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Employee Spotlight: Lejla Cenanovic

Appreciating a valuable team player.

Board Member Spotlight: Dr. and Mrs. Dale Wood and Dr. and Mrs. Arnold Vardiman

Recognizing those who make The Center great.

Coping with Winter Blues

The symptoms can be overwhelming, but you can fight them.

Grief & The Holidays Event

Turning the holidays into a time of healing.

Holiday Open House

The Center hosted a special holiday celebration.

March Was Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month

The Center prides itself in being one of the first providers of the groundbreaking traumatic brain injury treatment known as Neurofeedback in San Antonio.

Helping those who have survived tragedy

At the Ecumenical Center, we are always looking for individuals and communities that need our help.

The Center Receives Sutherland Springs Grant

The Ecumenical Center was the recipient of a special grant for their ongoing work in Sutherland Springs.

Board Member Spotlight: Nancy Torgerson

New Chairman of the Operating Board Nancy Torgerson on The Center’s goal of bringing health, healing, and hope to the community.

Art Heals Hearts Sale

Pieces from our Art Heals Hearts exhibit will be for sale through April 2018.

Say Hello To Our New Telemedicine Service

The Ecumenical Center, the center for hope, healing, and health in San Antonio and South Texas, now offers a new, state of the art online telemedicine service.

Board Member Spotlight: Ron and Marla Rushing

  Ron retired in September 2016 as a Senior Vice President-Investment Officer from Wells Fargo Advisors after a 43-year career. This was the only career he had as an adult. He has volunteered on The Ecumenical Center Foundation Board for approximately five years. He is very passionate about the Seeds of Hope Garden, and was … Continued

Tragedy in Sutherland Springs

The Center aids in recovery efforts after the tragedy at First Baptist Church. Sunday, November 5 marked a horrific day for Sutherland Springs, Texas and the surrounding communities. Over 25 individuals were killed or injured in the shooting at First Baptist Church, and countless lives were affected. Since that day, The Center has been on-site … Continued

Celebrating Hope, Healing, and Health

The Center celebrates its 50th Anniversary, Art Heals Hearts, the opening of the Seeds of Hope Garden, and Veterans Day. November was a month of celebration at The Center. Not only did we celebrate our 50th anniversary, but also our Art Heals Hearts exhibit and the opening of the Seeds of Hope Garden. The two-day … Continued

Grief and the Holidays

A Difficult Time When Dealing With Loss. After the loss of a loved one, the holidays can be one of the most difficult times for grief. But The Center is here to help. We offer a variety of services and courses to help facilitate support strategies for coping with grief during the holidays. These services … Continued

A Grant from the San Antonio Junior Forum

The San Antonio Junior Forum aids in our mission. In September, The Ecumenical Center received a grant from the San Antonio Junior Forum for use in our Expressive Therapeutic Arts Program. With this generous grant, we were able to provide music and art supplies for use in the Open Studio Visual Art Sessions, Music Therapy, … Continued

Advancing Research and Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injuries

September was National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month. The Center prides itself in being one of the first providers of the groundbreaking traumatic brain injury treatment known as Neurofeedback in San Antonio. Also known as EEG Biofeedback and Neurotherapy, Neurofeedback is a way of treating traumatic brain injury which encourages the brain to restore or … Continued

Veterans Celebration, 50th Anniversary & Art Heals Hearts Exhibition

Upcoming Events at The Center. 2017 marks The Center’s 50th anniversary of providing health, healing, and hope to San Antonio. To commemorate this occasion, we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary during our Art Heals Hearts event on November 2 from 6pm to 9pm. This event will function as a celebration of The Center’s achievements … Continued

Board Member Spotlight: Dr. Kelley and Mr. Pat Frost

Learn more about Board Members Dr. Kelley and Mr. Pat Frost. The adage that “all health is mental health” applies to Ecumenical Center advocates and past board chairs Dr. Kelley and Mr. Pat Frost. Active in the San Antonio biomedical community, both Kelley and Pat use their voices to stand up for the one in … Continued

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

Healing Power of Art By Jessica Belasco Published Sep. 8, 2017 on www.mysa.com; Updated Sep. 29, 2017 “Art Heals Hearts” is an exhibit of works created by people who have benefited from art therapy. The exhibit, held in conjunction with a two-day art therapy workshop for mental health professionals, is open to the public Monday … Continued