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Healing Minds San Antonio

Our Mission Statement:

To embrace the principles of safety, compassion, hope, resiliency, and empowerment in every encounter we have with children and families who have experienced trauma while providing them with quality mental health services in their journey towards healing and growth.

Our Vision Statement:

Healing Minds Behavioral Health passionately strives in helping children and families heal from traumatic experiences through research-based treatment that focuses on awareness, knowledge, and effectiveness. We envision a reality where every child and family who comes through our doors will have their psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs met in order to move forward towards becoming the best version of themselves.

Restoring Hope. Building Futures. Compassionate Care.

Meet the people behind
Healing Minds Behavioral Health.

We recognize that healing takes time. We are here to help your child thrive.


LPC-Associate stands for Licensed Professional Counselor Associate.

No, An Associate has completed their graduate degree, at least 300 hours of direct counseling experience via practicum, internship and other experiential training in graduate school, successfully passed the National Counselor Examination (NCE), and have been temporarily licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. The associate has the knowledge and skills to provide professional counseling in a number of different settings.

When one is receiving services from an associate, he or she is getting the benefit of having two clinicians with different skill sets and expertise, because associates are required to meet weekly with a supervisor. While these meetings vary in content from week to week, the primary purpose is to conceptualize cases, review interventions and techniques, collaborate on treatment options and much more. Essentially, one receiving treatment from an LPC-associate gains the benefit of not just that person's knowledge, experience, and expertise, but also that of the associate's supervisor.

Our Clinical Team

Alejandro Lopez TF-CBT  certified

Alejandro Lopez Jr., MA, LPC, NCC, TF-CBT®

Practice Owner and Licensed Psychotherapist

HI! My name is Alejandro Lopez and I want to welcome you to my trauma-focused counseling practice, Healing Minds Behavioral Health. Before we move on, here is a little about me and my qualifications.

I hold a license to practice professional mental health counseling in the state of Texas (#77229) as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with board certification (#857566) as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). I earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Texas A&M University-San Antonio in 2016, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Texas A&M University-San Antonio in 2012, and an Associate’s degree in Psychology at Palo Alto College in 2008.

I am certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), a research-based treatment for children and adolescents, along with their parents/caregivers, who have been impacted by trauma. I am also certified in PC-CARE, a brief positive parenting intervention designed to assist caregivers in managing difficult behavior in children who may have experienced trauma. In addition to these modalities, I incorporate elements of Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Behavior Modification, Parent Coaching, and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) as therapeutic interventions in my work with clients. My specialty is in working with families and treating the effects and symptoms of trauma in children and adolescents ages 5 to 17.

I gained my clinical experience while working at various child-centered non-profit settings in San Antonio, TX, including residential treatment facilities for children, children’s homes, Children's Advocacy Centers, and children’s outpatient psychiatric treatment centers.

I believe that most children do well when they can and want to overcome their problems, but they may not know how. My goal is to discover, with the child and their family, their triggers and pathways that are causing issues and preventing them from getting to where they want to be. I am interested in breaking down problems and finding the root and source of where/why the disconnection exists so that children can get their underlying needs met.

I am always mindful of the importance of how mental, behavioral, emotional, physical, and spiritual health interplay with our functioning as human beings. My passion is helping my clients in their journey to becoming their best selves and providing them with resources to thrive and grow.

If you believe I can help you and your child, please reach out. It will be my pleasure and honor to join you in your life journey.  

Alejandro Lopez TF-CBT  certified

Miranda Buechner, MS, LPC-Associate

Supervised by Dr. Chris Leeth, LPC-S

Licensed Psychotherapist

Hey there! My name is Miranda Buechner and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. I received a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio. My clinical expertise includes working with children ages 4-18 experiencing or impacted by trauma, family separation, and behavioral issues. Additionally, I have training and experience working with teen parents.

I utilize a client-centered approach to allow a safe space for children and adolescents to express themselves and build skills to support social and emotional well-being. I also utilize elements of Cognitive and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Play Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) to develop a customized treatment for the unique needs of each child and their family. I use a trauma-focused and strength-based approach to assist children in maximizing strengths and overcoming challenges. My areas of specialty include depression, anxiety, and self-esteem.

I look forward to working with you and your family!

  • Master of Science, Clinical Mental Health Counseling - The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPC-A) Texas (#88252)
  • Supervised by Dr. Chris Leeth, LPC-S

Alejandro Lopez TF-CBT  certified

Crystal Sperber, MEd, MS, LPC-Associate

Supervised by Dr. Alan Lobaugh, LPC-S, RPT-S

Licensed Psychotherapist

Hi there! My name is Crystal Sperber and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. I have over 10 years experience working with children and adults in various educational settings and utilize a variety of therapeutic approaches including solution focused brief therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, play, acceptance and mindfulness. I employ more humanistic approaches such as person-centered therapy, existential therapy, and Gestalt therapy to create an individualized approach. I continue to gain experience working with depression, bipolar and dissociative disorders, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, parenting, school and behavioral problems, ADHD, postpartum depression, and grief/loss counseling.

I truly believe counseling and the therapeutic experience can be a very powerful tool to aid children, teens, parents, caregivers, and families. Often times it can be difficult to see the forest for the trees, to see the big picture. This is where therapy can step in, to aid in discovering the source of a situation, help clear the woods to alight pathways and build bridges.

  • Master of Education - University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Master of Science, Clinical Mental Health Counseling - University of the Southwest in Hobbs, New Mexico
  • Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPC-A) Texas (#89677)
  • Supervised by Dr. Alan Lobaugh, LPC-S, RPT-S

Our Support Team

Alejandro Lopez TF-CBT  certified

Melanie Lopez

Administrative Assistant

Here at Healing Minds Behavioral Health, I am dedicated to connecting and supporting our therapists throughout the therapy experience with scheduling, billing, and client support.

I am always gladly available to answer all of your inquiries, schedule appointments, verify insurance benefits, collect payments, and assist you with any other administrative concerns and questions. I hope your experience at Healing Minds Behavioral Health is a positive one.

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