Alex Guevara III, LPC and Destinye Crawford, CPLC met in 2016 while working together at behavioral health hospital for children. While working together it was noticed that there was a shared passion for improving mental health services in the community. With a combined 15 years of experience in mental and medical healthcare Alex and Destinye decided to take a leap of faith and start Excelsior Therapy.
Together, Alex and Destinye have worked with thousands of clients (children, teens, and adults) through in-patient, outpatient, and private practice settings for over 10 years. Their education, personal, and professional experiences working with different populations have equipped them to effectively address various social, mental, and behavioral health needs.
Since launching Excelsior Therapy, Alex and Destinye have immersed themselves into the Fort Worth community with the intention of providing top notch services. They are a part of the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas. In addition, they have lead psycho educational conferences for LIT (Latina’s in progress), NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness), and AMP (Recovery Resource Center), and participated in fund raising events for Make A Wish Foundation. Their passion for change in the mental health community has led to individual face to face discussions with the 2019 Fort Worth Mayoral Candidates.
Excelsior Therapy has been selected as the sole therapy provider for All Saints Catholic School’s students, parents, and faculty. Alex and Destinye are highly involved in various Tarrant County community outreach organizations and mental health services.
Excelsior Therapy has a passion for counseling others that is highlighted through their close collaboration with clients, client families, and their support systems. When working with Excelsior Therapy you will feel welcomed and immediately see that Alex and Destinye are highly personable. They have a true passion in advocating for others and walking along side you every step of the way. Simply put, Alex and Destinye love what they do and you will feel it from the moment you make the call.
Excelsior Therapy works with individuals, couples, families and groups, even offering adult and teen anger management classes. They believe that using cognitive testing and evidenced based interventions with collaboration of clients creates the most positive impact on helping clients meet their goals.
In addition to their therapeutic specialties, Excelsior Therapy is connected with a medical clinic that can assist with medication management that many clients have come to appreciate.
Cognitive testing with SAME DAY results for ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, and Bipolar Disorder.
Excelsior Therapy has a love for counseling and coaching others and it shows through their collaboration with clients, client families, and their support systems. Excelsior Therapy looks forward to helping you meet your goals.
Common goals of therapy and Life Coaching can be to inspire change or improve quality of life. People may seek therapy for help with issues that are hard to face alone. Clients in therapy or Life Coaching can learn skills for handling difficult situations, making healthy decisions, and reaching goals.
Relationship or Family counseling can be beneficial to families who are looking to strengthen their emotional connection, in all stages of life. Therapy sessions are held with both couples and families as a supportive place to discuss issues and solutions to better strengthen your relationship.
Working on issues within a group setting can be a highly supportive and productive way to address concerns. Clients who share common concerns meet weekly or as-needed as a group with one or more clinicians to explore a specific topic and develop coping skills. Group offerings and lists are updated a month before sessions begin.
Alex Guevara III is owner and co-operator of Excelsior Therapy and the lead License Professional Counselor. Alex provides exceptional face to face individual, family, and group psycho-therapy, Anger Management classes, music therapy, administration and interpretation of a computer based cognitive assessments. Prior to counseling, Alex received his BA in Biology and attended TCU’s accelerated nursing program which allows him to have a better understanding of how medical issues can effect mental illness. Alex specializes in Anger Management, Effective Communication, and past traumas. Alex has an innate ability to meet his clients exactly where they are and communicate to each client in the exact way they need. Alex walks along side his clients while sharing in their struggles and successes and deals with each client in a passionate and professional manner. Alex’s greatest passions are drumming, and counseling and he is happiest when he can combine the two.
Destinye Crawford, CPLC is co-operator, Life Coach, and the face in the community at Excelsior Therapy. Destinye handles all inquiries, scheduling for therapy or medication management appointments, completes new client intakes, financial analysis (for families needed sliding scale cash pays), assists clients with locating and utilize medical and mental health resources, and advocates for clients needing FMLA or disability paperwork completion. Destinye has a passion for community outreach, parental education, school issue resolution, and advocating for the needs of Excelsior’s clients. As a Life Coach Destinye specializes in women’s issues, divorce support, career development, life skills and promoting independence. As the community outreach specialist Destinye provides exceptional service both in the office and in the community, building partnerships that benefit Excelsior’s client.
Otherwise known as "Mel". Mel is our student intern who is pursing her Master's Degree in Social Work at Tarleton State University. Mel has clinical experience working with adults, children, and families with mental health disorders, substance abuse issues, developmental disabilities, and homelessness. Mel has worked in various settings including an outpatient substance abuse clinic, a mental health non-profit agency, and outpatient private practice therapy clinic. Mel believes that change happens when people are given the guidance they need to draw on their own strengths and realize their potential to live fulfilling lives. Mel provides an environment of compassion and support to help individuals and families overcome obstacles to move forward and thrive.
The first call
Part of my position at Excelsior Therapy is answering our incoming calls. I have calls starting at 7:00 in the morning and will usually answer calls until 9:00pm at night. These calls come directly to my cell phone so there is no reason I can not be reached during your time of need.
But there is a specific kind of call that has been tugging on my heart for the past few weeks. A specific type of call that I want to address. THE INITIAL INTAKE CALL. I received a call last week at 9:00pm and when I answered I heard a long pause and deep breathing followed by "oh, I didn't think anyone was going to answer. I called at this time so I wouldn't have to talk to anyone". What my heart heard was "I'm scared and embarrassed to make this call, but I need help". What my heart heard was "I know I need help, but I don't know where to start. Can you help me?"
You are not alone in being scared to make the first call. You are not alone in being uncertain of the outcome of the call. And YOU ARE NOT ALONE in your mental health journey. The initial call may be the hardest, but it is also the first step to becoming the healthiest version of yourself.
What I want the callers of Excelsior Therapy to know is, I know. I know, how hard the call is for you. I know, how in your darkest moments you are hoping to find answers and guidance on the other end of our phone call. I know, how picking a therapy office from a list of a hundred can seem overwhelming, how even when you find an office making the call can be tough, and how not getting a call back can be even harder.
Here is my promise to Excelsior Therapy callers. I promise, to do my best to answer your call the first time because I know how hard it was for you to make. I promise, to answer your call as I would want someone to answer the call of my child or best friend. Most importantly, I promise to answer your calls with love, acceptance, and understanding.
Excelsior Therapy is honored to answer your call and we are happy to help you when you are ready. Love and trust yourself enough to pick up the phone and find out what's on the other end. We can be reached at 817-618-0513, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on FB or IG @Exelsiortherapy.
The voice on the other end,
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