Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Find a therapist in Albuquerque, New Mexico that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in Albuquerque to find a professional specializing in counseling people with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and more.


Dr. James Nolan

Ph.D.
30 years experience
Congratulations on taking this step toward feeling better, and making your life better. You deserve that. We all experience challenges, uncertainties, relationship issues, career and work issues, mood stuff, family stuff, or anxiety. It's part of being human during these really chaotic times. I am supportive, non-judgmental, have good advice when advice is appropriate. I have traveled a lot, and it helps me understand where many people are coming from. My clients are from... Read More
Congratulations on taking this step toward feeling better, and making your life better. You deserve that. We all experience challenges, uncertainties, relationship issues, career and work issues, mood stuff, family stuff, or anxiety. It's part of being human during these... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 30 years

Violeta Leon

LMFT, LSAA
3 years experience
Hello, my name is Violet. I work with individuals, couples and families who may be struggling with something that they need to change, or who just need to engage in thinking differently about a problem. I am not here to judge anyone, I practice from the perspective that we all deal with things the best that we can, and when we learn better strategies, we do better. Let me help you to learn better strategies. I... Read More
Hello, my name is Violet. I work with individuals, couples and families who may be struggling with something that they need to change, or who just need to engage in thinking differently about a problem. I am not here to... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 3 years

Nicole Rivera-Brastad

MS, LMFT
9 years experience
I attended New Mexico State University for my Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy and graduated in 2010. I have worked in a variety of settings including a psychiatric hospital, a state core agency, and a contract private practice group. I have worked with individuals ages 3 and up and from all walks of life. I have done some couples work but focus mainly on individual therapy to maximize one's strengths and life changes. I... Read More
I attended New Mexico State University for my Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy and graduated in 2010. I have worked in a variety of settings including a psychiatric hospital, a state core agency, and a contract private practice group.... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years

Melissa Harman

LCSW
6 years experience
Hi there! My name is Melissa. I am a licensed counselor in New Mexico with over 6 years of experience working primarily as a Multisystemic Therapist. In doing Multisystemic Therapy, I worked with teens and their families performing the highest level of outpatient therapy and was the lead clinician in outpatient settings. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, domestic... Read More
Hi there! My name is Melissa. I am a licensed counselor in New Mexico with over 6 years of experience working primarily as a Multisystemic Therapist. In doing Multisystemic Therapy, I worked with teens and their families... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Dr. Patricia Switaj

PsyD, LPC, NCC
12 years experience
Hello, My name is Dr. Patricia L. Switaj, a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia. I am a Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of New Mexico. I am a National Board Certified Counselor with over 11 years of clinical experience in the behavioral health field. I have worked in a variety of settings including private practice, college counseling center, a multi-disciplinary outpatient clinic, and a... Read More
Hello, My name is Dr. Patricia L. Switaj, a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia. I am a Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of New Mexico. I am a National... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 years

Dr. SUSAN BYERS

PhD, LPC, ACS
17 years experience
Life transitions and struggles offer the opportunity to find greater clarity of purpose, more meaningful relationships, increased confidence, and personal satisfaction. To be human is to feel emotion, both the highs and the lows. We are all connected through not only these experiences, but through the relationships with those around us. Therapy is a unique and personal journey built on mutual trust and respect. My perspective is strengths-based, LGBTQIA-affirmative, and integrative. I work with individuals... Read More
Life transitions and struggles offer the opportunity to find greater clarity of purpose, more meaningful relationships, increased confidence, and personal satisfaction. To be human is to feel emotion, both the highs and the lows. We are all connected through not... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 17 years

Louise Long

MS, LMFT
25 years experience
Hello, I’m Louise Long, and I’m here to help no matter what you are going through. As a therapist, I have more than 25 years of experience, and have worked with clients with many, many different problems. I believe that respect and building and maintaining trust are very important in therapy. My counseling style is empathic and solution-focused, and I believe strongly that you are a unique individual, and your treatment should be as unique... Read More
Hello, I’m Louise Long, and I’m here to help no matter what you are going through. As a therapist, I have more than 25 years of experience, and have worked with clients with many, many different problems. I believe that respect... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 25 years

Dr. Samuel Abbott

PhD, LCPC
14 years experience
Hello, I am Dr. Samuel (Andy) Abbott, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Maine and also a Licensed Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC) in the state of New Mexico. I am also a National Certified Counselor. I have studied in Paris, France to gain a further, in-depth insight into existential psychotherapy, which is my passion. I earned my graduate degree in counseling in Arizona and went on to study... Read More
Hello, I am Dr. Samuel (Andy) Abbott, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Maine and also a Licensed Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC) in the state of New Mexico. I am also a National Certified... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 14 years

Leslie Harvey

MEd., LPC, LPCC
9 years experience
My belief is that everyone has the capacity to change, confront challenges and grow each day. Therapy is a tool that can help people find their capacity to change. My counseling practice respects that power to change in each person. My counseling approach is rather eclectic involving both client centered and existential theory. I utilize a personalized approach combining interventions from Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT, motivational interviewing... Read More
My belief is that everyone has the capacity to change, confront challenges and grow each day. Therapy is a tool that can help people find their capacity to change. My counseling practice respects that power to change in each person.... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years

