Dedication. Expertise. Passion.
CEO and Psychotherapist
Lauren Gomez LCSW
Lauren Gomez received her Bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico in the field of Psychology and Communication. 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 maintains a small caseload specializing in individual adult therapy, and couples work. 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. Lauren is always open to receiving feedback about the clinic or the clinicians please email her with any comments or concerns! email@example.com
Clinical Director and Psychotherapist
Rebecca Davis LCSW
Rebecca Davis LCSW (She/They) has 11 years of experience working in various social services with diverse populations within Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of New Mexico and her Master's degree in Clinical Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University. Rebecca currently works with all demographics but has extensive experience working with adolescence and at-risk youth. Specialties and experience include EMDR, DBT, working with the LGBTQ+ Community, Trauma-Informed Care and Healing, ADHD, Mindfulness Training and Emotional Regulation for those who struggle with mood and personality disorders.
Psychotherapist and Clinical Manager
Faith Tipton LCSW
Faith (she/her) received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of New Mexico and her Master's degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. Faith has a broad range of experience working with adolescents, young adults, and women of all ages in order to help manage depression, anxiety, trauma, low self-esteem, women's issues, stress, and life transitions. She uses techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Christian Counseling, and Mindfulness. Faith utilizes a person-centered, strength-based framework in order to highlight her clients' capacities, values, and hopes. She is passionate about promoting resilience and positive transformation in each of her clients'. lives.
Psychotherapist and Supervisor
Aubrey Stallings LCSW
Aubrey provides individual therapy to adolescents and adults. Aubrey obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Social Work degree from Western New Mexico University. Aubrey believes in creating an environment that is a safe space to process, learn, heal, and grow. Her approach to therapy is person-centered and strengths based. Aubrey uses techniques from a variety of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness. Aubrey is passionate about providing her clients with tools to help them become the best version of themselves.
Psychotherapist and Supervisor
Jessey Stallings LCSW
Jessey offers therapy to individuals of all ages. Jessey earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Family & Child Studies from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Social Work Degree from Western New Mexico University. Jessey strives to create a warm environment for all, and is dedicated to helping others reach their goals to become their best self. Jessey draws from various modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Strengths-Based Therapy, Mindfulness and Play Therapy. Jessey believes every person has the potential to live a joyous life, and believes her role as a therapist is to provide a space that allows clients to express themselves and experience personal growth
Huda Ibrahim LMSW
Huda received her Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University in the City of New York. Huda is a trilingual therapist (English, Arabic, Tebu) who has experience working with children ages 11-13 in various issues such as ADHD, adjustment disorders, grief and bereavement, anxiety, family separation, immigration issues, and trauma. She also has a broad range of experience working with individuals dealing with housing crises by addressing housing needs and case management. Huda is certified in Motivational Interviewing. She has experience working with survivors of genocide, addressing issues of trauma, PTSD, displacement, and anxiety. Huda has started a mentorship program for girls living in internally displaced person’s camps in East Africa. As an immigrant woman, Huda believes in providing a safe space by focusing on the role Power, Race, Privilege, and Oppression plays in her client’s experiences. Huda has her Masters Social Work license from the State of New Mexico.
Adam Vareika LCSW
Adam is a seasoned clinician with close to 20 years of experience. He has worked extensively with individuals who have experienced trauma, substance use disorders, sexually acting out behaviors and a variety of mental health issues. Preferred modalities include: Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Modern psychoanalytic practice and Trauma Informed CBT. Adam works full-time in healthcare leadership and maintains a part-time caseload of clients.
Counselor and Clinical Support Staff Administrator
Sar Ransom LMHC
Sara received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Grand Canyon University and Capella University with her Master of Science in Counseling. She works from person-centered and strengths-based perspectives and believes that mind, body, spirit, and self-compassion are integral parts of well-being. She has completed trainings in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and Polyvagal Theory. Sara works to create a safe, empowering, inclusive, and healing environment for all of her clients.
