Therapy in Albuquerque

Albuquerque, New Mexico is the “Land of Enchantment,” but no matter how enchanting it is here, we all feel stressed. anxious or sad sometimes.
We specialize in the areas of depression, anxiety, panic attacks, emotional sensitivity, stress management, trauma, couples and family issues. Depression and anxiety are problems that afflict many people in different times of their lives. Your ability to experience joy becomes muted and you may have lost interest and pleasure in simple things. Over time depression and anxiety can lead to negative spirals in people’s lives.

On the other hand, highly sensitive people have a rich emotional life, feeling their feelings deeply and often. If you are highly emotional or sensitive, sights and situations may be very emotional to you. Criticism and rejection are especially difficult. Your emotions sometimes lead to relationships with a lot of ups and downs. However, there is a way to honor and appreciate your creativity and passion as you learn to accept your emotions while simultaneously choosing to change areas that are causing you pain.

Counseling ABQ 2900 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Ste. A2 Albuquerque NM 87110




Anxiety Counseling in Albuquerque

Anxiety is a normal reaction to fear and stress. How do you know when it’s time to seek help? That’s a question only you can answer, but my guideline is when your distress interferes with your happiness and ability to lead a normal life, professional therapy can help.

Anxiety disorders affect 40 million Americans, making them the most common mental health disorders. Treatment for anxiety disorder is highly effective yet only about one-third of Americans with an anxiety disorder receive counseling and treatment
The good news is that anxiety can is highly treatable illness with therapy and sometimes other interventions.

How are anxiety disorders treated?

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy, and Relaxation Therapy. See Approaches page for more information on these interventions. Medication is sometimes used to treat anxiety disorders, however you may not need to see a psychiatrist for anti-anxiety medications. Therapy can be so effective with many anxiety difficulties that you may find that you do quite well without the use of any medications.

Call today to get treatment and regain the life you deserve. Needless suffering is not the answer.


Children & Adolescents

Art Therapy Changes Lives

When words are not enough, we turn to images and symbols to tell our stories.

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Children are naturally creative, and it is usually easier for them to draw a picture as opposed to answering questions directly. They may be reluctant or even hostile about discussing certain topics. Creating artwork is a non-threatening venue that allows kids to tackle tough issues in a creative way. Talking to the children about their drawings or paintings and helping them interpret the art can provide therapists with the opening they need to get at the heart of the problems affecting their young patients.

Art therapy can be used to assist children with a number of issues including:

  • Death of a family member or friend
  • Childhood trauma involving physical, mental, or sexual abuse
  • Learning disabilities
  • Emotional issues like fear of abandonment or phobias
  • Improve cognitive abilities
  • Deal with the challenges of serious diseases like cancer
  • Treating mental disorders such as anxiety or depression
  • Understand and treat behavioral problems

In addition to these challenges, art therapy can help children relieve stress, increase awareness of self, and develop healthy and effective coping skills.

One of the most beneficial aspects of art therapy is in helping people get to the root of what is troubling them and giving them a place to explore and process their feelings in a deeper way. It also helps develop emotional intelligence so that people feel more in touch with their feelings moving forward in their lives.

Art therapy is very beneficial for children who have challenges really understanding and knowing what they are feeling and why. Without a solid connection to our emotional intelligence, sometimes, children and teenagers feel like their emotions control them and they simply react. Often, this can result in overwhelming or explosive emotions, and sometimes, even numbness or loss of touch of feelings.


If you believe your child could benefit from art therapy counseling, please call 505-220-8512. Ask to schedule an appointment with Jillian Evans, LMHC. We are here for you when you need us.
Counseling ABQ 2900 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Ste. A2 Albuquerque NM 87110

Social Phobia

Social Anxiety or Social Phobia

Do you find meeting new people, making phone calls or small talk stressful? Do you feel like people are watching you when you walk into a room? Are you uncomfortable with being the center of attention?

Many people get shy or nervous in situations like giving a speech or interviewing for a job, but if your fear of embarrassing yourself is so intense that you avoid situations like these, you may be suffering from Social Anxiety. It might feel like you are the only one with this problem, but Social Anxiety or Phobia is quite common.

