Andrew L. Trujillo. LADAC, LMSW
For over thirty years, Andrew has continued to provide compassionate counseling and psychotherapy to culturally diverse populations of individuals and families. His extensive experience working in psychiatric hospitals and other agencies has allowed him to develop a deep understanding of people suffering from depression, anxiety, and trauma disorders, as well as addiction.
As a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, he provides support for those struggling with addiction issues, teaching coping skills, plus education and relapse prevention. He also counsels those dealing with marital problems, anger management, self-esteem issues, and parenting concerns. Andrew uses an individualized approach to enhance each person’s spirit and well-being.
Carla Libby, LPCC
I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and have been living in Las Cruces for five years and practicing therapy in Massachusetts, Florida and New Mexico for the past twenty years. I have worked with adults, couples, families, adolescents, and children in both inpatient and outpatient facilities. I have helped individuals to deal with the many different issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, learning to cope with a psychiatric diagnosis (medication issues, coping with symptoms and understanding a diagnosis), couples’ issues and life stage issues. I have worked with people from many different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds and have great respect for the clients I treat. My goal is to empower patients to understand their challenges and learn new ways to deal with them, as well as to resolve those challenges in their past that have been obstacles in their current lives.
Janine Smith, LMFT
Janine is an independently licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She approaches mental health treatment from a family systems perspective which looks at individuals as being part of a larger social system which can influence their beliefs, behaviors and emotional experiences. Sometimes symptoms are the product of a problematic family system or other social system that is causing stress for the individual. Janine enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults, who struggle with anxiety, depression, impulsive behavior, problematic sexual behaviors (children/adolescents only), challenging relationships, abusive relationships and grief. She uses play therapy and art therapy techniques when appropriate. She also leads a divorce support group in the community for those facing, going through, or recently completing the divorce process.
Anthony DeCorte, LCSW
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Therapist and have been providing mental health and substance abuse treatment for both adults and children for over 20 years. I have experience providing forensic social work services for the last 18 years. My experience includes providing clinical services for adults and adolescents who have been charged with sexual offenses. I also have experience in providing clinical services for individuals who have been involved in the criminal justice system in both the state and federal level.
I am currently a therapist with Counseling Las Cruces, providing clinical services for adults, couples, and families, and my primary goal is to assist clients in achieving their full potential.
I am experienced in treating adults and adolescents with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma and loss, relationship difficulties and life state challenges. I believe this is best achieved by building a relationship in a supportive, nonjudgmental partnership that acknowledges the strengths and potential of each individual client that creates a sense of hope.
Queta Van Wyngarden, MA, LMSW, LPCC
Queta Van Wyngarden has been providing counseling to individuals in Las Cruces, NM since 1989 and she is bi-lingual (Spanish/English). She has worked in mental health, domestic violence, employee assistance, and private practice. Her current focus is working with adults, couples, and families and she also has experience working with children and adolescents. Through the years she has worked with individuals who have trauma history, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and issues related to coping skills, grief, self-esteem, sexual abuse and sexual assault, as well as domestic violence.
Generally, she works from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy perspective, Trauma Informed Practice, and takes an eclectic strength-based approach to counseling. When working with clients, her goal is to provide a safe and non-judgmental environment that allows the individual to choose their goals and strategies that are identified by the individual.
Matthew Ladish, LPCC
Matt has been a resident of Las Cruces for 34 years and has over 27 years of counseling/supervisory experience with a wide range of clients in a number of treatment settings. These have included working in an inpatient psychiatric hsopital, both acute and residential settings, experiential therapy (ROPES course), intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs, and private practice.
Matt has a strong base of clinical experience working with all ages and his specialty areas include: dual diagnosis, grief/loss, mood disorders, anxiety, schizophrenia and psychosis, anxiety, addiction, and couples counseling.
Miriam Livingston, LCSW
Miriam is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has been in the field of social work for thirteen years. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and seniors in a variety of settings. Miriam has treated individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, ADHD, grief, and marital problems among other issues. Miriam is an EMDR-trained clinician who is fluent in English and Spanish. She is trained in the use of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Crystal Contreras, LMSW
As a Master’s graduate from the School of Social Work at NMSU, I am passionate about helping people. I got into the field to learn more about mental health, the challenges people face, and how I can help them help themselves. During my career, I have worked at Otero County Prison, providing intensive sex offender group therapy and individual counseling. I have also worked with adolescents in an in-patient setting, supporting those struggling with addictions, depression, bi-polar disorders, borderline disorders, suicidal ideation, self-harm, trauma, and physical abuse. I provide family counseling, group counseling and individual counseling. I also work with adults with addiction issues, depression, anxiety, marital conflict, and trauma. You are not alone. Each person is unique and requires different approaches to their situations. I would like to get to know you to determine what approach works best for you. I like to empower my clients by giving them a voice and opportunity to explore themselves. I am a compassionate person who knows the hardships life can bring. I would love to have the opportunity to help you on your journey of life.
Tina K. Richardson, MA, LPCC, NCC
Las Cruces, NM, became my home in July of 1988. Making the move to the beautiful state of New Mexico was an exciting time of change and transition. Shortly thereafter, I chose to make a career change, as well, and to pursue my dream to become a mental health therapist.
I attended New Mexico State University and obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology in 1994, followed by a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology in 1996. While attending NMSU, I enjoyed working as a Mentor with Student Support Services, helping non-traditional students, such as single parents, older-returning students, first-generation students and students with disabilities achieve their educational and career goals. Upon graduating from the Master’s Program at NMSU in 1996, I began my journey as a mental health therapist.
