Our Staff

Staff

Cathy Gaytan, LCSW received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She has worked in various mental health settings including inpatient, outpatient, in-home and community mental health.  Prior to moving to El Paso, she worked in Atlanta at the Georgia Center for Children, a children’s advocacy center for child victims of sexual abuse, as both a therapist and forensic evaluator.  After moving to El Paso in 2007, she joined the El Paso Child Guidance Center as a therapist treating children and families.  Starting in 2009 she served as Director of Clinical Services for five years and was promoted to Executive Director in July 2014.  Her areas of clinical interest include treatment of child and adolescent exposure to traumatic stress and child abuse and neglect.  She serves on numerous local advisory boards and is a member of the El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium’s Child and Adolescent Leadership Council.  She is certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy and is trained in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).

Tim Mendoza, LPC-S received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Texas at El Paso and his Masters of Education in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Texas at El Paso.  He has worked in a number of mental health settings including inpatient, outpatient, and in-home mental health.  Tim joined the El Paso Child Guidance Center in 2009 as a therapist working with children and families.  In June 2014, he was promoted to Clinical Director.  His areas of interest include working with children, adolescents, and families affected by traumatic events including child abuse, neglect, community violence, and divorce.    Tim is a member of Advocacy Center for Children’s multi-disciplinary team as well as a member of the Project LAUNCH Young Child Wellness Council.  He is a certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) therapist and has training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Integrated Treatment for Complex Trauma (ITCT).


Cecilia De Vargas is a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist.  Doctor De Vargas is the Medical Director and Psychiatrist of El Paso Child Guidance Center since July of 1978.  She is currently an Associate Professor and the program director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program at the TTUHSC and Director for the Child and Adolescent Inpatient Unit at the El Paso Psychiatric Center in El Paso. 

Education

  • MD, Doctor of Medicine, Universidad Del Valle, Cali, Valle, Colombia, Medicine, 1st (1966).
  • Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia, Residency in General Psychiatry. (1973).
  • Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. (1974).
  • Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, Nebraska, Residency in General Psychiatry. (1976).

Nicole Kent received her Associates of Science in Humanities and Social Sciences in 2008 from Corning Community College. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Healthcare Management in 2016 for Florida Institute of Technology.  She has 11 years of experience in the field of medical billing and coding. She has specialized training in Medicare and Medicaid billing for inpatient and outpatient services. Nicole is originally from upstate New York, she moved to El Paso in April of 2015. She joined the El Paso Child Guidance Center in May of 2015 as the Billing and Credentialing Coordinator. In September of 2015, she was promoted to the Practice Manager. In October of 2016, she was promoted to the Director of Operations. She has a passion for working in a non-profit mental health setting. She loves seeing the positive impact the Center has on the clients and the El Paso Community.

Cristal Martinez Acosta has been working with the El Paso Child Guidance Center since 2014. After two years of service, she was promoted to her current position of Therapist Supervisor. Cristal is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Texas and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). She graduated with honors from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology. Then she attended New Mexico State University (CACREP accredited), where she received a Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance with a 4.0 GPA. She has experience working with youth and adults who have been affected by traumatic events. Her areas of interest are childhood abuse, domestic violence, anxiety, high-risk youth, depression, Reality Therapy, and immigration issues. She is certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and is trained in Parent Child Interaction Therapy.           



Elisa Dobler, LMSW has been a therapist at the El Paso Child Guidance Center since October of 2015. Elisa has a Master of Arts from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Science in Social Work from UTEP and is a licensed master social worker. While in the master of social work program, Elisa was awarded the Hogg Bilingual Scholarship for Mental Health and the SAMSHA/HRSA Borderland Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Initiative Grant. Previously, Elisa worked in public education as a high school English literature teacher from 2006-2013.

