Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Rio Rancho, New Mexico

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

Dr. Merranda Marin

Dr. Merranda Marin, Ph.D., LMFT

My name is Dr. Marin and I am a licensed psychologist and a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), particularly within the context of the family system. I earned her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from New Mexico State University in 2007 and I also hold a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Previous experiences include the oversight of the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Dr. Jim Nolan

Dr. Jim Nolan, Ph.D.

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...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 30 years

Leslie  Harvey

Leslie Harvey , LPCC

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...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years

Jill Koehn

Jill Koehn,

Hello and Welcome! I am licensed as a professional counselor Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico, and a licensed addictions counselor in both Colorado and Wyoming. I have a Masters Degree from the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado and a Bachelors degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara. I have been in the field for over 30 years and gradually gained experience with a wide range of issues including but not limited to Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 30 years

Alisha O'Donovan

Alisha O'Donovan, MS, LMHC

Hi! My name is Alisha O’Donovan. I have a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology and am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the State of New Mexico. As a therapist, my approach to psychotherapy is grounded in a unified approach to the science of clinical psychology that assimilates and integrates key insights from the major approaches (e.g., CBT, humanistic, integrative) into a more coherent whole. My clinical focus is underpinned by the principles of Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Dr. Samuel Abbott

Dr. Samuel Abbott, PhD, LCPC

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...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 14 years

Melissa Loson

Melissa Loson, LCSW

Welcome and thank you for visiting my profile! I have been practicing psychotherapy for 15 years and believe that everyone can benefit from having a space to process their experiences. Over the years clients have told me they enjoy working with someone with a holistic approach who values the mind, body, and spirit, looking at all of the dynamics that make up a persons life experience. I use an integrative Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years



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...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 17 years

Karen House

Karen House, LPC

Hi! I'm Karen and I'm so happy that you've gained the courage to ask for help! I've been a counselor for 18 years, and have worked with a broad range of clients. My style is casual, but I really like to focus on problem solving. My hope is that you'll come out of your first session with a couple of tools that, if you apply them, will help relieve the problem. Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 22 years

Sandi Grabasch

Sandi Grabasch, MS, LMFT

Hello, my name is Sandi, I practice therapy with individuals, couples and families who are motivated to learn new skills which may lead to more joy filled lives. I enjoy seeing people grow towards their ultimate potential while practicing self-compassion and self-love. I believe problems are holistic and so are the solutions, understanding the connections of our mental health and everyday lives can be the key to improved relationships and life satisfaction. I am a licensed Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Rio Rancho, New Mexico

To experience vast spans of open land, go to Rio Rancho, New Mexico. In this area, you can stand in one spot and see nothing but nature for miles in each direction. The beautiful outdoors, along with the option to fly high in air balloon rides, certainly entice many people to visit the city. A deeper look into the area, however, reveals a variety of living and mental health concerns.

Rio Rancho is home to over 96,000 people, making it the third largest city in New Mexico. The majority race is white Americans at 50.6%. Hispanics largely fill out the remainder of the population at 40.3%. Between the two groups, poverty and substance use are rampant. Though the state has several resources and even a collaborative attempt to improve mental and behavioral health, there are barriers to getting the needed help.


Abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs account for eight of the ten leading causes of death in New Mexico. Many drugs are a problem in New Mexico, but four drugs stand out as the largest mental health challenges for the state.

  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Heroin

With the rate of alcohol-related injury or deaths almost double the national rate, New Mexico understandably has the highest alcohol-related death rate of any state. The economic costs of the addiction came out to over $1250 per person in 2006.

The drug-related sentences associated with powdered cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin have increased drastically in the state of New Mexico. In terms of substance use, the state ranked second highest for cocaine, eighth highest for heroin, and fifth highest for methamphetamine in 2016.

Unfortunately, youth make up a large portion of the substance use problems. Students in New Mexico had the second highest rate in the United States of reporting that they had used cocaine. Responses revealed that 4% had used methamphetamine and 3.5% had used heroin.

Trends show that alcohol, on the other hand, is increasingly used as people get older. Students do not report high rates of alcohol use, but the drug abuse problems are increasing drastically. About 70% of drug-related deaths are related to heroin overdoses, and an influx of opioids are entering the drug scene and contributing to mental health concerns in New Mexico.


New Mexico has the highest rate of any state of children living in poverty with over 36% of children under 5 surviving below the poverty line. While child poverty rates have recently decreased in the United States, the rates have increased in New Mexico.

Females aged 25-34 are the largest demographic living in poverty, while white Americans and Hispanics are the largest races below the poverty line. Almost 18% of New Mexicans reported food insecurity, meaning it was difficult to get enough food to survive.

Resources and Barriers

Various treatment resources exist for people who are seeking help.

  • PMG Behavioral Health specializes in substance use
  • Guadalupe Psychiatric and Mental Health Services provides treatment and care to patients seeking counseling.
  • Four Winds Behavioral Health is a treatment center for drug and alcohol abuse.

Though these resources are available, barriers include knowledge and finances. Almost 70% of New Mexicans do not know that the Good Samaritan Law protects them if they seek medical help in the event of an overdose. They might not seek help for fear of legal consequences. Additionally, the inability to pay for treatment keeps some people away from the help they need.

Behavioral Health Collaborative

In 2004, the Legislative session initiated the Behavioral Health Collaborative to respond to the mental health and poverty issues in the state. The goal was, and still is, to create an environment that encourages the prevention and reduction of mental illness and substance abuse. The initiative also seeks to help those getting behavioral health treatment to participate in and enjoy their community.

Some initial problems with the reform include structure, participation, and collaboration. According to research, the state did not have enough resources to support the program, and insufficient communication meant that community tensions were exacerbated rather than ameliorated.

Though challenges exist, the introduction of the Behavioral Health Collaborative reveal an attempt to improve mental health among New Mexicans. The process of mutual learning and discovery has begun in the city of Rio Rancho.


To continue the journey and strengthen the collaborative efforts to improved mental and behavioral health, visit E-Counseling for a directory of therapists and a collection of information about finding help.