About the Waco Team


Veronica Gaytan De La Rosa, BS, MS, LPC Associate 
Supervised by Melissa Schniers, PhD, LPC-S#61594

Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Counseling, Tarleton State University

Master of Science Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Tarleton State University

LPC Associate (License #85779)

Veronica focuses on creating a healthy environment where clients can feel cared for, pressure-free and understood. Being able to help clients to find a safe place where they can connect with themselves is her passion and motivation. She decided to become a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate when she realized the need for counseling services for minority populations and vulnerable communities. Her desire to help encouraged her to obtain her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Tarleton State University. 

Veronica desires to help people from different backgrounds, cultural and sexual identities, financial situations, and life experiences. She emphasizes the importance of equity among all human beings and the right to receive proper health care. 

Veronica's dream is to make a difference and break the stereotypes of counseling little by little, so more people can receive the proper care to promote a more enjoyable life. Veronica believes that it is fundamental to be empathetic and understand the client’s world in order to create a professional and genuine connection with the client. She believes that our previous experiences influence our ideas, thoughts, and perceptions, and she makes an effort to understand the unique client experience in order to provide the best treatment plan. 

Some of the theories and approaches that Veronica uses the most are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Existential Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy and Adlerian.

Veronica can work with children as young as 5, preteens, adolescents, and adults. She offers clients evening and daytime appointments either online or in the Waco office.


Melissa SoRelle, Masters-Level Counseling Student
On-Site Supervisor: AshleyDawn Sheppard

Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing & Management, Baylor University
Master of Science in Counseling, Tarleton State University

Melissa offers clients a deep understanding of many life struggles and issues as a Masters-Level Counseling Student. For many years, Melissa worked in marketing and insurance. During her time in business, she developed skills in collaboration, communication and product development. After raising two children, Melissa realized she wanted to employ all of the skills she had learned from both corporate life and family life. She wanted to work with people who are struggling with beliefs and attitudes that are preventing them from being able to move forward in productive ways and live better lives. Melissa understands the different challenges that can arise in the different stages of life and the struggles that may plague a person as they are learning to adapt and change. Melissa believes that everyone can grow and learn to be better versions of themselves. By dealing with irrational beliefs and recognizing the choices we make affect the attitudes that shape our lives, each person can start to develop a more positive belief about themselves. As she moves forward as a professional helper, she wants to work with children, teenagers and adults who have experienced trauma and are trying to learn to deal with the reality of their experiences. She also has experience working with grief, anxiety, relationships issues, life transitions, divorce, and couples counseling. 

Melissa utilizes Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) and Existential Therapy often in her work with clients. She is also trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)​, Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD and Prepare Enrich. 

Melissa can see clients both online or in the Waco office. She offers weekend and evening appointments.