KEY PEOPLE

Committed to the Cause

 
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LYDIA KASMOCH, M.A., LPC, REGISTERED PLAY THERAPIST

President

Lydia joined the Far West Texas Association in December 2017, as a key member of the effort to relaunch the previously dormant organization.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas and a Registered Play Therapist.  Lydia enjoys working with children and their families; helping them heal through strengthening their relationship.  She owns a practice, Thrive Counseling & Wellness, in the El Paso, Texas Community. 

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VIRIDIANA GONZALEZ, MED, LPC-S, REGISTERED PLAY THERAPIST

Past President

Viridiana Gonzalez is a mental health professional who has been practicing therapy in her natal community since 2013.  She is passionate about child therapy, child/parent relationship therapy and helping individuals with trauma. She is committed to the healing and growth of her community.

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JAZMINE SILVA, MS, LPC, REGISTERED PLAY THERAPIST

President-Elect

Jazmine is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist. She has both a counseling and a teaching heart. Prior to entering the counseling profession, she was a 3 rd grade dual language teacher at Ascarate Elementary for five years.
Her profession in education and post graduate work inspired her at a personal level to pursue the field of counseling. Jazmine graduated with a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from UTEP’s Mental Health Program, CACREP Accredited, in May 2018.
Currently, she works at Counseling of El Paso where she serves adults, couples, teens, children and their families. Jazmine has completed training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing modalities. She is passionate about learning, growing and building better relationships.
When working with families, Jazmine uses Theraplay ® informed interventions which is based on attachment principles and the power of play. She is a Theraplay Foundational Theraplay® Practioner and is currently working towards becoming a Certified Theraplay ® Practitioner.
Jazmine wholeheartedly believes that the key to joy and satisfaction is heavily based on the quality of our relationships, our lifestyle, and our sense of worthiness.

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MARIA ROBLES, MED, LPC-S, REGISTERED PLAY THERAPIST

Treasurer

Maria Antonieta Robles is Licensed Professional Counselor and a Counselor Supervisor who has returned to the Far West Texas Association in 2020 after being away for 8 years. She is a
Registered Play Therapist and recently became a Supervisor for other Play Therapists. Maria loves working with children and families, promoting healthy attachments. She currently works for a non-profit local organization that promotes the prevention of child abuse.

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ROBERTA ABDO, MA, LPC, REGISTERED PLAY THERAPIST

Corresponding Secretary

Roberta Abdo-Lee is a native El Pasoan and a Registered Play Therapist.  She has been a therapist since 2012 serving children and their families locally.  Roberta currently works at Project Vida Health Center and in private practice.  Her main focus is trauma and working with children with neurological deficits.  She enjoys what she does immensely and is so happy to be on the Far West Chapter Board as the Corresponding Secretary.

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LIZET LOPEZ-LONGORIA, MED, LPC

Recording Secretary

Lizet López-Longoria began her professional career in business administration. She took a sabbatical after having children. During this time she decided to pursue a career as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). During her LPC internship, she realized she loved
working with children and using play therapy. She is trained in Child-Centered Play Therapy, Child Parent Relationship Therapy, and Level One Theraplay. She is currently working towards her Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credentialing. Lizet is currently the Lead Counselor for the BeWell program at Project Vida and provides counseling to students in the Socorro Independent School District.

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LLUVIA BOTELLO, MA, LPC

Chapter Representative

We all have experiences and situations that change our lives. I am in the mental health field to assist others in understanding their full potential. I have a passion for the healing arts and am dedicated to the combat for social justice on an individual level, community level, and systemic level. I was born and raised in the El Paso, Texas border towns and am very familiar with the different areas of cities. Having worked in the mental health field for over 11 years, I have had the opportunity to work with the diverse populations in our area. My commencement in the field was working with adults in the substance abuse treatment community. I have a license in chemical dependency counseling. After obtaining a masters degree in mental health counseling from Webster University, I then moved to work with younger individuals in the criminal justice system and continued to refine my skills in evidence-based practices and expressive arts. My roles now are wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and mental health therapist working with youth ranging from ages five to fifteen. I am new to the play therapy field and am looking forward to lots of fun and more learning. I have found that different modalities work for different individuals and we are all unique!

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