Here are some of the symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder:

  • Excessive self-consciousness and anxiety in everyday social situations
  • Intense worry for days, weeks, or even months before an upcoming social situation
  • Extreme fear of being watched or judged by others, especially people you don’t know
  • Fear that you’ll act in ways that that will embarrass or humiliate yourself
  • Fear that others will notice that you’re nervous
  • Red face, or blushing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Upset stomach, nausea (i.e. butterflies)
  • Trembling or shaking (including shaky voice)
  • Racing heart or tightness in chest
  • Avoiding social situations to a degree that limits your activities or disrupts your life
  • Staying quiet or hiding in the background in order to escape notice and embarrassment
  • A need to always bring a buddy along with you wherever you go
  • Drinking before social situations in order to soothe your nerves

Counseling Types of counseling that work for social anxiety disorder include:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps you identify anxieties and the situations that provoke the anxiety. At first you may feel uncomfortable while addressing the feared situations, but it is an important part to resolving this problem.
  • Exposure therapy involves being “exposed” to the situation which causes the anxiety. The exposure is done first in the safety of the psychotherapy office, imagining the scenario and walking through it with the therapist. As the patient’s confidence grows, he or she will begin to apply the skills they’ve learned in the therapy session to outside environments.
  • Social Skills Training. This therapy helps you develop the skills you need in social situations.
  • Cognitive restructuring helps you learn to identify and improve your fearful thinking to help you better deal with social situations.
  • Symptom management skills. This therapy teaches you how to reduce your stress by controlling your breathing and other physical responses to anxiety.

If you are looking for a Counselor in Albuquerque to help you overcome your Social Phobia, call 20-8512 or email Counseling ABQ today. We can help.
Counseling ABQ 2900 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Ste. A2 Albuquerque NM 87110


Acute Stress Disorder

If you have been involved in a traumatic experienced, been threatened or witnessed a trauma within the past month and experiencing PTSD-like symptoms, you may be suffering for Acute Stress Disorder (ASD).

Here are some of the symptoms you may be experiencing:

Dissociative Symptoms · feeling numb, detached, or being emotionally unresponsive
a reduced awareness of your surroundings
Derealization (your environment seems strange or unreal to you)
Depersonalization (your thoughts or emotions do not seem real or do not seem like they belong to you)
Dissociative amnesia (you cannot remember an important aspect or aspects of the traumatic event)
Re-experiencing the Traumatic Event ·having recurring images, thoughts, nightmares, illusions, or flashback episodes of the traumatic event
feeling like you are reliving the traumatic event feeling distressed when something reminds you of the traumatic event

Anxiety or Increased Arousal:

  • having trouble sleeping
  • being irritable
  • having difficulty concentrating
  • inability to stop moving or sit still
  • being constantly tense or on-guard
  • becoming startled too easily or at inappropriate times
  • distress

Avoidance You may avoid stimuli that cause you to remember or re-experience the traumatic event, such as:

  • people
  • conversations
  • places
  • objects
  • activities
  • thoughts
  • feelings

Your symptoms of ASD may cause you distress or disrupt important aspects of your life, such as:

  • social settings
  • work settings
  • inability to start or complete necessary tasks
  • inability to tell others about the traumatic event

Treatment and support is available in Albuquerque. Call Counseling ABQ at 220-8512 or email to schedule an intake and determine which treatment option is right for you.

Panic Attacks

Panic Attack or Heart Attack?

If you’ve had a panic attack you know the fear of being struck with feelings of terror without warning. You may believe that you are going to die or that you are having a heart attack. Do you suffer on-going anxiety because you don’t know when it will happen again? If so, this is called Panic Disorder.

People with panic disorder often try to avoid situations they believe might cause their panic attacks. Some of these places are parties, social events, meeting new people, crowded stores, driving, work or school.

The good news is that you don’t have to continue to live this way. Panic attacks and panic disorder are treatable. With professional therapy panic attacks people have better outcomes with psychotherapy than with medications. Email me here to get started.

What are the Symptoms?

Having heart attack-like symptoms is incredibly distressing (to say the least). Not sure if you’ve had a panic attack, here is a list of symptoms:

  • Racing or Pounding Heart
  • Chest Pains
  • Trembling or Shaking
  • Dizziness or Nausea
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Hot Flashes or Chills
  • Upset Stomach
  • A Need to Escape
  • Dreamlike Sensations
  • Fear of Losing Control or Doing Something Embarrassing
  • Terror that Something Horrible is Going to Happen and You Can Not Prevent It
  • Fear of Dying

People with panic disorder often try to avoid situations they believe might cause their panic attacks. Some of these places are parties, social events, meeting new people, crowded stores, driving, work or school.

What Kind of Therapy do I Need?

Each person that suffers from panic attacks has a unique situation. Depending on your personal situation some of the interventions may be Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction or Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). Panic Attacks may be symptoms of trauma or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is effectively treated by EMDR.

