GD Psych Services, LLC
Welcome to GD Psych Services, LLC. Our organization is comprised of the most professional licensed clinical social workers, mental health counselors, and psychologists in the community, offering a wide variety of psychological services to the greater Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, NM region.
Clients are treated by a specialized licensed mental health professional in Individual & Group sessions; Marital Counseling; Military-Specific Therapy; Substance Use Counseling; Trauma Focused Counseling; Play Therapy; Sand Tray; Yoga Therapy; Counseling Focused on Emotional Functioning and Regulation, and CYFD and Court Referred Counseling. We understand the sensitive nature of your concerns and needs and work mindfully with our clients to help them achieve a resolution.
MEET OUR CLINICIANS
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Lisa Galles, LPCC, Contract Mental Health Counselor, Evaluator, and Clinical Supervisor
Hi, I’m Lisa! I have a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and am independently licensed as a counselor (LPCC) in our great state of New Mexico. I have spent most of my career working in jails, as part of a mobile crisis team, with individuals whose functioning is seriously compromised by their mental illness (such as severe depression, bipolar or schizophrenia) and in rehabilitation facilities. My role at GD Psych Services is conducting psychological and neuropsychological evaluations for individuals of all ages alongside a team of psychologists. These assessments are usually used to better understand an individual’s diagnosis, to clarify cognitive strengths and weaknesses, and to provide treatment recommendations. Outside of my work (which I absolutely love), I enjoy being outside, spending time with my animals, playing soccer, riding my bike, and simply doing nothing. I believe every human is beautiful and is capable of positive change. Together, let’s figure out how to improve your life! I can’t wait to meet you.
Alma Babbit, LPCC, LADAC, Mental Health Counselor, Evaluator, and Clinical Supervisor
Alma Babbitt is from Albuquerque New Mexico. She has her Associates in Liberal Arts from Central New Mexico College, Bachelor’s Degree in Science in Psychology with an emphasis in substance abuse. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree, she obtained her LSAA and volunteered briefly at AMCI while working as a psychiatric technician at a local juvenile residential treatment facility and completing her dual Master’s Degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. She has both a License in Alcohol and Substance Abuse counseling (LADAC) and License in Mental Health Counseling (LMHC) providing services for both individual therapy, group therapy, and completing psychiatric assessments for appropriate referrals.
Specialties include working closely with severely mentally ill populations, trauma patients, and utilizing a psychodynamic approach (cognitive behavioral therapy, rational emotive behavioral therapy, moral reconation therapy, mindfulness practices, positive psychology, solution focused, and recovery support services).
“I believe there is no single approach for every person, and each person is unique. My passion is help others to live a better existence with guidance, and support.”
Connie Cox, LCSW, Contract Mental Health Counselor and Clinical Supervisor
I am looking forward to meeting you! Your healing will be accomplished in the container we will create through compassion, safety, flexibility, and consistency. You are needed in the world: thank you for all that you were, are, and will be!
I have a Master’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh and have practiced as a Licensed Social Worker in several states. I am a member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and completed 60 training hours of Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Alan Fruzzetti, Ph.D. at the University of Las Vegas in Nevada. I have studied Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with David Burns at Henry Ford Behavioral Health in Detroit, Michigan, and in conferences. My practice is focused and applicable for adolescents 14 and above, adults, geriatrics, and families.
Tasha-Ann Townley, LMHC, Contract Mental Health Counselor
Hi there! My name is Tasha-Ann, but you can call me Tasha. I am a New Mexico native, mainly from Espanola and Albuquerque. I received my Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Mental Health Counseling from the University of New Mexico, and am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of New Mexico. I work from a person-centered, culturally-competent and holistic frame work with my clients. I believe you are the expert of your life and sometimes we need a little help with life’s challenges. I use a number of modalities that best suit my client’s needs and concerns including art therapy, cognitive-behavior theory (CBT), acceptance-commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness, physiological ties to mental health and motivational interviewing. My goal is to support my clients and meet them where they’re at. I strive to provide a safe and open space to address life’s challenges and a space to express themselves and grow. have been practicing in the Albuquerque area since 2019 and through COVID with a diverse range of clients. I have a long history in working in education for the past 9 years before and during my counseling career, particularly with under-served populations including students with disabilities, low income, people of color, LGBTQI+ community, and college populations. I am also a member of the LGBTQI+ community and ally. I work with adults and adolescents experiencing a range of concerns including anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, relationship issues, transitions in life, and school and work-related issues, and mood disorders. I look forward to meeting and walking with you through this journey together!
