The Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health

S ince incorporation in 1967, The Ecumenical Center has been a force for hope, dedicated to alleviating suffering and facilitating spiritual, physical, and emotional healing and growth.  The Center’s Programs and Services have brought together the very BEST of resources and clinicians in the areas of psychology, medicine, and spirituality to provide education, counseling, and mental health services to the community.

The Center’s Counseling Program is based upon evidence-based practices that are used for individuals, families, children, and groups.  All people are welcomed at The Center.  No one is ever refused services.  Last year, The Center provided services to 24,000 people (12,000 of them children).  All insurances are accepted, including Medicare.  Fee adjustments are available based on personal financial need and available funding.


The Center is a faith-based force for hope, dedicated to alleviating suffering and facilitating mental, physical, and emotional healing and growth for the community.


The Center where knowledge, faith, and healing unite.

Contact Us

Headquarters: 8310 Ewing Halsell Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229
(210) 616-0885

How Does The Ecumenical Center Make A Difference In The Lives Of Children?


The Wenglein Center for Building Child & Family Wellness

At The Ecumenical Center, they are dedicated to helping families become healthy, safe and stable by helping children and teens overcome the difficulties they are facing in life. Their counselors are uniquely experienced in working to help our clients resolve issues depression, anxiety, relationship problems, addiction, behavioral issues, school problems, anger problems, family conflict, trauma and other emotional challenges.

They use a variety of treatment methods that focus on identifying underlying issues, changing negative thinking patterns and enhancing strengths.

Their goal is to get children on a path to healing and hope by learning more effective ways to establish positive relationships, develop effective ways to manage stress and anger, overcome anxiety and depression and improve social skills, confidence and self-esteem.

Their therapists use play therapy in working with children. They also use a combination of traditional talk therapy and expressive arts techniques to help youth explore their difficulties more effectively. These Expressive Arts Techniques include: Visual Arts, Musical Arts, Writing, Drama & Movement.


About Play Therapy

Developmentally, children lack the ability to meaningfully communicate thoughts, feelings, and experiences through the abstract means of verbal language. That’s the beauty of play therapy. It gives them a language they can speak, providing us the ability to confront even very troubling problems discover, rehearse and master solutions and adapt those solutions into lifelong strategies.

At The Center, play therapy takes place in a playroom, specially designed, decorated, and furnished in a specific way that enables the play therapist to diagnose and interpret play. Their Registered Play Therapists have a very deep understanding of child and brain development and family interaction and are uniquely equipped to interpret this language of children. In a safe, trusting environment, the child can experience healing moments, discovering and working through even very difficult issues to find places of healing. By helping children find more effective ways of coping, they don’t end up struggling ineffectively with issues in ways that create more problems later in life.


About Child Parent Relationship Training

There is no more important role you play than that of parent! If you have children under 10 years of age, look closely at Child Parent RelationshipTraining (CPRT). CPRT is an evidence-based, parent-training intervention for treating children experiencing a wide range of social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. This unique approach involves parents by teaching them how to use play therapeutically so that the communication gap between parent and child can be diminished and their relationship enhanced.
In our 10-week training you will learn how to: Regain control as a parent, Help your child develop self-control, Effectively discipline & limit inappropriate behavior, Understand your child’s emotional needs, Communicate more effectively with your child.

In those 10 weeks, parents see a noticeable difference in: Their relationship with your child, Their child’s behavior, Their ability to respond effectively, and Their confidence in your parenting skills.


Testing & Assessment

The Center offers psychological assessments to determine levels of functioning, including intellectual, academic, behavioral and emotional, as well as to diagnose childhood disorders such as ADHD, depression and anxiety among children. Adult assessments are also available for depression, anxiety & wellness.

Upcoming Events

CPRT – Child Parent Relationship Training

Date: August 2, 2018 – October 4, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: The Ecumenical Center Headquarters: 8310 Ewing Halsell Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229
Cost: $50 per individual or $75 per couple (includes all 10 sessions)

Expressive Therapeutic Rhythm Making

Date: August 4, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: The Ecumenical Center Headquarters: 8310 Ewing Halsell Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229
Cost: Free

Too Cool To Play?  Play Therapy Interventions for Adolescents

Date: August 16, 2018 – August 17, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: The Ecumenical Center Headquarters: 8310 Ewing Halsell Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229
Cost: Registration Only – $70 ; Registration + 12 CEU – $135
CEU’s Available: Approved for 12 continuing education units for LPC, RPT, LMFT, Social Workers, Educators, and Clergy (MUST attend both days).

Poetry Writing Circle

Date: August 18, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: The Ecumenical Center Headquarters: 8310 Ewing Halsell Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229
Cost: Free

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“The Center turned out to be a lifesaver.”

Joy SwanderFounder

“I have come back again and again, and my art tells the story of my heart’s journey toward new growth and resilience”

Sister Elizabeth Susan Hatzenbuehler, OSUFounder

“ I’m less distracted in class, so I’m making better grades, and because of that I can even play football now.”

Scott Garrigus