PSYCHOTHERAPY
& PASTORAL COUNSELING ASSOCIATES, LLC

 
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BETTE BETTS, MSW, LISW

Bette is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. For 42 years, she has worked in the schools, in hospice, home care, and community mental health. Bette has extensive experience working with adults, including older adults, in dealing with all forms of loss and transition. She has also specialized in working with persons who have persistent and chronic problems with depression, with relationships, or with managing stress and emotions. With a belief that it is useful to “be still” in order to heal and grow, Bette loves to teach mindfulness skills. 988-4131, x111.
 

TERESA H. BREMER, Ph.D., LMFT

Teresa is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and a member of the American Psychological Association. She has over 25 years of experience working with groups, families, couples, and individuals in religious and secular settings. Areas of interest and extensive treatment experience include anxiety, depression, relationships, job stress, and clergy burnout. A native of Albuquerque, she is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). 988-4131, x106


DON J. CHAVEZ, M.DIV, LISW, Clinical Director


     Don is a Licensed Independent Social Worker.  He has been a Pastoral Minister in Northern New Mexico for over 10 years. He is a Catholic, native New Mexican who speaks English and Spanish. He has a Masters of Divinity degree from Mt. Angel Seminary.  Don has been doing therapy with individuals, couples and families for over 20 years.  He struggles to be a good steward of the land, and practices this on his ranch near Estancia NM when he is not counseling.  988-4131 x104.

 
DAVID DENNEDY-FRANK, Ph.D.,

David is a Licensed Psychologist who has been providing mental health services for 40 years. He is trained in child, adolescent, and family therapy. He also enjoys individual and couple counseling. David is a native of Santa Fe, coming from a large, multi-cultural family in northern New Mexico. He has a lifelong commitment to Franciscan spirituality. He is particularly interested in exploring how daily personal and family life can be deeply spiritual. David is married and has two adult sons.  988-4131 x102.
 
KATHRYN RICE, LISW
        Kathryn A. Rice is a licensed independent social worker that has over 20 years’ experience working with individuals, families and children; most recently as a private practice therapist in Santa Fe for the last 12 years. Ms. Rice works to support families and children experiencing trauma, loss, and difficulties with life transitions, school issues, or social problems. Kathryn specializes in working with adoption issues and attachment. She is endorsed as a Level III Infant Mental Health provider working with infants, young children and parents. Her office is not at our main location.  469-9259

PAMELA SCHACKEL, MSW, LISW, LPCC

       Pamela is a Licensed Independent Social Worker.  For over 20 years she has worked with individuals, couples, children and families.  Her enjoyment of children led her to specialize in young children and their families.  As a child-centered therapist, Pam utilizes play therapy and sandplay as natural ways for children to express their world and feelings.  Through this process children are encouraged to accept responsibility for themselves and to discover, accept and appreciate their own uniqueness.  She also utilizes EMDR to decrease anxiety and traumatic memories and bring about positive cognitive restructuring.  As a Child Specialist, she works in the Collaborative Divorce process to advocate for children to have a loving relationship with both of their parents.  988-4131 x 107.

MABOUD C. SWIERKOSZ, LPCC

Maboud is a licensed clinical counselor who has practiced psychotherapy for over 30 years. He counsels adults, adolescents and couples. His counseling approaches include:mindfulness and strength-based strategies, brief solution focus, cognitive behavioral, depth psychology, and teaching breathing & meditation skills that help one to manage stress and life’s challenges. His intention is to inspire the qualities of hope, faith, and resourcefulness needed to support clients in their life’s journey. Maboud leads the Dances of Universal Peace where all are welcomed in the circle to experience and express the beauty of their hearts through song, music, chant and movement.  His office is at a separate location. Maboud's office phone is:  505-471-9788.
 
KATHERINE THRIFT, MA, LPCC

Katherine has lived in New Mexico for 20 years and is a graduate of the Counseling Program at Southwestern College in Santa Fe. She has completed advanced training in Sandplay at the New Mexico Center for Sandplay Training, and is currently a candidate for the International Society of Sandplay Therapists. Katherine's Christian based spirituality is informed by her Jungian orientation to the psyche, which celebrates the unique and sacred nature of each person’s life journey.  Katherine works with adults, couples, families and children on a wide variety of issues including depression, anxiety, relationship issues and life transitions.  She offers Sandplay and dream-work as ways for both adults and children to discover new aspects of them-selves and to promote a sense of wholeness and well-being.  988-4131 x105.
 
LICENSED GRADUATE STILL IN TRAINING 

David Romero, M.A., Licensed Mental Health Counselor (Temporary, pending more supervision) and School Psychologist (Supervised by Don Chavez). 

988-4131, x115.
 
* All area codes above are 505 unless otherwise listed. 

SERVICES OFFERED INCLUDE: 


Populations served are individuals, couples, families, children, aging adults, caregivers


​Issues addressed are anxiety, depression, divorce, co-parenting, parenting, family conflicts, grief and loss, life transitions, marriage preparation, traumatic experiences, understanding dreams, and more


Faith and spiritual issues, including hope, acceptance and forgiveness


Holistic Health and Wellness: "Mind-body-emotion-spirit" interconnections.