Dr. Jerry Traylor, PsyD, LMHC, Contract Psychologist
Dr. Traylor is a doctor of clinical psychology, licensed in Missouri and New Mexico as a mental health clinician with over 30 years of experience empowering his patients to choose to make their lives different using different approaches to the therapeutic process and content. Patients who see Dr. Traylor are exposed to a very different way of looking at their individual issues for seeking treatment and works to empower the patient to become their own therapist so they can take charge of their lives.
Dr. Traylor enjoys observing the patient experience an “Aha Moment” and say, “I’ve never looked at my issues that way, or nobody has ever explained it that way.” His patients frequently tell him, “I have been to a lot of counselors but nobody has ever explained it the way you did.” “Why haven’t I been shown this before?” Dr. Traylor sees children, adolescents, adults, and older adults, using unique therapeutic approaches specific to each patient.
Lydia Pollard, LMSW, Mental Health Counselor
Lydia has a degree in Psychology and a master’s in Social Work. She has worked in the mental and behavioral healthcare field since 2012 and loves the complex and rewarding work she has been able to be part of. Lydia does a lot of cognitive behavioral therapy but is also trained in trauma and grief therapy, crisis intervention, suicide prevention, K9 and Equine therapy, relationship counseling, dialectical behavioral therapy and has experience working with LGBTQIA+, reactive attachment disorder, treatment foster care families, and individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder. She especially enjoys working with teenagers, parents, and couples. Lydia believes in the healing and love animals can give us and utilizes therapy dogs in her practice. In her free time, she loves to see live theater, help out at animal rescue organizations, read, watch movies and play video games.
Meet Baby Juliet – Therapy Dog
Baby Juliet graduated from her therapy dog training program in 2019 and got her start by listening to children read her books at her local library and lifting spirits at the UNM Cancer Center. She loves to wear her tutu’s and give kisses. She is an excellent napper and loves children. Back scratchies and compliments are two of her favorite things, and she is the goodest girl.
Meet Romeo – Therapy Dog
Romeo has been doing therapy since 2018, he has graduated from two different dog training programs and was an honorary member of the School of Social Work graduating class of 2021. He loves neck scratchies, snacks, helping people, and cuddles. Not necessarily in that order. He is an old soul with lots of love to share and is the goodest boy.
Melissa Harris, LMFT, Mental Health Counselor
Welcome to GD Psych Services! I hope I can be of service to you. It is my pleasure to work by your side to help you with depression, anxiety, grief, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, or other matters. I have experience providing counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults. I provide Experiential Play Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy for children starting at the age of 5. I also love working with teens to help them build self-confidence, communication skills, emotional regulation, and coping skills. For adults, I focus on providing insight-oriented therapy with unconditional positive regard using tools from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness. My qualifications include a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from California State University of Dominguez Hills and a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University of Long Beach. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in New Mexico.
Debra Sand, MS, NCC, LMHC, Contract Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Hello! My name is Debbie and I am very excited to be a part of the Team at GD Psych Services, LLC! I’m a Mental Health Counselor, licensed by the State of New Mexico. I earned an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University and am a National Certified Counselor. In my work with clients, I use a non-judgmental, non-directive approach to empower people to better navigate challenges and improve their circumstances. I am committed to providing a welcoming and safe environment for healing and growth, and I will meet you right where you are on your counseling journey. Primarily, my experience has been with adults impacted by anxiety, depression, alcohol & substance use, self-esteem issues, relationship difficulties, disruptive behaviors, and legal troubles. I’ve worked both with individuals who have voluntarily sought counseling, as well as those participating in court-mandated treatment programs.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and family, as well as riding my bike along the beautiful Bosque trails.
Stephen McNamara, LMSW, Mental Health Counselor
With over 22 years of experience in the mental health field, I bring a spirit of recovery to my practice. On April 18, 2000, I started my journey as an entry level Case Manager working with adults with severe and persistent mental illness. In May of 2007, I completed my Masters Degree in Social Work for California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock, California. Over the course of my career, I’ve had to privilege to be a small part of the healing process throughout every stage of an individual’s life and development. I am experienced with therapy approaches such as DBT and CBT. I also have the belief that Recovery from any Distress can be a lifelong process of discovery, learning, and Wisdom gained through the Trials & Tribulations life can bring. I look forward to assisting you along the road to Recovery. God Bless
Heather Woodard, LMSW, Contract Mental Health Counselor
Heather is originally from Louisville, KY, however she relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband and golden doodle Leo, in 2021. Heather graduated from Spalding University with both an undergraduate and graduate degree in Social Work. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker. Heather has a wide range of clinical experiences to include walking alongside individuals who experienced some form of trauma as a result of a life changing event. Heather has worked in various environments to include in home and community based, acute and chronic crisis psychiatric hospitalization, school based, family counseling, and both inpatient and outpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Heather’s preferred approach is one that includes the whole person, mind, body, and spirit. Heather believes in the importance of utilizing a person-centered perspective with an emphasis of meeting the individual/s where they are, assisting them with developing appropriate conflict resolution and coping strategies, to minimize the effects trauma has on their day to day life. Heather utilizes various therapeutic approaches to include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Client-Center Therapy. Heather is a reiki practitioner, as well as a restorative yoga instructor. Heather prefers to provide services to children 5-12 and adults. Heather can provide services both in person and via Telehealth.
