- Our Staff -

Meet our Providers

Maggie Armendariz

- LCSW -

Maggie completed her bachelor’s in Elementary Education at New Mexico State University and her master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Texas El Paso. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) and Circle of Security Parenting Classes (COS).   Maggie works with children, teens, young adults, women and families.

Norma Casado

- LMSW -

Norma Casado is a family therapist with Amistad Family Services. She joined Amistad in 2017. She graduated from New Mexico State University in 2010 with master’s degree in social work. Norma has experience working with a variety of age groups and cultural backgrounds; she has been providing individual and family counseling for over nine years.

Alyssa R. Molina

- LMHC -

Alyssa Molina is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of New Mexico. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from New Mexico State University. Alyssa has worked with a variety of populations and ages through individual and family therapy in outpatient and in-home settings. Alyssa has experience treating anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder, self-esteem, ADHD, behavioral concerns, life transitions, and parenting struggles. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults in individual and family therapy. Alyssa has been trained in Multisystemic Therapy (MST), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Emotional Triggers Treatment (ETT), and Circle of Security™ Parenting Program (COS).

Melanie Dunne

- LCSW, IMH-E III -

Melanie completed her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Social Work at New Mexico State University. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Circle of Security Parenting Classes (COS), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) & Child-Parent Psychotherapy - Supervision, Emotional Triggers Treatment, and is an endorsed Infant Mental Health (III) Specialist. Melanie is also available to provide clinical and reflective supervision.

 

Her education and professional background of understanding the mind and body has given her a unique approach to counseling that fits the philosophy here at Amistad Family Services.

Melanie currently serves Amistad as a Clinical Supervisor.

 

Since 2017, Melanie has been a part of a non-profit organization that supports veteran’s and their families across the southern part of New Mexico. She is also a Soroptimist Ruby Award winner (2017) for her work in supporting women veteran’s returning to school after service.  Melanie is a New Mexico native who grew up in Silver City, NM.

Brittany Miera

- LCSW, IMH-E III -

Brittany is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has experience in child protective services and school social work. Her background in counseling incorporates working with individuals of all ages to include infants, children, adults, and families. She specializes and has had extensive training in working with children ages 0-5 and their families. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Emotional Triggers Treatment (ETT), Theraplay Level One & MIM, and is a certified Circle of Security™ parenting facilitator.

 

Brittany also serves the agency as a Clinical Supervisor. She is honored and excited to be part of the clinical administrative staff. She is passionate about the agency and enhancing the clinical work it provides. In this role her duties include supervision/consultation to interns and staff, supporting agency needs, and contributing to community outreach.

 

 

Tina Parnes

- LMSW -

Tina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of New Mexico.  She earned an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education as well as a bachelor’s in Social Work from New Mexico State University, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Simmons College.  She is a registered Circle of Security™ Parenting Program facilitator, and is trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy as well as Emotional Triggers Treatment (ETT).

 

Tina’s clinical specialties include working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families who are experiencing a variety of concerns, such as, depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, PTSD, behavioral concerns, divorce reaction, self-esteem issues, and parenting struggles.

 

Tina uses an attachment-based, trauma informed approach to her work with clients.  She utilizes a variety of evidence-based modalities for therapeutic intervention, including: Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Psychotherapy with Integrated child-directed play/art/music/movement, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

 

Joy Doucette

- LMSW -

Joy Doucette is a Licensed Master Social Worker, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Earlham College, then pursued a Masters in Social Work from Simmons University. She is trained as a Circle of Security™ Parenting Program facilitator and will be trained in Child-Parent Psychotherapy.

 

Joy’s clinical practice includes children, adolescents, adults, and families with a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, trauma, behavioral disturbances, and parenting struggles. She utilizes a variety of evidence-based interventions including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy.

 

Joy hasn’t always been a resident of New Mexico but plans to stay because of the beauty that surrounds life here. She enjoys spending her free time hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, and making pottery.

Breckon Patch

 

- LCSW, IMH-III & Clinical Director -

Breckon Patch is the Clinical Director at Amistad Family Services, Inc. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is endorsed as a Category III Infant Mental Health Specialist. She has been with Amistad since 2012 and specializes in treating trauma in infants and young children in relationship with their caregivers. Breckon is trained in Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Circle of Security™ Parenting. Her clinical practice includes working with infants, children, adults, and families who have experienced abuse, neglect, adoption, attachment difficulties, grief, anxiety, depression, post-partum depression, behavioral concerns with children, parenting difficulties, divorce, domestic violence, and trauma.

 

Breckon completed her Associates, Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Social Work at New Mexico State University. She has experience in child advocacy, domestic violence treatment, school social work and outpatient behavioral health. Breckon has resided in New Mexico for over thirty years and enjoys the unique culture and diversity. Alongside her career, she is passionate about her Christian faith and spending time with her two sons.

 

Kristen Blandford

 

- LMHC -

Kristen Blandford is a LMHC and has been working at Amistad since July, 2020. She is currently working towards her LPCC licensure. She specializes in couples and adults aged 15 years old and up. She graduated with her Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University in August of 2019. Kristen has gone through trainings for Prepare & Enrich Premarital Counseling, Circle of Security, and Emotional Triggers Treatment (ETT). Kristen is interested in becoming EMDR certified and possibly specializing in adult trauma in the future. In Kristens spare time she loves to listen to podcasts, go for hikes, talk to friends, and watch Greys Anatomy, The Office, or Bachelor shows.

