PEOPLE "It is people standing next to people that make a difference"
Administrative Staff: (Staff Biographies following Therapists')
|Jeff Burrows, Owner/Director||Linda Bolton, Office Manager, East Side|
|Sarah Pla, LPCC/LMSW, Clinical Director||Maggie Styrc, Billing|
|Shannon Moore, Part Time||Leona Gonsalves, Office Manager, Part Time|
|Edyta Terepka, Office Manager, West Side||Chris Dickmeyer, Bookkeeper|
Kristen Radoslovich, Office Manager
Kristie Basey, Office Manager
THERAPISTS - BIOGRAPHIES and SPECIALTIES
All Therapists are Masters or PhD level in education, with State and National licensure and certification. In addition, the Family Workshop does a credentialing verification on all Therapists. The letters following the names refer to the type of licensure, however, all are certified to do therapy or counseling. Counseling and therapy are virtually the same thing. We are careful to solicit, evaluate and hire the very best Counselors in the area. These people have huge resumes, significant expertise and are well versed in a variety of modalities - they are gifted, creative and, most of all, very good at engaging clients
- Lisa Arge, PsyD - One of our resident Psychologists, Lisa has studied at Rutgers, Widener University and the Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis. She has also worked at Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates (Mass.), Jefferson Center for Mental Health (Colorado) the Rockford Center (Deleware) and has been in private practice. Lisa specializes in all ages of young children, as well as couples and families, and does various psychological testing for us. East and west side.
- Juanita Baca, LPC - Psychology and counseling at UNM, Juanita has been a therapist at Relevancy Inc., Hogares, Tennessee Dept of Human Services, Salvation Army and Albuquerque Rape Crisis. She works with all populations, close to bi-lingual and is very good with kids. Juanita's hobbies include guitar, singing (a featured artist at churches) and homemaking. East side.
- Christina Bryant, LPCC - UNM and NM Highlands University, Christina works with all ages and primarily issues with kids and teens, families and couples. She is a native New Mexican but spent five years in New Orleans (there during the Katrina Hurricane) and became a huge Saints fan. On her off time she plays soccer and has recently taken up snowboarding...a cat person.
- James ‘Curtis’ Daulton, LPCC - Curtis received his bachelors in English and Psychology from UNM and his masters from Webster University. Curtis has extensive experience working with children and families in Phoenix, AZ and currently in Albuquerque, NM. He specializes in working with children, teens, and adults with trauma issues/PTSD, Substance Abuse, Severe Mental Illness, LGBT issues and families. His therapeutic approach is cognitive-based therapy with an emphasis on holistic health and healing. Curtis is a trained Mindfulness facilitator, and is working on a comprehensive group curriculum for individuals with Grief and Loss issues. He enjoys reading and the performing arts and is a proud San Francisco 49ers fan.
- Megan Davis, LPCC - Texas Tech University and Webster, Megan is the Clinical Director at Streetwise, has worked at Relevancy Inc. and as a teacher for APS. She works with children, adults, families, substance abuse addictions and co-occurring disorders. Megan is the mother of two teenage daughters - loves them like crazy.
- Sahnta Lee DiCesare-Pannutti, LMFT/LPAT - College of Notre Dame in California in Therapy/Marriage and Family Therapy. She was a hospice worker in San Francisco for 12 years before coming to New Mexico; now specializes in working with grief and loss utilizing art therapy; works with all ages and has been at the Family Workshop since 2004. She also provides play therapy for children in foster care through Red Mountain Family Services and works with some families at Santa Domingo Pueblo. She is accompanied sometimes in sessions, although not allowed, by her dog Ninja!
- Elizabeth Dunlap, LPCC - Elizabeth studied at the University of New Mexico for her degrees in psychology and sociology. She has over 20 years of counseling experience and currently also works as a state vocational rehabilitation counselor. Her specialties include women's issues, depression, anxiety and adolescents. Elizabeth's hobbies include reading, country dancing, cooking and spending time with her daughter and her dogs. West Side.
- David Ebeling, LMHC - University of New Mexico and Highlands, David has worked as a research assistant, a mentor, volunteer at the positive options program and a case manager. He has recently acquired his Counseling license but with significant past experience in social services. David specializes with substance abuse and co-occurring issues, but works with all ages and issues.
- Rachael Elebario, LISW - New Mexico State and New Mexico State, Rachael is also a social worker at Ernie Pyle elementary school (APS) and has worked at the Southern New Mexico Human Development Center, Alliance Hospital of Santa Teresa and the Southwest Environmental Center. She did her practicum work at Counseling and Recovery, Inc. and Juvenile Probation, both in Las Cruces. She specializes in "middle age" kids- 9-14 but has worked with all ages and issues.
