Supervised by Rita Hernandez, M.A., LPC-Supervisor
Counselor – East Campus
bpalacio@delmar.edu
361-698-1586

Brittany Palacios is an illustration of a homegrown Corpus Christi success story. She began her education as a Collegiate High School Royal and graduated from Del Mar College with an associate’s degree. Brittany continued her education as an Islander at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi. Brittany received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Social Work. She continued her education and received a Master of Science degree in Counseling.

Brittany originated her professional career as a case manager providing mental and behavioral health services to youth, adolescents, and families; she also gained experience working with adolescents at the Juvenile Justice Center. Brittany is committed to treating student and client symptoms of anxiety, depression, and childhood trauma.

Like any true millennial therapist, Brittany places importance on finding life balance, which she accomplishes through her passion for art, traveling, and live music. Brittany also loves running, weight-training, and outdoor activities. When she is not watching a Cowboy’s game or living an active lifestyle, Brittany believes revitalization is a serious business. She achieves rejuvenation in nap taking, Netflix watching, and devouring sour candies.

Jessica Edwards, M.A., LPC-Intern

Supervised by Kandice Fricke-Sweetman, MS, LPC-Supervisor
Counselor – West Campus
jgarza89@delmar.edu
361-698-1586

Jessica Edwards is a Corpus Christi native who ventured off after high school to attend the University of Texas at San Antonio. There she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and went on to receive a Masters of Arts in Counseling.

In 2014, she returned to her roots to begin her counseling career. Jessica is a Licensed Professional Counselor – Intern. Jessica began her professional career as an intern at a local psychologist office and counseling practice. Her professional interests include helping clients to gain healthy coping skills to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, anger and stress. She works to do this with the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and relaxation techniques. Jessica explores the mind-body connection in order to help clients achieve overall wellness. She provides individual counseling and group therapy.

Jessica finds time to practice her own self-care by soaking up sun while working in the yard, nurturing or harvesting her vegetable garden, and snuggling with her dachshund. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends but also finds peace just spending a relaxing evening on the couch!

Page last updated October 22, 2018.

Contact Information

Counseling Center
101 Baldwin Blvd.
Corpus Christi, TX 78404
(361) 698-1586
Fax (361) 698-1649

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