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About Us

We specialize in treating trauma. If you have suffered from trauma you may be suffering from PTSD, depression, and anxiety. Cottonwood Counseling, LLC provides counseling services to adults, children, adolescents, and families. Our mission is to provide quality outpatient mental health services with integrity, compassion, kindness, and connection. Our goal is to combine our knowledge and expertise to provide the best care possible to the community. 

Our Clinicians are trained in several modalities such as EMDR, CBT and DBT. We also provide Play Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy for children and adolescents.

Meet The Team

Yvonne Williams Casaus

Yvonne Williams Casaus

Owner, Mental Health Clinician, LPCC, RPT

Yvonne is a Mom, Wife, Author, Speaker, Counselor, and the founder of Cottonwood Counseling.  She is an independently licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC) and a Registered Play Therapist (RPT).  She has been helping adults, children, adolescents, and families for over 15 years.  She provided services in her private practice for 7 years.  Upon seeing the growing demand for mental health services, she felt the need to open a group practice in order to better serve her community.  She is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy.  She specializes in treating Trauma, PTSD, Depression, and Anxiety.  With a degree in Mechanical Engineering, she has been a Satellite Engineer, a Mission Planner, and has even worked for NASA.  As the author of the Amazon Best-Seller A DROP OF WATER: A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY, she was inspired to share from her knowledge as a Therapist and Suicide Loss Survivor to help others find encouragement and inspiration through loss.  Her passion and the mission of Cottonwood Counseling is to provide knowledgeable, nurturing, and effective treatment to the community.

Phu Barney

Phu Barney

Practice Manager

Phu Barney, the Practice Manager for Cottonwood Counseling has over 25 years of management experience, 15 of which have been in the mental health field.  Her education includes a B.S. in Business Management and Human Resources.  As a HIPAA security officer, she manages the information security policies, procedures, and technical systems of Cottonwood Counseling.  Along with her education she has an in-depth knowledge of most aspects of a Mental Health practice including medical billing, insurances, credentialing, HR, but most importantly, patient care.  She and her husband have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.  Her hobby is her family and taking care of patients.  Understanding and supporting her patients is her number one priority.

Marlene Espinoza Barboza

Marlene Espinoza Barboza

Mental Health Clinician, LPCC

Marlene is a Bilingual (Spanish/English) Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) who completed her master degree in Psychology at the University of Iberoamerica in Costa Rica. She specializes in treating PTSD, anxiety, depression and adjustment disorders. She has more than 10 years of experience working with survivors of trauma, abuse and victimization. She provides strength-based and trauma informed therapy to children (0-17), adolescents, adults, & families with a variety of mental health issues and socio-culture backgrounds. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Brief Therapy in her practice. She is also a certified Circle of Security Parent Facilitator. 
 
C. Denise Gauna-Wigelsworth

C. Denise Gauna-Wigelsworth

Mental Health Clinician, LPCC

Denise is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), having completed her degrees at the University of New Mexico and Webster University. She has worked in therapeutic foster care, group homes for children and adolescents, and mental health and addiction services for adults and adolescents. Denise has also worked in behavioral therapy for autism spectrum and intellectual and developmental disorders. Her current focus is in trauma, mood disorders, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and autism spectrum disorder. She specializes in providing therapy to children, adolescents, families and adults while working to help clients develop their own strengths and effective ways of coping with life’s challenges. Denise is well-versed in the particular nuances and challenges of the LGBTQ community and multiple cultural backgrounds.

Mandy Lopez

Mandy Lopez

Mental Health Clinician, LCSW

Mandy is a native New Mexican who completed her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development & Family Relations at the University of New Mexico in 2009. She first began her work with children and families in the Albuquerque area and in rural communities around the state. She later went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Social Work where she graduated from New Mexico Highlands University in 2013. Mandy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She specializes in parenting issues, attachment disruptions, trauma, life transitions, healthy boundaries, depression and anxiety. Her approach to treatment is solution focused and centered in mindfulness practices and relational therapy. Mandy has training in play therapy and is certified as a Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator. Mandy is passionate about health and wellness as it relates to the mind-body connection. She enjoys discovering new ways to incorporate positive habits into her own lifestyle. Ultimately, Mandy strives to help her clients find meaning, joy and peace in the present and develop strength-based strategies for the future.

Amy McGhee

Amy McGhee

Mental Health Clinician, LCSW

Amy began her career after completing degrees at Centenary College of Louisiana and Louisiana Tech University.  Prior to relocating to New Mexico, she worked for over 20 years in a community mental health agency, a children’s home and in private practice in Louisiana and Arkansas.  Amy is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.  She provides therapy to individuals and families with an emphasis on self-esteem, attachment issues, and communication repair.  She has a variety of skills that allow her to fit the treatment with the person and their particular situation.  Amy offers a supportive warm relationship in the counseling session to assist the client through open discussion and the development of personal insight.