If you suffer with panic attacks there is no need to suffer any longer. Counseling in Albuquerque for panic attacks and panic disorder is here. Call or email today and together we can decide on a plan of treatment that best fits you.Counseling ABQ 2900 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Ste. A2 Albuquerque NM 87110


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that affects people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can arise suddenly, gradually, or come and go over time. They are triggered by something that reminds you of the original traumatic event, such as a noise, an image, certain words, or a smell. Or it may feel like your symptoms come out of nowhere,

There are three main types of symptoms:

1. Re-experiencing the traumatic event
2. Avoiding reminders of the trauma
3. Increased anxiety and emotional arousal

Nightmares, jittery, on edge, flashbacks, anxiety, and panic attacks are just some of symptoms people feel when experiencing PTSD. People with PTSD often stay home to avoid “triggers” or use drugs or alcohol to numb their feelings.

Traumatic events that can lead to PTSD include:

  • Abuse
  • Rape
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Car or Plane Crashes
  • War
  • Sudden Death of a Loved One
  • Childhood Neglect
  • Witnessing People Being Injured or Dying

Any Event That Threatens Your Safety or Makes You Feel Helpless

For most people that experience a trauma, symptoms are short-lived. After a few days or weeks, the symptoms gradually lift. If you have PTSD, people don’t start to feel a little better each day, they may actually start to feel worse. If you are suffering from these symptoms, there is help available so you can live your life free from the anxiety, constant worry, always feeling on “red alert,” nightmares, flashbacks, depression, isolation and panic attacks.

What type of PTSD treatment is available?

  • Trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy for PTSD and trauma involves carefully and gradually “exposing” yourself to thoughts, feelings, and situations that remind you of the trauma. Therapy also involves identifying upsetting thoughts about the traumatic event–particularly thoughts that are distorted and irrational—and replacing them with more balanced picture.
  • EMDR Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is another type of therapy for PTSD. Like other kinds of counseling, it can help change how you react to memories of your trauma. Reprocessing means that an individual accesses the relevant memory and uses dual awareness with bilateral stimulation and images, thoughts, emotions and body sensations to move through the traumatic experiences that are not resolved.

Therapists at Counseling ABQ are professionally trained to help you overcome and resolve your symptoms of PTSD. Call us at 220-8512 to set up an appointment.


Counseling for Depression
If you want to overcome depression and you live in or near Albuquerque, Rio Rancho or the East Mountains, call 505-220-8512.

An estimated 17 million adult Americans suffer from depression during any 1-year period. Depression is a real illness and interferes with personal happiness, relationships, family and work. Yet, depression is a highly treatable illness.Picture Symptoms of Depression

1392582831Depression may include some of the following symptoms:

  • Do you feel sad or anxious
  • Guilty, helpless or hopeless
  • Feeling worthless
  • Lost interest in normal activities
  • Low energy
  • Lack desire to socialize or interact with others
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Lack of sleep or too much sleep
  • Loss of appetite or inability to control eating
  • Suicidal Thoughts (If you are contemplating suicide please call us or 1-800-273-8255 to speak with someone immediately).

Sources of Depression A depressive episode can occur as a result of a stressful life change, such as separation or divorce, loss of a loved one, relocation, job loss or change, financial instability, or a decline in health. Women who have recently given birth may struggle with postpartum depression in the days, weeks, or months following childbirth.

Depression’s symptoms are distinct from the symptoms associated with grief, when feeling emotionally overwhelmed is normal and temporary. Depression may be indicated when feelings of sadness and despair disrupt daily life and persist for more than two weeks.

Those who have experienced trauma or are prone to anxiety may be more likely to experience depression than those who have not, and research suggests that some people may be biologically predisposed to depression due to neurochemical abnormalities. A family history of depression can lead to a person’s inheriting or learning these traits.

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Talk therapy is an extremely effective treatment for depression. Your therapist can help you resolve your depression by helping you to

  • Identify what is triggering the depression a loss, conflict, health problems, work problems or anything that is troubling you deeply.
  • Process your emotions.
  • Learn how to think differently about events and situations, so that you develop a more positive outlook.
  • Learn how to catch the early signs that your depression is getting worse.

If you feel you are depressed or may be at risk for depression please call us at 505-220-8512. We can help you overcome your feelings of depression
and help you enjoy all of the things that once made you happy again. Counseling ABQ 2900 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Ste. A2 Albuquerque NM 87110


Grief and Loss

Grief and Loss Counseling
2940386Grief and loss counseling is for those hurting from a death, divorce, loss of job, or other forms of loss. Grieving is a normal reaction to loss that every person will experience at some point in his or her life. How each person copes with loss is completely unique. The grieving journey is one of the most misunderstood and avoided life processes. In our society, moving through and dealing with the intense emotional pain of grief has become an extremely private matter that can be difficult when it comes to handling it in a healthy manner.