Meghan Sierra

- LMSW -

Meghan is a New Mexico native who grew up in Roswell, NM. She received her bachelor’s in communication disorders and masters in social work from NMSU. Meghan is a licensed master social worker. She uses individual and family therapy to serve infants, children and adolescents, ages 0-18yo. Her previous experience is working with adolescents in inpatient residential treatment. She also has experience working with families involved with child protective services. Meghan uses trauma informed approaches to help children who face attachment difficulties, depression, anxiety, behavioral issues and PTSD. Meghan has been trained in ETT, EMDR, COS, and working on CPP throughout this next year. Meghan also plans on working towards her infant mental health endorsement. Meghan is passionate about improving the bond between children and parents/caregivers and enjoy finding creative methods to meet each family’s unique needs.

Beatriz Favela

- LCSW -

Bea is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of New Mexico.  Bea obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work from New Mexico State University.  Bea has experience in school social work, family preservation, family reunification, and teaching Social Work courses at NMSU’s School of Social Work.  Bea has been a therapist for 12 years and has been part of Amistad team since 2014. Bea’s clinical practice includes working with children, women, adults and families who are experiencing or have experienced neglect, attachment difficulties, anxiety, depression, behavioral concerns with children, parenting struggles, and trauma.

 

Bea is bilingual and is a certified facilitator for English and Spanish programs such as the Circle of Security™ Parenting Program,  Self-Management Chronic Disease, Diabetes and educational environmental programs.  Beatriz is a lifelong resident of Las Cruces, enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and is passionate about helping others achieve optimum well-being.

 

Kristin Knight

- LMHC -

Kristin spent over 27 years in public education before joining Amistad, where she has provided clinical therapy since April of 2020. She  taught 7th grade English Language Arts for 7 years and was a school counselor at the middle school level for 20 years, as well as a Student Council Advisor. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Bachelor of Science in Education, as well as her Master's degree in Counseling and Psychology at New Mexico State University. She became a National Board Certified Teacher in 1993 and renewed the rigorous certification 3 times. She was selected as the Middle School Advisor of the Year for the State of New Mexico by the New Mexico Association of Student Councils in February of 2020. She is trained in the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Circle of Security, and Emotional Triggers Treatment. She has a passion for supporting the homeless and does extensive fundraising for Community of Hope here in Las Cruces.

 

Kristin is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who works with adults and couples, as well as teens. Kristin's therapy style is creative, straightforward and honest, yet supportive and caring. She makes therapy comfortable and perhaps even fun, despite it being an uncomfortable activity that most people don't look forward to. She asks questions that encourage clients to honestly think and evaluate themselves in a safe space. She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help clients reflect on their thoughts and determine how their thinking colors their world. Having been a teacher, she is able to help clients have that "aha!" moment that allows them to better understand their relationships and their place in the world in a different, more effective way. Her clients expect to have homework!

 

She has been married to her husband for over 26 years, and therefore understands the joys and challenges of marriage. She is a mother to two teenagers (who find having a mom who is a therapist rather annoying) and knows the stress of taking care of a family while maintaining a career. Because Kristin's mother is a minister, she is comfortable talking about prayer, religion, the Bible and all of the struggles that go with exploring one's faith. She relates to dysfunctional families, blended families, families living overseas and crazy families because she is in one! Her experience in the classroom, the therapy office and in life give her extensive knowledge and understanding of life's challenges. Having spent so many years in the middle school setting (and actually liked it!), the most awkward, painful time in most people's lives, there is nothing she hasn't seen, heard or conquered.

 

Glenda Hilley

- LMSW -

Glenda has been working in the field of Social Work and therapy for 34 years. She is now semi-retired and enjoying her “dream job” .  Glenda  enjoys working with adult women who are experiencing “life problems” or transitioning from one  phase of life to another.  She is experienced in working with anxiety, depression, grief, aging issues, sexuality, complicated relationships and empowerment.  Although she utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches, she relies heavily on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  Glenda is a strong believer that we all have the power to improve our level of happiness by reducing negative thought patterns in order to change our responses to life’s challenges.

Hannah Hagan

-  MSW -

Hannah grew up in the Kansas City area but has lived in Las Cruces since 2019. She received her Master's degree in social work from New Mexico State University. While completing her degree, she provided mental health services to populations ranging from young children to middle adults. She has experience in helping clients navigate depression, anxiety, grief, divorce reaction, self-esteem issues, and sexuality. She also enjoys working with adolescents with Autism and intellectual/developmental disabilities. She is a certified Circle of Security - Parenting facilitator. She is excited to continue working with older children, adolescents, and young adults at Amistad. Her professional goals include becoming certified in EMDR.

 

Prior to beginning her social work journey, Hannah taught reading recovery at an elementary school in Kansas City. She enjoys reading, hiking, yoga, and exploring the natural beauty of the Southwest.

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Amistad Family Services, Inc. is a non-profit organization serving individuals and families in the Las Cruces community.  Our team consists of highly qualified and diverse clinicians, both male and female, who each have a unique approach to therapy.

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