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.

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, moti Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 9 years

Skye Norton

Skye Norton, MA, LPCC,

My life has been forever altered by engaging in therapy as a client and continues to be shaped by helping others engage in their own therapeutic process. I was one of those people who did not believe that life had anything to offer me and that I simply had to accept and suffer with the difficult hand I had been dealt…. How wrong I was! It was a lot of work and it took a long time, but a little bit at a time I started to overcome my past and was shocked Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 14 years

Dr. Jim Nolan

Dr. Jim Nolan, Ph.D.,

I'm here to help you discover and live your Vision of what you want your life to be. I work mostly with international clients..... Kuwait, Singapore, Nigeria, UK, Peru, Romania, Canada, Qatar, India, and so on..... In my first weeks with BetterHelp, I got over a dozen clients from all over the world. We are working together almost daily to try to create a better life for them. I think they can feel that I have been doing this work for a long time, and have had success with Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 30 years

Terri  Sawyer

Terri Sawyer, LSCW,

Hello there! Thank you for taking the time to read my profile page. Being a supportive clinical social worker is one of the greatest joys in my life. I enjoy listening to others and helping them to find a way through tough times. My experience includes a Master's Degree of Social Work from the University of Utah and for almost 20 years, I have worked in child and family services. Currently, I counsel the chronically ill on end of life decisions and Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 4 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

Mandy Jacquez

Mandy Jacquez, LCSW,

Mandy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Mexico with over 8 years of experience and over 12 years in the helping profession. Mandy has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Government and a Master’s degree in Social Work from New Mexico State University. I have helped a wide variety of individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, stress, anger, trauma, PTSD, abuse, addictions, relationship and parenting issues, ADHD, low self-esteem, mood disorders, and ca Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 8 years

Kassandra Williams

Kassandra Williams, LMFT,

I am Kassandra Williams, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). I have experience working with a variety of client needs and find joy in helping clients work through barriers to their health and wholeness. My areas of interest include: -Attachment Disorders/Issues -Relationship Problems, including Interpersonal, Intimate, and Family Relationships -Mood Disorders such as Anxiety and Depression -Parenting Issues -Career Issues Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 3 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 pr Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 2 years

Celeste Campos

Celeste Campos, LMFT,

Hi there, my name is Celeste Campos, I am a licensed Marriage and Family therapist. I have worked with individuals, couples, and families across the lifespan . Throughout my childhood and early adulthood, I moved several times between Mexico and the United States. With each move I encountered a different challenge. As a result I developed an interest in how individuals adjust and develop resiliency vs resisting change (which I encountered several times). With this said, I enj Read More...
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  • Languages: English, Spanish,
  • Experience: 3 years

Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong, LMHC, LCPC, LCPP,

My name is Karen F Armstrong. I am licensed in three states as a behavioral health and relationship therapist along with certification in two states as an addiction professional. I am also a certified employee assistance professional/career coach. I have worked for over twenty years in the field of behavioral health/relationships/addictions. In each area I counsel I provide good Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 25 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.