896 Ridgewood Street -Suite D
Brownsville, Texas, 78520
Call (956) 410-2424 Intake Specialist
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a Pandemic Crisis. New Leaf Counseling is closely monitoring the latest developments related to the Coronavirus outbreak. We understand the uncertainty you may be experiencing surrounding COVID-19. It is not uncommon to be experiencing a variety of reactions including (but not limited to) fear, anxiety, stress, confusion, isolation, uncertainty, and depression. We want to extend our support and commitment to our community as we navigate through this difficult time in which so many individuals and communities are being impacted by COVID-19.
At New Leaf Counseling the safety and wellness of our clients is our main priority. In order to ensure your well-being and that of the community we will now be offering Telehealth online video or phone session services to our clients as an alternative to office visits. Some of our therapists at New Leaf will continue to offer face to face office visits unless otherwise advised by the local Public Health Department or the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Please contact your primary therapist to assist you with commencing telehealth sessions or if you have any questions.
To assist you with information and focused resources, New Leaf Counseling encourages you to follow updates issued by the U.S. Department of State, the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Texas Department of State Health Services.
A discounted/ sliding fee schedule is available (dependent on client income & family size)
Direct Therapist Phone numbers to specific therapists are located under the "ABOUT US" and "THE TEAM" drop box. You may also find direct phone numbers under the "CONTACT US" section of this website.
You may contact your preferred therapist directly via text or by phone or can call our intake specialist to provide you with information or an appointment. If we do not respond, please leave a text or voicemail and we will get back with you as soon as we are able to. Please keep in mind it may take some time for our therapists to get back with you by phone or via text message since they are at times busy in session. We appreciate your patience regarding this matter.
If this is your first time booking an appointment make sure you request an initial consultation with the intake specialist. Please keep in mind that there are three licensed professional counselors available at New Leaf Counseling. You have the right to choose your therapist, but please remember their appointment availability and insurance eligibility varies.
Graduate interns are also available to see clients for individual and couple's counseling, please let our intake specialist know if you are interested. Our intake specialist will obtain basic information during your initial intake, necessary to relay to one of our therapists or to offer you a list of other therapists in the area. Remember that our intake specialist is unable to guarantee you an appointment unless there is availability or if there is a cancellation.
NO WALK INS are accepted since office hours vary for each therapist.
If you have Insurance, please disregard the prices listed on this site because they only apply to private pay clients. Please make sure you verify if your therapist accepts your insurance prior to booking an appointment with them. Insurances accepted for each therapist are listed under the 'rates' section. In addition, please make sure your insurance is up-to-date. You may need to contact your insurance provider directly to verify if your insurance is active, ask about your copay amount, and/or verify if you have met your deductible. Please bring your insurance card/s with you on your first appointment.
If you are unable to book an appointment at this time, we do provide an opportunity to be listed in our waiting list. Please leave your name and number via text with a request to be listed and we will automatically add you to our waiting list. We will call you to schedule an appointment as soon as a space becomes available and in the order your message was received. Please keep in mind it may take some time for our therapists to get back with you since they are at times busy in session. We appreciate your patience.
Who we are: We are a team of Licensed Professional Counselors who are highly committed to our client’s care.
We provide high quality counseling services at affordable rates because we believe everyone has a right to heal. We are committed to providing mental health services to anyone regardless of client's sex, race, national origin, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, or disabilities.
We incorporate individualized and evidence-based counseling practices that help support the needs of our clients.
What can you expect: We provide a caring and collaborative counseling experience that focuses on the delivery of outstanding care.
Life in our fast-paced culture can be stressful, even under the best of circumstances. When painful experiences occur in our life that adds to our stress it is common for people to feel alone and overwhelmed. Seeking help from a skilled Licensed Professional offers you the opportunity to overcome and grow from these difficulties with confidence, freeing you to live a fuller, richer existence. We truly believe change is possible. Are you ready to ‘Turn Over a New Leaf’ today?
As each individual is unique, an eclectic approach is used. Counseling techniques and approaches used depend on the clients presenting problem, needs, and goals. Counseling approaches utilized include but are not limited to: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavioral therapy, Dialectical Behavioral therapy (DBT), Narr
As each individual is unique, an eclectic approach is used. Counseling techniques and approaches used depend on the clients presenting problem, needs, and goals. Counseling approaches utilized include but are not limited to: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavioral therapy, Dialectical Behavioral therapy (DBT), Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Family Systems, Humanistic, Integrative, Mindfulness-based (MBCT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and Motivational Interviewing.
