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.  

I have a Master’s degree in Counseling from UNM, and completed my undergraduate work at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. I trained for another six years 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

Katie Monroe, MA, LPCC

I believe that we are all capable of healing; sometimes we just need the support of another person to help us get there. As your therapist, we will work together so you can really, truly value yourself, your identities and your resiliency. Life is hard, especially for those in marginalized communities, as your therapist I offer the space to heal and grow in an affirming place. I use cutting edge theory, art therapy, and a down to earth and warm relationship to help clients face what is causing them pain. I work well with trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, stressors, and identity issues.

So many of us have gone through hard or traumatic experiences. I offer a therapeutic environment for people who are looking for creative and brain/body based ways to process those experiences. Being Queer and Poly-identified, I work well with the LGBTQIA+ population and Consensual Non-Monogamy/Poly communities.

I know reaching out to a therapist can be intimidating, (I’ve been there) but just know that this is your space for whatever you need it to be! Therapy can also be fun, and funny, and a place to feel like yourself with zero judgment. Together, we can help you own yourself, embrace your weird and your lovely, and heal from the world’s trauma.

Credentials:

  • MA: Southwestern College: Art Therapy/Counseling, 2016
  • Art Therapist at Art Therapy Connection: Chicago, IL
  • Advanced Training in EMDR

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.

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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