Delphinia Nuanes

Delphinia Nuanes

Mental Health Clinician, LPCC

Delphinia is a mother to two adult sons. She is the daughter of Joe and Gloria (now deceased); her inspirational mentors. Her parents were not formally educated. They however, were responsible for instilling the importance of integrity in personal and professional life. She is an independently licensed psychotherapist and an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) trauma trained therapist. Her goal is to support clients in adapting the belief that hope exists; and, where they are currently is where they need to be, but not where they have to stay. Her own trauma history presents as an empathetic conduit in her role as therapist. Delphinia is fluent in Spanish and has been providing bilingual treatment support since 2007. She has engaged with the most challenged families and individuals in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. Her experience and skills in family therapy includes supporting co-parenting/blended families, partner/marital issues, and defiant adolescent behaviors. Her individual therapy experience includes supporting diagnoses of anxiety, depression, PTSD, schizophrenia, self-harming behaviors/suicidality, substance abuse, and trauma. Theories she finds effective include EMDR, cognitive behavioral (CBT), Reality, and strategic/structured.  Her personal therapy style is direct, honest, and person-centered. Delphinia also provides intensive family therapy as an MST therapist (Multisystemic Therapy) since 2007; currently with UNM Hospital. Her Professional association includes being a full-time member of EMDRIA (EMDR Association). Her certification as an EMDR therapist is on-going. Delphinia’s graduate and post-graduate degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from ENMU-Portales, NM and a Master of Arts (dual program) in Counseling from UNM/Albuquerque.

Jamie Peterson

Jamie Peterson

Mental Health Clinician, LCSW

Jamie is currently trained in utilizing trauma focused and evidence-based treatment modalities such as CBT, EMDR, Sand Tray Therapy, Play Therapy and Theraplay. In 2009 she graduated with her MA in Social Work with an emphasis in Clinical therapy.  She began working at the San Juan County Detention Center for Correctional Health Management in Farmington, NM where she was born and raised.  As an Inmate Mental Health Professional, she completed mental health evaluations and acted as a client advocate in order to coordinate services and resolve emergency crisis situations. She helped clients deal with addictions, substance abuse, family therapy, parenting, marital problems, suicide, stress management, problems with self-esteem, and issues associated with legal status and mental and emotional health. She also worked at Child Haven as a Trauma Therapist and Treatment Foster Care Therapist. She provided outpatient therapy and support services to children, youth and their families experiencing or at risk of the following: physical, mental or behavioral health problems; runaway or homeless youth; substance abuse; physical abuse, sexual abuse, trauma and neglect. Her goal is to help as many people as she can live their “Best Life”.  She is not a stranger to life’s pain, hardships and circumstances and that is why she is passionate about what she does.

Lucinda Reyes

Lucinda Reyes

Mental Health Clinician, LCSW

Lucinda graduated from NMHU with a Master’s in Social Work and Business Administration.  She is bilingual Spanish/English, and has experience working with most populations and age groups. Lucinda believes that the person coming into her practice is seeking to better their life and she is a medium to help them get there.  She enjoys being of service in this regard and is grateful to be part of their healing.  She enjoys working with elementary children through adults and has taught parenting courses to Spanish-speaking families.  She has experience working with couples and families helping navigate the many aspects of complex relationships.  Lucinda is experienced with CBT, Emotion-focused therapy, EMDR, Mindfulness, Trauma-Informed, Motivational Interviewing, Spiritually oriented psychotherapy, Holistic/Integrative Therapy, Solution-focused therapy, Telehealth, as well as Sand tray and Play therapy.  She always utilizes a strengths-based perspective with all clients. When Lucinda is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, traveling, relaxing at home, cooking, learning baking skills, gardening and reading.

Valerie Seibert

Valerie Seibert

Mental Health Clinician, LPCC

Valerie is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) who completed her degrees at Ball State University (2007) and Indiana State University (2011). She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in the following areas: corrections, community mental health, schools, and in crisis/hospital settings. She has worked with ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, Codependency, Depression, Family conflict, Grief/Loss, LGBTQ+/sexual identity, Mood disorders, Panic & Phobias, Parent-Child Relationship conflict, PTSD, Stress Management, and Substance Abuse. She has specialized skills in motivational interviewing, anger management, grief, mindfulness, play/art therapy, trauma-informed and cognitive behavioral therapy. She comes from a multi-cultural background and approaches therapy in a holistic manner. She has experience working around and with Bi-lingual (Spanish speaking) populations.

We’re Always Looking for Dedicated, Compassionate Professionals to Join our Team.  Contact us today if you would like more information.

About

Cottonwood Counseling, LLC provides counseling services to adults, adolescents, children and families. We specialize in treating trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and grief.


LGBTQIA+ friendly

Contact

6330 Riverside Plaza Lane NW

Suite 260, ABQ, NM 87120

PH: 505-226-2839

E: cottonwoodcounselingabq@gmail.com


Se Habla Espanol

Insurance 

We accept Commercial insurance as well as Medicaid. We also accept clients that would like to self pay.

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