Meet Our Team


Kimberly A. Alaniz, LCSW-S

I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I enjoy working with different people but specialize in treating individuals struggling with anxiety and depression. BUT my personal favorite groups of people to treat are kids and teens on the autism spectrum. My hope is to help you build better relationships, feel less anxious and help you enjoy life!

I have lots of experience working with young children and teens on different things like mental health issues, family problems and different transitions. I am also bilingual and offer counseling sessions for Spanish-speakers.

Marquia Caldwell, LPC

Throughout our lives we collect scars through tough experiences or traumas. My hope is for you to understand that it’s okay to struggle, and it’s okay to have support and guidance. I work with children and adults who struggle with severe mental illness, physical and emotional traumas, depression, anxiety, identity issues, and more. I pride myself in creating a safe and comfortable space for my clients, because comfort is part of the healing process and moving forward.  Life is a journey for us all, but I am here to help you navigate it.

Jacqueline Pelayo, Support Staff

As a mom of four, I understand how to manage people in very efficient ways. I also understand that when you reach out to a counseling office, you want to hear from an actual person, not a robot. I do my best to help get you on the path towards breaking free from what’s holding you down by getting you set up with the counselor that will best fit you. When things get tough, you need help now- not in a month. I pledge to do my best to get you the help you need, when you need it- whether that’s with us or not. 

Sarah Almendariz Rivera, LPC-S and owner

I help kids and adults work through the tough stuff in their lives. By the time you come to visit us in counseling, you’ve likely tried it all and are wondering “What else am I supposed to do? Where do I even start?”

If you’re feeling worried, frustrated, stressed or overwhelmed, you’ve come to the right place. In counseling, we focus on changing you rather than changing what’s going on around you. I specialize in treating those affected by trauma and tough transitions in their life. I will teach you actual strategies to grab hold of the thoughts you’re thinking and work through things holding your back. I look forward to meeting you soon!

If you’re looking for more information on LPC Supervision, please click here.

The mission of La Luz Counseling is to inspire transformation, encourage boldness, confront limitations and create contagious change.

La Luz has a 3-fold meaning for us:

1.) La Luz is Spanish for “the light.” Light is defined as “radiant energy; something that make things visible or affords illumination”

    • As counselors, we are serving as the guiding light for clients who seek guidance towards change.
    • Together, we illuminate certain areas in your life you may be holding in the dark or be unaware of.
    • Yes, we do have Spanish speaking counselors on our team.

2). God is light. In John 8:12 Jesus says “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Because God is in us, we are also light. “[We] Are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.” (Matthew 5:14)

3). Maria de La Luz– After the beloved Maria De La Luz Sanchez Almendariz, Maternal Grandmother of the practice owner. She was radiant to all those around her, kind, Jesus- loving, humble and strong.

Getting Started is Easy

Send us a message below and someone will get back to you via email in just a few hours- even on nights, holidays and weekends! Guaranteed! At La Luz Counseling we understand that when you need help, you need it now, not just during business hours Monday - Friday. 

We do NOT accept insurance. If we can't help you, we promise to point you in the direction of someone who can!

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