Phil Hardberger Park: Hidden Gem near Shavano Park

Phil Hardberger Park: Hidden Gem near Shavano Park

Hey there, San Antonio neighbors! Let’s chat about a hidden oasis in our 78230 area, just a hop away from Shavano Park—Phil Hardberger Park. This isn’t your average blog; we’re here to explore how this green haven can be your go-to spot for healing, especially when life throws some tough punches your way. So, grab your favorite beverage, settle in, and let’s uncover the therapeutic wonders of Phil Hardberger Park, blending nature vibes with a touch of wisdom for your journey to tranquility.

Phil Hardberger Park: Where Chill Meets Healing in 78230

Picture this: the city hum fades away, replaced by the gentle rustle of leaves, fresh air, and abundant sunlight. Phil Hardberger Park, nestled in the heart of our San Antonio community, is more than just a park—it’s like a big, green hug for your soul. And it’s just a few minutes from our La Luz Counseling home office! Want to know more about fun vibes in nature and sun, read more here.

Here’s why this spot is undeniably awesome:

  • Nature Vibes for the Soul: Nature has a unique way of making you feel warm and fuzzy inside, doesn’t it? The park takes that natural therapy to the next level. Whether you’re strolling the trails or finding a serene spot, the surroundings are therapeutic for your mind. There are numerous forms of therapy we can incorporate into our daily lives, promoting health and bringing us closer to joy and healing.
  • Breathing Space for Your Brain: Life can get chaotic, and sometimes, you just need a moment to catch your breath. Phil Hardberger Park offers the perfect chill zone—a personal pitstop away from the hustle, giving your brain the space it needs to hit the reset button.

“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

This verse brings comfort and reassurance, urging us to find peace in moments of chaos by acknowledging a higher power. It encourages trust in divine wisdom, even amidst challenges, advocating for a moment of stillness to reflect on this truth.

Connecting with Cool Peeps on the Healing Journey: Feeling like you’re navigating the healing journey solo? Fear not! Phil Hardberger Park naturally brings people together. A nod to a fellow walker or a shared smile on a bench—these little moments make a significant difference.


As we wrap up our laid-back conversation about Phil Hardberger Park, remember: healing isn’t a sprint; it’s a marathon. Whether you seek a quiet moment, nature therapy, or a vibe that resonates with you, this park’s got it all. La Luz Counseling is here, cheering you on, saying, “Make Phil Hardberger Park your 78230 chill zone!” Take that first step, soak it in, and let the good vibes roll. Because it’s so close to our La Luz Counseling office, you could even hit up both locations in one day! You’ve got this. 🌿✨

Starting Your Counseling Journey: Your Guide to Finding Light

Starting Your Counseling Journey: Your Guide to Finding Light

So, you’ve decided to take a step towards counseling, and we’re right here with you. Starting this journey might feel like a new adventure, full of unknowns, but don’t worry – we’re here to shine some light on the path ahead.

You’re the Expert of Your Story

First things first, your story is yours. Yes, we’re the professionals but YOU are the expert. You know you’re story better than we do. We aren’t here to tell you what to do or how to do it. Picture us as your training partner on the track of life, standing by to offer support as you sprint through the challenges and curves ahead.

Taking the First Step

Starting counseling is like taking that first step towards a healthier you. You’re still going to be the same you, just a better version. It’s okay to feel a mix of emotions – that’s all part of the process. You don’t have to know exactly what to say, but start by making the call or sending a message. Tell the person on the other side “I’m interested in starting counseling as soon as you have an opening.” Your message doesn’t have to be long or formal. Just be you. Remember, every big change starts with a single step. 

Unexpected Positivity

Yes, counseling can involve deep emotions, but it’s not always so intense. Laughter, “aha” moments, a sense of relief, and even humor – they’re all part of the counseling too. You will be equipped with the tools for healing, and we’re here to walk with you as you uncover them.

As you step into each session, you’re not stepping alone; we’re by your side, offering practical tools and insights to make this counseling journey one of growth and empowerment. With each session, you’ll gain new skills, insights, and perspectives – your own set of navigational tools for life’s challenges. So, let’s begin this adventure together, one step at a time, as you chart a course toward a brighter, more fulfilling future.

Ready? Let’s walk this path – your path – and find the light you deserve.

Soak up The Sun: Summer Self-Care, Pt. 2

Written By: Marquia Caldwell, LPC

Summer has arrived, and it’s time to prioritize taking care of yourself! With the sun shining bright and the heat turned up high, let’s embrace the season and jump into relaxation mode. Forget about the idea that taking care of yourself has to be boring or serious – this blog is all about making your summer fun and exciting! Get ready to have a great time while learning why it’s important to take care of yourself during this sunny season! Prepare to have a blast while discovering your unique self-care experience during this sunny season!

This article is part 2 of a 3 part series talking all about how you can let summer “luz” (spanish for “light”) shine into your life on a daily basis. I know the heat is tough out there but there are still ways to give your body some much needed love and take time in the great outdoors.

