Albuquerque, NM (505) 291-6314
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I received my Masters of Education in Counseling from the University of North Texas in
1999 and have been back in New Mexico providing therapeutic services to individuals
and families since that time.
I have highly specialized training in Child-Centered Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy
and EMDR that enables me to provide trauma-focused work with individuals from age 4
until 104 in both verbal and non-verbal modalities. I have extensive experience working
with Individuals, Couples and Families on a variety of topics such as Grief and Loss,
Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Trauma (Sexual assault, domestic violence, bullying, and
major life adjustments among other causes), Spirituality and Life Transitions. While I
work primarily from a Rogerian, Person-Centered approach, meeting you where you are
currently in life and working with you to attain the personal goals you set, I am very
holistic and eclectic in my therapeutic work and will draw from other therapeutic
modalities as needed.
I see my work with individuals and families as being a gift and look forward to working
with you through this phase of your life’s journey!
My therapeutic philosophy embraces the connection between physical health and emotional wellbeing. I am a Clinical Psychologist and work with adults and adolescents who experience a variety of emotional difficulties. My practice includes individuals who experience depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship problems, substance abuse, personality disorders, and eating disorders. My practice includes individuals coping with LGBTQ+ concerns as well as gender identity difficulties. I also provide Psychological Evaluations/Testing and evaluations for individuals seeking Gender Reassignment Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, and disability benefits.
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.
I am an intern from the Counselor Education Masters program at the University of New Mexico. I’ve been in Albuquerque for over 15 years and have worked in Chattanooga, Atlanta, and Albuquerque alongside adults with developmental disabilities; children, teens, and adults with learning differences (identified as learning disabled, gifted, or twice exceptional); individuals navigating anxiety, depression, and relationship issues; community organizations; and small business groups. I earned a Bachelors degree in Psychology as well as a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. I expect to complete my Masters in Counseling at UNM in Spring of 2021. I am also working toward certification from the Sand Tray Training Institute of New Mexico.
My theoretical orientation is rooted in Person-Centered, Psychodynamic, and Narrative Counseling. What this means for clients is that I am honored to listen deeply to your stories and collaborate with you to find your inner strengths. My favorite ways of doing this are through conversation and with sand trays. I learn how you see the world around you and your place in it, following your lead and sharing perspectives with you about what I am seeing and hearing from you. Through this work, you begin to see new ways of looking at your stories, make meaning from them, and become empowered to determine where they will go next.
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!
Unfortunately not all staff bios or photos are available at this time.