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. I have served in the position of Clinical Director and Supervisor and have worked in an executive capacity in managed care, with oversight of clinical services for both public sector and commercial health plans. I have worked extensively with children, adolescents, and adults across the spectrum of clinical concerns. Prior to obtaining my professional credentials in New Mexico (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor– LPCC – NM Lic. No. 0085791), I worked as a paraprofessional mental health worker (group home, emergency shelter, community based behavior management, etc.) in Vermont, Maine, California, and here in New Mexico.
Disclaimer: The person contemplating engagement in mental health counseling must understand that people have vastly different experiences in counseling. For many people, counseling can be an effective way to tackle difficult issues and move forward with their lives. For some people, the counseling process is less effective. Everyone who chooses to come to counseling should expect that the process I offer will be challenging and at times even emotionally painful. In my experience, you will get out of the process what you put into it.
About Medications: I understand that the dominant treatment paradigm endorses the use of psychotropic medications to manage mental health symptoms and disorders. In my opinion, there exists significant evidence to suggest that the efficacy of psychotropic medications is overstated and the potentially deleterious side effects are vastly minimized. I will work with you and your prescriber (at your request, and upon your authorization) to conscientiously coordinate your care nonetheless.
A note on physical activity: While much of my work with clients occurs in an office setting, some does not. Abundant current research has shown that physical exercise can have significant positive impact on emotional wellbeing – as good as or better than effects induced by use of psychotropic medications. Accordingly, some sessions will likely involve time spent out of doors, walking, hiking, or engaging in other light physical activity intended to stimulate holistic healing. I assume that clients are in good enough health to participate in these kinds of activities unless clients inform me of physical and/or constitutional limitations. Tell me immediately if you are under the care of a physician for a serious health condition.
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