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:
I am passionate about working with people who feel frustrated in their communication as well as sexual relationships. For many, a successful and lasting relationship takes work and effort. Together, we can help you through this process. It often requires your partner’s cooperation. However, If they are unwilling we can still work together to help you find more satisfaction.
Sex is such an integral part of many people’s lives. Unfortunately, things can go wrong and it can feel impossible to find someone you can trust to talk about how to get your sex life back on track. I am now the first and only Certified Sex Therapist through AASECT (American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists) in Southern New Mexico. I am excited to help individuals, their partners, and couples work through a lack of sexual desire, sexual dysfunction, sexual addiction, surviving infidelity, and other sexual issues. My desire is to help you achieve your goals as a couple. My style is very individualized, getting to know you, what you are looking to change- and helping you to feel better and love your life again. I also employ a specialized therapy, EMDR, when appropriate to assist in therapy.
Tawnya Heineken, LPCC
I have been a resident of Las Cruces, NM since my arrival in 1998. At NMSU, I obtained a Bachelors degree, then my Master degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. For over 10 years, I have practiced in both inpatient and outpatient settings in the mental health field, gaining experience treating a variety of issues and situations ranging from mild depression and marital discord to bipolar disorder and more severe disorders on an inpatient level. I work with ages 12-70 and will utilize the appropriate technique for each individual situation. Each of my clients is treated first and foremost as an individual, treated with the utmost respect. I believe that every person is different and has different circumstances. Therefore, I will individualize a plan of action tailored to the specific needs of each person and maintain open communication throughout the treatment process.
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.
Marissa Love, LPCC
Marissa Love graduated from New Mexico State University and obtained a Masters Degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology. She then began working with survivors of sexual abuse and finds great fulfillment in working with this population. Marissa has experience in various clinical settings and has worked with a diversified population. Currently, she works with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety and trauma, and uses various theoretical orientations and interventions.
Assisting others in acknowledging their strengths and overcoming obstacles to increase self worth is salient in Marissa’s work with others. Learning to validate oneself and increase self acceptance is essential in improving quality of life. By guiding individuals to love themselves, the need for validation by others is decreased, thus opening up the individual to the possibility of peace and happiness within themselves.
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).
Kristine Mills is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with experience working with children, adolescents, and adults, including the LGBTQIA population. Kristine is EMDR Trained and specializes in trauma informed cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT). Kristine has gained continuing education in Art Therapy and takes an attachment approach when providing services to couples and families.
Kristine has worked in community mental health for the last 8 years. Kristine also holds certifications as an Offender Workforce Development Specialist and is a National Certified Counselor (NCC).
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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.
Over the last 23 years, I have worked in various mental health settings, and have had the pleasure of working with individuals, both young and old, from varied walks of life. I have always considered it a privilege and an honor to listen, non-judgmentally, as clients share the stories of their lives. I find it very rewarding to work “together” with clients, helping to guide, as they discover and work through obstacles which stand between where they are, and where they want to be. As I travel beside clients on their individual journeys of self-discovery and growth, I remain constantly aware of the courage it takes for them to enter into often strange and uncharted territory.
My primary interests as a mental-health therapist focus on stress management, anxiety, identity development, self-esteem, grief and loss, relationship challenges, depression and trauma symptoms relating to Complex-Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. With additional focus on building effective communication skills, and the development of healthy boundaries, I strive to assist clients in learning to create and maintain self-compassion, self-awareness, non-judgmental self-acceptance and emotional insight as they journey through life’s many transitions. To quote psychotherapist and author, Lori Gottlieb, “I believe that of all my credentials, my most significant is that I’m a card-carrying member of the human race.”