Sharon D. Baty, Ph.D., LPCC - Clinical Director
Dr. Sharon D. Baty is an enthusiastic, creative, and passionate mental health professional, mentor and advisor who believes that all individuals have the ability to recover and can learn to thrive successfully. Her excellent verbal and written communication skills and assessment skills are an exceptional asset in the counseling and psychology field.
Dr. Baty is visionary leader, Doctor of Philosophy with over twenty six years experience in the social services and education field. Besides her work as an exceptional clinician, she is a community college professor, consultant and community advocate. She has a Ph.D. in psychology, specializing in alternative treatment for psychological trauma, a master’s, bachelor’s degree and associate’s degree in psychology.
Dr. Baty’s counseling approach is holistic in that it addresses the psychological, social, physiological and spiritual effects of traumatic experiences. She believes in going beyond traditional modalities to explore the solutions that help to facilitate the client's individual recovery process. She uses traditional counseling techniques (Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt, and Psychodynamic approaches) and non-traditional treatments such as (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Brain-Spotting). She has found these approaches extremely helpful in decreasing psychiatric inpatient recidivism, decreasing the need for long-term individual psychotherapy and the approaches have also been effective in increasing overall (long term) well being of the clients.
She works with clients who suffer with: Anxiety disorders, PTSD/Trauma, Mood disorders (Depression, Bipolar), Interpersonal Violence/Abuse (Physical/Sexual Abuse Recovery), Self-esteem, Relationship issues, Substance Abuse, and Anger Management.
She is licensed in the state of New Mexico. She work with adolescents from age 12 through adulthood.
Other specialized training includes working with severely mentally ill, troubled youth, drug dependent individuals, geriatric patients, incarcerated individuals and the developmentally disabled population.
New Mexico LPCC license number: 0190251
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Alfredo Palacios, LMHC - Counselor/Therapist
Alfredo Palacios is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of New Mexico. In addition, he is a nationally certified counselor (NCC) by the National Board for Certified Counselors. He is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Association for Humanistic Counseling. Alfredo received his bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Literature and his Master’s degree in Counseling, both from the University of New Mexico. He will begin a Ph.D. program in Counselor Education at the University of New Mexico in Fall 2015. (He will continue seeing clients while he is obtaining his Ph.D.)
Alfredo spent several years facilitating a 5-star early childhood education facility endorsed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). During this time, he applied educational interventions to foster healthy childhood development in children ages 4-6. He has spent time as a school counselor working with high school students on a variety of issues including interpersonal relationships and career consultation.
Alfredo has spent recent years providing therapeutic services in inpatient facilities specializing in children and adolescents. In acute and residential facilities, Alfredo has worked with clients in crisis prevention and intervention. As a therapist he has worked primarily on the application of trauma informed play interventions that provide young people with a setting in which to embark on the profound journey of self-discovery. Through a person-centered lens, Alfredo allows children and adolescents to be heard as individuals to achieve wellness concerning behavioral and emotional areas of need.
His experience working with adults, couples and families allow individuals to address a variety of issues including emotional challenges, transitions, and personal growth. Working in the here-and-now utilizes the complexity of each person to achieve a satisfying direction in one’s personal journey for fulfillment.
Alfredo is very active and enjoys sharing his life and adventures with his loved ones and friends. In addition, he enjoys playing ball with his dog, exercising, and appreciating the outdoors. He has a warm sincerity and non-judgmental manner when working with clients of all ages and wide variety of therapy needs.
New Mexico LMHC license number: 0169881
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Alice Keck, LISW - Therapist
Alice is a Licensed Independent Social Worker, Clinical. She started her career as a psychiatric nurse, then completed her Bachelors of Social Work and Masters of Social Work at New Mexico Highlands University.
Alice is an EMDR therapist (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). EMDR is widely researched and is used in the treatment of PTSD and trauma. Alice also uses Innovative Basic Mindfulness, which is effective in treating anxiety, stress disorders and issues with emotional regulation.
Alice has over 30 years of wide ranging experience as a therapist including individual and group therapy, marriage and family therapy, and school counseling. Alice worked as a therapist for University of New Mexico students, providing individual and couples counseling. She also has experience working with hospice patients and their families.
Alice’s therapeutic areas of interest include grief and loss in adults and children, parenting issues, and couples issues. She uses an eclectic treatment approach including cognitive and behavioral methods. Alice believes in joining with the client and working together to achieve the client’s goals.
Alice was born and raised in New Mexico and loves the natural beauty of the state. She is a tin artist and also enjoys spending time with family and friends.