Arthur Dahl, LMHC, Contract Mental Health Counselor
Hello! My name is Arthur Dahl. I was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM and attended UNM for my undergraduate degree. Then I attained my master’s in psychology clinical counseling from New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM. I am also currently an instructor at Central New Mexico Community College. My experience ranges from in-patient mental health hospitals and rehab/detox centers to individual counseling. I have experience working with first responders and supporting them in their profession. Dealing with trauma and other challenging life events is something a specialize in and can help you work through. I believe the client is in charge of their life and I take a client-centered approach. My main modality is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) but I am eclectic and use other modalities as well depending on the client’s needs. I hope to support you on your journey through life and I am excited to work together.
Becky Katz, LMSW, Contract Mental Health Counselor
My name is Becky Katz and I worked as a mental health therapist from 1985-1995, earned my Ph.D. in Sociology in 1995. Then I began teaching at Morehead State University in Kentucky. I returned to mental health counseling in my pre-retirement years in 2017. I have two master’s degrees in counseling and also have a master’s in social work. I recently moved to New Mexico and I adore living here. I am an anti-racist and a member of the LGBTQAI+ community. I know that I am privileged as a white women and I work diligently as an ally of all minority group members across all racial, ethnic, national, and spiritual practices. I also have been fortunate enough to have had numerous opportunities to travel during my time in the U.S. Army and as a teacher as well as a tourist. I love exploring new places and meeting new people. I have lots of experience working with survivors of trauma, and I know that a variety of symptoms emerge from trauma. Let me help you help yourself through the journey of healing and moving from victim to survivor and thriver! I have worked with women who are survivors of child abuse and neglect and survivors of domestic violence. I have also worked with people struggling with depression, substance abuse, anxiety, grief, obsessive compulsive behavior and thinking as well as with couples working to improve their listening skills and emotional intelligence (talking about what you feel assertively, want, and need in direct non-manipulative manner). Lets’ begin a conversation about what you want and need for yourself and work towards achieving those goals and objectives.
Denise Armenta, LCSW, Contract Mental Health Counselor
Denise C. Armenta, LISW is a Clinical Social Worker who has worked in the Charter Schools and in private practice in the Albuquerque community for the last 33 years. After graduating from the University of New Mexico, she began her career in Washington, D.C. as an intern for the United States Senate. She went on to work for the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), a National Hispanic Organization which serves as a “think tank” for issues impacting the Hispanic community in the country. While at NCLR she worked as the Affiliate Liaison/Director of Training. She was a Liaison for 135 community-based organizations throughout the US and Puerto Rico. Also, while in D.C. she did volunteer work feeding the homeless. She also volunteered her time teaching ESL to the Central American community in the metro area. She was a freelance writer/photographer for various Hispanic magazines, covering numerous Hispanic functions and galas around the country. After leaving the East Coast she returned to NM and worked at the NM Legislature. She then spent several years at Youth Development Inc., as the Program Director/Substance Abuse Prevention specialist, developing and implementing the “Target Cities” program. This was a “street outreach” program designed to educate the community and reduce the use of substance abuse in the community. While at YDI she went on to get her MSW. After receiving her MSW she continued working with at-risk youth in the community. She continued her work with the Albuquerque Partnership where she developed and implemented several programs to work with adolescents in the Juvenile Community Custody Program. She went on to work as a social worker in the charter schools. She has worked at various charter schools in the community, primarily those that serve at-risk youth. In 2004 she was the co-founder and co-owner of Albuquerque Behavioral Health, a clinical agency providing treatment for adult and adolescent clients mandated by the courts to attend substance abuse, domestic violence and anger management classes and/or counseling. Simultaneously she has kept a small private practice, specializing healing from trauma. She has been involved in various organizations and has sat on various boards. In 1993 she was the chairperson for the Alcohol Issues Consortium. From 1992-1994 she sat on the NM Chapter of Planned Parenthood. In 1993 she was one of the first classes to graduate from the Albuquerque Leadership program. She has stayed involved in the community by doing volunteer work for various organizations such as the Healthcare for the Homeless and St. Martin’s Shelter. She takes great pride in her family and spends most of her spare time traveling with her children teaching them how to be thankful for everything in life and how to give back to the community.
