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 held with both parties make 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 fifteen 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, certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and EMDR (Eye movement desensitization reprocessing). 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!
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 background
Monique Davis, LMSW
Monique became a licensed Social Worker in 2019 and earned her Master's of Clinical Social Worker degree from New Mexico Highlands. Monique specializes in working with children, youth, and adolescents, providing a number of therapeutic modalities. She is trained in Sand Tray therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Mindfulness, Strength Based Modalities, and continues to learn more skills. She loves to work with children and provide tools to help in their success. She has a history of working with Children, Youth, and Families in Protective Services and Juvenile Justice Services. She is a contracted therapist and works part time with Journey to Wellness.
Alicia Maturino, LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Alicia is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 9 years of experience working with children and families in a variety of settings. Alicia is dedicated to working with diverse populations and is excited to help those in their journey to a happier and healthier life by helping client's learn to manage difficult emotions and discover inner resources and strengths. When working with children, she utilizes play therapy to better understand what the child is going through. Alicia’s ultimate goal is to meet all clients where they are at, without judgment.
Amanda Ortiz, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Amanda Ortiz is a clinical social worker with six years of professional practice experience in a variety of settings. Her practice experience includes medical social worker, hospice and home health care, and teaching at the community and higher education levels. She earned her MSW from Our Lady of the Lake University with a specialization in Hispanic Children and Families. Amanda has four children and many different types of pets. In her down time, she enjoys quilting, word and number puzzles, and Harry Potter.
All patients seeking behavioral health care services at Journey to Wellness Counseling are assured that they will be served regardless of ability to pay. No one is refused service because of lack of financial means to pay. This program is designed to provide free or discounted care to those who have no means, or limited means, to pay for their medical services (uninsured or underinsured).
Journey to Wellness Counseling will offer a Sliding Fee Discount Program to all who are unable to pay for their services. Journey to Wellness Counseling will base program eligibility on a person’s ability to pay and will not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s race, color, sex, national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The Federal Poverty Guidelines are usedin creating and annually updating the sliding fee schedule (SFS) to determine eligibility.
Discounts will be based on income and family size only.
a. Family is defined as: a group of 2 people or more (one of whom is the householder) related by birth, marriage, or adoption and residing together; all such people (including related subfamily members) are considered as members of one family. Journey to Wellness will also accept non-related household members when calculating family size
b. Income includes: gross wages; salaries; tips; income from business and self-employment; unemployment compensation; Social Security; workers’ compensation; Supplemental Security Income; veterans’ payments; survivor benefits; pension or retirement income; interest; dividends; royalties; income from rental properties, estates and trusts; alimony; child support; assistance from outside the household; and other miscellaneous sources.
Applicants may provide one of the following: prior year W-2, two most recent pay stubs, letter from employer, or Form 4506-T (if W-2 not filed). Self-employed individuals will be required to submit details of the most recent 3 months of income and expenses for the business. Adequate information must be
made available to determine eligibility for the program. Self-declaration of income may be used. Patients who are unable to provide written verification may provide a signed statement of income.
Those with incomes at or below 100% of poverty will receive a full 100% discount for healthcare services. Those with incomes above 100% poverty, but at or below 200% of poverty, will be charged a nominal fee according to the attached sliding fee schedule. The sliding fee schedule will be updated
during the first quarter of every calendar year with the latest FPL guidelines.
Patients with incomes above 100% of poverty, but at or below 200% poverty, will be charged a nominal fee according to the attached sliding fee schedule and based on their family size and income. However, patients will not be denied services due to an inability to pay. The nominal fee is not a threshold for
receiving care and thus, is not a minimum fee or co-payment.
Waiving of charges
In certain situations, patients may not be able to pay the nominal or discount fee. Waiving of charges must be approved by Journey to Wellness’s designated official. Any waiving of charges is documented in the patient’s file along with an explanation.
The Sliding Fee Discount Program determination will be provided to the applicant(s) in writing and will include the percentage of Sliding Fee Discount Program write off or, if applicable, the reason for denial. If the application is approved for a less than 100% discount or denied, Journey to Wellness will work with the patient and/or responsible party to establish payment arrangements. Sliding Fee Discount Program applications cover outstanding patient balances for 6 months prior to application date and any balances incurred within 12 months after the approved date, unless their financial situation changes significantly. The applicant has the option to reapply after the 12 months have expired or anytime there has been a significant change in family income. When the applicant reapplies, the look back period will be the lesser of 6 months or the expiration of their last Sliding Fee Discount Program application.
Refusal to pay
If a patient verbally expresses an unwillingness to pay or vacates the premises without paying for services, the patient will be contacted in writing regarding their payment obligations. If the patient is not on the sliding fee schedule, a copy of the Sliding Fee Discount Program application will be sent with the notice. If the patient does not make an effort to pay or fails to respond within 60 days, this constitutes refusal to pay. At this point in time, Journey to Wellness can explore options not limited to, but including offering the patient a payment plan, waiving of charges, or referring the patient to collections.
*Sliding fee scale application on the link below
*Clients rights and responsibilities
*Release of information
*Consent for Treatment 14+:
Please contact us with questions.