About Us

Johanna Torres LPC Supervisor, specializes in anxiety

Johanna Torres, MS, LPC-Supervisor

Owner & Clinical Director

Hi! I'm thrilled that you've found your way here. I'm the proud owner and LPC-Supervsior at Padre Island Counseling.

My journey into the realm of counseling started with a Bachelor's degree from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX, and reached new heights with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Neuropsychology from The University of Texas at Tyler. My professional toolkit is as diverse as the clients I work with. I'm trained in LGBTQ+ affirming therapy, trauma therapy, and Chicanx/Latinx affirming therapy. Additionally, I'm an EMDR-trained clinician, equipped to navigate the intricacies of the mind with precision.

Specializing in anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and relationship therapy, I work closely with high achievers who excel in their professions but find relaxation and joy elusive. Struggling with the perpetual "yes" and prioritizing others over themselves, they've turned to self-help books, seeking relief without knowing where to begin.

I also connect remarkably well with family members navigating the complexities of supporting someone in active addiction or recovery, helping them create a roadmap for supporting their loved one. So, whether you're seeking relief from the challenges life throws your way, aiming to strengthen the connections in your relationships, or navigating the intricate landscape of supporting a loved one in their journey to recovery, I'm here to guide you with professionalism, empathy, and a sprinkle of humor. Beyond the office, I'm a health enthusiast, devoted to my four-legged companions, and a catalyst for impromptu beach days. Running, reading, yoga, ocean play—it's all part of my recipe for a well-balanced life. And let's not forget the therapeutic benefits of Blue Bell ice cream paired with a Netflix binge—because self-care comes in many flavors.

Meghan Garcia, M. Ed., LPC Associate

(Supervised by Johanna Torres, MS, LPC-S)

Counselor Associate Level I

Hello and welcome! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate who focuses on wellness for the mind, body, and spirit. I have a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in fine art, and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. I've completed training in LGBTQ+ affirming therapy, therapeutic dreamwork, and introductory expressive art techniques. I am also a trauma-informed RYT 200 hr yoga instructor to help individuals safely connect to their bodies.

We carry the stories of our past within our bodies, and I believe its important not only to consider how your earliest relationships currently effect you, but to also provide a safe space to model healthy relationships, explore dreams/nightmares and help understand them, and share practical skills to relieve anxiety and emotional overwhelm.

II specialize in anxiety, attachment trauma, codependency, depression, perfectionism, sexual trauma, religious trauma, and lgbtqia+ issues and support. My clients have often repeatedly tried talk therapy with a focus on trying to "think" their way out of anxiety and depression. They are often sensitive and empathic individuals who have experienced trauma, and have a difficult time feeling at ease mentally and physically.

Outside of my role as a therapist, I'm your typical millennial elder emo who loves rock concerts, horror movies, oat milk lattes, and thrifting. I feel my happiest when I'm able to spend time at the beach, practicing yoga with my dog, and singing way too loudly in the car with my partner.

Maribel Martinez, MS, LPC Associate

(Supervised by Johanna Torres, MS, LPC-S)

Counselor Associate Level I

Hello, I’m thrilled to introduce myself as a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate at Padre Island Counseling. I bring with me a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas Pan American, as well as a Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitative Counseling from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

My dedication to the health and well-being of others has fueled my passion for counseling. I believe in utilizing individualized approaches to assist clients in achieving holistic mind and body wellness. Your unique experiences and needs will be at the forefront of our sessions as we explore various therapeutic modalities tailored specifically to you.

My primary goal is to empower you with the tools and skills needed to thrive in all aspects of your life. I’m committed to ensuring that our sessions resonate with you and provide the support you require. In my downtime, I cherish spending time with my loved ones and adorable pets. I find joy in reading, exercising, and indulging in my favorite TV shows.

I’m truly excited to be a part of your journey towards personal growth and healing. Let’s work together to achieve your goals and creative changes in your life.

Jose Torres

Administrative Coordinator

Hello and welcome! I’m Jose, the Administrative Coordinator at Padre Island Counseling. Here, my mission is to cultivate a safe and inclusive environment for individuals seeking support with their mental health.

With over a decade of customer service experience, I bring a unique blend of professionalism and empathy to my role. I firmly believe that each interaction presents an opportunity to make a positive impact, and I am dedicated to exceeding expectations to ensure every person feels heard and valued.

As a passionate mental health advocate, I am committed to dismantling the stigma that surrounds mental health. I prioritize staying informed in ongoing resources that are available to the LGBTQ+ community located in South Texas. My commitment extends to advocating for inclusive and affirming care for all individuals, regardless of their background or identity.

Outside of work, I cherish spending time with friends and loved ones. Whether it’s soaking up the vibes at music festivals, basking in the sun at the beach, or unwinding with reality TV, I find joy in life’s simple pleasures.