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Raquel Leal, LPC
Raquel joined PRN as the program’s director in 2021. Born and raised in Laredo, Texas, she received her BA in psychology in 2009 and an MFT in marriage and family therapy with a concentration on general counseling from St. Mary’s University in 2012. (Go Rattlers!) Her clinical approach utilizes a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and a solutions-focused model. Raquel has five years of experience working with adolescents at an inpatient behavioral health facility where she led daily support groups focused on establishing and maintaining healthy coping skills, as well as providing individual and family therapy. Prior to this, Raquel was a case manager in San Antonio at the Center for Health Care services, which provided services to adults recently discharged from a crisis situation in order to prevent crisis relapse. These services included skills training, medication management and referrals to health programs as needed. Raquel strives to excel in providing assistance and support to people in a personalized and clinical manner.
Laura Firebaugh, LMSW
Laura joined the PRN team in 2021 with more than six years of experience working in the nonprofit sector. Laura received her BSW from Texas State University in 2014, her MSW from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2017, and has been a licensed social worker since 2019. From a solution-focused perspective, Laura combines her comprehensive knowledge of addiction, mental health, and trauma-informed practices with a person-centered, strengths-based approach. Laura is deeply committed to advocating for and meeting the needs of others. As a social work professional, Laura is a motivator and collaborator who is passionate about mindfulness practice, self-care, and holistic wellness and strives to contribute to improving the lives of others.
Candace Hall, BSW
Candace received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Georgia State University. She has many years of experience working in the nonprofit sector through direct service with vulnerable populations and has provided case management services to clients with co-occurring disorders of addiction, mental health and ongoing physical disease. Candace has a passion for serving individuals with complex trauma and underlying mental health conditions. Candace hopes to impact positive change through the clients she serves, on a micro level as well as on the community level, protecting the best interest of all parties within.
Will Turney, LMSW
Will earned his bachelor’s in psychology and master’s in social work from The University of Texas at Austin. He has experience in case management with a diverse population of clients experiencing substance use and mental health issues. He has a passion for advocating for his clients and focusing on a strengths-based and solution focused-approach. Will hopes to reduce the stigma around mental health and substance use issues with our clients and with the community at large.