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Mycca Montoya

Offering therapy in NM
License: MS,LMFT
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesDepression
3 years of experience

I'm Mycca Montoya, LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist). As a therapist, I enjoy helping clients develop resilience and build on their current strengths in order to decrease and ultimately eliminate emotional distress. I work with a wide variety of clients, working through varying issues. Some of the issues I specialize in are: - Depression - Anxiety - Trauma/Abuse - Grief and Loss - Addition issues - Family Conflict - Parenting Issues - Relational Issues (partner/familial) Through empathy, support and thoughtful insight, we will work to increase you emotional well-being. I provide support and encouragement to help foster your current strengths as well as help you to find and develop additional strengths. I use a variety of modalities, all of which focus on your strengths as well as promote hope. As a therapist I feel it is important to increase a client's ability to advocate for themselves as well as give themselves credit for their success and strengths. I also value the importance of a strong, trusting therapeutic relationship between client and clinician. I am a straight shooter and I feel that honesty is key in effective therapeutic relationships. I believe that respect communicates understanding as well as empathy for any and everyone in any and every situation. On a personal note, I was born and raised in rural New Mexico. I spend my time during the week as an outpatient therapist, working with ages 2 and up. I also spend my free time working on my family's ranch. I feel that I have been fortunate to have roots in rural America as well as planted new roots in the clinical setting. We will work to find the best online option for you so that e-therapy fits into your life easily and works best for you. I am available to work with clients through any of the following methods: - Video Sessions - Live Messaging - Telephone - Asynchronous messaging I look forward to working with you.

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Tania Valente

Offering therapy in NM
License: LMFT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsIntimacy-related issuesDepression
11 years of experience

Hello! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with the State of New Mexico (LIC# CMF0200391). If you decide to work with me please know that I take an interpersonal, systemic, and supportive approach. Simply, I believe that people can be healed through compassionate relationships with others. I am here to work with you on any goals you may have for yourself – with empathy and open-mindedness. I have over 10 years of counseling experience. I have working in a variety of settings (inpatient psychiatric hospitalizations, non-profit, community health, university counseling centers, integrated behavioral health care settings, hospice) and have helped individuals address a variety of life stressors (depression, anxiety, substance abuse, family stressors, parenting, trauma, end of life care, and many more). My passion towards counseling led me to seek out a doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology. My primary areas of research include use of bilingualism in psychotherapy, outcome measures, and sex positivity. Feel free to ask me more about any of my training experiences. I am fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish and welcome any opportunity to integrate any of these into our work together.

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Helena Hawley Grano

Offering therapy in NM
License: MA LPCC,MA LPCC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepression
34 years of experience

Hello! My name is Sande' and I have 34 years of experience working with individuals 18 years and older with most any problem they may be having. I have a Master's Degree in Agency Counseling and have worked several settings including inpatient treatment center, a psychiatric inpatient unit, outpatient agency and as private practitioner. I have taught clinical classes for graduate students and have developed integrated programs to meet clients needs. My treatment approach begins with support and providing a solid relationships with my clients so that they can trust me. With this trusting foundation, I can help with depression, anxiety and other problems using cognitive behavioral therapy (a basic skill to teach to my clients). From here, I can help an individual cope with different problems by learning to accept and/or change the situation.

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Traci Laney

Offering therapy in NM
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsIntimacy-related issuesDepression
6 years of experience

I am licensed in New Mexico with over 6 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & intimacy related issues. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process. Please message me for my scheduling information.

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Dr. Michael stracener

Offering therapy in NM
LGBTSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
21 years of experience

I am licensed in New Mexico and Arkansas for Independent Private Practice with 28 years of professional experience and a doctorate specializing in public health. I am on the faculty of New Mexico State University, School of Social Work. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. I am specially trained and sensitive to issues experienced by the LGBTQIA+ community. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Katherine Sainz

Offering therapy in NM
Stress, AnxietyLGBTTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
15 years of experience

I am licensed in New Mexico with 15 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, lgbtqia-related issues, trauma and abuse, & coping with grief and loss, as well as many other areas of human challenge. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Sabine LeBow

Offering therapy in NM
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseAnger managementCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
18 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 18 years of professional work experience. Most of my experience has been with the NM Veterans Administration helping clients with PTSD, anxiety, depression, abuse, anger management, substance abuse, family and relationship difficulties, and many other life transitions. I provide trauma informed care and have training in cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and acceptance therapies, solution focused therapy and other evidenced based practices. I am committed to treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion in a nonjudgmental way. Together, we will design our treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support and empower you in that journey.