Doug Thigpen, LPCC, Mental Health Counselor
Hi there! Call me Doug. I’m a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC) and licensed in New Mexico. I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and my master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling at New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) in Rio Rancho. I utilize a range of therapeutic approaches, from more non-directive to more directive counseling. Non-directive frameworks I use include person-centered therapy, motivational interviewing, and nurtured heart approach. Directive frameworks I use include cognitive-behavioral approaches, mindfulness-based tools, grounding techniques, visualizations, techniques from dialectical behavior therapy, tools from narrative therapy, and techniques from art therapy. I select an approach to use with a client based on what any individual client needs, what you’re looking for in therapy, and what will help you the most. I look forward to working with you!
Gareth Harrold, LMHC, Contract Mental Health Counselor
Gareth uses an eclectic therapy approach, utilizing what style might best fit with the client’s needs at the time of services. Approaches range from person-centered and gestalt, to cognitive behavioral, rational-emotive, mindfulness-based, and ecotherapy. Gareth’s principal expertise is utilizing art therapy to help support clients’ discovery, processing, and healing, He believes clients are the experts on their own lives and sees his role as one of support in helping guide clients to help heal themselves, gain insight, change behavior, and make decisions that are in alignment with their values. He has additional training and experience working with clients suffering from addictions, grief and loss, depression, and anxiety. Gareth received his undergraduate degree in Psychology and Art Studio from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and his Dual Master’s degree in Art Therapy and Counseling from Southwestern College and New Earth Institute in Santa Fe. He was born and raised in Northern New Mexico and currently resides in Albuquerque with his wife, two children, and two cats.
Lindsay Alewelt, Supervised Clinical Student
Hi, I’m Lindsay! I am currently getting a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology. Upon graduation I will be a licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in New Mexico. I am currently working as an intern to complete my final year of my graduate program. As an intern, I am able to see clients for therapy under the supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist. I am able to see individuals suffering from anxiety and depression and provide equine assisted psychotherapy, as well as others on a case-by-case basis. Individuals aged 8 and up are welcome to request to be my client. In my free time, I enjoy working out and playing golf. I was a collegiate athlete and have spent a majority of my life playing the great game. I look forward to helping you grow and achieve the life satisfaction you desire!
Robert Varley, Certified Yoga Instructor
I have recently relocated from Seattle Washington to Rio Rancho New Mexico. I have been practicing yoga for the past 7 years. I was first introduced to yoga as a practice to heal and strengthen my body as I have been a hairdresser for 40 plus years and needed a way to alleviate the wear and tear on my body from standing behind the chair. I have always been a physically fit and aware person but as I grew older I realized my body and my mind needed something different. When I participated in my first yoga session I knew then that this was the practice for me. Through my practice and development in YOGA I decided that I wanted to become a teacher and Instructor. I felt that I could offer those like myself a benefit and support. I am also keenly aware that my interest in art and natural landscape could also be of benefit to those needing to have an outlet from which to express and create their own sense of well being. It is with this passion I grow and offer to others the possibilities and benefits I have received and enjoyed. I currently offer private yoga sessions to all ages including youth, couples, and families.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Josh Everett, LCSW, Contract Mental Health Counselor
Hello all! My name is Joshua, and I am a Queer therapist both because I am a Queer human and how I approach my work. I identify as Gender Queer, Polyamorous, Queer, and Kinky. I call my work a Queer approach because the word Queer orients me to a place of non-judgmental questioning and curiously pulling apart assumptions to deepen understanding with Queer and surrounding social theories that aim to deepen understanding and challenge cultural assumptions. My work is a collaborative process building trust and understanding to work with people as they find the path that aligns with their ever-evolving values, needs, and life visions. I work to empower the people who share their lives, stories, and time with me to establish safety and move towards lifelong healing and change.
My approaches include:
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: an approach that aims to build behavioral and cognitive tools to tend to stress, relationships, and needs effectively.
Emotion-Focused: approaches that look at attachment and our relationship to our emotional experiences and how to build secure connection and transformative experiences to reshape emotional experiences.
Liberation: an approach that focuses on empowerment, activism, and challenging oppression.