Alisha Edmiston

MSW, LCSW
5 years experience
I am a licensed clinical social worker in the State of New Mexico with 5 years of experience working with individuals and families. My areas of specialty are depression, stress and anxiety, trauma, and parenting issues. I have also worked with clients who have experienced: low motivation, low self-esteem, low confidence, addictions, grief and loss, anger, and family or relationship issues. My counseling style is client-centered utilizing evidenced-based interventions. I am a certified Multi-Systemic Therapist... Read More
I am a licensed clinical social worker in the State of New Mexico with 5 years of experience working with individuals and families. My areas of specialty are depression, stress and anxiety, trauma, and parenting issues. I have also worked... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Overview of Mental Health Resources in Albuquerque, New Mexico

When we think of Albuquerque, New Mexico, we tend to think of dry, desert heat. And, for the most part this is true. But Albuquerque is also the biggest city in New Mexico. It is a thriving metropolis full of the same stresses all major cities have.

A lot of people don’t realize that mental disorders make up the greatest burden of disease in the United States. Because mental health has an impact on physical health, it is important that we seek treatment for mental health issues.

New Mexico does have initiatives to help prevent mental illness in teens and adults. New Mexico administration has recently undergone improvements in their health system to help increase mental health services. However, like any other city, there is no way the government can reach everyone who needs help.

Mental Health Statistics for Albuquerque

The depression rate in New Mexico is high – it averages about 10% across the state. And this figure is only for those officially diagnosed. When asked about their own feelings on depression, this average increases to approximately 17%. This is in line with the national average. However, it does show that assumptions about life being easy in the southwest are wrong. Even in New Mexico, especially Albuquerque, mental health issues are prevalent.

On a positive note, drug related overdoses are much lower in New Mexico than in the rest of the country. The number of drug related deaths in New Mexico is about half that of most other states. The same cannot be said of alcoholism. Although Albuquerque is on par with the rest of the country as far as alcohol related issues, this wasn’t always the case. The incidence of alcohol related mental health issues in New Mexico has almost doubled since 2010.

Impact of Not Receiving Treatment in Albuquerque, New Mexico

The reason New Mexico has created initiatives to identify and offer help to those prone to mental illness is because they understand that this is an issue. There are too many residents in New Mexico who don’t have access to proper mental health care. This is for several reasons:

  • Lack of health insurance
  • Lack of information
  • Difficulty navigating the mental health care system
  • Fear of stigma
  • Education level
  • Cost of treatment

Unfortunately, lack of proper mental health treatment can lead to many problems, such as:

  • Domestic violence
  • Higher crime rates
  • Institutionalization
  • Unemployment
  • Homelessness
  • Suicide
  • Drug and alcohol related deaths

This is why it’s so important that people have access to mental health counseling. There needs to one central place where people can get information. They need to be able to get the name and numbers of available counselors who can provide help quickly. The longer it takes to see a counselor, the greater the chances are that the person will continue to suffer.

What Makes Albuquerque Unique When it Comes to Mental Health?

No city is immune to mental health issues. Regardless of what part of the country you are in, you are going to deal with stress. There are genetic and chemical mental disorders that require treatment. Albuquerque is unique in the following respects:

  • Climate: Albuquerque is located in the southwest part of the US. Believe it or not, it has some very seasonable weather despite being located so far south. There is a hug range in temperatures though, and this can have an effect on people.
  • Unhappy State: Studies have shown that New Mexico is one of the unhappiest states in the United States. They have the fourth highest suicide rate in the country. They also have the fifth highest divorce rate in the country. Out of all the states, New Mexico ranks 40 on the happiness scale.
  • Unemployment Rate: Albuquerque has a relatively low unemployment rate, at 4.4%. Although it is on par with the national average, it is low compared to many other cities in the US.
  • Socioeconomic Factors: Albuquerque has a median household income of almost double the rest of the country. The national average is $28,555. In Albuquerque, this number increases to $47,413. Although this sounds like a reason why mental health issues would be lower, that is not always the case. With greater income comes greater responsibilities. We also know that mental illness does not discriminate by income. It affects all socioeconomic groups equally.

Divorce Rate in Albuquerque

Albuquerque’s divorce rate is very high. In fact, it is the fifth highest in the country. A lot of this can be contributed to the fact that very few people in Albuquerque are happy in their work. They report being miserable at work and this carries over into the home.

People in New Mexico simply aren’t very happy. They have one of the lowest self-reported emotional well-being rates in the country. This could be because they don’t have access to services such as couples counseling.

Couples counseling and therapy is known to boost self-esteem and emotional well-being. If the residents of Albuquerque knew how to find this sort of help, they would have more successful and happy relationships.

Mental Health Resources in Albuquerque

Albuquerque is suffering from a shortage of mental health professionals. They were already short on resources. Then, a few years ago, a large Medicaid fraud scheme shut down many, much needed offices. Now a state that was already plagued with very high substance abuse issues and depression is in worse shape than ever before.

E-Counseling Solves the Challenge of Finding a Therapist in Albuquerque

E-Counseling is an avenue for people in need of a mental health professional. It makes information available in a convenient and user-friendly way. It is the goal of E-counseling to help provide fast and reliable mental health counseling.

Everyone should know how to find a good mental health professional. E-counseling makes that possible.