General Southeast College Contact
General Department Email: SE.Counseling@hccs.edu
Lead Counselor (Eastside Campus), Rocio Tharp, MSEd, LPC, LMFT, CST (she/her)
Rocio is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Certified Sex Therapist specializing in working with individual, couples, family, and group therapy. Rocio offers bilingual services, in English and in Spanish.
During the first nine years of her professional career, while in Guadalajara, Mexico, Rocio worked for an institution for higher education developing curriculum, coordinating and facilitating adult education programs for alumni, and for the working and entrepreneurial communities. Later, she lived in the Midwest where she facilitated an acculturation training for immigrants and provided to the community cultural training to local groups including the police and the fire departments to better support the Hispanic community. She also served refugees and other minorities.
A LGBTQI+ friendly graduate of Indiana University, with 14 years as a marriage and family therapist and business owner, she specializes in relationships, couples, family communication, and conflict problems, and support groups; in her private practice she has worked with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are sexual issues, relational problems, post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), anxiety and depression, communication problems, conflict resolution, domestic violence, anger management problems, gender issues, stress management, career planning, and life transitioning issues.
In addition to being a successful and seasoned relationship therapist, Rocio has presented at an international conference level speaking on the topics of mental health issues for a Hispanic population.
Her interactive, solution-focused, and post-modern therapeutic approach provides support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach that is tailored to each client. With compassion, respect, and understanding, Rocio works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
Rocio holds a degree of Master of Science in Education from Indiana University with a major in Marriage and Family Therapy. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from a Jesuit University of Guadalajara, Mexico, ITESO and completed an in-depth training in Gestalt Therapy.
License, Certifications & Awards
Rocio holds two licenses in Texas: Marriage and Family License, and Licensed Professional Counselor. She is also a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). In addition, she is a certified sex therapist through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).
- Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Trauma and Dissociation Training
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Gottman's Couples Training
- Cross-Cultural Conversation Project: Reflecting on Migration, Language, and Social Change
- Collaborative Therapy
- Dealing with Spouse Abuse
- Sexual Abuse Trauma
- Disaster and Trauma
- Positive Discipline
- Money Management
Counselor (Eastside Campus), Cynthia Castellanos, MS, LPC (she/her)
Ms. Cynthia Castellanos joined the Houston Community College - Counseling and Ability Support Services as a Counselor in October of 2008. She began her career as a Counselor after earning her Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Cynthia Castellanos is EMDR certified and is an advocate for the mental health of all HCC students. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Texas and is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).
ADA Counselor (Eastside Campus), VACANT
Administrative Staff (Eastside Campus), Henreitta McNeese (she/her)