- Marci Fox-Bonilla, LMHC - Park College and University of Maryland, Marci was with us for a couple of years ago for a couple of years (husband is an Air Force pilot and was transferred from here to Florida and back). She has worked as a school counselor, acute in-patient and career counselor, mental health technician and a personnel specialist with the Air Force - works with all ages and issues.
- Susan Flynn, PhD - One of our resident Psychologists, Susan attended Rosary College, University of Chicago, and the University of Tennessee. She has worked at Northwestern University - Behavioral Health, Hamilton Healthcare, University Practice Associates and in private practice. Susan also has an MBA and has done corporate computer consultation and programming. She works with adults, couples and families, some teens and testing. East side.
- Lynda Gutierrez, LMHC - University of New Mexico (BS and MA) and Webster (MA), Lynda has also worked for Hospice of the Sandias, PB & J Family Services and various positions with Presbyterian Healthcare Services (hospice, claims and enrollment). She works with teens, adults and families, grief and loss. Lynda has two grown children whom she is very proud of!
- Jennifer Hattar, LISW - Cal Poly Pomona and USC, Jennifer is a California native and has recently worked as a case worker for the LA County Children and Families Department. She has previously worked as a psychiatric intern in the schools and at the Albuquerque SAFE house. Jennifer is the recipient of our “Rookie of the Year” award at the Family Workshop. She enjoys running, swimming and traveling.
- Sunny Laurenne, LPCC - Metro State College, Colorado University, UNM and Webster, Sunny has an extensive background in art, expressive arts counseling, trauma and brief therapy. She has been a singer, dancer, actress, song writer, performance coach, and done "interactive entertainment" with children. Sunny works with all ages, family systems, sand tray and is a professional life coach. She has worked at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation as a teacher and counselor, as well as at A New Awakening. East side.
- Linsay Locke, LPAT - UNM, San Jose State and U of Hawaii in painting, pictorial art and art therapy. She has an impressive resume as an artist! Linsay has shown her paintings in various galleries in the USA, Canada and Germany and has to her credit a variety of publications on art and art therapy. She has worked at the state prison, in private practice, and as a volunteer at the Children's grief center, Hospice Home Care and Los Ranchos Elementary School. Prefers children. WEST SIDE.
- Liese Mead, LMSW - University of New Mexico and Highlands, Liese has previously worked at All Faiths Receiving Home, Pearson educational services, as a home school teacher, PB & J Family Services, NM LEND and she is a Foster Parent – that’s a big job! She works with all ages and all issues specializing in children and families, depression and anxiety.
- Emory Moore, LPCC - Texas Wesleyan University, Southwestern College and UNM, Emory was the former Manager of Albuquerque's Water Quality Laboratory. In his second life as a Therapist, he has worked at First Nations, New Mexico Solutions, APS school counselor, Indian Behavioral Health Services, facilitates groups and retreats, and in private practice. Emory works with all ages and issues, presently doing our DV groups and loves "symphonic concert music." East side.
- Jackie Myrick, LMHC, PhD - Jackie has a PhD in General Psychology from US International University and has attended National University, San Diego State and Grossmont College for her other two degrees. She has also worked at Forensic Behavioral Health, Department of Health and Head Start. Jackie is certified in Gambling and other addictions- works with children and all ages. West side.
- Rose Oplinger, LMHC - Northern Arizona University and Webster, Rose has worked as a tutor, home schooled three kids, insurance clerk, office manager, registration advisor and a behavioral health consultant. She has special training in EMDR, CBT for anxiety and psychopharmacology. She works with all ages and issues, specializing in developmental disabilities and does sand tray work and art with adults and children. We are fortunate to have her with all of that past experience.
- Sarah Pla', LPCC, LMSW (Clinical Director) – Florida State University and New Mexico State, Sarah has previously worked at Valencia Counseling Services (Clinical Director), Western NM Counseling Services, Family Preservation Services (HSD), and Transitional Living Services. Primary areas of expertise include individual and family therapy, all ages, assessments, depression, PTSD, other anxiety disorders, grief, chronic pain, sexual assault victims and substance abuse, Tapas Acupressure Technique (certified), does training and CEU certified. East and west.
- Paulette Pollem, LMHC - Community College of Philadelphia, Hahnemann University in Philadelphia and Webster's University. Paulette was a Physician Assistant for 16 years and had a private counseling practice for 4 years. Her specialties include grief and loss, couples, family and individual counseling, bipolar issues, conflict, relational issues and family dysfunction. Paulette's hobbies include reading, gardening, pottery; exercising and spending time with Skruff's her border collie. She just got a new hip! East side.
- Tara Bremer Quintana, LMSW - New Mexico Highlands times two, Tara has previously worked at Counseling World, in the Jewelry business (Silver Creation and BQ Limited) and at Planned Parenthood. She is experienced with PTSD, Domestic Violence, Crisis Intervention and Child Bereavement. All ages, most all issues, specifically teens and kids 5+, parenting, couples and families.