Athena Limon received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of New Mexico in both Speech & Hearing Sciences and Spanish. She is set to receive her Master's in Speech Pathology in 2024. Athena is our Community Support Worker who provides CCSS services. CCSS is designed to increase the ability of each person to be able to operate independently at home and in their community. Each client will work with Athena to create their own goals related to symptom management, accessing community resources, and independence/life skills. Athena is motivated to help her clients maintain an increased outlook on their life, and reduce their everyday stressors.
Psychotherapist and LGBTQ+ Community Advocate
Daniel Guardado LMSW
Daniel Guardado (he/him) received his Master’s of Social Work at New Mexico State University and his Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of New Mexico. He is a passionate advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and has led trainings on queer-affirming therapy approaches. He works with a diverse range of clients and has developed therapeutic experience in addressing depression, anxiety, trauma, as well as queer identity development. Practicing from a strengths-based and culturally-resonant perspective, Daniel is an adaptable practitioner who is well-versed in trauma-informed CBT and mindfulness approaches. He is currently providing individual therapy services to clients ages 14+.
Katie Burnett LMSW
Katie Burnett, LMSW, is a born and raised New Mexican who obtained her Bachelor’s of Psychology and Portuguese at the University of New Mexico. Katie went on to receive her Master’s of Clinical Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University. She is a non-native proficient Spanish speaker who is using her talents to work with a diverse client population to serve her community. Katie uses a Strengths Based approach and techniques from Cognitive Behavioral therapy, mindfulness and Solution-Focused Therapy. Katie works with a wide range of clientele ages 15 and older and is interested in working with couples. Katie loves animals and incorporates animal therapy into her practice.
BreAnna Minor LMHC Provisional
BreAnna is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor who received her Bachelor degree in Social work at New Mexico Highlands University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling at New Mexico Highlands University. She has experience working with children and adolescents who are at risk. BreAnna has experience and training in using DBT. Her person-centered approach allows individuals to express themselves in a safe and caring environment where they feel valued. Through her approach clients have the power and ability to make the best solutions for themselves in order to grow.
Sheila McNair LMSW
Sheila grew up in New Mexico, and lived in Argentina, New York and Oregon before returning to her home state to work as an elementary Montessori school teacher before pursuing her LMSW. Sheila is certified in Motivational Interviewing, has experience working with substance misuse concerns and uses a strengths-based approach when working with all populations. Sheila is currently providing individual therapy for ages 7 and up. She is passionate about creating a safe, non-judgmental and compassionate environment to support her client's healing and continued growth in their lives.
Lori Hansen LMSW
Lori obtained her Bachelors degree in Social work from Florida Atlantic University and her Masters degree from New Mexico Highlands University. She has over twenty years experience working with various populations from all age groups. Lori uses a client centered, strength based approach with a specialty in Depression, Anxiety, Trauma and Grief. The modalities most often used with Lori are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. Lori strives to help others understand their feelings and unlocking a new perspective on life in a warm and supportive environment.
2nd Year Intern
Rebecca Forsythe is a second-year Master of Social Work student with a concentration in Mental Health Counseling at New Mexico Highlands University. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Grand Canyon University in 2021. She has experience working with children and adolescents in an acute, inpatient setting. Rebecca is passionate about addressing mental health through a person-centered, strength-based approach. Rebecca is interested in learning a wide variety of therapeutic techniques for all demographics.
Lora Blazina LPCC
Lora Blazina earned her master’s degree in counseling, with a specialization in somatics, from John F. Kennedy University in California. Lora has been engaged in the somatic healing arts since 2000, and she has been working as a somatic psychotherapist since 2011. Lora specializes in helping adult survivors of childhood abuse and neglect. Lora’s focus fortreatment is supporting clients in identifying the issues from childhood that are disrupting their present-day life and relationships. Addressing these issues in therapy allows the adult survivor to gain perspective, growth, healing and the sense autonomy, safety and freedom in our current adult life. Lora has been well trained is several psychological perspectives, including psycho-dynamic anddialectical behavioral models. Lora has worked in several treatment environments including working as a clinical director for trauma and addiction treatment centers. Lora is driven by her understanding that children are not responsible for the abuse and neglect they endure and survive. However, as adults, we can make the choices to heal, recover and thrive. In this way, we rescue ourselves from our painful past, we reclaim our life in the present, and we facilitate to continued generational healing and well-being.
