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.”