Albuquerque Clinicians

  • Night view of Albuquerque from Sandia Crest.

Main Office
2221 Rio Grande Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
(505) 830-1871

Texas Office
2612 Texas Street NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
(505) 830-1871

Hours Of Operation
Monday—Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Individual therapists may be available to meet outside of normal office hours.

Programs & Services Offered
Assessments
Comprehensive Community Support Services (CCSS)
Fostering Family
Individual & Family Therapy (Office Based)
Multisystemic Therapy (MST)
Problem Sexual Behavior (MST-PSB)
Thriving Kids Parenting Program
School Based Therapy

SUPERVISORS
PJ Bruch
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

PJ is trained and licensed in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy, with a focus on adolescent populations. She has a passion for supporting parents, couples and caregivers of difficult youth. She has training in crisis assessment and interventions to address trauma and is focusing her PhD work on trauma from a family systems perspective. PJ serves as the MST Supervisor for Bernalillo County MST Team 2 and also assists in supervision of suicide/crisis assessments.

April Casuse
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

April serves as a Lead Supervisor for Bernalillo County and our CCSS Program Coordinator. April is a trained and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in family and adolescent therapy and is a support supervisor for our Critical Response Programs, including Suicide, Crisis and Threat Assessments. April is based out of our Albuquerque East Office.

Claire Kyllo
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Trained and licensed in social work, Claire is the Lead Supervisor for our APS school programs for the delivery of in-school counseling services and supervises both independently licensed and non-independently licensed social work therapists in the Albuquerque area. Claire also serves as the Director of the SWFGC Internship Program supervising both counseling and social work interns.

Lori Ortiz
License Professional Clinical Counselor

Lori is an MST-PSB supervisor in Albuquerque. She conducts suicide assessments, threat assessments, and is committed to working with youth and their families. Before becoming a supervisor, Lori provided services and support to Albuquerque Public School students and staff for many years.

Leandrea Romero-Lucero, PhD
License Professional Clinical Counselor

Leandrea is a clinical supervisor based out of our Albuquerque Main location. Leandrea is a supervisor for our Internship Program and supports our Critical Response Programs. Leandrea is an Approved Clinical Supervisor, and has over 10 years of working with NM families, CYFD, and other legal entities in both the adolescent and adult populations. Dr. Romero-Lucero also has extensive experience in training others on various topics. Dr Romero-Lucero graduated with her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision in 2014 and in 2008 with her Masters in Professional Counseling. Dr. Romero-Lucero’s research interests is in supervisor training and competence, kinship foster care and ambiguous loss, and the practice of self-care in various types of agency settings (e.g. contract v. salary).

THERAPISTS
Jenna Brimmer
Licensed Master Social Worker

I am licensed as an LMSW in the state of New Mexico. While attending college my focus was on child development , family systems, trauma work and the effects is has on the brain and body . I have worked in the Family Infant Toddler Program, as a case manager and a Parent Educator all helping parents and families get their needs met in the community. I am trained in multiple parenting curriculums ; Circle of Security, Nurturing Parenting and trauma informed parenting. My approach when providing therapy is to meet you where you are at, providing a developmental, solutions focused , psycho-educational approach.

Samantha Carrillo
Licensed Master Social Worker

Samantha Carrillo LMSW MST-PSB enjoys working with teens and their families and specializes in MST problem sexual behavior. Samantha also does suicide assessments, crisis assessments and EAP’s. Samantha has a BA in Psychology from the University of New Mexico and Masters of Social Work from New Mexico State University.

Joshua Grothaus
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Josh is a Mental health counselor committed to serving families in the greater Albuquerque area. He has 10 years experience working in the field and specializes in working with youth, adults, and families with intensive needs. He is trained in trauma work, substance abuse, as well as suicide/crisis/threat assessment and intervention.

Sarah Hatcher
Therapist

Sarah is trained and licensed in the field of mental health. She is also trained in CCSS with Southwest Family Guidance. Sarah uses art as well as musical and sand- tray interventions in her practice. She has a passion for supporting adults, children, and adolescents during their time of struggle. Sarah is a native New Mexican and honors all cultures and people. She uses humor and empathy to support everyone she meets.  She strives to help clients cope and understand their strengths as well as provides techniques that make their therapy dynamic and fun.

Nicole Kamauoha
Licensed Master Social Worker

Nicole, a native New Mexican, is trained and licensed in social work. She has over 20 years of experience working with youth in the non-profit sector and is dedicated to serving adolescents and families. Nicole provides outpatient therapy at our Corrales location.

Roquel Labatad
Licensed Master Social Worker

Roquel Labatad, LCSW, believes healing, growth, and  human transformation are the natural course for all who open themselves up to the process. Roquel provides therapy services to diverse individuals and families of all ages with a variety of backgrounds and issues. She believes the therapeutic relationship is the foundation which guides the therapeutic process in supporting clients towards achieving their goals. Treatment approaches may include: trauma informed therapies, developmental trauma, attachment theory, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, family systems approach, play therapy, and sand tray therapy.”

Sam Larson
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Hello, my name is Sam. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and enjoy working primarily with teens, families, and parents. My hope is that my light-heartedness and sense of humor will help you to feel comfortable and that my dedication and passion for therapy will help you achieve your mental health goals. I believe that while therapy can be very challenging, it can also be a fun and rewarding process.

Shawna Marcus
License Professional Clinical Counselor

Shawna serves as an MST Therapist for Sandoval County and has been a part of the Southwest family for just over 8 years. Currently Shawna is working towards expanding SWFGC by heading a new Infant Mental Health program using the Child Parent Psychotherapy approach. Shawna studied at the University of New Mexico and received her Masters in the Counselor Education Program. Shawna is trained as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) specializing in early childhood development and trauma, grief, and infant mental health. Shawna is based out of our Corrales Office.

Ricardo Sandoval
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Ricardo Sandoval has worked as a Multisystemic Therapist in the Albuquerque area for over nine years. Ricardo enjoys working with youths and their families, providing the tools and skills they need to overcome and resolve everyday struggles or the problems that families encounter in their daily lives. Ricardo uses his experience and counseling skills developed in the community and in the correctional field to help clients seek positive alternative life paths and make better decisions.

Nataly Torres
Licensed Master Social Worker

Nataly is a bilingual therapist who provides school-based and office-based services, is an intake coordinator, conducts suicide risk assessments and threat assessments, and is a part of CCSS. She holds a Masters of Social Work and enjoys working with children, adolescents, and families.

Karen Trujillo
MST Therapist

Hi my name is Karen Trujillo. I am an MST Therapist.  I received my undergraduate degree from New Mexico State University and immediately after I went on to get a masters at New Mexico Highlands University. My masters degree is Professional Counseling and School Counseling and I obtained my degree in 2012. I started with Southwest during my internship and have been with the company ever since.

Cortney Yellowhorse
MST Therapist

Cortney is a Multi-systemic Therapist in Bernalillo County. She has worked with the families in this community for the last 4 years. Cortney’s educational background is in Social Work.