Denise Decker, LCSW, Executive Director, graduated with her Master’s Degree from Arizona State University and holds a license in New Mexico as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her B.A. from the Universtiy of Wisconsin studying Sociology and Psychology.
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.
Amanda Santiago, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor/Intake Coordinator, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of California Santa Cruz and her Master’s Degree from Smith College School for Social Work; nationally a top-ranked liberal arts college. She has over 20 years of clinical experience serving families and children within a variety of settings both in California and New Mexico.
Amanda earned her Certificate of Completion in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the Psychoanalytic Center of California located in Los Angeles. She works from a culturally competent psycho-dynamic relational perspective which draws from attachment theory, structural family therapy, and object relations to help inform her work with her clients. She is intrigued by the dimensions of the client-therapist relationship, with a particular focus on the impact and use of transference and counter transference within the clinical process.
Amanda has experience working with those faced with issues of anxiety, depression, relationship issues, challenges to families, attachment, attention deficit hyperactivity, bereavement, reunification/adoption issues, postpartum depression, and trauma. Amanda is also SAFE certified. SAFE or Structured Analysis Family Evaluation is a home study methodology that provides a suite of comprehensive home study tools and practices for the description and evaluation of would-be adoptive families. SAFE is also suitable for the home study of prospective foster families, relative care providers or dual licensure of concurrent planning resource families.
Her approach is personalized to meet a client’s individual needs, honoring each person’s dignity, with understanding and compassion; creating a safe and supportive environment for your work together.
If you are a Master’s level Social worker or Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Amanda offers clinical supervision to those professionals working toward their State Independent License.
Susan Reyes-Torres, 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.
Shakaya McFarland, LMHC believes change is possible at any stage of life! Hailing from Portland, Oregon she received her BA in Psychology and Community Crime Prevention (Western Oregon University); MA in Education (Lewis & Clark College); and Post-Master’s Certificate in Professional Counselor Licensure (Coppin State University). 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 inequity, ageism, and other societal traumas. She has also worked with clients struggling with relational aggression, PTSD, co-occurring disorders, chemical dependence, anxiety, depression, grief, shame, guilt, and low self esteem.
As a compassionate and client-centered guide, Shakaya creates a safe space and supportive environment. Her passion is in supporting clients become empowered, create new pathways, and establish healthy behaviors.
When Shakaya isn’t in-session she is playing in nature, meditating, being a foodie, or bustin’ a move on a dance floor!
Autumn Drags Wolf, LCSW attended College of Santa Fe for her Bachelor’s Degree and received her Master of Social Work at New Mexico Highland University. Autumn creates an atmosphere of comfort and creates strong relationships with her clients enabling them to find their truths and reach their goals.
Autumn specializes in treating issues pertaining to anxiety, depression, couple/relationship issues, PTSD, stress reduction through Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, alcohol and substance abuse, ADHD, co-dependency, child-parent relational issues, and transition struggles.
She is also a Certified Acudetox Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist. Autumn enjoys working with adolescents, adults, couples and families.
She has a big heart for helping others. When she’s not at Counseling ABQ, she spends some of her time volunteering at La Plazita Institute and Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico.
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 for is of utmost importance in Courtney’s work.
Courtney is trained in EMDR, which is a specialized treatment for 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.
David Glickman, LPCC received his undergraduate degree 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 14 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 by assisting you to:
Reduce anxiety and lift depression
Stop destructive patterns and repetitions
Create new ideas and insights
Promote communication and intimacy
Foster self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-respect
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 and enhance your confidence and well-being in the world.
It’s completely normal and natural to have good days and bad days. But, if your stress is getting in the way of working, enjoying yourself, and connecting with people in your life, then it might be the right time to make an appointment to talk about it.
Jillian Evans, LMHC, ATR-BC is a Registered Art Therapist with the American Art Therapy Credentials Board. She has worked at the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital and in Public Schools and volunteered with the Children’s Grief Center and various community art programs.
In her work with adults, Nicole helps clients to 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.
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