At ‘New Leaf Counseling’ we are fully committed to working together with individuals and families within our community focusing on their unique therapeutic journey to “Turn over a New Leaf” toward a more healthier & happier future.
Our client focus:
Children, Adolescents, & Adults
Modality: Individual Counseling, Couple's Counseling
Please note that each therapist sees different age groups. Please visit their individual page for details.
At New Leaf Counseling, we provide practical care for substance use addiction. We believe sobriety is possible and we can help. Our evidence based substance use disorder treatment restores mental, emotional, and psychological health that promotes long lasting change. At New Leaf Counseling we have Master Level Clinicians who are Licensed in Chemical Dependency who can assist you in tailoring a treatment plan unique to your needs and who are skilled in treating clients with substance use disorders.
•prescription drug addiction
•opioid and heroin addiction
•Polysubstance Use Disorders
At New Leaf Counseling, we understand how substance use disorders can affect an individual's life and their families. Our individualized approach is evidence based and customize treatment plans according to your age, lifestyle, current stressors, and challenges. Our professionals factor in your physical health, medical history, past trauma, duration of alcohol and drug use, and any co-occurring mental illnesses.
Weekly Individualized Therapy Sessions
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy EMDR
All initial appointments will be between 45-60 minutes in which consent forms are signed and a bio-psychosocial questionnaire will be completed to gain a better understanding of the presenting problem. A treatment plan is generated by collaborating with the client to identify goals that will be worked on in therapy. Subsequent appointments will be between 30-60 minutes. Frequency of sessions will be based on the intensity of the client’s presenting problem. Consistent attendance is essential to evoke progress with your desired treatment goals. Therefore, after two no-shows (not letting your therapist know in advance you cannot make it) you will be terminated and will be referred to another mental health provider to continue services.
Therapy can provide a multitude of benefits. Some of these benefits include but are not limited to; self-awareness, personal growth, changing thinking patterns, improve self-efficacy and self-esteem, improve emotional regulation, learn healthy coping skills, and gain the ability to solve your problems. By seeing a therapist, it can provide a non-judgmental atmosphere to support exploring your presenting problems and provide a different perspective on a difficult problem and guide you in the direction of solutions.
Group sessions are led by either a Graduate Student Intern, Licensed Professional Counselors, or Licensed Professional Counselor Associates. Group sessions consist of both teaching and processing time. Processing may revolve around an issue one member of the group is working on with time for feedback and reactions by group members. This group dynamic is a very powerful environment for growth. During sessions, an individual can share as much or as little as they would like.
To become an (LPC) Licensed Professional Counselor an individual has completed a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in counseling or related field. After completion of a Master’s degree one must take the NCE exam and obtain a passing score to become an LPC Associate. Once becoming an LPC-Associate 3,000 counseling hours need to be completed under the supervision of an LPC-Supervisor to gain full licensure as an LPC. Additionally, to maintain licensure LPCs need to complete 24 hours of continuing education every two years.
To become an (LPC-Associate) Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate an individual has completed a bachelor's degree and a Master degree in counseling or related field. After completion of a Master degree one must take the NCE exam and obtain a passing score to become an LPC-Associate. Once becoming an LPC- Associate the individual works on completing 3,000 hours under the supervision of an LPC-Supervisor.
At New Leaf Counseling we provide individual, family, and group counseling. However, please note each counselor provides different modalities of counseling so when calling to make an appointment please specify the type of counseling seeking to ensure the therapist does offer that type of counseling. Please see tab “specialty issues” for details on presenting problems we treat. We do NOT provide crisis intervention services. If you are in a crisis please go to your nearest emergency room or call the local mental health crisis hotline (Cameron and Hidalgo County) at 1-877-289-7199.
Michelle Burkott LPC-Supervisor is in charge of internship opportunities. For questions or inquiries related to internship opportunities you may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may call or text (956) 508-2700. If you have any other questions that are not listed here you may call our intake specialist at (956) 410-2424.
If you reach our voicemail, please leave a detailed text message.
Sylvia Chelf, M.Ed., LPC, LCDC, NCC
Owner, Licensed Therapist
Telephone (956) 224-9505
Michelle Burkott, M.Ed., LPC-S
Owner, Licensed Therapist
Nikole Gutierrez, M.Ed., LPC, LCDC, NCC
Owner, Licensed Therapist
Saturday & Sunday appointments available.
(Depending on therapist availability)
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LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS SUPPORT NUMBER:
896 Ridgewood Street- Suite D Brownsville, Texas 78520
Intake Specialist: (956) 410-2424