About Dr. G
Gerardo E. Gonzalez, Jr., Ph.D.
Texas License #38590
Telehealth E-Passport #9909
Dr. Gonzalez began his educational training in psychology as an undergraduate college student at the University of Texas at San Antonio. After two years of pre-medicine coursework, personal life experiences sparked a search for the meaning of life and incited a passionate study of psychology, philosophy and world religions. Dr. Gonzalez graduated Summa Cum Laude with top tier honors from the Honor’s College of the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2004 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy. During his undergraduate training, Dr. Gonzalez worked as a research assistant and completed his honor’s thesis on cognitive biases in depression amongst college students. He also pursued an intensive personal study of Jungian psychology that remains a cornerstone of his psychotherapeutic world view and approach to his clinical practice.
Dr. Gonzalez completed his master’s level graduate psychology training at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a M.A. in Community Counseling in 2009. In addition to working as graduate research assistant during his counseling program studies, his clinical training included a specialty emphasis helping children, teens and adults who suffer from grief and trauma as a counseling intern at the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas.
Dr. Gonzalez obtained his doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology with Summa Cum Laude honors from Texas A&M University in 2014. His clinical training experience included work with Veterans, college students and adults seeking services at the community mental health training clinic. Dr. Gonzalez was awarded a graduate research and clinical therapy assistantship from 2010-2013 that allowed him to serve rural residents of the Brazos valley with video telehealth psychotherapy services. His dissertation evaluated the effectiveness of video telehealth psychotherapy for rural Texans in the Brazos Valley and he also conducted research on Mexican-American cultural factors that influence the assimilation of college students.
Dr. Gonzalez completed his pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship training program as the Generalist Track Intern at the Audie L. Murphy Veterans Memorial Hospital of South Texas Veterans Health System in San Antonio, TX in 2014. He subsequently completed his post-doctoral clinical psychology fellowship training program with a specialty emphasis in psychosocial rehabilitation for individuals with severe mental illness in 2015 and continued his clinical practice as a licensed staff psychologist in the same healthcare system helping with Veterans suffering from the most severe mental health disorders through April 2021. Dr. Gonzalez now works in private practice full-time at the Phoenix Mental Health Clinic.
On a more personal note...
Psychology is my passion. Healing people is my calling. Before I was a psychologist, I worked as a lifeguard, certified personal trainer and high school chemistry teacher. I love to travel, spend time in nature, watch movies and sports, and hang out with the people I love. I also enjoy reading, art, playing the guitar, weight-lifting, and tasty food. I am a native Texan of Mexican-American descent who is bilingual and proud of my heritage, though I just think of myself as American and a member of the Human race. I have been blessed with opportunities to travel extensively from an early age and these experiences have provided me with a deep appreciation for the diverse cultures of people around the world and of various world religions, so I think I’m pretty open-minded and I'm sure that helps me get along well with most people. I consider myself to be Spiritual. Meditation, Music and Nature help me feel whole.
I like all kinds of Music, but it's Rock and Roll that fills my Soul.