- Natalie Naranjo-Rodriguez, LPC - UNM and Webster, St Louis, and Doctorate in Education from Nova Eastern University, Ft Lauderdale. Natalie is a native New Mexican and presently, also works for CYFD in the juvenile justice area. Her specialties include children, adolescents, adults, trauma and addictions. Natalie enjoys spending time with her two kids and her dog.
- Linda Romero, LISW - New Mexico Highlands University, Linda also works as a social worker at Rio Rancho Elementary School and has been there eight years. Previously, she worked at the UNM Methadone Center, was the clinical Director for Rancho Valmora Residential Treatment Center and a Social Worker for the Las Vegas Medical Center. Linda is "medium bilingual" and is certified or has experience with adolescents, adults Veterans, PTSD and in psychopharmacology. All ages.
- Sanka Samardzija, PsyD - Dr. Samardzija attended Loyola University, University of St. Francis, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in IL. She owned and operated Samardzija Psychological Center in IL before relocating to New Mexico. She is fluent in Serbian and specializes in Psychological Testing, Foster Care and Adoption Services, and is a strong proponent as a Court and School Advocate. Dr. Samardzija has worked with a diverse population from a psychoanalytic perspective addressing the needs of individuals in every stage of life. In addition she is published and worked in the IL Du Page Court System as an Evaluator and has over 13 years experience in The Child Welfare Department in IL.
- Leah Sanchez, LMHC - Leah studied at San Francisco State for a bachelor's in social work and University of New Mexico for her master's in counseling. Leah has worked in case management, child life programs and as a substitute teacher. Her specialties include children and art, play and sand therapy. Leah's enjoys hiking, running and reading.and her new baby. West side.
- Rebecca Sigal, LMSW - UNM and Highlands, and the American Council on Exercise. Rebecca has worked at The Community Lighthouse, Una Nueva Vida Counseling and at Agora. She works with ages 13+, PTSD, sexual abuse, grief, anxiety, depression, SA & DV. She enjoys practicing Sacred Hot Yoga and is certified in this as well as an ACE Personal Trainer and a Group Fitness Instructor. Rebecca is originally from New York and loves her two cats.
- Sandy Silverman, LMHC - Cleveland State University (X 2), originally from Ohio, Sandy also works as a counselor at Life Roots, teaches Health Education at Albuquerque Academy and is a Family Support Specialist at LIFE. She has worked as a school psychologist/therapist, test administrator and has been in private practice. Sandy Specializes in working with families, couples, kids, parent education and individual counseling for all issues. Sandy enjoys cooking, reading and gardening and to spend time with her son and daughter, and her dog Yoda.
- Gina Simon, LISW - New Mexico State and New Mexico Highlands, Gina has previously worked at Memorial Hospital, Southwest Home Health Care and La Familia. She works with aging (therapy with adults who have medical issues) and transition issues, mood and anxiety disorders, does EMDR and combines therapy with exercise and healthy diet. She also has a private practice called Synergistics where she specializes in the combination of Pilates, mental health and diet...dog person!
- Trudy Soole, LMHC, LADAC - Morningside College and Webster, Trudy’s extensive work experience includes Albuquerque Behavioral Health, San Felipe Pueblo, Premier Care of New Mexico, Value Options of New Mexico (ATR), A New Awakening, Morning Star, Sioux City Community Schools and Jackson Recovery Centers – she was even a Judge for the Woodbury County Drug Court! Trudy works with all ages and all issues with specific training in eating disorders, sexual assault and domestic violence, aggression replacement therapy and DBT. She is also Iyan Duta Wi (Red Stone Woman) Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska.
- Janice Spratt, LPCC - University of New Mexico, Janice worked with us for a couple of years when we first began and now she's back. She also works at Lighthouse Counseling and is a School Counselor for Rio Rancho Public Schools. Janice works with all ages and issues but specializes in play therapy and children and she is also a Christian Counselor.
- Jane Thonton, LPCC - Jane graduated from UNM (X 2), is originally from New York City and has live in Seattle and LA. She previously worked as an artist, a book seller and as a life coach and therapist at La Buena Vida and at the Center on Alcohol, Substance Abuse and Addictions at UNM. Jane specializes in working with age 12+, SA, DV, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma and abuse victims. Jane is not a huge fan of technology, but did sign up for facebook and is trying to deal with it! Loves her dog, music and Tai Chi.
- Leslie Ulibarri, LPC - UNM and Webster's University, Leslie has been a parole officer with the New Mexico Corrections Department, a Counselor at the New Mexico Corrections Academy; a probation counselor at the District Attorney's Office and is also currently a probation counselor for Bernalillo County. Leslie's specialties include substance abuse, domestic violence, teens, family, couples and gay/lesbian issues. Her interests include fishing, sports and ballroom dancing. East side.