Julian M Lopez LMSW
Julian (he/him) was born and raised in Hobbs, New Mexico. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of New Mexico and a Master’s of Social Work with a concentration in Rural Community Social Work Services from Western New Mexico University. Julian has over five years of experience working with issues related to trauma, anxiety & depression, low self-esteem, stress/burnout, communication, and substance use. This experience comes from a variety of environments, including residential treatment, inpatient hospital, and behavioral health outpatient settings. Julian works with a wide range of clientele of all ages with a variety of behavioral and emotional challenges. Julian implements a strengths-based, empathic, and non-judgmental approach. Julian believes one of the most difficult but most important endeavors we make is investing in our emotional and mental wellness.
Elizabeth McGinn Corpion
Liz will receive her Master’s of Social Work from New Mexico State University in May 2023. She is proficient in the use of Experiential Play Therapy with children and provides Client-Centered and Strength-Based approaches in her practice for all demographics. Liz works to create a safe environment for people to heal and focuses on building a healthy therapeutic relationship with her clients to help them grow to become their best selves. Liz has comprehensive knowledge on trauma and the effect trauma has on the mind and body.
Shane Baron-Deutsch LMSW
Shane (they/them) received their Master's of Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University. Shane is a non-binary artist, event organizer, and therapist born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They have led youth-centered, social justice themed, adventure-based experiential learning trips in Peru, Bolivia, and Guatemala through Canadian non-profit Operation Groundswell. They are a certified Harm Reduction Specialist, and have served in this capacity with the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, Healthcare for the Homeless, and First Nations Community HealthSource. They facilitate a monthly trans and non-binary climbing group in Albuquerque, the Trans Senders, and are the author and editor of the weekly LGBTQIA2s+ e-newsletter The Gay Agenda Weekly. Shane graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2016 with a BA in Spanish and Critical Social Thought. Shane has experience and training in using Motivational Interviewing, DBT, and mindfulness and grounding techniques. They have experience providing therapy to address anxiety, depression, and queer and trans identity development for both teens and adults. They love art and sometimes incorporate art into their therapy practice at the request of their clients.
2nd Year Intern
Calandra comes to us after graduating at the top of her class and earning her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University in 2023, although she is not new to social work! Calandra has worked in the community with children, adolescents, teens and adults for over 20 years. She was accepted in the Advanced Standing Program and will be earning her Masters in Social Work in 2024. She is elated to join the HDH Team as she continues her work with individuals throughout the community. Calandra has training in providing trauma-informed and culturally compassionate care. She
utilizes a collaborative and synergistic approach to therapy in an effort to foster healing, hope and resilience. Calandra is devoted to being a lifetime learner and continues to expand her
knowledge of therapeutic modalities to improve outcomes in the field of mental health.
2nd Year Intern
Tabatha Glerup was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and was raised most of her life in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She began interning at High Desert Healing as of August 2023 and has
recently graduated May 2023 with her Bachelor’s in Social Work at New Mexico Highlands University. She is a 2nd year Master of Social Work student. She will be graduating with her Master’s in Social Work at New Mexico Highlands University in May 2024. Tabatha will be using her education to specialize in Clinical Social Work to focus on helping others through their healing journeys while utilizing a variety of psychosocial treatments. She gained her energetic passion to help others from personal lived experiences and the rewarding fulfillment of seeing how others benefit from her help. Tabatha heavily emphasizes the professional values and principles of Social Work to help people in need and to address significant social problems in New Mexico. She aspires to help people feel empowered while improving their well-being and life outcomes. In her spare time, Tabatha enjoys taking adventures locally and national, spending time
with family, loved ones and her two precious ferrets (Grizz and Bean).
