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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 18 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.

Tiffany Atencio

Tiffany Atencio

Mental Health Clinician, LCSW

Tiffany started her career in counseling as a LSAA/LADAC by helping clients with a dual diagnosis (mental health and substance use). She worked in a rehab serving the Native American population and a local methadone clinic. While working with these clients in individual therapy she also conducted group therapy in the following areas: anger management, parenting, coping skills, relapse prevention, mindfulness and boundaries. Later, Tiffany obtained her Master Degree in Social Work at NMSU. She enjoys working with the youth as there is a great need in their population. She began working as a therapist at various residential treatment centers serving children and their families. Tiffany believes it is important to be trauma informed and has led trainings in this area to various employers who work with the youth. She is also an advocate for including the family as a whole unit in the helping process. Over the years she has gained experience and knowledge working with individuals in the following areas: ADHD, PTSD, anxiety, depression, Autism, conduct disorder, mood disorder, behavior management, eating disorders and personality disorders. She uses evidence based practices and modalities that serve the needs of her clients while incorporating a healthy lifestyle of the body inside and out.
 
Aiden Davis

Aiden Davis

Director, Transgender Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program/Mental Health Clinician, LCSW

Aiden received his Master’s of Social work from New Mexico State University. He has a broad range of experience working with incarcerated individuals, acute inpatient care and also individual and family services addressing attachment disruptions, anxiety, depression, trauma and ADHD. He is a registered Circle of Security Parenting facilitator and approaches therapy through skills such as mindfulness, solution-focused therapy, client-centered therapy and more. As a trans-identified male, his passion and primary clinical focus is to support individuals who identify on the queer spectrum of sexual identity and/or trans/gender expansive folx. He is sex and body positive and promotes safety, wellness and freedom of expression/exploration in all aspects of self and relationships within a safe and non-judgmental environment.
 
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. 
 
Delfinia Fuentes

Delfinia Fuentes

Mental Health Clinician, LPCC

Delfinia 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 a Certified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) trauma therapist. She is also certified in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy). 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 remain. Her own trauma history presents as an empathetic conduit in her role as therapist. Delfinia 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 to name a few. Her individual therapy experience includes treatment of anxiety, depression, PTSD, schizophrenia, self-harming behaviors/suicidality, substance abuse, and trauma (Individual and generational).  She finds practicing EMDR, Ego States, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Strategic/Structured modes of treatment effective, among others.  Her personal therapy style is direct, honest, and person-centered. She was an MST (Multi-systemic Treatment) therapist for 15 years. Her Professional association includes being a full-time member of EMDRIA (EMDR Association).  Delfinia’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, NM,
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.

Diane Lacen

Diane Lacen

Mental Health Clinician, LMHC

Diane received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from New Mexico Highlands University and her PhD inCounselor Education from the University of New Mexico. She has experience both in the teaching andpractice of counseling. Diane has counseled adolescents and adults in outpatient settings and has worked with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, addiction, stress management, communication,and self-esteem issues. She is a humanistic counselor who values the therapeutic relationship and the healing and growth that can come from this. Diane believes that all clients have value and deserve to lead more effective lives. She tailors therapy to the needs of the client whether this involves Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy, Existential Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, or other types of therapy. Diane loves to spend time with her children, grandchildren, and dog. She loves movies, plays, and yoga.

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.

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.

Justin Peterson

Justin Peterson

Mental Health Clinician, LMHC

Justin trained in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California after attaining a degree in Traditional Eastern Arts at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado where he specialized in the study of Taoism, Yoga, and Buddhism. Justin continues to specialize in depth as well as contemplative styles of psychotherapy, particularly following in the footsteps of some of his major influences like Carl Jung, Stan Grof, and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. For Justin, therapy always involves taking an interest in everyone as individuals and building trust so that deep healing can occur. Justin doesn’t treat diagnoses, he treats people.
He views everyone as having a unique individual experience that deserves curiosity, care, and attention no matter how large or small the issues on their plate may be. Justin feels that individuals make up a society, and that the problems of the world can best be alleviated by treating one individual’s pain at a time. As a dedicated practitioner of Vajrayana Buddhism Justin believes in being of benefit to all people equally. He does his best to connect with and support people from all walks of life no matter their lifestyle, politics, or religion.

