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AAC Practitioners

The following practitioners have completed the academic requirements of the AAC Academy. Practitioners with animal partners in the picture are endorsed by the Texas State University AAC Academy to work with their animal partner. If you are interested in finding a practitioner who is trained in animal-assisted counseling, you may contact any of these practitioners.

Certified Animal-Assisted Practitioners

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The practitioners in this section have completed all academic and clinical requirements with their animal partners to earn the Certification in Animal-Assisted Counseling. If you would like to reach out to these practitioners, you can find their names and contact information from the cohort in which they graduated. 

Amanda Arriola & Cleo

Amanda Arriola & Cleo

Cindy Brackmeyer & Charley

Cindy Brackmeyer & Charley

Emily Ellis & Sully

Emily Ellis & Sully

Wanda Montemayor & Chango

Wanda Montemayor & Chango

Morgan Rupe & Rio

Morgan Rupe & Rio

Kim Sullivan & Gordon

Kim Sullivan & Gordon

Judy Pfeifer & Manny

Judy Pfeifer & Manny

Karen Lee & Daemon

Karen Lee & Daemon

2020 AAC Academy Practitioners

Jalen Evans & Loyal

Jalen Evans, MS, LPC Associate
and Loyal Robinson
Doctoral Student, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi, TX

Kate Halinski & Moose

Kate Halinski, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S
and Moose
Private Practice, Kate Halinski PhD
Boerne, TX

Katherine Miner & Willow

Katherine Miner, MSW, LMSW
and Willow (Calvera not pictured)
Counselor, Fort Bend County Women's Center
Houston, TX

Adrianne Ortiz & Star

Adrianne Ortiz, MS, LPC, RPT
and Starlette
Counselor, West Texas Guidance and Counseling
San Angelo, TX

Marisa Ridley & Nimah

Marisa Ridley, MSW, LCSW
and Nimah
Social Worker
Ft. Worth, TX

Liz Stein & Rusty

Elizabeth Stein
and Rusty
Intern, Williamson County Juvenile Services
Georgetown, TX

Jennifer Morgan & Jetta

Jennifer Morgan, MS, LPC, ACAS
and Jetta
Private Practice, Morgan Counseling
Houston, TX

2019 AAC Academy Practitioners

Amanda Arriola & Cleo

Amanda Arriola, MA, LPC
and Cleo
School Counselor, New Braunfels ISD
Hill Country Heart Counseling
New Braunfels, TX

Kaitlyn Coffey & Stout

Kaitlyn Coffey, MA, LPC
and Stout
Mental Health Psychotherapist, Menninger Clinic
Houston, TX

Emily Ellis & SUlly

Emily Ellis, MA, LPC, LMFT, RPT
and Sullivan ("Sully")
Private Practice: Ellis Group Counseling
Harker Heights, TX

Kimberly Scott & Mr. Pricklepants

Kimberly Scott, MA
and Mr. Pricklepants
School Counselor, New Braunfels ISD
New Braunfels, TX

Hilda Statz-Baida & Pierre

Hilda Statz-Baida, MA, LPC
and Pierre
Therapist, Crisis Center of Comal County
New Braunfels, TX

Lori Washburn & Loki

Lori Washburn, MS
and Loki
School Counselor, Pottsboro ISD
Pottsboro, TX

2018 AAC Academy Practitioners

Jenny Jacobs & Oreo

Jenny Jacobs, MS, LPC
and Oreo
Private Practice, Therapy for Families
The Woodlands, TX

Wanda Montemayor & Chango

Wanda Montemayor, MA, LPC-S, RPT-S, ATCS
School Counselor, Austin ISD
and Private Practice: Community Art Therapy
Austin, TX

Judy Pfeifer & Manny

Judy Pfeifer, MS, LPC-S
and Manny
Website: Lifetime Christian Counselors, LLC
San Antonio, TX

Morgan Rupe & Rio

Morgan Rupe, MA, LPC
and Rio
Website: Morgan Rupe, LPC
Austin, TX

Holly Sadler & Stella

Holly Sadler, MEd, LCSW
and Stella
School Counselor

Leah Walter & Junior

Leah Walter, MA, LPC, LMFT Associate
and Junior
Georgetown, TX
Supervised by Kelly McCabe, LPC-S, LMFT-S

2017 AAC Academy Practitioners

Kris Allison & Sansa

Kris Allison, MSW, LCSW-S, RPT-S
and Sansa
Owner & Therapist, Allison and Associates
New Braunfels, TX

Anne Esquivel & Archie

Anne Esquivel, PhD
and Archie
Website: Mind Works
San Antonio, TX

Karen Lee & Daemon

Karen Lee, MA, LPC
and Daemon
Therapist, Private Practice
San Antonio, TX

Nicole Lozo & Andy

Nicole Lozo, MEd, LPC
and Andy
School Counselor, Austin ISD
Austin, TX

Nicole Lozo & Meeko

Nicole Lozo, MEd, LPC
and Meeko (guinea pig)
School Counselor, Austin ISD
Austin, TX

Jennifer Smith & Harvey

Jennifer Smith, MA, LPC-S, RPT-S
and Harvey
Collaborative Care Counselor, Texas State University Counseling Center
San Marcos, TX

Mary Stone & Wilson

Mary Stone, MA
and Wilson
School-based Counselor
Wimberley, TX

Kim Sullivan & Gordon

Kim Sullivan, MA, LPC, RPT
and Gordon
Website: Heart and Soul Counseling
Georgetown, TX

2016 AAC Academy Practitioners

Sarah Moreno & Zeus

Sarah Moreno, MA
and Zeus
Texas State Graduate

Jillian Zuboy and Cash

Jillian Zuboy, MA, LPC
and Cash
Website: JZ Therapy
Austin, TX

Celeste Johnson & Vera

Celeste Johnson, MA, LPC-S, RPT
and Vera Wang
Private Practice, Play Therapy Conroe
Conroe, TX

Melissa Whitsett and Stella

Melissa Whitsett, MA, LPC
and Stella
School Counselor, Austin ISD
Website: MW Pawsitive Counseling
Austin, TX