About Us


Denise Decker, LCSW, Executive Director, graduated with her Master’s Degree from Arizona State University and holds her license in New Mexico as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin with studies in Sociology and Psychology.
Denise focuses her work on helping others whom have been impacted by trauma and she is an EMDR therapist.
Denise has been in the helping profession for over 25 years.  She strives to create an environment where personal development is actualized and healthy collaborative relationships are built.

Sahnta 2Sahnta DiCesare-Pannutti, LMFT/LMFCC, LPAT, ATR-BC recieved her California Elementary Teaching Credentials and her Masters Degree in Art Therapy and Marriage and Family Therapy from College of Notre Dame in Bellmont, CA.  Sahnta is a Licensed Marriage, Family and Child Counselor and Licensed Professional Art Therapist in New Mexico.  Sahnta has been a Board Certified Art Therapist for over 20 years, and has been working in the therapy field for over 30 years in a variety of settings.  Sahnta works with all ages including young children and teenagers, adults, the elderly and persons with disabilities.
Sahnta has extensive experience with grief and loss and had been a hospice worker in California prior to moving to New Mexico in 2002.  For the past 16 years Sahnta has frequently worked with traumatized children and adults, and with children in the foster care system.  Sahnta specializes in using non-verbal modalities including Art Therapy, Play Therapy, Sandtray Therapy in addition to traditional talk therapy and the use of time-lines and genograms.

rsz_20170615_133035-150x150Susan Reyes-Tores, LMSW, MDIV, graduated from New Mexico Highlands University with a Masters in Social Work. She has worked as a Behavioral Health Therapist in New Mexico and California.  She works with adults, couples, families and children on a wide variety of issues including anxiety, depression, grief/loss, PTSD, relationship issues, substance dependence, and life transitions.  Susan also has a Masters of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California and has worked as a Hospital Chaplain with an emphasis on grief and loss.  Susan journeys with clients offering emotional support and coping methods to address a variety of concerns. Susan utilizes cognitive Behavioral therapy, reality therapy, as well as strength-based therapy in order to meet the goals for emotional well-being and wholeness.


McFarland_HeadshotShakaya MacFarland, LMHC believes that change is possible at any stage of life!  Hailing from Portland, Oregon she received her BA in Psychology and Community Crime Prevention; MA in Educaion (Lewis & Clark College); and Post-Master’s Certificate in Professional Counselor Licensure (Coppin State Univeristy).  In addition, she is a Reiki Master of 5 years
Shakaya utilizes Integrative Psychotherapy and believes in an holistic approach to connecting mind & body to facilitate stress management and mindfulness.  She has worked with youth, adults and families.  Her approach is inclusive and sensitive to individuals who identify on the LGBTQ+ spectrum as well as those who identify at intersections of sexism, racial inequality, ageism and other societal traumas.  She has worked with clients struggling with relational aggression,m PTSD, co-occurring disorders, chemical dependence, anxiety, depression, grief, shame, guilt, and low self-esteem.

Mona RaMona12mlawi, LMSW attended the University of Michigan, where she received her Master’s in Social Work in 2010.  She also received her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University in 2009.  She has worked in the behavioral health field for over 15 years.
Mona’s primary goal is to help late adolescents and adults work through a variety of issues, such as anxiety, loss, trauma, grief and depression.
Mona aims to make the conversation through therapy as easy and safe as possible’ to empower you to find your voice and to take the leading role on your path to a healthier life through a new perspective.  She strives to allow that drive and perspective shift to be safe, empathetic, kind and powerful!

RJS photoRebecca Szymanski, LPCC is a native New Mexican who obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico and her Master’s degree from New Mexico Highlands University.
She works with adults and older teens suffering from complex post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, dissociation and severe associative disorders.  As a professional clinical mental health counselor, Rebecca uses a psycho-dynamic relational approach that incorporates early childhood attachment theory.
Previously she worked at a clinic downtown Albuquerque that served the homeless and near-homeless and those with histories of trauma and mental health problems.
Rebecca is a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.

Courtney Day, LPCC received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the New Mexico University and Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling at the University of Phoenix.  Courtney uses a strength-based approach while incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness treatment modalities when working with clients.  The counselor and client collaborating together in deciding the optimal approach to treatment is the utmost importance in Courtney’s work.
Courtney is a trained EMDR therapist and specializes in trauma, PTSD, phobias and anxiety.  This therapy is very rewarding and brings hope to situations that may seem hopeless.  She has experience working with children, teens and adults facing a variety of struggles such as depression, post par-tum depression, anxiety, panic attacks, trauma, substance abuse and coping with stress.  Courtney is passionate about helping others recognize their individual strengths and potential in producing a meaningful life.

Jillian Evans, LMHC, ATR-BC is a Registered Art TherapistAs seen on a Sussex Directories Inc site with the American Art Therapy Credentials Board.  She has worked at the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital and in Public Schools.  She has volunteered at the Children’s Grief Center and various community art programs.
Jillian’s focus is to provide treatment to children and their families so they can feel heard and accepted.  She is passionate about helping children and families grow and recover after trauma such as sexual abuse, phsycial abuse, domestic violence and the loss of a loved one or child.
Jillian speaks on Helping your Children Cope with Tragedy (KOAT News).

Suzanne Face Shot 2Suzanne Fate, LPCC brings more than 35 years of mental health counseling experience to her work with clients at Counseling ABQ.  Suzanne received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Missouri and her Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University.  Suzanne has worked as a diagnostician and a therapist in both in-patient and out-patient settings.  She has spent more than 25 years working with children, teens, adults, couples and families.  Suzanne specializes in working with complex PTSD and trauma, depression, anxiety, self-esteem and relationship issues.
Her approach is Humanistic and client-centered so that clients feel comfortable and supported in making desired changes.  Suzanne believes that people can change their connection to past experiences and patterns, so that they can lead happy and meaningful lives.

David Glickman, LPCC received his undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania and his MS in Clinical and Counseling Psychology in 2009.  He continued his education and received his certification at the Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis.  David has dedicated approximately 15 years of his career life to helping others either in private practice or in treatment settings.
David’s unique Relational Psycho-therapeutic approach can help you attain a better quality of life.  If you suffer from chronic or repetitive emotional distress or difficulties in your relationships, relational insight-oriented therapy is an excellent option to help you resolve those issues.  Through the creation of an in-depth and therapeutic relationship, which will enable you to understand your own patterns of thoughts and feelings to enhance your confidence and well-being in the world.

Nicole M Seitz, LPCC received her Bachelor’s Degree from Bryn Mawr College and her Master’s Degree in Clinicanicolel & Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College in 2010.  She took additional post-graduate training at the Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis where she earned a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in 2014.
In her work with adults, NIcole helps clients make sense of their history and experiences and the ways in which the patterns of the past can keep people feeling stuck in the present.  She helps her clients access the talents and abilities that are already inside of them to reach personal and professional goals.  Lastly she sees the relationship between client and therapist as a place where clients can have the kind of experience that builds resilience, promotes emotional flexibility and improves relationships outside of the therapy hour,
Nicole has a special interest in working with men, helping people improve their attachment in relationships, and integrating the mind-body connection in the therapeutic process.