Person-Centered: an approach that focuses on building a non-judgmental and safe space for the therapist and person served to explore and understand the person’s needs.
Human-First: an orientation that joins multiple theoretical and therapeutic approaches to honor the individual and their humanity first in therapy. Working from a human-first orientation means I have worked with a wide array of people and experiences. A human-first orientation means I focus more on the people sitting across from me, their needs, and the therapeutic fit over diagnoses. People I have worked with have identified with experiencing a wide range of diagnoses that have included Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, C-PTSD, Bipolar, Neurodiverse experiences, Borderline Personality Disorder, Schizophrenia, relational stress and changes in identity/dynamics with couples and polycules, parenting stress, and more.
My main focus and specialization is with serving oppressed populations including people in the LGBTQIA2+, Kink and Alternative sexualities, Non-monogamous, racial minorities, cultural minorities, and people who want to build their own path.
Clare Guerreiro, LMSW, Contract Mental Health Counselor
Hello! I am a clinical social worker with my Master’s from Boston College. Through working in both outpatient and institutional settings, I have gained experience working with children and adults struggling with mood disorders, substance use, personality disorders, and PTSD. My role as a therapist is to support my clients in reaching their goals and living safe and fulfilling lives. Utilizing principles from Sensorimotor Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, and Narrative therapy, I work with my clients to discover new ways to look at familiar situations and cultivate self-efficacy.
Gena Lawson, LMHC, Contract Mental Health Counselor
Hello! My name is Gena and I am a recent graduate from New Mexico Highlands University where I obtained my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
My journey into the counseling field came by way of teaching middle and high school students for the past 14 years in a variety of art and ELA-based courses. It is through this work that I discovered I wanted to help children, adolescents, and adults become their best versions through individual, group and couples therapy. As a life-long resident of New Mexico, originally from the Southeast corner and then living in Albuquerque for the past 21 years, I am aware of our state’s values, beauty and authenticity.
I work primarily with children and adolescents using techniques found in play therapy, sandtray therapy, art therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. I also accept adult clients and couples, working through unresolved trauma, grief and goals, meeting them where they are in each stage. I prefer to use a trauma-informed lens to provide an empathic perspective towards my clients as they tell their own story, go on their own journey and gain strengths to achieve their goals.
I live and work primarily in Albuquerque, NM with my two children, two dogs, two cats and loving partner.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Kate Wall Ganz, LPCC, Contract Mental Health Counselor
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Tamara Soal, LPCC, Contract Mental Health Counselor
Tamara implements effective psychotherapy methods to instill self-understanding among individuals and encourages adopting new attitudes and feelings towards life situations. She views therapy as a healing process that necessitates participation and investment from the client and caretaker alike. And in the end, making minor changes to self-defeating behavior and coping with life challenges can bring life-altering results. She has counseled children, adolescents, and adults for over a decade. Tamara is an experienced licensed professional clinical counselor in New Mexico and National Certified Counselor (NCC) by the National Board of Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC). She is a trained therapist in trauma-informed care, applying an integrative, client-centered approach with the type of psychological style used in meeting the needs of clients seeking relief and a philosophy to treat individuals with integrity, kindness, and positive regard while assisting them in gaining insight and balance. Tamara’s education includes BA in psychology, MA in Mental Health Counseling, MPHIL in Philosophy Psychology, and a Ph.D. in psychology, all but a dissertation (ABA) from Walden University. Contact us to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment with Tamara.
Grants, New Mexico
Stacy Bond, LMSW, Mental Health Counselor
Stacy comes with 20 years of experience as a Social Worker; Individual, Family, and Group Therapist; Adolescent Counselor; and Addictions Counselor. In addition to her Master of Social Work degree, she is experienced in Expressive Art Therapy, trauma work and has worked extensively with local Native American communities in New Mexico.
Telehealth Only Clinicians
Dr. Susanne Drury, PhD, Contract Mental Health Counselor, Evaluator, and Clinical Supervisor
One of the things I have learned in my career is that we now know how to help clients rediscover their aliveness and vitality even if they have a history of trauma. Our understanding of the neurobiology of trauma allows us to integrate all the parts of someone into new wholeness. This is the scope with which I practice and has proven effective for my clients.
I have been practicing as a licensed Psychologist for over 35-years, specializing in addictions and trauma informed care. During my time as a practitioner of mental health, I taught a five-course specialty program on trauma work for 17-years, developed and directed a residential trauma program for women, provided organizational consultion to various organizations and businesses, and conducted several team building trainings to groups needing assistance in getting past work place conflicts and dysfunctional communication patterns. Throughout my years as a practicing Psychologist, I have obtained certification and training from elite programs and instructors in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and over 400 hours of specialized training in treating trauma disorders. It is my mission to provide psychological support to individuals in need and to do so through therapeutic efforts, training, and consultation. Additionally, it is a passion of mine to teach other professionals in the field to provide these services to their clients as well.