- Paul Weeks, LPCC - New York University (Fredonia), St. John's and Southwestern College, Paul recently did HIV/AIDS Counseling and Teaching in Malawi, Africa, has worked at Desert Hills, Job Corps, Spirit Club in Santa Fe and Southwestern Counseling Center. Paul works with all ages and he also works at Valencia Counseling Services in Los Lunas. Enjoys guitar, books, blogging, biking and Greek thinkers. East side.
- Sarah Winger, LPCC - NM Military Institute, Northern Arizona University and Adler Graduate School, Sarah has worked as a Wellness Coach with Cigna Health Management and a Crisis Counselor in Minneapolis. She has trained as an Adlerian Therapist and has experience in suicide prevention, crisis intervention, stress management, tobacco cessation and weight loss. She works with all ages and all issues. Her interests include music, art, reading, crossfit training, yoga, hiking and cooking.
- Rose Wolfenbarger, LPCC - University of San Francisco and U of Florida, Rose specializes in the changes that come from aging, bereavement and loss, and counseling teens and also younger children. Rose worked with and volunteered with Girl Scouts for 20 years and has worked as a counselor in Nursing Homes here and in Florida. Her approach is helping people believe in themselves and issues including domestic violence, questioning spiritual beliefs, feeling different from others and stress...does soul dancing?
- Melissa Wood, LMHC - Southwest College and UNM for her masters degree in counseling. Melissa did an internship at Albuquerque Job Corps, has been a dance instructor, camp counselor and specializes in children, teens, couples and adults with depression, anxiety, does dance and art therapy and somatic psychology. She lives in Cedar Crest and her hobbies include running, hiking, dancing, outdoors and spending time with her three daughters and pets. East Side and Job Corps.
- Linda Bolton (Office Manager, East Side) – Linda, a California native has an associate's degree from Pierce College in Los Angeles. She used to be an Antiques & Collectibles dealer and she worked many years for a Communications company in California and New Mexico. When not working she enjoys cooking, reading, gardening and creating art from recycled items and just hanging out with her husband and 2 cats.
- Kristie Basey (Office Manager, Both offices) – Both offices, attended UNM and CNM in Business, Kristie has done office management for a variety of organizations and presently she also does bookkeeping at the Santa Fe Door Store. She has kids and grandkids and does walking and takes care of her dogs, a dog person!
- Jeff Burrows (Owner/Director) - MA,Ed,Soc. Springfield College, Harvard University, UNM and Texas A&M. Jeff was most recently the Director of Social Services at the Pueblo of Laguna, the former Executive Director of Valencia Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence, the former Executive Director and co-founder of New Day Shelters and an original member of the Watermelon Mountain Jug Band, "always a standing ovation." He is an avid, unfortunately not frequent, golfer. Jeff was the recipient of the 1987 United Nations Humanitarian Award.
- Leona Gonsalves (Office Manager, part time) – Leona is also a Realtor at Allstar Realty and has done training with Landmark Education (self expression and leadership). She was born and raised in Guam, lived for awhile in San Francisco and has been in the Albuquerque area 8 years with her husband and four kids, including one set of twins.
- Shannon Moore (Office Manager, East Side) - BBA from Anderson School of Management at UNM Shannon has a variety of office management/administration experiences including the Human Resources Director for Defined Fitness. A New Mexico native, she “speed walks” her dogs, works out alot, loves her car and hates long distant relationships.
- Maggie Styrc (Billing) - Maggie was born in Poland and lived there for 10 years. She has an associate's degree from CNM in Computer Information Systems and has previous administrative and financial experience with the Levi's store in New York City and Target, Barnes and Noble and Victoria Secrets Direct here.
- Edyta Terepka (Office Manager, West Side) - Baruch College in New York City, Edyta was born and raised in Poland, has lived in New York City and has worked as a Real Estate broker, Store Manager and public relations assistant. She brings a great deal of experience to her Office Manager position in our Rio Rancho Office. Edyta has a 4 year old son and loves his, or her, bunny rabbit named “Chocolate.”
- Christina Dickmeyer Office Manager, Both offices - BA in Psychology from Eastern New Mexico, minor in Spanish and attended Valley High School. She has also worked at the Community Lighthouse, Rio Grande Nature Center, has played violin for 16 years and volunteer teaches that. She has been a part of a couple of orchestras and in school, the Fusion Funk Collective and belly dancing, really?
- Kristen Radoslovich (Bookkeeper) - Chris is a contract bookkeeper for us. She has a Masters from UNM and was a hockey mom for ten years. She has also worked at Summit Food Services, the Federal Housing Administration, as a mortgage loan underwriter, Albuquerque International Association and as an historical consultant and research specialist.