This article is part 2 of a 3 part series talking all about how you can let summer “luz” (spanish for “light”) shine into your life on a daily basis. 

  1. Nature Palooza: Start getting ready to rock the great outdoors! There are serious benefits of embracing nature and seek out other outdoor adventures that will have you feeling grounded, inspired, and utterly alive. Although San Antonio can hit groundbreaking heat, you can still find some cool down slots when that sun is going down and the water is refreshing. Different rivers and lakes are nearby to help keep you cool!
  2. Mindfulness Extravaganza: Summer is all about living in the moment! You can introduce yourself to mindfulness activities like mindful ice cream eating or barefoot strolls on the grass. It’s time to savor each activity and experience life with all your senses.
  3. Chillaxation Celebration: Summer is the ultimate season for relaxation. Unplug from the digital chaos, encourage yourself to kick back and relax in style, and create your own mini oasis of peace and tranquility. Let’s trade the hustle for hammocks and the noise for naps!

Soak Up the Sun: Summer Self-Care Pt. 1

Soak Up the Sun: Summer Self-Care Pt. 1

Soak Up the Sun: Unleashing the Power of Summer Self-Care! Part 1


Summer is here, and it’s time to turn up the heat on self-care! As the sun beams down, let’s embrace the vibrant energy of this season and dive headfirst into relaxation and adventure. Forget the idea that self-care has to be serious and boring – this blog is all about infusing your summer with fun and a splash of joy. Get ready to make a splash with the importance of self-care during the sunny season!

This article is part 1 of a 3 part series talking all about how you can let summer “luz” (spanish for “light”) shine into your life on a daily basis. You don’t have to spend tons of dollars or spend extensive time on loving yourself. Here are a few fun ways to give your body some much needed love.

Revitalize Your Body

1. H2O Fiesta

It’s time to hydrate like it’s going out of style! Explore creative ways to quench your thirst and keep your body cool, from fruit-infused water concoctions to icy treats that will make you say, “Ahh, refreshing!” As we all know, water is what our body craves, needs, and flourishes with an adequate amount, but did you know that water plays a big part in our mental health? Oh yes it does! “Our brain needs water and nutrients to make the hormones that play a part in regulating our emotions and feelings.” (Tommy Williamson) So don’t forget to hydrate by drinking plenty of fluids and eating your favorite fruits and veggies (don’t forget these too have a lot of water that our bodies love). Treat yourself to these delicious hydration hacks and elevate your self-care routine to a whole new level of refreshment and vitality. Soak the below in drinking water for 15 minutes and enjoy!

2. Sun-Kissed Skin SOS

Here are some tips and tricks for protecting and pampering your skin, from DIY natural sunscreens to luxurious skincare routines that will have you glowing like a summer goddess– or god! The sun is our natural healer, which tends to brighten not only our mood, but also is good for our physical well being. As we all know, sun kissed healthy skin is what most of us would love to have all year long, am I right?! But more than looking healthy, we can truly be kind to our bodies, by “supporting healthy bones, reducing inflammation, supporting our immune system, relieving pain, and much more!” Remember, your skin is your first line of protection against the weather and changing climate- take care of it!

3. Tasty Summer Treats

Fuel your body with the flavors of the season! There is a bounty of summer veggies and fruit, dishing out delicious and nutritious recipes that will make your taste buds dance with joy. This doesn’t have to be stressful, or time consuming. See what you already have in your kitchen, garden, or neighbors garden, (but ask first!, hehe). You can also check out your local farmers market or grocery store. Think of something you get excited about making, your favorite foods, see how you can make it just a little healthier and colorful. You can also make it even more exciting by inviting a friend or family member to make it with you, or not, whatever floats your boat. The possibilities are endless. Remember, taking care of what is on the outside is just as important as what goes on the inside- enjoy some of these fun recipes!

We’d love to hear if you tried any of these sunny ways to relax and rehydrate. Leave us a comment!

Understanding Your Child’s Counseling Journey

Understanding Your Child’s Counseling Journey

Your child is starting counseling for the first time and there are tons of things you’re concerned about. You feel confused about your role in Your child’s counseling journey and want to be respectful, while also still informed. Let’s face it, you’ve known your child their whole life and now there are things outside of your control that seem to be hurting them. The idea of counseling can be scary because of the unknown factors. This blog will speak to some of those concerns and help your understanding of your child’s counseling journey.

You can be part of your child’s counseling journey.

Although you likely want to be part of every single moment of your child’s counseling appointments, it may not be beneficial. Depending on your child’s age your child’s counselor may recommend, suggest, or even discourage your participation in counseling sessions. The older the child, the less likely it is you’ll be recommended to stay in the therapy appointment. The younger the child is, the more likely it is for the parent to be present more of the time. Your child’s counselor may request to speak to you occassionally one to one. Sometimes it’s best to do check-ins at the start of session starts or towards the end- this is determined on how best to let the child to see what they share in counseling is still private. Sometimes teens grow frustrated and may begin to withdraw and hold information back from the counselor if he/she believes the counselor will tell their parents everything.