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Linda Acosta-Smith

Offering therapy in NM
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsAnger managementDepression
24 years of experience

I am licensed in both Texas and New Mexico with 30 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, & anger management. I also have experience working with depression. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Joana Sossaman

Offering therapy in NM
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseCoping with life changes
5 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas and New Mexico with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, relationship issues, & trauma and abuse. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Michelle Fischer

Offering therapy in NM
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsAnger managementDepressionCoping with life changes
21 years of experience

I am licensed/ board certified in New Mexico with over 21 years of mental health experience. I have expertise in helping clients with stress, anxiety, depression, addictions: (screens, sex, shopping, chemicals etc...) and anger management. I will treat you with respect, sensitivity, and judgement-free compassion. I will customize our discussions to meet your personal goals. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy takes courage--Good Job! —Michelle

How to find counseling in Chama

Finding the best therapist close by in Chama can feel challenging, but know that once you narrow your search for a counselor serving your area, you can find a therapist in your city that is accepting new clients and fits your goals. Whether you're struggling with depression, anxiety, marriage, family issues, or other emotional challenges, feel proud that you have begun your search to find the mental health care services that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Chama. Perhaps you're interested in narrowing your search for a psychotherapist that can offer psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), talk therapy, provide group therapy, marriage and family therapy for individuals or couples, or couples therapy. Each type of therapy can offer various benefits and address or treat different disorders. If you're still unsure or are new to counseling in Chama, feel free to contact the provider via email to find out which methods they practice.

It is also important to understand that mental health professionals in the United States are accredited to provide care, helping individuals and couples, with a variety of licenses. These include licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), and clinical psychologist or doctor of psychology (PsyD). Regardless of their licensure, they are trained to treat individuals and couples counseling, and sometimes children, in any type of therapy. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

Mental health professionals working through their own in- person therapy practice in Chama or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, or change in negative thinking patterns. They may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain. Verified providers can provide licensed marriage and couples therapy, tailor to individual needs, and create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor.

There are all kinds of therapists working with clients today across the United States and in the greater Chama area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find therapists, have in mind what type of therapy you'd like your provider to be most experienced with and choose an experienced provider with a practice located near you in the city of Chama, elsewhere in Rio Arriba, or in the greater state of New Mexico.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy with a licensed counselor and BetterHelp serving the Chama area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Chama therapist?

The average price of an in-person therapy session in the US is $100 to $200 per hour. These prices may be higher in Chama due to a higher cost of living. The price also depends on the type of provider you are looking for. See the following average prices for various mental health providers without insurance:

  • Counseling with a psychiatrist: $150-$500
  • Counseling with therapists: $100-300
  • Therapy with a psychologist: $100

While many psychologists in Chama may not take health insurance, some in the state of New Mexico may work on a sliding scale, meaning they'll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With BetterHelp or clinicians throughout the state of New Mexico you can expect significantly more affordable options, with sessions ranging from $65 to $100 per week (billed every four weeks).

How is a licensed therapist on this online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Chama, New Mexico working on BetterHelp are licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited as a doctor of psychology (PhD / PsyD), licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW / LICSW), or licensed professional counselors (LPC). All of these psychology clinicians have a Masters Degree or a Doctorate Degree in their field of psychology sciences, and follow the APA Code of Ethics. They have been qualified and certified by their state's professional board after successfully completing the necessary education, exams, training and practice with a patient, and extensive experience in a healthcare clinic or treatment centers, in order to become a mental health provider. While their lived experience, expertise, careers, and background vary, they all possess at least 3 years and 1,000 hours of hands-on experience with adult and sometimes teen patients, and have the necessary therapist credentials to provide a safe space for long lasting emotional healing in therapy. 

Please note BetterHelp does not offer or provide care from psychiatrists to prescribe a drug as treatment, or perform psychological assessments.

How does working with a counselor in BetterHelp online therapy sessions work?

BetterHelp clinicians treat clients online across the United States (individuals and couples) through life transitions, inner child exploration, long term depression or anxiety, and more. An online mental health professional, including the therapists in Chama above, can work with young adults, children, adolescents, and adults virtually as an accredited licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) or licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). You do not have to commute to a an office as a psychotherapy client.

