Miss Maria De Lourdes Ornelas, Maria De Lourdes Ornelas, LPC, LCDC

Preferred Name: Lourdes

EMDR Certified Therapist

EMDR Consultant-in-Training

Online Therapy

About Me

My name is Lourdes and I have worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor(LPC) and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) in the State of Texas for the past 5 years. I have worked in diverse and multicultural settings with children, adolescents, adults, families, couples, State and Federal probation court mandated clients. I have provided treatment to persons with childhood adversities, sexual abuse, Attachment problems, ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, emotional distress, Bipolar, alcohol and substance abuse disorders. As a counselor, my personal philosophy is based on a “Humanistic” approach which focuses on “YOU” , the human-being and their positive aspects. I believe that people are essentially good, and that they are the authors of their own life. I believe in a narrative method of therapy because it separates a person from their problem. As a Counselor, my delivery is warm and interactive, as it includes traits connected to narrative and person-centered, such as curiosity, dignity, respect, and unconditional positive regard. Yet, I am also direct, which is often associated with therapeutic models very different from narrative therapy. I will strive to build a trustworthy rapport and encourage the client to draw their own conclusions and decide the path they want to take in resolving their issues. Finally, I am aware of my readiness to help is strong because I have made it an important part of my work to practice self-care and to not allow the challenges of this field diminish the passion that drove me to this work in the first place. Jointly, the client and the therapist will mutually set goals in order to achieve the desired outcome. You are the most important person in this relationship, let’s make it work. It will be an honor and privilege to be a part of your journey of self-discovery, exploration and help you become the best version of yourself. I look forward to working with you.

Education & Experience

Texas A&M International University, Laredo, TX May 2016 Master of Science in School Counseling Governors State University, University Park,IL January 2004 – June 2004 Non-degree Coursework in Organizational Management Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL December 1978 Bachelor of Science in Human

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

Curious Counselor Center, PLLC Lourdes Ornelas, MS. LPC, LCDC Owner/Founder, Private Practice PILLAR – Laredo,TX 09/16 – March 2023 License Professional School Counselor/License Chemical Dependency Counselor-Intern • Successful completion of 20+ Clinical Assessments utilizing instruments; SASSI, MHSF-III, GPRA, CAGE • Diagnose clients for co-occurring Mental Health and Alcohol & Substance abuse Disorder using the DSM V • Conduct weekly Psychoeducational Matrix Inpatient/outpatient Treatment Relapse Recovery Groups • Conduct weekly individual counseling sessions • Maintain accurate intake records and documentation as necessary • Provide treatment using an integrative counseling approach CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy), DBT, and SFBT Therapy PILLAR – Laredo, TX Clinical Counseling Intern: 09/15 – 05/16 • Successfully counseled more than 15 clients ages 5-60 of Hispanic Ethnic background • Effectively completed more than 20 intake assessments/psychosocial • Knowledgeable in the application of evidence-based theoretical orientations: Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Person-Centered Approach, Reality/Choice Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. • Efficiently developed individual/group counseling goals and treatment interventions Texas Academy of International Studies and STEM School Counselor Intern: 09/15 – 05/16 • Responsive Services: facilitated individual & group Counseling for 11th -12th grade students using cognitive behavioral, Reality/Choice and Person-Centered approaches to address poor academic performance, anxiety, depression, eating disorder, social skills, and low self-esteem • Effectively developed interactive classroom Guidance lessons in Stress management, academic/social skills, and psycho-educational support groups for at-risk students • Assisted in administering standardized aptitude assessment instruments (PSAT, ACT, etc.) • Organized an Advocacy Leadership Project – “STRIDES FOR STUDENTS”, more than 300 participants attended and raised $3000.00 for STEM scholarship fund Other Related Experience: Graduate Research Assistant: College of Education, Texas A&M International University, TX 09/2014-05/2016 • Assist/support faculty with research projects, data collection/processing, writing, editing, library research, administrative and clerical functions, and other duties as assigned • Literature reviews conducted regarding the effectiveness of mindfulness-based expressive arts interventions that decrease anxiety with children and adolescents.

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • ADD/ADHD/Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Addictions
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Somatic Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Suicide Risk
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults
  • Couples
  • Families
  • LGBTQ+
  • Veterans/Military


  • Spanish


  • Aetna
  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna