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About Me

I am a graduate from the University of Texas Pan American where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a double minor in Addiction Studies and Rehabilitation Counseling.   After, a short career in education, I found my calling for counseling.  I decided to return to UT-Pan American and earned a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling.  This degree has afforded me an opportunity to provide services to diverse ­populations.  I have experience working with individuals of varied ages, cultures, demographics, and numerous medical and psychological issues. 

 

As your counselor you can expect me to provide an eclectic approach to counseling geared towards assisting you in sifting through your dilemmas, taking in a different perspective and helping you reach your optimal potential.  

As a Hispanic professional I have a special interest in the effects of acculturation, assimilation, and the internal turmoil individuals may face during this process.  Through counseling I intend to provide a safe haven for individuals of this population while helping them explore their thoughts and feelings as they relate to this change. 

 

Overall, I hope to make the counseling process one you can embrace and benefit from and to minimize the stigma associated with seeking mental health services. 

 

As a fluent bilingual professional, I provide comprehensive counseling sessions in Spanish and English.

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Silvia Gutierrez-Leal
LPC-S, CRC, CVE

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide comprehensive and culturally sensitive mental health
counseling, vocational counseling & guidance and work readiness training to empower
individuals within the RGV’s close-knit community. We are committed to fostering
emotional well-being, personal growth and career success by offering a safe and
supportive environment that honors the unique needs, values and experiences of our
clients. It is with a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of mental health, career
development, and community bonds that we aim to facilitate meaningful transformation
in order to strengthen the fabric of our community one individual at a time.

Vision Statement

To empower our community through tailored mental health support, vocational
counseling & guidance and work readiness training, or vision is to foster emotional
well-being, personal growth and career success. We aspire to be the trusted catalyst for
transformative change, strengthening the bonds within our close-knit community.

Practice History

Founded in 2022, the Harvey House, PLLC is the culmination of a dream that took root
many years ago. Recognizing a pressing need for culturally sensitive and specialized
mental health services in a minority community, we embarked on a journey fueled by
empathy and expertise. With a profound understanding of mental health, testing,
evaluations and therapeutic services, our clinic came into being, dedicated to providing
support where it was most needed.
The seeds of the Harvey House were sown from a genuine desire to bridge the gaps in
mental health care, acknowledging the unique challenges and experiences of minority
individuals. We knew that the healing journey could only be fully realized through
culturally responsive and community-centric services.
Over the years, our founder has honed their skills, developed close relationships with the
communities we serve, and expanded our range of services to meet the diverse needs of
our clients. At the Harvey House, every staff member, from experienced clinicians to our
compassionate support team, is committed to creating a safe, inclusive, and welcoming
space where individuals can embark on their personal journeys of healing and growth.
With each day, we strive to live up to our founding principles, offering not just therapy
but also a sense of belonging and understanding. The Harvey House is more than just a
mental health clinic; it’s a sanctuary for hope, resilience, and transformation.
As we look ahead, our mission remains unwavering – to continue our dedicated service to
the community, helping every individual find their path to wellness, happiness, and a
brighter future. We are humbled by the trust you place in us, and we are committed to
standing by your side every step of the way.
The Harvey House, 2022

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