Counseling and Education Staff
The Ecumenical Center is a volunteer-run organization supported by a professional staff. We use a team approach, drawing upon the unique talents of professionals from the counseling, theological and medical disciplines. We work together to renew the whole person: mind, body and spirit.
Our counselors have graduate degrees and are certified or licensed as professional therapists by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors or a state licensing board.
Richard Amiss, DMin, LPC-S
As a counselor, Richard has devoted 14 years to helping people through spiritual struggles, issues concerning both healthy and unhealthy relationships, and a variety of mental and emotional health concerns. He works with children in play therapy, as well as adolescents and adults in individual, couple, group, and family counseling. Richard’s vocation spans to include cases of domestic violence; various types of psychological, sexual, and other physical abuse, as well as the difficulties related to depression, anxiety, grief, PTSD, and diverse personality disorders. He also co-facilitates a child-parent relational therapy group.
Richard, a clinical supervisor, enjoys supervising clinical interns and counseling students. He most recently supervised at St. Peter-St. Joseph’s Children’s Home. Richard received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida State University, his Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from The University of Texas at San Antonio, and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Jacksonville Theological Seminary.
Counseling Specialties: Adolescent Counseling, Adult Counseling, Child Counseling, Couple Counseling, Family Counseling, Group Counseling, Individual Counseling, Relationship Counseling,
Patricia Du Terroil, MS, NCC, LPC
For more than 20 years, Patricia has been committed to helping people develop and restore healthy relationships with one another. She has extensive experience in counseling people who suffer with anxiety, depression, grief, and other issues that affect both individual and relationship functioning and growth.
Patricia’s experience ranges from children’s play therapy and stress management, to couple’s counseling, trauma resolution, and EMDR. A graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, she received her Master of Science in Counseling degree from Long Island University in New York.
Frank E. Emmett, PhD (LT COL, Ret)
A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Frank Emmett has more than 40 years of experience, much of which he gained during his time in the United States Air Force. He served in a variety of leadership positions in military hospitals and clinics around the world, and retired as Chief of Mental Health at the U.S Air Force Clinic on Randolph Air Force Base. Dr. Emmett specializes in marital and family counseling, parenting effectiveness, personality disorders, and men's issues. He has assisted many clients at the Ecumenical Center with spirituality, growth and healing. Dr. Emmett is also in charge of the Center's Mindwise Now testing program, through which he conducts psychological assessment for individuals, parents, and corporations. He is trained in EMDR therapy.
Nancy B. Franklin, LCSW, ACSW, LMFT, Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor
Director, Child and Family Services
Nancy brings close to 25 years of experience in individual, marital, family, and child counseling to the Ecumenical Center. A registered play therapist (RPT) supervisor, Nancy supervises individuals who are working toward their credentialing with the Association for Play Therapy. She also works with children, helps parents with parenting issues, and teaches the Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) course at the Center. Franklin’s therapy experience also includes recovery from trauma, grief and loss issues among both adults and children, as well as other life stresses.
As director of psychodrama, Nancy leads a weekly women’s group entitled, "Who's Running Your Life?" She received her bachelor's degree in education from the University of Arkansas and her master's degree in social work from Our Lady of the Lake University. Nancy is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, Texas Society of Clinical Social Workers, the Association for Play Therapy; and the Texas Association for Play Therapy, including the Alamo Chapter. Nancy is also a professional member of Attachment Parenting International and La Leche League International.
Diana Grippi, M.A.
For more than 30 years, Diana has assessed children and adults diagnosing specific learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. She carefully selects appropriate testing instruments based on the need of the client. Diana is knowledgeable in Federal special education laws and Texas Commissioners Rules, thus, her diagnostic reports meet criteria for special education or 504 determination. Diana’s experience allows her to recommend effective yet practical academic and cognitive strategies as useful research based intervention tools for the client, parents and teachers.
Diana received her Master of Arts degree as an Educational Diagnostician from the University of Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas. She served on the Boards of Alamo Area Educational Diagnostician’s Association and Vocational Education for the Handicapped as well as many compliance and advisory councils.
