MEET OUR INTERN

Savannah Arranaga

Practicum Intern 

Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Lubbock Christian University

Supervised By Kristal DeSantis, LMFT

About Savannah Arranaga:

I have a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Psychology from Texas Tech University. I have a Master's in Human Services from Lubbock Christian University. Currently, I am working on my Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lubbock Christian University to become an LPC. My practicum will begin during the Summer semester on May 10th. My experience includes working with children, adolescents, and families in various settings, including in the community, school, and home. I have been working in the child welfare field for a little over two years now. I currently work as a foster care case manager with a child-placing agency. Due to my professional background, I am familiar with working with children and adolescents struggling with emotional regulation, ADHD, trauma, anxiety, social skills, self-esteem issues, transitions, school issues, and behavioral issues. Because my passion is working with children and adolescents, I understand family or a supportive adult plays a vital role in their lives. I often help parents and foster parents learn to set limits, provide structure, improve communication, parenting skills, and redirecting defiance and oppositional behaviors. I am interested in cognitive-behavioral techniques, play therapy techniques, trauma-focused care, foster care, adoption, and therapeutic activities.

How would you describe therapy with you?

I strive to create a warm, safe, non-judgmental environment that encourages clients to gain awareness of themselves. I believe that everyone carries within them the ability to thrive and grow, and it is my job to help them learn and tap their own resources. I view my role as walking alongside the client as they explore their feelings, develop adaptive behaviors and cognitions, recognize their strengths, and establish goals to resolve their problem. I also understand that some clients need a safe place to let out whatever they are feeling. You do not need to have a mental illness or diagnosis to come to therapy. 

Savannah's Schedule: 

Savannah is currently screening new clients. Her available hours are after 5 pm on Monday and Thursday or between 11 ~ 6 pm on the weekends. She is offering in-person and virtual counseling options. To request a consultation to get on her caseload please ​contact: intern@austinstrongrbc.com 

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