Therapy AT THE BRC

LGBTQ+ Sensitive

Our therapy is sensitive to the needs of those in the LGBTQ+ community, taking into consideration the special circumstances that may motivate an individual to seek therapy.

Trauma-Informed Care

Trauma-Informed Care understands and considers the pervasive nature of trauma and promotes environments of healing and recovery rather than practices and services that may inadvertently re-traumatize.

Sliding Scale

Therapy sessions cost $15 - $100 each, depending on your household income.


Our therapists are trained  to provide Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) treatment


Reach out and start your healing journey today!

Brenda Risch, PhD, LMSW has expertise working with depression, anxiety, gender identity and sexuality, family issues, and trauma. EMDR trained

Kathryn Schmidt, PhD, LCSW has expertise with gender violence, relationship issues, gender identity and sexuality, and trauma. EMDR trained

Irene Arlette Werthmann, LCSW-S provides effective, compassionate care for children, teens, and adults. Arlette has extensive expertise with the child welfare system, complex mental health issues, and work with families. Arlette has deep roots in El Paso, having been born and raised here. She left to attend university, and to pursue social work in other areas of Texas. Now she's brought her expertise back to her hometown.

Vic Doster, LMSW has experience working with depression, anxiety, gender identity and sexuality, family issues, active duty military and veterans, and trauma. EMDR trained

Cris Zubia, LPCA received his bachelor’s degree from the New Mexico State University in Psychology and his master’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso in Mental Health Counseling. He has spoken on LGBTQI panels and individually about his experience as a transgender man at New Mexico State University, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso Community College, Park University, and United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. He was worked extensively with sexual assault and domestic violence survivors. EMDR trained

Edgar Talavera, MSW is a queer immigrant, cancer survivor amputee and earned his Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at El Paso. Edgar likes listening to music, riding bicycles, and hiking. Edgar loves providing individual therapy and advocating for people dealing with depression and anxiety.

Leesa Blankenship, MSW is a straight ally whose familiarity with the LGBTQ+ community dates back to childhood.  Her experience centers on individual work with adults and includes dealing with trauma and its comorbidities as well as complex medical problems. EMDR trained


915 - 263 - 4623

2714 Wyoming Avenue

El Paso, TX, 79903

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