The Bariatric Counseling Center of San Antonio
The Bariatric Counseling Center is located on the 3rd floor of our building. Patients receive support with the behavioral changes necessary to support their long term weight loss goals. The Center provides therapeutic services to examine the past relationship with food and gain valuable insight to develop adaptive coping mechanisms to replace what has often been an emotional reliance on food. It also offers hands-on culinary experiences, cooking meals that are fun to prepare, economical and satisfying to eat. Mindful eating is practiced at each meal to build a solid foundation on mindfulness skills, increase awareness and allow hunger and fullness cues to be noticed. Lastly, the Center incorporates movement into the program and works to establish an exercise or movement plan that is sustainable. The Center’s goal is for each client to leave the program feeling empowered to make the changes necessary to support their weight loss goals. This includes a plan which outlines a clear path and tools and recipes to incorporate into daily life with the end goal to improve quality of life for the individual and their loved ones!
Bertha Rodarte- Luna, Ph.D, P.L.P., earned her degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio, with a concentration in sexual, combat, and interpersonal trauma. During her internship and post-doctoral year she focused on PTSD, eating disorders, primary care issues, chronic pain, bariatric surgery evaluations, and serious medical conditions among other things. Dr. Rodarte-Luna has received extensive training in cognitive theoretical models such as CBT, CPT, PE, relational therapy, and attachment theory principles. She also has an interest in multicultural and gender issues within therapy.
Seán G. Connolly, Ph.D. is a psychologist and clinical director at Algos Behavioral Health Services, Inc. He has been in private practice since 1980, and has been licensed as a psychologist and health care provider since 1975. His primary focus in this clinical practice is health psychology, and the complex relationship between various medical conditions and one’s emotional and psychological health. Most prominent involvement is with chronic pain, clinically severe obesity patients seeking weight loss surgery, and brain injuries.
Mary Ann Spears- Howell, Ph.D, L.P.C. is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience assisting adults with a wide range of emotional and personal development issues. She has extensive experience in helping individuals with depression, anxiety, stress management, and problems in living. She is also an experienced career development counselor. Dr. Spears-Howell earned her Ph.D. in Counseling from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. She currently specializes in therapy and pre-surgical psychological assessment for bariatric surgery and chronic pain patients, as well as individuals applying for Social Security’s Department of Disability Services.
PH.D CANDIDATE, LMFT-A, LPC-I
Erin M Ross, Ph.D Candidate, LMFT-A, LPC-i, earned her Master’s Degrees in Communication Studies and Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas and is in her final year of doctoral work at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas in Marriage and Family Therapy. She currently specializes in relational and couple therapy with focus on gender, sexual dysfunction, trauma, and relational communication patterns. She also has training and interest in addiction and trauma.