Counseling Specialties: Psychological Testing
R. Esteban Montilla, PhD, LPC
Counselor & Pastoral Educator
Dr. Esteban Montilla is an ordained clergyman, a licensed professional counselor and a Latin-American theologian known for his ability in scriptural/psychological integration at both theoretical and practical levels. He received his master and doctoral degrees in counseling from Texas A&M University-CC. Dr. Montilla is a diplomate/CPE-supervisor, as well as a board certified pastoral counselor and clinical chaplain with the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP). He is a pioneer in establishing counseling and pastoral care programs in several Latin American countries, and the architect of several of our present Spanish language pastoral trainings.
Dr. Montilla is the author of several books including "Viviendo la Tercera Edad" (2004), Family Counseling with Latinos and Latinas (2005), Pastoral Counseling with Latinos and Latinas (2006) and several articles on the various aspects of counseling and pastoral care in multicultural environments. Dr. Montilla is an assistant professor for the master and doctoral programs offered in the Department of Counseling and Human Services at St. Mary’s University.
Counseling Specialties: Adult Counseling, Couple Counseling, Family Counseling, Geriatric Counseling, Individual Counseling, Premarital Counseling, Relationship Counseling,
Nick Pantuso, LPC-I, NCC
Nick specializes in neurofeedback therapy and assists with the Center’s Mindwise Now testing and assessment program. In his neurofeedback experience, Nick has helped children, adolescents, and adults overcome a variety of challenges associated with ADHD, anxiety, and depression. He has also assisted adults and their families in coping with schizophrenia and bipolar disorders, using the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) model.
Nick earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Texas State University and his master’s degree in counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is currently working toward a board certification in neurofeedback (BCN) therapy.
Counseling Specialties: Neurofeedback,
Thomas J. Preininger, LCSW, MDiv
Social Worker/Spiritual Director
Tom has worked in the field of counseling for over 23 years. He holds a master’s degree in clinical social work, as well as a Master of Divinity degree. He is also an ordained Catholic priest and worked for 11 years as the Executive Director of the Hill Country Christian Counseling Center, Inc. in Kerrville, Texas.
Tom’s counseling reflects a deep respect for marriages and families. He sees families as the foundation stones of society: The health of families will determine the health of the society. He provides pre-marital counseling and has extensive experience helping couples work through their marital issues, such as communication, boundaries, feelings, needs, growth, and violence). Tom has worked with individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, grief, posttraumatic stress, and substance abuse; and with adults who suffered childhood sexual abuse. He is trained in EMDR therapy. He also provides spiritual direction and often brings spirituality into the therapy process for those who desire to use the Bible, prayer, and other spiritual practices in the course of their treatment.
Megan C. Rogers, MA, LPC
Megan has 10 years of clinical experience and expertise working with adolescents and children in the areas of anxiety, depression, stress and trauma disorders. She is certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from the Cleveland Center for Cognitive Therapy, and is currently working on her Play Therapy certification.
Megan has given professional presentations and trainings on topics such as sexual trauma, self-injurious behaviors, and emotional dysregulation in children and adolescents. Megan’s current interest includes using Interpersonal Neurobiology to help clients improve relationships and effectively cope with difficult emotions.
Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. She is a member of the Association of Play Therapy and the Alamo Chapter of Play Therapy. Megan brings her Catholic-Christian understanding of the dignity and value of each person into her clinical work. Megan is also dedicated to providing therapy services to military dependents as a spouse of an active duty person.
Counseling Specialties: Adolescent Counseling, Child Counseling,
Daniel Thompson, PhD
Daniel works with a variety of clients and specializes in addictions. He is a Licensed Psychologist, listed on the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. He is also Board certified in the Treatment of Alcohol and other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders; a Board certified Chemical Dependency Specialist; and a Certified Compulsive Gambling Counselor. Daniel supervises the Center’s advanced pastoral psychotherapy trainees in spiritual/psychological integration and provides psychological testing and assessment for individuals, children and business professionals through the Center's Mindwise Now testing program.