Loss is a very personal experience, and so is our process of grieving. Grief can be experienced through sadness, anger, confusion, loneliness or feelings of emptiness or being in a fog. The loss may be so painful that it feels like your heart has been ripped to pieces.

You don’t have to go it alone
Let’s take this journey together whether experiencing the loss or death of friends or family members, or loss associated with changes in life circumstances, adjustment may be difficult or scary as one’s sense of identity becomes challenged. Though people around you may empathize with your loss and try to offer what they consider to be helpful advice or suggestions, you may find yourself mentally and emotionally drained, or overwhelmed, as you try to pick up the pieces of your broken heart and move forward.

If you are reading this, it means you are open to facing your grief in order to move forward with your life. Seeking professional help and support from a trained grief and loss therapist at Counseling ABQ is definitely a step in the right direction. Our grief counseling sessions are designed to enhance your life rather than limit it.

For grief counseling support in the Albuquerque area, please call 505-220-8512. We are here for you when you need us.
Counseling ABQ 2900 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Ste. A2 Albuquerque NM 87110505-220-8512

Anger Management

Anger Problems

Being angry itself is not a problem. It’s how you deal with it!

People get angry. We all know this. However, for some, one’s own anger may be frightening. Perhaps your expressions of anger are so excessive you feel out of control, have relationship problems, career setbacks, legal or financial problems or engage in self-destructive behavior.

Anger becomes a problem when it hurts yourself or the people around you. Sometimes people will say things like “He has an anger management problem.” What they are really trying to say is that someone is lashing out and hurting others with his expression of anger.

The flipside of an anger management problem is not expression one’s anger. If something made you angry in the past and you didn’t express it at the time, then the anger can get “bottled up.” You may then find that when something happens to annoy or upset you in the future, you feel extremely angry and respond more aggressively than is appropriate to the new situation.

People sometimes suppress their anger to be nice, but this may lead to responding passive aggressively, be sarcastic or unhelpful, depression or anxiety, sleep problems, addictions, eating disorders, compulsive behavior, self-harm or physical ailments.

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If you are suppressing your anger or harming others as a result of your anger, therapy can help.
We will help you:

    • Identify your triggers, thoughts and feelings
    • Learn coping techniques and relaxation techniques to deal with your triggers and feelings
    • Change your thought patterns
    • Learn assertiveness skills so you can stand up for yourself without attacking others

Benefits of Anger Management

Your benefits are much greater than just being able to “handle your anger.”

Benefits include:

  • Better ability to communicate
  • The ability to deescalate and defuse challenging situations
  • Less stress and increased mental health
  • Better relationships
  • Fewer work, financial and legal problems
  • Better ability to make decisions about your life that are best for you

Anger Management in the Albuquerque Area

Effective anger management skills can be learned in individual counseling. Counseling ABQ offers personalized, effective anger management therapy to people who live in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Corrales, and the East Mountains.
Counseling ABQ 2900 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Ste. A2 Albuquerque NM 87110

Couples Counseling

Couples Counseling/Marriage Counseling
8037380Do any of the following sound familiar?

  • You are living like room-mates.
  • You don’t feel as close as you used to be.
  • You recently discovered you partner is having or had an affair.
  • You may feel that your spouse or partner doesn’t hear you or understand you.
  • You may feel attacked or criticized.
  • You feel like your partner should know what you need without having you to say it.
  • You have the same arguments over and over again.
  • You are having daydreams about leaving your relationship or having an affair.
  • You don’t know what to do to fix the situation.
  • You and your partner may try, but things often get worse as a result.

Couples Counseling Can Help Couples counseling can help you-

    • Learn Communication Skills. Learn to resolve arguments in a healthy manner. You will learn to listen to each other, state your needs clearly and opening and be willing to seek a solution that is best for both of you.
    • Assertiveness Training. Learn to state your needs in a healthy manner, not “stuffing” your feelings and sometimes “blowing up” when the pressure gets too high.
    • Active Listening. Each person needs to listen to the other person and understand what they are saying. A tool often used in and out of therapy is mindfulness techniques.
    • Build Trust. To have a healthy relationship, each person must build or rebuild.

The techniques, skills and habits for a successful, happy relationship can be learned. You can turn these skills into lifelong habits to improve all your relationships.

3118259The sooner issues are addressed, the easier they are to work out. Sometimes, marriage counseling or couples therapy is all that is needed.

Activities are needed to strengthen the relationship and that intimate connection that you are wanting. Couples Counseling is not an easy process at times. The journey may be hard, but the rewards are great.

Counseling ABQ 2900 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Ste. A2 Albuquerque NM 87110