Our Team

Relational, genuine, and effective. Let us support you as you take that important next step!

Rachelle Mechenbier, MA, LPCC, SEP

Professional counseling when you need practical, compassionate therapy.

I am a counselor who believes in the healing power of the therapeutic relationship and the need to use the growing body of research into the neurobiology of attachment and trauma to help all clients. My experience as a clinician includes work with clients who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) or C-PTSD, depression, grief and loss, and relationship & attachment difficulties.  

As a trauma specialist, I’ve worked with many clients who were living with uncomfortable, repetitive, and often debilitating consequences of traumatic experiences. I aim to provide counseling that offers a respectful, personalized (often humorous), and practical process for my clients, within a warm and supportive therapeutic relationship. I have been offering trainings and peer consults to support other therapists in New Mexico to deepen their trauma treatment skills and integrate new developments in the field.  

Credentials:

  • Master’s degree in Counseling from UNM
  • Udergraduate Austin College in Sherman, Texas.
  • 6 years training to complete the in-depth, experiential coursework to become licensed as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner.

Nicky Stringfellow, MA, LCSW

I believe in meeting a person where they are, and beginning an organic, relational, authentic process to support them from there. In my second level of Sensorimotor Training, I’m actively working to help clients process somatic symptoms that may not respond to traditional talk therapies. Please reach out if you’ve been struggling with life stressors, transitions, depression, trauma, anxiety, low motivation, or difficulty in relationships.

Like my colleagues at the Paper Clay Therapy Institute, I combine my ability to be present and genuine with clients with the latest developments in Somatic Psychology, DBT, and Neuroscience. Using this integration is a valuable way to create space for the needs of clients and be able to help them build awareness to make changes.

I like the creative process that happens when two people come together and allow space for introspection, reflection and dialogue. I’m excited by the possibilities and new ways of seeing things that can occur as a result of people working together authentically and organically.

Credentials:

  • Graduated New York University in 2016 in Social Work
  • Certificate: William Alanson White Institute / Intensive Interpersonal Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program: 2019
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute / Sensorimotor Level I Training: 2020

Kim Perrier, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC

Often we are trying to change or wanting to change and we don’t know how to get there. We don’t know how to trust that we can take astep to move forward.  Having a supportive person outside of your environment to help gently explore this process is helpful. I am a patient, passionate, creative therapist. I love being able to develop a partnership with the people I work with in addressing and resolving issues that are important and relevant to them.  I work well with people who are ready to work on what’s happening in their lives, even if they don’t know what the next step is.

Trauma and invalidation can reinforce the idea that change isn’t possible or we should just ignore this part of us to keep surviving. Therapy is a process where we can find support and learn to discover a different path to change. It may take a longer commitment to really explore what’s happening and what has the person stuck.

Using skills I’ve developed over years working with clients, I’m able to help using the relationship we create as we integrate elements of mindfulness, art therapy, DBT, Brainspotting, and/or somatic work. Please reach out if you are interested in beginning this process with me. 

Credentials:

  • MA: Southwestern College: Art Therapy/Counseling 2006
  • Brainspotting 1 & 2, 2008
  • DBT Comprehensive Training

Alesia Crossland, MA, LCSW

I enjoy guiding clients through personal challenges, overcoming trauma, and building a sense of empowerment. My goal is to help clients improve their overall well-being. I work with clients to understand what’s troubling them, to build connection, to give support, and to help them change their stuck or destructive beliefs.

I love working both with teens and adults. I utilize art therapy, sandtray therapy, DBT, CBT, Solution-focused, person-centered, and a strength-based approach in therapy. I work with these methodologies to provide a holding space for clients, allow them to choose the direction of therapy and the pace of our work. Building connection and helping clients (especially teens) feel able to open up can take work and time, and I’m able to make space for that.

 I work best with clients who have experienced issues due to trauma, depression, anger, parenting transitions, anxiety, relationship problems, grief/loss, attachment issues and low self-esteem.

I have lived in New Mexico my whole life and was raised both here in Albuquerque and in Española. I’m half Native American and I grew up on the Laguna and Ohkay Owingeh/ San Juan Pueblo reservations. I work well with members of all communities, and because of my Native American heritage and my time growing up on the reservation, I am very familiar with Native American culture and issues within the community.

Credentials:

  • BA in Psychology from The University of New Mexico
  • Master’s in Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University

Tatia Lipe, MSW, LCSW

I am a warm and compassionate person who speaks from the heart.  I understand that some things are not easy to talk about and sometimes we  just don’t know where to start.  I do know that the unresolved issues from the past will continue to show up in our lives regardless of how much we try to ignore them.   In my work as a trauma specialist, I’ve found that a lot of people are aware of the impact that these past negative experiences can have on our relationships and day-to-day interactions with others. I am able to help educate clients more about what they’re experiencing. As a passenger beside you in your journey of healing, I am committed to providing a safe and non-judgmental space for you to share your story as we explore the possibilities of change together.