Michelle Kirn, LMSW, grew up in the Northeast and became a New Mexico transplant in 2006. In 2021, she received her Master of Social Work from Western New Mexico University. Since that time, Michelle has focused on building a trauma-informed approach to therapy. Operating from a non-judgmental stance, Michelle works with individuals, couples, and teenagers, over
the age of 13. She especially enjoys helping those who struggle with generalized anxiety, communication problems, boundary issues, depression, difficulties in changing habits, anger
issues, health anxiety and chronic health problems, concerns about death and dying, binge-eating, and any kind of trauma. Michelle has a special passion for teaming-up with clients who have experienced or are experiencing - domestic violence or intimate partner violence - to help them achieve true autonomy. Guided by her empathy, Michelle strives to support each client,
as they discover their inner truth, most important values, peace, dignity, self-respect, and life
Annie obtained her bachelors degree in social work from Western Carolina University, where her concentration was on children and families. Annie relocated to New Mexico in 2017 where she began working in emergency shelter settings and expanded her skill set to serving the most vulnerable members of our communities. Annie has extensive experience in case management, community outreach and program management. Annie completed her Masters of social work from the University of New England where her concentration was clinical social work and modifications for treatment of attunement or complex trauma symptoms. She believes in a holistic and collaborative approach to therapy and understands the courage and vulnerability it takes to be present for yourself throughout the therapy process. Annie sees each of her clients as holding the unique ability to heal themselves and lean on their own internal wisdom throughout the therapy process. Annie identifies as a internal family systems informed provider, meaning she has completed advanced IFS trainings. Annie has received training in DBT, EMDR, Somatic Psychotherapy, mindfulness interventions and Trauma informed Yoga. Personally, Annie is an avid reader who enjoys painting, silversmithing and spending time with her dog, Iroh.
MSW 2nd Year Intern
Francine Nguyen is originally from Tampa, Florida and has been in New Mexico for
almost 10 years. She received her Bachelors in Sociology from the University of New Mexico, and is currently a second-year Master of Clinical Social Work
student at New Mexico Highlands University. Francine has experience in working with children and adolescents in both acute inpatient and in an outpatient
community setting. She has training in CCSS, Youth Peer Support Work, and
providing trauma informed care. Enduring and learning from her own lived
experiences, Francine is passionate about supporting children and adolescents
in their journey of healing. Francine is eager to learn more therapeutic modalities
to better serve our community.
MSW 2nd Year Intern
Kellie is a 2nd year intern from the New Mexico Highlands School of Social Work. She received her Bachelor's Degree in English Writing and Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh and looks forward to graduating with her MSW in May 2024. Kellie uses a person-centered approach with clients and believes that interpersonal connection is a primary healing factor in therapy. Kellie enjoys working with individuals and couples. She focuses on developing self-awareness with clients because understanding oneself is the first step toward healing, growth, and change.
When she isn't working, Kellie enjoys walking, hiking, and drinking coffee anywhere with a good patio.
MSW 2nd Year Intern
Marhia Sanchez is a second-year Clinical Social Work student at New Mexico Highlands University and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and chemistry from the University of New Mexico. With a focus on community-based approaches, she has worked with clients across different age groups and backgrounds on various topics such as vocational skill building, recovery, genders and sexuality, and parenting in both residential treatment and outpatient settings. Marhia is also a Licensed Substance Abuse Associate (LSAA) with experience in substance abuse counseling. She brings direct service experience in areas such as domestic and sexual violence, suicide intervention, family seperation and reuinfication, and hospice care. Grounded in a trauma-responsive perspective, Marhia aims to cultivate a warm and supportive space for clients to navigate their well-being and delve into their inner motivations.
To apply please email Lauren at LaurenG@hdhnm.com with your resume. Thank you for your interest!