Sara Johnson, LMHC, Mental Health Counselor
I am passionate about providing a safe and non-judgmental space where you can feel supported, listened to, and understood. We are all on unique journeys filled with moments of joy, pain, and uncertainty. Each challenge in life comes with the opportunity to learn and grow. Together we can embrace those challenges and see what gifts they have to offer you.
I am originally from the East Coast, and I have lived in New Mexico for several years. I studied a holistic, consciousness-centered approach to therapeutic work that focused on trauma and integrating your mind and body. My special focus is on treating trauma, sexual abuse, and family of origin issues. I have worked at Tierra Nueva Counseling Center, Northern New Mexico Neuropsychology, and Life Healing Center.
My personal journey of healing and the creative process are what inspired me to become a therapist. Many of the photos on my site I took while hiking with my dog, one of my favorite self-care activities.
Lauren Herrel, LMHC, Contract Mental Health Counselor
Lauren specializes in helping individuals discover and live within their truth and values. She offers a non-judgmental space for clients to work through codependency, self-esteem issues, trauma, and the multitude of other challenges life can present. She strives to support growth, healing, and empowerment. Being a sex-positive therapist, she can support her clients on what they want to explore or discuss on the sexual spectrum. She has received training in Pia Melodies’ Codependence Post Induction therapy model, assisting clients in processing trauma, learning to set boundaries, and esteeming oneself. Lauren takes a person-centered approach to therapy to allow a client to learn to trust themselves and what’s best for them. Art, mindfulness, and talk therapy are some of the modalities she uses to help her clients heal. For individuals who are prepared to do the necessary work to improve their life, Lauren is the ideal professional to facilitate that change.
Monique Garcia, LCSW, Contract Mental Health Counselor
My name is Monique Garcia and I have been in the field for 15 years. I enjoy working with diverse and underserved communities in New Mexico. I provide support to children, teens, adults, families, couples, and groups. I work with people to develop healthy coping skills to manage issues like depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, addiction, and life stressors. I utilize person-centered approaches to meet people where they are and navigate issues from their perspective. I am trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and other modalities to help provide a multifaceted approach to treatment.
Alyssa Butler, LPCC, Contract Mental Health Counselor
I am an independently licensed therapist trained in art therapy, motivational interviewing, and trauma informed cognitive behavioral therapy. My goal as a therapist is to help clients learn about themselves and create growth in their lives. I am here to learn about you and support you on your journey. I believe you are the expert of your life; I am here to offer guidance.
I have my LPCC, received my graduate degree in Art therapy and counseling from Southwestern College, and received my bachelor’s degree in fine arts from The School at the Art Institute of Chicago. I have primarily worked with children in treatment foster care since entering this field. I have in depth knowledge of trauma, how it impacts our ability to form healthy and lasting attachments, and how it impacts a person’s ability to live their day to day lives. I also have experience working with people who have addictions, grief and loss, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and people on the Autism spectrum. I am an LGBTQ+ ally.
I believe humans are incredibly resilient and courageous and have the capacity to move through challenges. I am honored to walk beside the humans I work with and help them move towards a life of greater self-acceptance, self love, and understanding.
Dr. Christina Vento, PsyD, ABMP, MACP, Prescribing Psychologist
Dr. Christina Vento is an experienced clinical psychologist who returned to school for a postdoctoral Master’s degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology from New Mexico State University. She is licensed by the State of New Mexico to prescribe behavioral health medications in collaboration with a patient’s primary care practitioner and has been prescribing since 2008. Trained first as a therapist she comes to the treatment relationship from a position of respect for patients, shared values, and collaborative decision making regarding treatment options. Dr. Vento provides mental health medication management services for adults, seniors and adolescents over age 12 and accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield commercial and Centennial, Presbyterian Centennial and commercial, United Healthcare, Optum, NM Medicaid, and private pay. You will need to have an active relationship including regular visits with a licensed primary care provider (MD/DO, NP or PA) within the last 18 months to be treated by Dr. Vento.
Dr. Erika Updegorve, PsyD, BCBA, Neuropsychologist Consultant
Dr. Erika Updegrove has worked over 20 years in the mental health field. She has experience working with adults and children throughout the lifespan, with varying clinical presentations. She has advanced training in clinical psychology, neuropsychology, behavior analysis and holistic methods, using this knowledge to develop a personalized approach to solve whatever difficulties you are facing.
