About

Counselor Las Cruces
 Dr. Marcel Montañez, Ph.D.  

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

I help clients end the suffering caused by depression, anxiety and relationship problems. Through active listening and thoughtful analysis, we will work together to gain control over your emotional well-being. I offer compassionate guidance that focuses on finding your strengths. Together we will work on building confidence, tranquility, and peace in your life. You will experience a personal relationship with a dedicated professional who cares about your well-being. I will engage you in a conversation that focuses on your health, happiness and hope for the future.

 

Learn to practice self-compassion: The quality of the relationship you have with yourself is the best predictor of your satisfaction with life. How you treat yourself directly affects how happy you are. Make your healthiest relationship be the one you have with yourself.

 

Find yourself again: As a young child, you danced, sang, smiled and formed relationships effortlessly-never experiencing thoughts of pain, embarrassment shame or rejection. Your real self is kept safely embedded in your heart and mind. Let's work together to find YOU again

Counselor Las Cruces
 Frances Montaño Thomaslee, MS 

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

Are you struggling with issues related to trauma, grief, anxiety or major life changes? There comes a time when we need help from a professional to help us cope with life’s challenges. I’m a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate and I’d love to help you on your journey toward healing and self-discovery

 

I provide clients with a wide range of confidential therapeutic services, as life can be overwhelming and exhausting but you are not alone. I’m here to guide you through those challenges. My goal is to provide strategies and coping skills towards a path of healing, from real life situations and emotional pain. I see all types of clients but I specialize in working with women, all military members, military families, and Christians.

 

Therapy is a healing process that necessitates the participation and investment from the client and therapist, but in the end, making small intentional changes toward your goals can bring positive life-altering results. 
 

Counselor Las Cruces
 Carlos Martinez, MS 

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

There are times that someone cannot fight a battle on their own. Although, they have tried continuously and feel that they have gotten nowhere. I want to assist you in getting to where you want to be at and illustrate that it can happen. Si se puede!

My goal is to provide strategies and coping skills towards a path of healing, from real life situations and emotional pain. And, to provide a safe space that is non-judgmental and compassionate for everyone I provide clients with a wide range of confidential therapeutic services, as life can be overwhelming and exhausting but you are not alone. I’m here to guide you through those challenges.

Therapy is a healing process that requires the participation and investment from the client and the therapist, but in the end, making small intentional changes toward your goals can bring positive life-altering results. If you would like to work together, reach out and contact me to set up a time to start the healing process. Si hablo español. Mi meta es poder ofrecer un espacio seguro, compasivo y sin prejuicios para todos

Counselor Las Cruces
 Lorena Griese, MS 
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

 

When we are struggling to find clarity and trying to cope with life’s struggles, it is important that we feel safe and heard. As a clinician, I offer a confidential, safe, judgment-free space where goals can be processed and coping skills can be learned. My experience working with children, families, adults, and adolescents allows me to be understanding of diverse situations such as trauma, grief, and relationship struggles. 

 

I embrace a systems-based approach to therapy, meaning that I understand how various life stressors can have an impact on our daily lives. Through compassion and active listing, we can work together in the therapeutic process. Therapy is a journey; the healing process is a team effort for both the client and the therapist. You are not alone.

 Kimberly Mejia-Rios, MS  

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate

Whether you have been struggling with issues like depression, anxiety, self-esteem, relationship/family challenges, or even if life is just overwhelming and stressful, I am here to assist you through it. Every life experience you have been through is unique to you, and I am here to help you identify your strengths to help break down the issues you are facing. Together, we will explore the ways in which you can help yourself.

I understand seeking help for personal struggles is sometimes difficult, but it does not have to be a lonely journey. I offer compassionate guidance that focuses on personal growth and empowering the client. I enjoy helping individuals build up self-esteem, confidence, and efficacy to be able to explore the challenges and barriers that block personal growth.

Because each individual is unique, I tailor my approach to meet the needs of the individual I am working with and the issues that they want to address

 

 Mari Ward, MS  

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate

There are times in all of our lives when we feel stuck, at these moments it’s important to get help. Whether your struggles come from stress, anxiety, trauma or issues with family dynamics things can get better. Therapy can help you create the change you want in your life and I’d like to be the one to help you along on that journey. Together we can find solutions to problems as well as reach the goals you set necessary for healing.

All clients are worthy of quality mental health services. I approach creating a therapeutic alliance with my clients through compassion, honesty, care and humor. My experience with clients of varying backgrounds and needs allow me to explore the treatments and interventions that suit their lives.

Invest in improving your mental health, you deserve it.

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D. Cosette Montañez, Ph.D., BCBA
Licensed Psychologist
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
ABA Stage 1 Autism Evaluation Provider

I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Michigan State University, with an emphasis in assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and families. I completed my internship in clinical child psychology at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. I am also an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Stage 1 Autism Evaluation Provider (AEP), Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and New Mexico School Psychologist. I have advanced training and over 15 years’ experience in the evaluation of autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders in school-based and clinical settings. 

My primary focus is evaluating children 1.5 to 5 years old because I believe early detection is critical for optimal outcomes. I conduct evaluations in English and Spanish, remotely and in person. I accept Medicaid Centennial Care Plans from BCBS, Presbyterian and Western Sky.