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4201 Carlisle Blvd NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107
USA

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OUR STORY

Offering a Helping Hand through the Difficult Times...

Lauren V. Gomez MSW, LCSW

Owner and Therapist

Lauren Gomez received her Bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico in the field of Psychology and Communication. She is also licensed in the State of New Mexico as a Drug and Alcohol Associate. Lauren has received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California with her concentration in clinical mental health care for both adults and children. Lauren has also attended numerous continuing education credits in the fields of Mindfulness and Neurobiology. Lauren provides individual, couples and family therapy for all ages and all presentations. She has a deep passion for helping others with a compassionate non-judgmental approach. She enjoys helping her clients to unlock their own personal power, so they may begin to heal and move forward. 


Philip J. Tatoris LCSW

Clinical Director

I completed my BSW at Loyola University in Chicago. My MSW was completed at Wayne State university in Detroit. I am currently licensed as an LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My career began working with Adolescents and their families for eight years as a Social Worker. Since, I have run my own private practice for twelve years using CBT and Jungian therapy. I have incorporated a Mindfulness approach with these two modalities. Along the way, I have performed Clinical Supervision for graduate students and taught Clinical Supervision at the University level as well. I am a Licensed Clinical Supervisor with the state of New Mexico. Currently, my focus is on maintaining a moderate sized practice with a stronger emphasis on Clinical development/supervision of like minded Clinicians within the CBT, Jungian and Mindfulness modalities.


Rebecca Davis LCSW

Therapist

Rebecca Davis LMSW is a licensed Master Social Worker with seven years of experience in social services working with diverse populations within Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of New Mexico and her Master's degree in Clinical Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University. Rebecca has extensive experience in  working with children and at-risk youth. She has a passion for assisting individuals in connecting mind and body while discovering their own unique way of navigating life and healing trauma. She currently provides individual, couples and family therapy for all ages and demographics. 

Alex Nutima LMSW

Therapist

Alex Nutima received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Arizona State University in the field of Social Work. Her graduate studies focused on clinical direct practice for serving vulnerable populations. Alex has a passion for helping others and demonstrates this by also participating in humanitarian missions, regionally and globally. Alex has an extensive history working with American Indians, urban and rural, and is knowledgeable and has sensitivity to the traditional teachings. She provides individual, couples, and family therapy for all ages and demographics.

Keahi Souza, LMSW

Therapist

Keahi is a graduate of University of Hawaii for his Psychology Degree, and of New Mexico Highlands for his Masters Degree in Social Work. He has over  25 years of experience working with many different populations. He has also been a board member for many different associations including Children's Justice Act National Tribal Advisory Committee, Encuentro Latino National Institute on Family Violence, The Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women, and many more! Keahi also had the great honor of New Mexico Social Worker of the Year 2011. Keahi strives to help both individuals and communities with kindness and compassion. 

Laura Renegar, MA LPCC

Counselor

Laura is a Graduate of Northern Arizona University where she obtained her Master of Arts Degree in Psychology, with an emphasis on Health. She has been practicing in the mental health field for 30 years. She has a great interest in working with older adults, pain management, and issues related to adjusting with Chronic Health Issues. In addition, she has experience working with Adults that have Depression and Anxiety, Grief, Relationship Issues (no couples), Bipolar, Personality Disorders, Gender Identity Issues, Trauma/PTSD, Women’s Issues, Codependency, Stress, Addictions and Change of Life Issues. She is a firm believer in the Mind-Body Connection and she strives to help clients regain balance emotionally, physically, intellectually and spiritually.

Laura utilizes a Cognitive Behavioral Model as her treatment base. She will individualize treatment for each specific client to match what will work best for him/her. She educates clients to understand their issues, works with them to review skills they might already have and teaches them new ways of coping. The goal is for clients to create/find options that will enable them to gain the ability to function better, generate hope, and to have better quality of life. This can be accomplished through the development of an honest and genuine therapeutic relationship. The potential is already there, it just needs to be discovered!


Cate Kamal-Aldeen, LMSW, LADAC

Therapist

Cate holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the San Francisco State University and a master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Bilingual/Bicultural Clinical Practice from the New Mexico Highlands University. A Brazilian native, Cate’s first language is Portuguese, and she is experienced in conducting psychotherapy in both English and Spanish. She has worked extensively with people in treatment for substance use disorders and is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor. Cate’s approach is strengths-based, and she utilizes motivational interviewing, CBT, and Solution Focus Therapy in her work with individual clients.  

Brian Mabary LMSW

Therapist

Brian Mabary obtained his Bachelor of Science in Social Work from West Texas A&M
University in Canyon, Texas. After earning his bachelor’s degree, Brian attended the University
of Louisville Kent School of Social Work in Louisville, Kentucky, earning his Master of Science in Social Work, with a Military Social Work Specialization. He currently serves as the chair for a community agency’s Human Rights Committee, focused at ensuring quality care is provided to
individuals on the Disability Waiver services. Brian has a strong passion for providing individual, couples and family therapy, addressing past trauma, as well as working with military and military-affiliated persons. He enjoys assisting his clients in finding their strength, improve their thought-process, and develop skills for tackling whatever life brings, always looking
forward towards a better tomorrow.


Liz Elmquist LCSW

Therapist

Liz Elmquist received her BA in Dance and Literature from Sarah Lawrence College. After a career as a professional modern dancer in NYC, she pursued her Masters of Social Work at New York University, where she completed the Zelda Foster Fellowship in Palliative and End-of-Life Care. She has extensive experience in the fields of oncology, palliative care, and bereavement. She is passionate about working with older adults, supporting individuals living with chronic/terminal illness, providing caregiver support, and working with adolescents/young adults living with illness. Additionally, she has experience working with individuals facing anxiety, depression, grief/loss, relationship issues, and life transitions. She recently developed an interest in supporting women during both the prenatal and postnatal period as well as assisting women confronting issues related to fertility/infertility. Her gentle and unassuming nature aids in fostering an environment conducive to supporting individuals in achieving their desired change. Through the modalities of psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, relational therapy, and psychoeducation, she strives to help individuals identify their strengths and to build effective coping strategies. As a former dancer, she believes in the mind/body connection and often draws upon various mindfulness techniques in her clinical work.