The Cognitive Behavioral Institute of El Paso

1316 North Yarbrough

Suite 2A

El Paso, TX 79925 United States

(915) 373-6021

Our Providers

Dr. Griselda Villalobos

Griselda Villalobos, Ph.D., LCSW,  

Director and Clinical Supervisor

Dr. Villalobos is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and LCSW Supervisor in the state of Texas.   She graduated from Fielding  University in 2019 with a PhD in Clinical Psychology.  Dr. Villalobos earned a doctoral degree in Social Work Research at The University of Texas at El Paso in 2009.   Her pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology was completed at the El Paso VA Healthcare System where she trained extensively on the delivery of evidence-based practices for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, depression, chronic pain, insomnia and anxiety disorders.  Dr. Villalobos has 12 years’ experience providing psychotherapy to individuals, families, and groups.  She specializes in cognitive behavioral therapies such as CBT for Depression, CBT for Chronic Pain, and CBT for Insomnia.  She is a trained and experienced trauma therapist who specializes in Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD.  Additionally, she is a certified EMDR  therapist.  Dr. Villalobos is a native El Pasoan and is fluent in Spanish.


Monica Barrera-Martinez, LCSW-S, LCDC, 

Contract Therapist

Monica Barrera attained a Masters of Social Work from New Mexico State University in 2002. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Supervisor in the State of Texas and New Mexico. She is also a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in the State of Texas. Ms. Barrera has been the Executive Director of a domestic violence shelter for more than 21 years providing individual and group support to survivors and has worked as Clinical Director of Pathways Community Support Services of Texas. She is also a Clinical Social Worker for Palliative Patients through Aspire Healthcare, providing CBT, emotional support and anticipatory grief counseling to homebound individuals.  Ms. Barrera has contracted with the Department of Education and Department of Justice in Washington D.C. as a Peer Reviewer for more than 20  years.  Ms. Barrera is fluent in Spanish and English.


Gloria Celene Parra, LMSW

LCSW Supervisee

Gloria Celene Parra is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of Texas and New Mexico. She graduated from New Mexico State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages with a concentration in Spanish. She obtained a Master of Social Work from New Mexico State University in 2008. Ms. Parra has been a social worker assisting families going through the family court system for the past eight years. She has been helping families increase their co-parenting capacities and is a trained mediator. In addition, she has experience working with victims of domestic violence. Ms. Parra is currently working towards her clinical social work license under the supervision of Dr. Villalobos.  Ms. Parra is trained in CBT to treat depression and anxiety.  She is fluent in Spanish and English.


Brooke Beato, LPC

Contract Therapist

Brooke is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Texas and a member of the American Counseling Association. She graduated from Webster University in 2016 with a Master of Arts in Counseling and successfully passed the National Counseling Exam in 2016. Brooke has experience providing psychotherapy to individuals, families, and groups in an inpatient and outpatient setting. She has a broad range of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and elders in individual, family, and group settings. She is an Army Veteran who has significant experience working with service members, Veterans, and their families. She is a trained and experienced trauma therapist who specializes in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy.


Mariaelena S. Knight, LCSW, CART, LMSW-IPR

Contract Therapist

Mariaelena Knight completed her Master of Social Work Degree at New Mexico State University and her Business Administration Degree at the University of Phoenix. Mariaelena was born and raised in El Paso and is bilingual in Spanish and English.  She has a Clinical License to practice in Texas and New Mexico and is a Certified Anger Resolution Therapist. She has 17 years of Social Work experience across a variety of settings including Child Protective Services, Foster and Adoption, Clinical Social Work, and private practice. Mariaelena has an appreciation for working with individuals, families, and couples. She has clinical experience treating depression, anxiety, anger, relational problems, grief, and prenatal and postpartum depression. Mariaelena continually updates her skillset and knowledge to include innovative methodologies.  Her therapeutic approach accentuates a safe, open, non-judgmental place, and holistic style to mental health where her clients can find comfort, validation, and insight. 


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