Myra Garcia, LCSW is a psychotherapist at the El Paso Child Guidance Center and has been with the center since April 2016 after moving from New York City. Myra received her Bachelors in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and her Masters in Social Work from New York University. During her time in New York City, Myra provided psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults with a broad range of mental health issues. She also served as a Program Manager for a therapeutic program that provided services to victims of gun violence in the East Harlem area. While at El Paso Child Guidance Center, Myra has begun to work on a collaboration with YISD to provide mental health services in the schools. Myra is currently in training for Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) and Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP).


Kristin P. Trick, LPC, RPT is a therapist who joined the El Paso Child Guidance Center in October 2016. She grew up in Virginia but has lived in El Paso since 2012. She spent the past three years working as a therapist at El Paso Behavioral Health System within its outpatient and inpatient programs. During her time as outpatient program therapist, she incorporated play therapy within a group setting to better meet the needs of children ages 5-10. She earned a MA in Professional Counseling and BS in Youth Ministry from Liberty University. She has an array of play therapy training and attended intensive play therapy supervision at the University of North Texas in July 2016. She plans to earn certification as a Registered Play Therapist. Kristin enjoys working with families and has completed Level 1 training of Gottman Method Couples Therapy. She incorporates cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused approaches when working with clients, and plans to receive training in sand tray and art therapy to continue professional development. She enjoys reading, painting, and watching movies. Her favorite hobby is running and she has completed two marathons.

Rebecca Wilson, LMSW, is originally from Minnesota and moved to the southwest in 2007 to work at a children’s home in Juarez, Mexico. It was through her work with the children at the home that led her to pursue her Masters of Social Work at New Mexico State University. While in school, she was a Hispanic Child Welfare Stipend recipient, and also worked with the Southwest Region National Child Protection Training Center, helping organize child welfare trainings and conferences across New Mexico. After graduating in 2014, she began working part-time at Family Service of El Paso giving psychotherapy while continuing to work at the children’s home as Dance Program Director, Media Designer, and facilitating therapy groups. Last August, she concluded her time at the children’s home and began working full-time at the Guidance Center.

Luz Rivas is part of the El Paso Child Guidance Center support staff as the Billing and Credentialing Coordinator.  She graduated as a Medical Office Specialist from Career Centers of Texas at El Paso in 1999.  She started working shortly after graduation at an occupational medical center from the year 2000 to 2008.  She joined the El Paso Child Guidance Center family in June of 2008 and feels honored to be part of such an amazing group of professionals.  She appreciates and admires what this organization is about and how the community can benefit from the services provided.

Fabby Nevarez provides administrative support to the El Paso Child Guidance Center as the Office Coordinator for the Yandell and Ysleta locations. She is a native El Pasoan and has worked with non-profits in the El Paso community for 3 years. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Promotion with a minor in Community Health from the University of Texas at El Paso. Fabby has found a strong sense of devotion for her community while working with non-profits, and has a deep appreciation for what they do for our region. She has found it to be a humbling experience and looks forward to making a difference with the EL Paso Child Guidance Center movement.

Guadalupe Gonzalez Quezada received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2009 with a Major in Metalsmithing Fabrication and Design and a minor in Ceramic Arts.    Her areas of concentration are jewelry fabrication, textile and ceramic/polyclay arts. In 2010 she started a small business named Dora’s Boutique which allows her to practice and showcase her craft. The business name is an homage to her maternal grandmother Dorotea whom had always supported and fueled her creativity. Since the fall season of 2015 she has been part of the Downtown Art and Farmer’s Market which is sponsored in part by the Museum and Cultural Affairs Department and is held every Saturday in the El Paso Downtown Arts District. She began working with the El Paso Child Guidance Center in January of 2016 and holds the position of Ysleta Branch Receptionist as part of the Support Staff Team.

Cynthia Henry joined our team July 2016 and is the receptionist at our Yandell clinic. She has worked for non-profit organizations with 3 years’ experience.  Cynthia enjoys greeting clients and likes to make everyone feel welcomed. She has taken trainings in customer service and dealing with difficult people which have helped her be more efficient in her job.