5916 Anaheim Ave. NE, Suite A

Albuquerque, NM (505) 291-6314

Outpatient mental health counseling services

Our Counselors

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Rhonda Neswald-Potter, PhD, LPCC, ACS

Each of us is in the process of being and becoming at any given moment. Ideally, counseling facilitates this process by empowering each person to begin and continue through their unique growth process. My counseling interests include spiritual issues in counseling, expressive arts and nonverbal modes of communication. 


My work includes individuals who have experienced trauma or who may have difficulty verbalizing their experiences, as well as those with concerns related to anxiety, depression, adjustment and existential crises. I have a strong background in clinical supervision and have published and presented my expressive arts supervision model, The Regenerative Model (c),  nationally and internationally.  I completed my undergraduate work at the Louisiana Scholars’ College, where I earned a degree in Humanities and Social Thought.  My Masters level work was completed at Northwestern State University in 1998, and my Doctoral studies at the University of New Mexico in 2001. I have served as a visiting faculty member in the Counseling Program at the University of New Mexico on different occasions, as well as serving as faculty in various roles with Walden University since 2006. 


I have held many professional roles during my career, including as the 2006-2007 president of the New Mexico Counseling Association.  I am also a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance, trained in the Krishnamacharya lineage. My current study has grown from this foundation to include Tantric philosophy and a strong interest in the non-duality of human experiences. My classes include Restorative, Vinyasa, Hatha and Yin modalities. 

Shawne A. Blackburn, MA, LPCC

I received my Masters degree from the University of New Mexico in 2006. I have been a therapist and a supervisor for interns and non-independent licensed counselors since that time. 


I work mainly with adolescents and adults. I have experience working with clients in both group and individual settings on a variety of issues ranging from anxiety, depression, substance abuse, trauma, spiritual concerns, gay and lesbian issues and life transitions. I promote positive growth and provide a very caring and nurturing environment. Although I practice from a primarily Person-Centered approach I take a very holistic path in my counseling. 


I am comfortable using many different therapeutic modalities, have been certified in EMDR and am a 200 RYT yoga instructor. I believe that the modality used in sessions depends on the client and where they are in their lives. I feel that everyone has the power within himself or herself to grow and make lasting changes.

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Amy Villapando, MA, LMHC

I am a New Mexico native who has lived and worked within our beautiful community for almost my entire life.  I have just graduated with my Master of Arts in Counseling from UNM in 2018.  While I have only recently begun my career as a counselor, I have worked in the mental field for 4 years, more specifically with in-patient and residential substance abuse treatment.  I have also had training in trauma therapy and working with youth who cause sexual harm.  I am interested in working with adults, adolescents, children age 9 and up that have concerns regarding issues of adjustment, anxiety, depression, grief, as well as those who have experienced trauma.


I practice counseling from an Adlerian perspective, which means that my role in a client's treatment is to help clients explore and understand how they "fit" in the context of their life, then take that understanding to achieve change, personal growth, and fulfillment.  This perspective allows the flexibility to tailor my approach and incorporate tenets and interventions from other modalities to best suit the client and their needs.


My goal as your counselor is to provide a safe space help you achieve resolution with the concerns that brought you here and find insight, growth, and empowerment as you move forward.  

Evelyn Rainey, MS, LMHC

I am a licensed mental health counselor with a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. I believe people have a deep desire to feel connected, have a sense of belonging, and not only be heard but understood. 


Every client is both precious and unique. I like working with clients where they are, providing a safe environment so we can work together, with the clients discovering the best ways to reach their goals. Often times, the biggest part of managing symptoms is finding the cause or reason symptoms are occurring. My approach to therapy is strongly person-centered/humanistic and I believe that a strong therapeutic relationship is essential for healing and growth. 


My primary clientele are adult and adolescent individuals, as well as couples. I have experience in dealing with anxiety, trauma, depression, sexual orientation (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender), substance abuse, personality disorders, psychosis, bipolar, and ADHD to name a few. I employ traditional talk-therapy, and occasionally art-therapy, with extensive training in sand tray therapy, as well as Emotional Focused Therapy for couples. 

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Lena Bennet, MSW, LMSW

I have been at Age to Age since 2013, while I was a first year MSW intern. Inspired by the warm and supportive environment at Age to Age, I returned to work here after graduating in 2015, after a second-year internship at an intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment center. 


Here at Age to Age, I have been supported to grow as a clinician, receiving supervision and ongoing training in verbal and non-verbal modalities, including EMDR, which I use frequently in my practice. 

My previous jobs/careers in graphic design, yoga/bodywork, and working in retail have given me experience in creative problem-solving, listening, helping, and holistic healing. My yoga practice helps me to be present and empathic with my clients. 