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.

Franklin R. Smith

Franklin R. Smith

Mental Health Clinician, LMFT

Franklin R. Smith MA, LMFT is an experienced psychotherapist with over 30 years of experience in a variety of settings, including but not limited to private practice, community mental health, public and non-public (special education) schools, residential and psychiatric hospitals. Although he works with all age groups, he specializes in working with young adults, adolescents and their families. Areas of interest include depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, communication, trauma, attachment issues, grief and loss and relationship conflicts. He utilizes an eclectic strength-based approach incorporating short term psychodynamic, CBT, humanistic and family systems theory.  He understands that learned behavior results in patterns that can either be positive and life affirming or maladaptive and negatively impact our self-esteem, happiness and relationships. He helps clients unravel where destructive life patterns come from and empowers them to have a more fulfilling life.  When not working, he enjoys screenwriting, cinema, hiking, cooking, birdwatching and spending time with his wife and daughter
Esperansa Wells

Esperansa Wells

Mental Health Clinician, LPCC

Esperansa is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) who completed her degrees at NM State University (2000) and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks (2002). She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults for over 20 years in the following areas: corrections, community mental health, schools, and all branches of the Military. She has worked with Anger Management, Anxiety, Depression, Family conflict, Grief/Loss, Mood disorders, Self harming, Relationship conflicts, PTSD, Couples counseling, and Stress Management. She has specialized skills in grief, mindfulness, play/art therapy, trauma-informed (Reality Therapy), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy.
Ah Lin "Joan" Wong

Ah Lin "Joan" Wong

Mental Health Clinician, LPCC

Joan is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). She graduated from Southwestern
Theological Seminary in Texas in 2005, with dual MA degrees in Marriage and Family Counseling and Christian Education. Her experiences include counseling and interpreting in private practices, non-profit agencies, corrections facilities, and universities. She serves adolescents and adults, with issues related to depression, anxiety, communication, parenting, relationship conflict, family/marital relationships, cultural adaptation, faith, grief and loss, self-esteem, conflict resolution, anger management, domestic violence, smoking cessation, and problem gambling. Life is never static, so matches her counseling approaches. She believes in ‘change through renewal of mind,’ via eclectic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,Solution-focused therapy, and Brief therapy. She provides Christian counseling when requested. Her clients may also request counseling in English, Mandarin, or Cantonese. She hopes her service inspires and teaches people to make positive life-oriented choices, and helps to lead people to achieve a quality physical, emotional, and spiritual life.
Her hobbies are cooking, gardening, and enjoying tea time. She says it is amazing watching her plants grow. That translates to cherishing watching her clients grow through life challenges.
Her motto: “Cheering with you when the sun shines. Walking with you when it rains.”

Erica Pena

Erica Pena

Medical Billing Specialist

Erica is the Medical Billing specialist for Cottonwood Counseling.  She has a background in administration and HR in the mental health field. She is bilingual (Spanish/English).  Her hobbies include being in nature, camping and traveling. She has a daughter and is currently awaiting the arrival of a baby boy in January 2023.
Stephanie D. McCullough

Stephanie D. McCullough

Mental Health Clinician Intern

Stephanie is a native New Mexican who is currently working towards her Masters Degree in Art Therapy and Counseling. She is attending Southwestern College in Santa Fe, where she will graduate from in 2024. She is currently a Licensed Substance Abuse Associate, she intends to become a LADAC, and feels devoted to working within the realm of addiction, as she identifies as is in recovery herself. She has a deep passion for art, specifically photography, which was her focus while attaining her Bachelors in Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico. She enjoys bringing art into the healing process and feels called to encourage others to explore their creativity within the therapeutic environment. Stephanie is a firm believer that there are many approaches beyond typical talk therapy which can guide us in healing our past trauma and reaching our personal therapeutic goals. She is interested in working with others seeking the necessary knowledge and skills to improve their overall quality of life. When she is not working, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and dog, watching sports (hockey, football, and MMA), attending local community events, spending time outside (hiking, bike riding, running), eating delicious local food, working on DIY projects at home, traveling, and exploring/enjoying all that is good here in our beautiful state of New Mexico.

 

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

Fax: 505-295-2559

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.