New Mexico LISW license number: I-3160
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Vera L. Garcia, LMHC - Counselor/Therapist
Vera is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and is affiliated with the National Board for Certified Counselors. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the American Association of Christian Counselors. Vera received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology: Christian Counseling, with the honor of Summa Cum Laude; and her master’s degree with High Distinction in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Vera has spent several years working with children, teens, adults, and families helping them to discover healthy ways to overcome concerns such as trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, anger, and addiction. Vera enjoys helping her clients discover a healthy self-awareness while working through their struggles and working toward their goals. She believes in helping her clients discover their current strengths while following the path along their therapeutic journey, allowing her clients to recognize that they have the power within themselves to make positive adjustments in life.
Vera believes that people can accomplish the dreams and goals they have in life once they recognize they have the ability in themselves to do so. Additionally, Vera helps her clients cultivate effective communication skills to develop and support healthy relationships. While collaborating with her clients, Vera uses an eclectic form of therapy, which includes cognitive restructuring, relaxation techniques, motivational interviewing, as well as strengths-based and solution-focused principles.
Vera is a native of New Mexico. Before entering the counseling profession, Vera worked in the financial industry in multiple capacities including owning mortgage and real estate companies, and working as an independent insurance and financial services representative. Vera and her husband have two adult sons who are married, a daughter in college, and are in the process of adopting four siblings. Vera’s business background and life experiences help her to relate to the struggles and emotions her clients experience. Vera strives for personal excellence, finds joy in life, and loves to laugh.
New Mexico LMHC license number: 0176011
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Deborah Moore, LPCC - Counselor/Therapist
Education: Master of Arts in Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary
I have been a licensed professional clinical counselor in the state of New Mexico since 2010. As a Christian-based counselor, I view others in a holistic manner taking into account the social, physical and spiritual factors as well as the emotional and psychological factors of what it means to be a healthy, joy-filled individual. My focus in counseling is to help my clients to view their symptoms within the context of their “wholeness” as a human being, deepening their understanding of their true identity as persons of value and strength as I believe that this greatly contributes to a more rapid recovery from the impact of negative life experiences.
My experience as a therapist includes working with clients challenged with the effects of depression, anxiety, anger and trauma that has resulted in post-trauma stress or dissociation. In the area of family matters, I am an advocate of family systems therapy focusing on the importance of addressing individual needs within the context of the entire family unit. My background includes extensive time in parenting education, co-parenting counseling as well as partner conflict resolution. I enjoy assisting others in developing and utilizing positive communication and relational skills. I have also assisted clients suffering from losses of all types, helping them to understand the grieving process that must take place in order to reclaim their previous peace and enthusiasm for living their lives to the fullest.
In supporting my clients, I use various counseling tools including CBT; Mindfulness; DBT exercises; solution focused therapy; IHP (inner healing prayer), and am in the process of developing my LIT (Lifespan Integration Therapy) skills. I also appreciate the importance of assisting clients in addressing the spiritual dynamics of their situation as a vital part of their attaining wellness. I believe that counseling supports that address the person as a “whole” are the most effective and I am committed to helping my clients to achieve their goals and personally grow as a result of their struggles.
My spouse and I have been a part of the Albuquerque community since 2009 and we love the city, the mountains, the people and the culture. Hiking, swimming, gardening, reading and spending time with my family (especially grandchildren) are my favorite past times!
New Mexico LPCC license number: 0163591
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Angie True, LCSW - Social Worker
Angie True is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with ten years of experience providing psychotherapy in a variety of settings. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature from Indiana University, with a certificate in Film Studies. At the University of Southern Indiana and Prescott College, she earned her master’s degree and postgraduate certificate in Ecopsychology, respectively. Her broad foundational training includes published research and clinical experience with how nature connection and depth nutrition can enrich individual, family and community mental health.
Angie’s experience spans outpatient mental health and treatment centers, as a private practitioner and in collaboration with both conventional and alternative health practitioners. She has worked extensively with issues around trauma and abuse with individuals, partners, families and groups of all ages and of many different types of backgrounds and cultures. Other treatment experience includes addiction, developmental disabilities, police and firefighter issues, chronic illness, grief and loss, aging-related matters, family of origin issues, anxiety and depression, life transitions and more.
A holistic approach facilitates genuinely lasting healing and meaningful change. Emotional wellness does not exist in a space apart from physical or spiritual health, nor environmental, political, social, cultural and economic realities. Thus Angie’s practice addresses the whole person living within a multilayered world. Although trained in several modalities, her non-judgmental approach to each client remains flexible and tailored to comfort level and the issues at hand.
Each life contains a deeper story of dignity, worth and meaning. Working together in office and strengthening that work through gentle but effective lifestyle interventions, that life story becomes fuller and more vibrant.
Angie enjoys living in the mountains. She has raised two sons, two daughters and a lot of dogs and cats.
New Mexico LCSW license number: C-09433
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