Your Future Is Unwritten – Anything Is Possible!

Most people come to counseling at the point where they feel unable to continue bearing the emotional burden of events in their life.  Sometimes one is compelled to seek counseling by others who care about them.  What matters most is that you take full advantage of the opportunity life has presented you to change something about the way you live going forward.  Even if you cannot change your world, you do have incredible power in your grasp to change the way you experience your world. 

I can help you learn to make and sustain the changes you seek.

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I generally meet with prospective clients for an initial/screening session to determine if your concerns are a good fit for my practice and so that you can decide if I am a good fit for you.  I usually do this free of charge.  If we agree to continue, I ask clients to commit to at least 6 to 8 sessions – the amount of time typically required to conscientiously diagnose and initiate treatment for most concerns.

Contact me now to schedule an initial consultation or discuss treatment options. You will be asked to provide proof of insurance, identification, and to complete some initial demographic and clinical background paperwork. You may also be asked to complete some screening tools, depending upon your presenting issues. 

Please provide all documentation requested and complete all the paperwork I assign to you in a timely manner. If you do not have access to the internet, I will provide hard copies of all material to you.  Otherwise, I will expect that you have either read all the material on the main pages here or can access it outside of our sessions.

About Eastern Slope Counseling and Consulting

I have been providing counseling services to individuals, couples, families, and groups since 2003 and have maintained a small private practice even when working as an operational and clinical leader in larger organizations, like United Health Group.  Eastern Slope Counseling and Consulting (ESCC) is the practice I’ve established near my home in Cedar Crest, New Mexico– about 15 miles from Greater Albuquerque. 

 I've chosen to practice in the near East Mountains because I love the outdoors and find that the mountains can be a powerful impetus for reflection and insight - and ultimately a source of strength. It’s a quiet, peaceful area and really conducive to effective psychotherapy work. It’s a little further to drive, and I think you’ll see that it’s worth every mile. Instead of driving through the endless strip malls of the city, you will enjoy a few miles of expansive mountains to and from you appointments –opportunities to center yourself for treatment and then integrate your experience before returning to your own world.


How Counseling Works

I try to be forthright, so I believe it’s important to highlight the fact that counseling does not work the same way for every person and, in fact, doesn’t work well at all for some folks.  For most people, however, counseling works because of the nature and quality of the therapeutic relationship between the client and the counselor.  By creating an open and honest dialogue, and by collaboratively crafting mutually understood objectives, my clients are able to make better sense of their lived experience and to more effectively pursue their goals.

SPECIALIZING IN TREATMENT OF
CHRONIC STRESS AND PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA

I was trained as a generalist, as most therapists are, and also completed additional work necessary to obtain school counselor
credentials.  I have worked extensively with both adults and children, and have found that adolescents seem to respond very positively to me as a counselor and mentor.  I believe that clients are best qualified to set their own goals and objectives, and that clients are valuable customers –subsequently, I believe I have a responsibility to help my clients make the most of their investment in counseling (both temporal and financial). 

Client’s concerns are addressed from a Brief Solution Focused perspective, unless otherwise requested or clinically indicated.  Further, you should understand that I believe that most issues are existential in nature and that many of the challenges we all face are a result of our own psyche making good faith efforts to adapt to external social and cultural forces largely beyond our control.

I welcome all clients to my practice, without regard to individual characteristics, identification, etc.  I will work with any concerns you want to bring and understand that there are unique challenges experiences by some groups with which I may nor may not be able to assist.  I believe I can fairly describe myself as a specialist in individual and couples therapy by virtue of the time I’ve spent delivering these services and refining my approaches.  I also believe I have something special to offer military clients (those serving now, veterans, and their families), as I am myself a U.S. Army veteran, having served as a Combat Medical Specialist (91B) in my youth.

ORGANIZATIONAL AND OPERATIONS CONSULTING

During my time working in managed care, I directed healthcare operations for both public sector and commercial lines of business.  I managed large clinical workforces and complex work flows.  I have extensive experience with developing policies and procedures, as well as with performing data analysis and creating targeted customer communications.

My most recent contracting work was with Five Sandoval Indian Pueblos, Inc., for whom I standardized behavioral health operations and created all necessary clinical and HIPAA/HITECH required workflows, policies, and forms.

If your healthcare operation needs assistance with regulatory compliance, staff training, or other issues related to high quality delivery of healthcare services, I may be able to help.  Please contact me for a free consultation.

Professional fees
and Insurance Accepted

I am credentialed with many of the
New Mexico Centennial Care Medicaid managed care companies, as well as several commercial insurance plans.  Please confirm your coverage and my credentialing before a second session with me. 

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Professional Disclosure
and Disclaimer Statement

I earned my master’s degree in
Counseling and Educational Psychology in 2002 from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  Since then, I have provided mental health services in private practice and as an employee at
a number of community mental health providers around the State. 

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Client Forms
and Other Resources

Getting started with counseling
(as with any healthcare service) can be paperwork heavy at the beginning.  I do my best to use only those forms which are either required by law or ethical codes, or which I believe will
significantly contribute to the quality of care you receive.

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