The parent has access to the child’s counselor.

Remember your child’s counselor is intended to support your child first and foremost. Obviously, the child is coming from a larger family system which means your child does not live alone. That being said, sometimes family members need support in how best to help the child get through their presenting problems. Your child’s counselor may recommend family counseling, parenting, counseling, or even marital counseling if your child’s counselor feels their issues may be part of a greater issue.

Your child’s counselor is not the best person for legal problems.

Well, it may seem obvious in child, custody and legal situations in the home, divorce, and city arrangements, for your child’s counselor. This is not always right from London. I love Luz Counseling. Remember the child has little to do with the parents marriage or come on marital status or divorce. We encourage parents and adults to leave the kids out of it unless they can. We understand their times this is not possible. We encouraged child custody evaluator‘s or other Legal professionals to aid in legal processes. Your child counselor specializes in mental and emotional issues. Not legal ones.

Your child is entitled to some level of privacy.

Remember, all clients have a right to privacy and confidentiality- this includes your child. Ultimately, your child does not have 100% confidentiality because they are a child. You are your child’s guardian so in this case you have rights too. You have the right to know what happens in counseling appointments and can request access to your child’s record at any time. Keep in mind, this means both parents or both guardians. If you and your child’s other biological parent are not together, this may not be a factor. Both guardians, regardless of the parents marital state have full access to the child’s record. Unless of course there is a legal court order disallowing one parent/guardian access and rights to the child and/or their mental or pscyhological health.

We encourage every child to exercise some level of privacy and confidentiality. However, a child’s parents have the right to also exercise certain rights. This includes knowing how to contact your child counselor, hours of availability, and certain access into the child’s clinical record. how a pair of conduct himself in and around the therapy process cannot even tell us a lot of the dynamic with the family and child presenting issue. A counselor is part of your child’s team. If you were a part of your chance to come out that means your counselors part of your team. We all want what’s best for your child.

What Does Anxiety Look Like in My Life?

What Does Anxiety Look Like in My Life?

As a reminder, everyone feels worried or anxious at some point throughout their life. Worry and nervousness are normal, natural, and healthy emotions to feel. Anxiety, however, is what happens when those feelings come and stay too long, then begin to negatively impact your life. This article will review a few different ways to know if you are an anxious person.

Anxiety is getting in the way of life.

Are you saying “No” to life events and social things? Do you call into work because you worry you can’t make it through the day? Have people around you worried that you’re not ok? Are the things you used to enjoy doing before, seem like too much work? If you feel you’re saying no to life and yes to staying home where it is “safer” this may be an indicator you’re struggling with anxiety. Think about what you would LIKE to do each day- for example, you would like to get out of bed at your second alarm (because you snooze through your first). You would like to grab breakfast and get your kiddo ready without anyone melting down. You would like to make it to work on time and not worry about what your co-workers or boss are thinking about you. You would like to have a healthy appetite that feels content when you put good food into it, without rushing to restroom after. These are healthy wants. You are entitled to live a “regular” life- but if anxiety is getting in the way of these basic wants, that could be a cue anxiety is overtaking your life. 

Your body is starting to hurt because of the anxiety.

Are you struggling with urinary and bowel problems? Bubble guts? Butterflies in the stomach? Upset stomach? Diarrhea? Anxiety tends to cause problems in the stomach, head, and chest. For example heart racing, migraines, headaches, achy and tired eyes, hands shaking, and the list goes on, could be a side effect of anxiety. While there could be other reasons for this like medical issues, we can’t rule out the mental and emotional impact either. Working with a counselor and your primary care doctor can help.

It’s hard to relax because you feel constantly on edge.

While certain situations may cause anxious responses this isn’t a sustainable physical state. For example, if you slam on your brakes while driving to avoid a car accident, it’s normal to feel a little jittery for the rest of the car ride. However, you should start to feel calm again once you get to your destination and realize you are safe. You aren’t meant to constantly be on edge and overly reactive to things around you. It’s really important to stay aware of your surroundings but when you can’t find it in you to calm down, this could be a problem.

Uncontrolled thoughts.

One of the quickest to know if you are an anxious person is to pay attention to the thoughts you’re thinking. Yes, I know, its a very counselor thing to say. But your thoughts will give you insight into anxiety levels. Are you constantly worrying about things that have already happened? About how many minutes or hours a day are you thinking anxious thoughts? For example, worst case scenarios of bad things that could happen in the future? Are you worried about the safety of your loved ones constantly? Is it hard to pay attention to anything else going on around you because you’re constantly worried? Again, worry is normal and healthy. But when it becomes the central focus of your entire day, something is not right and you don’t have to live like that.

If this sounds like you, or someone you know, there is help available. Reach out to us today to talk more about this and how to get that anxiety under control.