Adrianne Michele Albarado Ortiz, MS, LPC, RPT (pronounced “A-dree-ann-nuh”) earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2002, and a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology in 2004, both from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. In 2007, she became a Licensed Professional Counselor certified by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. In 2016, she became a Registered Play Therapist and a member of the Association for Play Therapy. In 2021 became an Animal Assisted Counselor through the Animal Assisted Counseling Academy at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.
In 2011, Adrianne received training at the Beck Institute for Child & Adolescent Cognitive Behavioral Therapy located in Philadelphia, PA and was recognized by the Latino American Who’s Who in 2014 and 2015. Adrianne is currently exclusively working with children, adolescents and parents. Her areas of special interest include; behavior issues, ADHD, social skills deficits, self-esteem issues, parenting and step-family dynamics. She is also qualified to help those who struggle with anxiety and depression.
Her primary therapeutic approach is Play Therapy. Play Therapy utilizes the act of play to help clients work through their issues and develop positive strategies for coping. In addition, Adrianne has added Animal Assisted Counseling (AAC) to her practice. AAC is a therapeutic intervention that integrates animals into the counseling process. The use of AAC has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression and improve communication. Interested clients will need to be pre-screened to find out if they will be a good fit for AAC. Adrianne’s current canine partner/co-therapist is a Bichon Frise named Starlette Princess Rose, Star for short.
For more informatin on Starlette, visit: https://www.sanangelocounseling.org/starlette-princess-rose-ortiz-k-9-cgc
For more information on AAC, visit: https://www.sanangelocounseling.org/animal-assisted-counseling and https://aac-academy.clas.txstate.edu/practitioners.html
Adrianne is officed on the 6th floor of the Cactus Hotel.