Prior to becoming a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Updegrove worked as a Behavior Analyst utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to help individuals with Autism and Brain Injury live more fulfilling lives. She then broadened her understanding of brain/ behavior relationships by studying neuropsychology. She trained, at the practicum level, in neuropsychology at Harvard affiliated teaching hospitals as well as with the Department of Veterans Affairs. She then completed her APA accredited internship in Gero/Neuropsychology at Central Regional Hospital and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She utilizes her training in neuropsychological assessment and cognitive rehabilitation to provide top notch consultation for clients at GD Psych Services.
Hello, my name is Morgan Trujillo Executive Assistant to our CEO and Co-Founder Dr. Stacey Goldstein Dwyer. I am as of recent an UNM alumni, I received a BA in Psychology minoring in Business in December of 2021. I aspire to be a Clinical Mental Health Counselor and with the mentorship and guidance of GD Psych Services LLC, I wish to touch the lives of those I meet just like my peers and soon colleges have. Some of the things that I enjoy in my leisure time is keeping up with my physical and mental health these include hiking, hunting, working out, and hot yoga when time permits. Looking forward to our journey together in making this a better community, society, and future!
MEET OUR STAFF
Dr. Stacey Goldstein-Dwyer, PsyD, Clinical Director, CEO
I am a psychologist who has dedicated my professional career to understanding the psychological mind from various lenses and providing services to underserved populations. This provides me the opportunity to work with individuals from across the lifespan who have different needs and levels of diagnostic severity requiring different psychological intervention. My current focus of practice consists of forensic assessment and evaluation, expert testimony, psychological and neuropsychological testing, learning evaluation and waivers, and professional lectures with CEU eligibility. Separate from psychological services, I enjoy tutoring children of all ages in various subjects, or collaboratively develop a learning plan specific to a student’s learning style.
Academically, I received a Bachelor’s degree in both Psychology and Criminal Justice from Northeastern University, a Master’s Degree for Forensic Psychology and Counseling from Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, as well as a Psychology Doctorate from Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. My APA Pre-Doctoral Internship was at Tewksbury State Hospital and APA Post-Doctoral Residency was with the United States Army as a direct commission Captain.
My professional experiences include and are not limited to testing and assessment (neurological, psychological, learning), forensic practice (testimony, assessment, outpatient/inpatient therapy, evaluation, Court-mandated treatment, and correctional administrator), personnel selection, and grant writing. I have also published in academic journals and a text book, and provided CEU lectures around the country. Currently, I am pending licensure in the state of NM; however, GD Psych Services, LLC is a team of well-trained and capable Master’s level Social Workers, Mental Health Clinicians, and Licensed Psychologists who also provide these services.
Mark Dwyer, COO/CFO
I have worked as an Executive Manager for 30+ years as a results driven leader. In doing so, I have specialized in training/development, talent acquisition, customer service, new market development, expense control/management, data analysis, loss prevention, budget development, project management, merchandising execution, establishment of operational excellence and exceeded sales/profit expectations. For the past three years, it has been my honor to support my wife’s career as an Army Captain and now, after her retirement, stand along side her as a proud Co-Owner of GD Psych Services, LLC. It is my continued mission to provide training services in various fields to existing professionals and ensure only the best mental health care is provided to those in need.
Lori Mann, Executive Assistant
Hi! I am Lori. I am the Executive Assistant to CEO Dr. Goldstein Dwyer. Before coming to GD Psych Services I was a business owner for 10 years and prior to that I was a Commercial Sales Producer for an independent insurance agency for 18 year. I moved to Rio Rancho in July of 2021 and wanted to do something I have never done before, so here I am! I have 3 daughters ages 23, 21 and 15. I also have 4 cats! When I am not at work, I enjoy hiking the beautiful trails around Albuquerque, Santa Fe and the beautiful Sandia mountains. I also enjoy working out, doing yoga, cooking, baking, watching movies and traveling with my daughters. I look forward to learning more and more about the mental health industry and helping our community heal.
Wendy Riverman, Director of Risk Management
Hi, my name is Wendy Riverman and am so excited to be a member of GD Psych Services, LLC! I have experience in being highly organized, a clear communicator, self-motivated worker and team player with decisive nature necessary to manage independent and program work. I retired from VA Puget Sound Health Care System as Associate Director, Health Plan Management. I was honored to have had the opportunity to serve Veterans who have sacrificed so much for our Country. My career with Veterans Health Administration afforded me the opportunity to build my expertise in budget and daily operational management while supporting executive leadership. I am experienced in office and resource management with over 40 years’ experience optimizing productivity, efficiency and quality of service across multiple program environments. I consider myself to be highly dependable, ethical and a reliable support specialist and leader that blends advanced organizational, technical and business acumen. I work effectively with cross functional teams by fostering a collaborative approach to ensure operational and service excellence.