Working primarily with adolescents and adults, I enjoy helping my clients regain a sense of personal choice and meaning in their life that comes with greater self-awareness. 

Ingela Onstad, MA, LMHC

I am a New Mexico native who recently returned to the Land of Enchantment after many years spent living abroad in Canada and Germany.  I received my Master of Arts in Counseling from UNM in 2017. 


I practice counseling from an existential-humanistic perspective, which means that I strive to help clients connect to a deeper meaning in their experiences, and I believe that every client is unique in their definitions of growth and fulfillment. Counseling is a second career for me and I am enjoying this amazing opportunity to help others achieve the changes they want.


Therapy provides a safe environment for people to explore, heal, grow, and process.  My goal as your counselor is to help you face your past, present or future concerns and to guide you to the insight and answers that already lie within you, whether you are 10 or 90 years old. 

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Jessica Patterson-Hill, MEd, LPCC

As a life-long resident of Albuquerque, I am happy to be able to provide therapeutic services to the children and families of our community!  I have been working as a Clinical Therapist for Children and Families for over 19 years now, providing Individual, Couples and Family Therapy services to those in need.  My Master's degree provided me with highly specialized training in Play Therapy and Sand Play, enabling me to provide therapeutic services to children 12 and younger, along with their families. 


Throughout my years of therapeutic work, I have received highly specialized training to work with multiple types of Trauma.  My therapeutic philosophy is to meet you where you are at this point of your life journey and to work closely with you in your efforts to make changes in your life so that you are living the life you want to more consistently.  I work primarily from a Rogerian Person-Centered approach in my Individual work and incorporate Bowen's Family System model for family specific work.  As I also have training in several other modalities and I will incorporate techniques from other therapeutic approaches as needed to best support you in meeting your goals.


Specialized Training

  • Play Therapy (under age 12)
  • Sand Tray Therapy (all ages)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) (age 12 and up)
  • Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) also known as "Brain Mapping" (all ages)
  • Practicing Self-Regulation: a program regarding Teen Sexual Health (ages 12-19)
  • Traumatic Grief and Loss (all ages)
  • Sexual Assault Survivors (all ages)
  • Domestic Violence Survivors (all ages)
  • Youth who cause Sexual Harm (ages 4-19)
  • Adjustment Disorders (all ages)
  • Blended Families (all ages)

Shari Spies, PsyD

My therapeutic philosophy embraces the connection between physical and emotional well being. I am a Clinical Psychologist and work with adults and older adolescents who experience mood and anxiety concerns, relationship problems, trauma, substance abuse and eating disorders, as well as personality disorders. My interests also include LGBT issues. I also provide Psychological Evaluations and Testing as well as evaluations for individuals seeking Bariatric Surgery. 

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Natalia Melançon, MSW

I graduated with my Master of Social Work degree from New Mexico Highlands University in 2019. As an intern, I had an opportunity to work with (former) inmates, adolescents, adults, and families. I also have some experience working with court-mandated and senior citizen population in a group setting. 


I always aim to create a warm, accepting, trustworthy relationship with my clients. My goal is to build a therapeutic alliance where they feel respected for their individuality, have the right and capacity for self-determination and are fully involved in the helping process from beginning to end. 


I come from the perspective that clients are the experts in their life, and my collaborative approach is to give them choices, decision-making power, and opportunities for honest feedback.

Administration

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Sharlet Mark

Shi ei Sharlet Mark yinishye, Tachii’nii nishli doo To’aheedliinii bashishchiin. Tlizilani dashicheii doo Tlaashchi’i dashinali. Be’eldiildahsinil di keehasht’i doo Naat’aaniineez dee’ naasha.

Ahehee’ laa.


My name is Sharlet Mark, I am born of the Red Running Into the Water people and born for the Water Runs Together people. My maternal grandfather is of the Many Goats people and my paternal grandfather is of the Red Bottom people. I’m from Shiprock, NM and have lived in Albuquerque, NM since 2013.

I am the Office Coordinator of Age to Age Counseling, PC; I have been with the practice since 2018. I appreciate working with the clients, our staff, and the community. Everyone is welcome and thank you for visiting our site.

Ferris McCalip

I have lived in New Mexico since I was a kid, and have spent my entire adult life living in Albuquerque. I graduated from the University of New Mexico with a BA in Political Science and Psychology, and spent a little bit of time learning working around neuroscience gadgets at UNM's psyche center. I have just come on board full-time starting in July 2019.


My main responsibilities involve data management, web development, ensuring our PCs are working, up to date, and secure. After hours you can probably find me playing music or geeking out with computers. I genuinely enjoy working with technology, so this job is a real treat!

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