Through BetterHelp therapy, you can partake in video, phone, or live chat therapy sessions with your licensed therapist. You can work through various symptoms, use the in app journaling feature, and receive worksheets. You'll also find support groups or group therapy lead by a therapist in Chama helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety or depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address?

BetterHelp's verified Chama therapists specialize and have clinical experience in a wide range of mental health issues and modalities, helping clients to feel better and improve their lives every day. See below for examples.

Specialties on BetterHelp include:

You may also be struggling with relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy or with a sex therapist. In that case, you may choose to work with one of BetterHelp's experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists or licensed marriage family therapists (LMFT) who work with clients in relationships. You can also try a Chama therapy provider through BetterHelp's sister platform, ReGain, which is dedicated to couples and spouses worldwide. 

How do I know if online counseling is right for my family?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a therapist is the validation and active listening they can provide. Your friends and loved ones may also be available to listen, but you may feel that they may lack the skills to provide objective guidance. Counselors are trained to respond to various concerns, symptoms, and mental health conditions.

A psychologist in your city can support you toward a healthier emotional state, regardless of your mental health, life concerns, or healing needs. While supporting individuals in developing healthier habits, another good benefit of therapy is having an understanding, safe space with a non-judgmental party who can support you through challenging experiences.

Many people have sensitive topics that they may feel ashamed to discuss with their friends or partner. A Chama therapist can help you confront these concerns and open up through unique methods of support. There are also many types of therapy, such as art therapy, where you may find you can express yourself through creativity instead of words.

With a lot of people in NM, providers may be booked out with clients. Through the list of profiles above and others within BetterHelp's team, you may be able to find a psychologist within 24 to 48 hours. If you're searching to find a a nearby psychotherapist close to 87520 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a Chama counselor?

Before seeing your therapist, prep for your session by reading to understand the therapy process. You might write a list of questions you want to ask your psychotherapist, any emotional pain you may feel, and the ways in which you hope to improve. When you attend your session, let them know if you have any concerns about therapy or feel unsure about what to talk about. They may help guide you with open-ended therapeutic questions. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist if I feel fine? 

Some simply don't feel the need to see a psychologist. However, some people may avoid attending therapy due to stigma or preconceived notions of what therapy entails. Although psychologists often support people with mental health conditions, you do not need a diagnosis or condition to attend therapy. You can discuss grief, relationship concerns, stress, or life changes and ask for general feedback and advice. A Chama licensed clinical social worker may help you gain power over your life and emotions while you navigate day-to-day experiences.

Gaining a new perspective on yourself through various therapies might allow you to improve your self-esteem, work through relationships, and gain a better sense of your mental health goals. The success you may find through therapy can be dependent on your process.

People may also attend therapy for specific motives, such as bullying, an autism diagnosis, a desire to learn mindfulness meditation, personality concerns, trouble with office workers, specific phobias, and many other principles.

Is mental health care and therapy worth it? 

Therapy is effective and has the power to change individuals' lives. Each client is at a different stage of their emotional healing journey in life, as each human can be unique in their personality, expression, skills, and goals. A psychologist can target various symptoms, experiences, and personalities to help you feel your best and put you on the path to healing. Unlike advice from a friend, family, or non-professional, a mental health professional has an understanding of various disorders like ADHD and depression with many hours of experience in treating adults in their practice. For this reason, seeing an evidence based psychologist in Chama, New Mexico can be worth it. Over 41 million adults in the US attend therapy services each year, showing it's a popular option and is proven to be effective.

Chama has many clinicians who practice person or client-centered individual therapy in-person and through online therapy to assist clients in their healing journey. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with providers all over the United States and change therapists easily at any time. Many people struggling with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, body image issues, and more find therapists that are a good fit for them, feel supported, and gain further insight into their lives through internet-based therapy.

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions?

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to help you and them regarding ethical concerns. Mental health professionals are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. If you are concerned about sharing details about yourself, feel free to withhold personal information. Their job in the therapeutic relationship is to create a safe place, help you gain a deeper understanding of your mental health, and support you. You might consider changing counselors if you don't feel safe or respected.

Stay up to date with the leading online counseling platform

To stay up to date with BetterHelp's initiatives through their social channels, you can follow them on PinterestLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and Facebook. For mental health tips, check out the BetterHelp YouTube channel.

Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

If you’re ready to sign up for online therapy, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched within 24 to 48 hours.

If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, don't use this site's online services. If you are in life-threatening danger, call 911. If you require support for a crisis, reach out to the hotlines below:

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