I am an avid believer in a holistic approach to mental health therapy: mind, body, emotional and social factors.  With more than 15 years experience, I have a heart for helping and don’t believe in a “one-style fits all” approach; instead, I consider the human healing journey to be a personal one.   In the same way we can become “stuck” in unhealthy patterns when it is all that we know.  Not having the proper tools to overcome pain and suffering can lead us to repeat the unhealthy survival mechanisms that we have learned to survive.  My therapeutic approach is strength based with eclectic therapeutic techniques that conform to the individualized needs of my clients. I help clients develop greater self-awareness and understanding of themselves and in the process learn new skills to break out of those old patterns.  

Credentials:

  • Masters of Social Work, 2008, New Mexico Highlands University
  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Sand Tray Play Therapy

Gina Otero - Administrative Coordinator

Gina Otero is our kind and fearless coordinator.  Gina has over 14 years of experience helping organize and coordinate in the healthcare industry. As a parent of two children and an Albuquerque native, Gina brings her friendly energy and knowledge to all she does. You can expect to hear from her to help you get set-up within the portal or reach out to her for insurance questions.

Meghan Morris, Ph.d., LCSW

I enjoy the opportunity to journey alongside others–to observe moments of awakening, to be able to witness transformation and growth, to have others trust me with those journeys. If you’re feeling stuck in patterns you want to change, I’m a kind, creative, collaborative therapist that can help you shift that pattern.

 We can all get stuck feeling anxious or depressed and don’t know which way to move to begin to change. I work well with teens and adults who are stuck and interested in growing and learning- and need some support along the way.

I love witnessing the changes clients can make with support and skills-focused work. I work with clients to identify what they want to change, and then help them using, among others, Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Theory (TF-CBT) as well as Dialectical Behavioral Theory (DBT). Both of these use mindfulness to build skills in a gentle and effective way.

I often use creative arts therapies as well a women’s and community empowerment lens to help clients in a broader way.  Whether you’re struggling with parenting, depression, trauma, anxiety, panic, or relationship concerns, I welcome your call. Please reach out today to find new ways to shift your life and find the support you need to grow.

Credentials:

  • PhD. University of California, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare 2014 
  • Master’s in Social Welfare (MSW). University of California, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare 2010. Concentration: Children and Families 
  • M.A. International Social Work. University of East London, United Kingdom, School of Social Work February 2006. Concentration: Refugee Studies 

Somatic Experiencing- Moving Towards Safety 

SE helps the body complete responses that keep the body on alert and unable to relax. After surviving a trauma, the body continually activates a huge amount of energy to try to be safe. The brain can’t tell that the event is over, so it continues to try to keep up the alerts. You may feel unable to relax and unable to tell that things are probably going to be ok.

SE Therapy works by gently helping the brain come to the present moment and allow the survival response to discharge a little at a time. The counselor and client work together to help the client build tolerance and space for difficult sensations and suppressed emotions.

The client slowly moves through the process of being locked in anxiety towards a sense of safety and peace.

For more information, please visit the Somatic Experiencing website: https://traumahealing.org/somatic-experiencing/index.html

Join Our Team!

Are you looking for a high paying position at a friendly, thriving group practice? Join us! We are seeking an independently-licensed counselor or social worker to join our high-quality, relational, neuroscience-based practice. We promote a work culture where all clinicians feel supported in their work; we know if therapists have what they need to thrive, they provide highly effective therapy.

We believe the basis of useful therapy is a good working relationship. We work to build that strong, genuine foundation so clients know they have a safe space to work. Our advanced training in interventions like Structural Dissociation, EMDR, Mindfulness, and Somatic Experiencing allow us to increase clients’ understanding of their symptoms and support them step-by-step to heal and build new capacities.

We are seeking individuals who identify as:

  • Highly motivated
  • Independent
  • Growth oriented
  • Flexible

Preference is given for therapists interested in treating complex trauma and expanding their ability to treat using somatic and structural dissociation models. Rachelle will provide clinical support in using complex models for effective trauma treatment as needed. Please consider applying if you are trained in a research-based modality like EMDR, DBT, M-CBT, ACT, somatic psychotherapies, etc.

This is an independent contractor position for a counselor or social worker; you are able to make your own schedule. We are looking for clinicians who are interested in serving a caseload of about 25 + weekly. Compensation is $45-$55 per clinical hour. We take care of marketing, insurance credentialing, billing, electronic health records, and provide high-speed internet at the office.

“Therapy is often an adventure we need to take–but we don’t know where to start. It can be tough to feel like any actual change is possible. Helping people start in that place and develop new capacity and understanding of themselves so they can actually feel better—that’s my favorite thing.”

~Rachelle

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