About the Director

  Deborah Ontiveros Ph.D., LPC-S, CEAP, PHR


Deborah Ontiveros is a psychotherapist in private practice with over 20 years experience working with organizations, families and individuals.  Dr. Ontiveros received her BA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, an MA in Counseling from Webster University and a Ph.D. IN Psychology from The Institute for Transpersonal Psychology.  

Her counseling specialties include Employee Assistance Program design and implementation, including all phases of policy development, supervisory training and brief therapy. Her client organizations have included financial institutions, heavy industry, manufacturing, utility companies, employment agencies and municipal and county governmental organizations. Dr. Ontiveros has over 17 years experience working with police, federal law enforcement and military personnel in such areas as policy development, trauma response, stress management, supervisory training, and routine counseling.

Dr. Ontiveros has served on several Boards of Directors including the Junior League of El Paso, the Girls Scouts of America Rio Grande Council and the Executive Forum – an organization for professional women in the El Paso area.  Dr. Ontiveros has served as an Adjunct faculty member for the Education and Counseling Psychology Department at the University of Texas at El Paso.  She is a licensed Supervisor for the Texas State Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors. She serves as a supervisor for graduate students from several universities who are completing requirements for their Master’s degrees in the counseling field. 

Dr. Ontiveros is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP), a Certified Professional of Human Resources (PHR), a Certified Anger Resolution Therapist (CART), and a Qualified Federal Department of Transportation Substance Abuse Professional (DOT-SAP). She  is also certified in Critical Incident Stress Management at Levels I & II by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, and trained with the American Red Cross for disaster relief services.


Laura Stearne, M.Ed., LPC  

Ms. Stearne is a Licensed Professional Counselor with many years of experience working with children and adults.  Ms. Stearne has worked in Intensive Outpatient settings, has led various types of support groups, and has worked with at-risk youth and crisis stabilization.  Ms. Stearne has specialty training in the use of bibliotherapies and creative therapies.  Ms. Stearne is a staff counselor at WellConnect and will be one of the primary counselors assigned to see clients under this contract, as well as provide on-site support services and trainings.


John Funk, M.Ed., LCSW

Mr. Funk is a Licensed Independent Social Worker, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Mr. Funk has extensive experience working with Military Families and with the VA with vast experience as a mental health clinician. He also works with couples for marriage focused counseling. Mr. Funk is a staff counselor at WellConnect.


Sarai Kuri, M.Ed., LPC-i

Ms. Kuri is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern.  She is a bilingual therapist providing services to adolescents and adults.  She also practices Marriage and Family therapy.  Ms. Kuri has worked as an Employee Assistance Program counselor providing short-term counseling, crisis intervention and coordination of service activities. Ms. Kuri is a staff counselor at WellConnect.

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