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Employee Spotlight: Thomas and Sandy Preininger
Thomas Preininger, LCSW, M.Dlv., Psychotherapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker Tom, an ordained Catholic priest, has been with The Center for over six years and currently serves as a psychotherapist. With almost 30 years of experience, his counseling specialties include helping individuals, couples and families. He deals with issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD (Post … Continued
The Seeds of Hope Garden Update
The construction of The Seeds of Hope Garden is well underway, and we’re still slated for completion on November 1. Join us at The Center for our opening ceremony, and you too can enjoy all of the wonderful amenities that The Garden will have to offer. Are you interested in supporting The Seeds of Hope … Continued
Camp Wellness Comes to The Center
On July 25 and 26, The Center hosted Camp Wellness, a new program for students 5 – 15 years of age. Over 30 campers participated in the event, making it a tremendous success. The camp included a variety of programs, including anti-bullying exercises, nutrition and relaxation classes, and self-esteem and coping strategy exercises. The Center’s … Continued
Construction of the Seeds of Hope Garden is underway!
Construction is officially underway! Once complete, the gardens will offer a peaceful, tranquil setting for therapeutic healing, prayer and meditation for generations to come. The area will be used for children’s play therapy and counseling for both children and adults. The gardens will have a children’s nature play area, labyrinth, butterfly garden, walking path, water … Continued
Veteran Spotlight: Paul Davis
When I first came to The Ecumenical Center, I was extremely isolated – and I’d been that way for a very long time. It was mainly from grieving and not being able to handle it.
Remembering Those Who Made The Ultimate Sacrifice
Since 1967, The Ecumenical Center has been proud to provide hope and healing through counseling, education, and mental health services to those who have served our country.
A Message from the Executive Director
With the passing of Memorial Day, I wanted to take a moment to personally show my gratitude to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedom.
May was Mental Health Awareness Month
This is a subject that is near and dear to us at The Center, as the majority of our work focuses around those who suffer from mental illness.
Board Spotlights: John W. Weber, Jr.
Taking a closer look at our distinguished board members.
Christ Episcopal Church Satellite Office
The Center’s Christ Episcopal Church office offers counseling services to aid the community.
Ethics in Business San Antonio Leadership Lab – April 12
Business leaders meet with local students to talk values, ethics, and decision-making.
The Ecumenical Center Announces Major State Grant to Support Active Military, Veterans and Their Families
(San Antonio, TX) – The Ecumenical Center for Education. Counseling. Health hosted a powerful presentation by U.S. veteran Kris “Tanto” Paronto on February 28, 2017 at The Center, 8310 Ewing Halsell Drive. Paronto, a former Army Ranger and security contractor, was serving as a CIA paramilitary contractor at the U.S. State Department Mission compound … Continued
Helping Little Clients Deal with Life’s Big Challenges.
Our unique combination of children’s therapy services are some of the best in San Antonio. The Center’s Registered Play Therapists are exceptionally experienced in helping children deal with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, anger, addiction, family conflicts and more.
13 HOURS: The Untold Story with Kris “Tanto” Paronto.
On February 28th, we hosted U.S. veteran Kris “Tanto” Paronto at The Center. He not only spoke about the events that inspired his book, 13 Hours, but also how his experience in the military helped him come closer to his faith.
New Meditation Gardens Set to Break Ground on May 9.
We are excited to announce the groundbreaking of our new meditation gardens. The gardens will offer a peaceful, tranquil setting for therapeutic healing, prayer and meditation. The area will be used for children’s play therapy and counseling for both adults and children.
Meet Chuck and Yoli Anderson, Foundation Board Chairmen.
Chuck and Yoli Anderson’s exposure to the expanding role of counseling, education and mental health services to our community led to their acceptance of chairing, as a couple, The Center’s Foundation Board.
50th Anniversary of The Center
A special message from CEO Mary Beth Fisk In 1967, medicine, psychology, research sciences, business, society and faith all found a common Center in San Antonio. Fifty years later, The Center still works to unify this diverse group so that we can help people in the most holistic, innovative, and inclusive ways possible. As we … Continued
Finding New Ways to Serve Those Who’ve Served Us
At The Center, we’ve always had a special place in our hearts for those who’ve worn our country’s uniform. And we’ve backed it up with a wide range of programs designed to help veterans – and their families – deal with service-related mental health issues, reintegration to civilian life, and so on. We’ve even found … Continued
One Successful Chaplain Program Leads to Another
The Center’s new chaplain training program is really taking off. It started when we successfully launched the Chaplains for Justice program last year. That program centers on training and support for chaplains who serve in police departments, sheriff’s departments and similar agencies – and it has achieved universal support throughout the local and regional law … Continued
Meet Frank Emmett, Ph.D., USAF Lt. Col. (Ret.)
Frank Emmett has spent the last five years at The Ecumenical Center, but he’s spent most of his life helping people discover the power, joy and goodness within themselves. With bachelor and master’s degrees from Trinity University and a Ph.D. from Texas Tech, Frank pursued a career in mental health for the military – including … Continued
Therapeutic drumming on Great Day SA
Our 3rd Annual Art Heals Hearts Exhibit opens on September 11. A few of our amazing folks joined the staff at Great Day SA to share a little therapeutic drumming with the show. Watch it here. Please Join us for our free opening night event from 6-9 p.m. Learn how you can find your voice … Continued
Local Teachers, Counselors, Get Tips on Fighting Schoolyard Bullying
Barbara Coloroso says the key to deterring bullying is to starve the bully of the status he or she receives by the act of bullying, and that means empowering all students to stand up to bullies. Read more on WOAI-AM
2013 – A year in review
Thanks to you, the Center did some pretty amazing things in 2013. Catch a look at our year in review.
Ecumenical Center Receives Grant to Provide Counseling for Military Members
SAN ANTONIO – The Ecumenical Center has received a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission to provide counseling services on a sliding scale to members of the military and their families. Available to active duty military and their dependents, as well as retired veterans, this grant will provide much-needed access to counseling services. Some members … Continued
Art Heals Hearts – 2013
Abbigail Tamez’ pieces appear at the Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health in “Art Heals Hearts,” an exhibit of works created by people who have benefited from art therapy. Read the full story here.