Dalton Enger, Operation Manager
I love making things run smoothly and making sense of numbers and trends. I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Business Administration and have a Professional Certificate in Data Analytics from Google. I have experience working in multiple aspects of the administrative side of healthcare in both large and small organizations. My goal is to create and maintain a framework where GD Psych Services can provide the best possible mental health services for our community.
Jennifer Rodriguez, Billing Specialist
Hello! My name is Jennifer, I am very excited to be a part of the team at GD Psych Services! I was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I have been working in the medical field for over 20 years. I have been doing medical billing for many years and for many different specialties, but mental health has quickly become dear to my heart. I see the importance mental health plays in our communities and helping clients understand their benefits and doing my best to help their billing experience go as smooth and stress free as possible is important! When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time with my family, going to church, trying new restaurants, and finding new places in New Mexico to explore!
Reina Granado-Vigil, Billing Specialist
Hello, my Name is Reina, born and raised in Albuquerque NM. I am gifted to be a part of GD Psych Services with great pride. I received a Certificate of Billing and Coding from Carrington College in 2020 and have been working in the healthcare field for 5 years now. I am privileged to take care of your billing needs and I am excited to use my skills and talents as part of a successful environment of growth and excellence. Aside from working I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, exploring outside nature, traveling, and cooking.
Katie Gallegos, Billing Specialist
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Sandra Rodriguez, Testing Manager
Sandra, our Testing Manager, is a dog lover, self-proclaimed foodie, and an advocate for mental health. Destigmatizing therapy and normalizing treatment are very important to her. When she isn’t in the kitchen whipping up meals or baking treats, you can find her enjoying car/bike racing, or spending time with her kiddo.
Mya – Executive Greeter
Mya enjoys greeting anyone who passes by her office. She enjoys frequent naps as she needs her beauty sleep to look her absolute best. She enjoys cuddles and nose boops. Her goal is to comfort and love anyone who comes her way.
Karen Edelen, Office Manager
Karen, our Office Manager, is a Rio Rancho native and is a ray of sunshine who appreciates the simple things in life, like a delicious cup of coffee. She’s an artist, mental health advocate, and animal lover. In her free time, you can find Karen being crafty with DIY art projects, or just spending time with her family and loved ones.
Elise Aguirre, Lead Client Specialist
Hello, my name is Elise and I am honored to be a client specialist here at GD Psych Services, LLC. I eagerly look forward to meeting you all, and assisting you in any way that I can. I previously attended a dual credit high school and earned my associate degree in psychology at the same time I graduated high school. I then realized I was only a few courses away from earning a sociology associate degree and received the degree shortly after graduation. I continued to pursue my education after earning my associate degrees and received my bachelor’s degree in psychology in July 2021. I am currently working towards my master’s degree in psychology through an online college program while working here as a client specialist. I have three years of experience working in management, most of it being retail management. I hope to someday become a licensed therapist, and have a long-term goal of pursuing my PhD and becoming a psychologist. I have always loved the field of psychology, as I am fascinated with learning about the human mind, behaviors and the complexity of it all. I care deeply about others and feel as though everyone benefits greatly from therapy. Mental health matters! In my free time, I enjoy writing, singing along to my favorite songs and spending time with my loved ones.
Janel Guiterrez, Client Specialist
My name is Janel Gutierrez. I was born and raised in NM and have been in the medical field for about 10 years. I spend my free time with my husband and our 2 beautiful daughters. I also enjoy cooking, arts and crafts, hanging out with our family, and riding motorcycles with my husband. I am a huge mental health advocate and am looking forward to helping people with their mental health journey.
Daiqori Hanna, Client Specialist/ Medication Management Coordinator
Hello, my name is Daiqori Hanna. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you and hope to provide a welcoming and positive experience. I’ve been a huge advocate for mental health since a very young age. I strive to make sure everyone can get the care and services that they need. I’ve had 7 years of customer service experience, most recently as a health insurance representative. I’ve always had a passion to help people and want to give back to my community by helping provide more resources for better mental health. I am extremely motivated and excited to follow my dreams of becoming a social worker. All my free time is spent with my beautiful son and my supportive, loving fiancé. They always continue to push me to be the best mom, partner, and person I can be.
Arianna Montoya, Client Specialist
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