Maureen Colligan MPS, MS, LPCC
Maureen Colligan is an Independently Licensed Clinical Counselor residing in Southern New Mexico since 2016. She was raised in a small city in Upstate New York, where she earned her Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s Degree. Shortly after receiving her Master’s Degree, Maureen continued her studies earning her Credentialed Addiction and Substance Abuse Counseling License. In 2011, Maureen completed a second Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling, where she was inducted into Chi Upsilon Chi of the Chi Sigma Lota Counseling and Professional Honor Society International, and is working towards completion of her Doctorate degree in Healthcare Administration.
Maureen entered the United States Army Reserves while in her early years of college, working short tours of active duty, and was honorably discharged in 1987. She has worked as an advocate for persons with disabilities, and as an Addiction Counselor for over 20 years in outpatient, inpatient, and detoxification treatment settings. She is currently seeing client’s with Unresolved Trauma and PTSD, Eating Disorders, Mood Disorders, and those experiencing Family or Marital Conflict. Maureen sees individuals, adolescents (over age 12), and Couples. Her primary approach to counseling is from a Cognitive Behavioral Perceptive, but incorporates a client driven eclectic approach with each client.
Kitty O’Donnell, LCSW
My name is Kitty O’Donnell, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I was born in Newark, New Jersey. Growing up in Newark was in itself an excellent education in “life studies”. I received my MSSW from UT Austin, Texas. My clinical experience is varied as I have worked in many areas of the field. I have over 20 years experience. I have worked in Psychiatric hospitals with acute mental illness and in residential with adolescents, I have worked with Active Duty combat soldiers and their PTSD, I have worked in a prison with the inmates, I more recently worked in a non-profit for about 6 years, and worked with the homeless, mental health issues as Bipolar I and II, schizophrenia , trauma, depression, and worked crisis situations. I have worked with addicts and alcoholics and have a unique perspective in that area,
I enjoy what I do, I am a bit “different” and that brings another positive aspect to my practice as a therapist. I am a solution focused therapist, to help the client find the solution that will help the most. I am the messenger, I bring the message to you. My objective is to created a safe and positive environment in which you feel comfortable and able to process in confidence.
Andrea Dresser, LMFT, CST
I have spent the past twenty years involved in community health as a Health Educator, consultant, and mental health advocate. My experience helping people propelled me to go back to school to further hone my skills as a healer. Since graduating with a Masters Degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy, I have worked in various agency settings.
I moved to Las Cruces in 2009 and have found this to be a beautiful area of the country. I am excited to be working with people in the Southern New Mexico and El Paso areas who are searching for a counselor they can trust. Here are just a few of my passions:
Jeanine Cordoba, Ph.D., LPCC, CCFC, CCJS
I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. I have had a practice in the Albuquerque area since 2002. I work with individuals, couples, families, adolescents and adults and adults with intellectual disabilities. I am Certified as a Trauma therapist and have helped many heal from their trauma. I am also a Certified EMDR specialist and believe it is a wonderful tool to experience clarity in your life. I am a Certified Forensic therapist and can provide offender specific therapy and Psycho-Sexual Forensic Evaluations for legal purposes. I am a Criminal Justice Specialist also guiding others through the legal system and can provide Expert Witness Testimony. I believe that we all have inner wisdom and it is a matter of learning how to access it. I emphasize personal growth and well-being for all individuals, families and communities of all ethnicities, cultures, races, genders, sexual orientations, ability/disability levels, socioeconomic statuses, age, size and any other identities.
Alanna Burke-Sindlinger is an art therapist and counselor who offers a variety of healing modalities to individuals, families and groups seeking assistance in mental, emotional and spiritual health challenges. Creative expression has been a life-long passion and vital part of her own journey of self-discovery and deep inner knowing. She is passionate about art therapy and its healing potential. She aims to honor the complexity of each person and system that she treats and move beyond the surface of the symptoms and into the roots of the suffering that her clients are faced with.
Alanna specializes in trauma, attachment issues, grief/loss, addictions, depression and anxiety. She is grounded in transpersonal and depth psychology approaches and is expansive in using techniques from internal family systems, cognitive behavioral therapy, humanistic, narrative and gestalt approaches. Alanna considers the whole person and approaches each client with respect and honors each person’s innate wisdom. She is intuitive in her work and uses a variety of interventions as they fit with the needs of each individual client or clients in the case of family, couples or groups. In addition to art therapy, Alanna uses eco psychology, somatic interventions, expressive therapies, psychodrama, mindfulness, inner child work and psychospiritual interventions. These modalities often intertwine and overlap one another, providing well rounded and comprehensive care of the whole person, couple, group and family system.
I am passionate about destigmatizing mental health, practicing from an intersectional and inclusive lens, and creating an authentic therapy space. I graduated with my Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2021. My therapeutic approach is eclectic – I practice person-centered therapy and include aspects of relational, cognitive-behavioral, somatic, and expressive arts therapy depending on the client’s needs and goals. I have experience working with individuals with a history of trauma, mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, ADHD, grief/complicated grief, and life adjustment challenges. I am open to working with children, adults, and couples. I am happy to work with LGBTQIA+ individuals as well as individuals exploring their gender and sexuality. I offer in person sessions as well as telehealth (for those over the age of 12).