Whether you're struggling with a particular issue, or just can't shake the feeling that there should be more to life, Journey to Wellness can help. We provide a caring environment in which one can identify and explore those issues that maybe interfering with one's Journey through life. The goal is to help provide you with the insights and tools you need to move beyond old, limiting beliefs and behaviors.
At Journey to Wellness, you will work with a skilled, experienced therapist who has helped clients like you, build a richer, and more rewarding life.
Through a combination of therapeutic techniques, we will help you identify limiting beliefs and outmoded coping mechanisms that may be standing in your way,
All communications with your counselor are kept strictly confidential.
Our focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. We achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan.
We promise to be there for you every step of your journey. Our goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life.
Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through counseling and treatment, we are able to help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life.
Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. We can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing.
Relationship counseling can be beneficial to couples who are looking to strengthen their emotional connection, in all stages of their relationship. Therapy sessions are held with both couples and is a supportive place to discuss issues and solutions to better strengthen your relationship.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is not horsemanship. The focus is not on riding. EAP uses horses for emotional growth and learning. Participants will learn life skills and dynamic tools for emotional and behavioral growth. EAP will help develop the following characteristics within participants:
EAP is an effective intervention to address problems in an individual's life such as:
Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) has been proven to be very effective in building confidence, improving communication and giving personal insights to participants. Equine therapy focuses on learning to manage a horse psychologically. Participants of equine therapy programs first learn to simply groom a horse. Step by step they gain confidence in themselves and the trust of the horses, they move through various stages to eventually riding. Not only do horses provide therapy and result of chemical connection between the human and the horse, they also provide participants with an opportunity to learn how to control and work with animals. Learning how to work with horses will help individuals in their day to day lives as they deal and work with humans.
Emma V. Ortega, MA, LPCC
Emma has over ten years' experience as a clinical counselor working with children, adolescents, adults and families. She is a lifelong resident of Valencia County and is accustomed to providing services to the diverse population within her community. She is certified by Greg Kersten in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, certified as a Multi-Systemic Therapist, and certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Emma is bilingual and provides services in Spanish.
Michelle Hill, LISW
Licensed Independent Social Worker
New Mexico State License # C-10813
Michelle became a licensed Social Worker in May of 2013, she earned her Master’s of Social Work degree at New Mexico Highlands University. Michelle has over 7 years experience working with children, youth and families. Michelle specializes in treating addictions, working with adolescents and a variety of groups
Leslie Cook, LISW
Licensed Independent Social Worker
Leslie Cook is a clinical social worker with 20 years of professional practice experience in a wide variety of settings. She was recently trained in a certification program as a trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapist. Currently, she is employed in the public school system working with adolescents. Her practice experience is diverse with practice experience in medical social work, working with disabled and at-risk populations through the Disabled and Elderly program and Developmentally Delayed program, home health care, hospice, behavioral health, dialysis, and in-patient/discharge planning, as well as long-term care, school social work, and teaching at the higher education and high school levels. Her passion is helping children heal from past traumas so that they can become healthy and resilient adults in the future as well as self-care for professionals. Leslie is married with five children and six beautiful grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and outdoor activities and painting.
Angelica Pena Fernandez, LPCC
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Angelica is a bilingual mental health counselor with over 20 years of experience in the field. She primarily works with trauma, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, and crisis intervention.
She believes working with an open heart can help create amazing changes and boost positiveness. She is passionate about arts and music and incorporates them into her treatment modalities to help patients express what words cannot reach. She also includes energy psychology approaches, treating the person as a whole. If you are looking for a deep change, she is ready to hear your story and help you!
Frances Fuller, LISW
Licensed Independent Social Worker
Frances is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 8 years of experience. She has worked in child protective services, the school setting with all ages, and in the clinical setting as a clinical supervisor. Her clinical specialities include working with postpartum mothers, children trauma, cases involving the legal system, relationships and support with challenging behaviors.
Teddie Ruiz-Chambers, LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Teddie graduated from Kenyon College in 2015, where she received a B.A. in Psychology. During her time at Kenyon College she spent one year studying Psychology in Dublin, Ireland and one summer researching childhood development in Boston, Massachusetts. She returned to New Mexico shortly after and obtained an M.A. in Educational Psychology from the University of New Mexico in 2017. She obtained her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of New Mexico in 2020 and is now a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Teddie has a background in trauma-informed therapy, play therapy, Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and animal-assisted therapy. Although she specialized in development, she takes a comprehensive approach to counseling and enjoys working with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds.
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