The Cognitive Behavioral Institute of El Paso

1316 North Yarbrough

Suite 2A

El Paso, TX 79925 United States

(915) 373-6021

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Our Providers

Dr. Griselda Villalobos

Griselda Villalobos, Ph.D., LCSW,  

                                                                                                                                             Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Director and Clinical Supervisor


Dr. Villalobos is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, 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 15 years of 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 and an EMDR Approved Consultant.  Dr. Villalobos is a native El Pasoan and is fluent in Spanish.


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 various 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 skill set 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. She provides counseling in English and Spanish.



Jennifer Lopez, LPC

Contract Therapist

Jennifer Lopez, LPC, is a Veteran of the United States Army and Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M University-Central Texas in 2019 with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She joined the United States Army in 2007 and has two combat tours to Iraq. She completed her internship and worked in the correctional setting as a Mental Health Counselor providing individual therapy, group therapy, and crisis interventions. She has clinical experience with treating anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, gender dysphoria, life transitions, mild cognitive impairments, and intellectual disabilities. She is trained in the Montreal Cognitive Assessment. She utilizes a non-judgmental and open approach which works well across all demographics, cultures, and beliefs.  She is a native El Pasoan who returned to serve her community.


  Elizabeth Mays, LPC

 Contract Therapist

A native of El Paso, Elizabeth Mays, LPC attended Texas A & M University and received a B.A. in Psychology.  She later earned a Master of Education in Counseling from Sam Houston State University in 2012.  She has experience providing counseling services to various individuals, particularly adolescents, in various settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and emergency placement shelters.  When working with clients, Ms. Mays utilizes both person-centered and trauma-informed care techniques to provide a compassionate approach to counseling.  She provides counseling in English and Spanish.



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