TBH clinicians are a deeply compassionate and skilled group of professionals. They understand; they care; they are committed to making a difference. All clinicians have master’s degrees.
Eric Mares, LCSW, Clinical Director
Eric Mares came to TBH in August of 2018 after a variety of clinical and administrative positions in northern New Mexico, most recently as the Children Youth and Families Departmental clinical supervisor for behavioral health in the ten northern counties. With a master’s in social work from Highlands University, he has also studied social work, government/non-profit management, business, and psychology from New Mexico State and the University of New Mexico. He is licensed to work with clients with substance abuse challenges. His clinical concentrations also include grief and loss counseling, co-occurring diagnoses, family discord, and trauma recovery. He is comfortable with both individual and group counseling. Eric works with both adults and youth/children but admits to a special dedication to the welfare of children. Perhaps this is an expression of his deep commitment to family—he and his wife have four beautiful children, and he enjoys his role as an assistant coach to the Taos High School Basketball team. He is a fifth generation Taoseño. Mares become TBH Clinical Director in February of 2019.
Sadie Quintanilla, LMHC, School Programs Director
Sadie Quintanilla grew up in the beautiful mountains of Taos. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in contemplative psychology, with a minor degree in dance, from Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado. Sadie studied many types of movement, bodywork, and nutrition, and in 2004 she returned to Taos to pursue her passion of becoming a Pilates instructor. She trained in Pilates at Core Dynamics with Michele Larson in Santa Fe. After starting a family,Sadie returned to school to obtain a Masters Degree in Counseling at New Mexico Highlands University. She did her internship at TBH and was hired after she graduated in May of 2014. Sadie is a lover of nature and the outdoors, and enjoys winter sports and summer activities. Her passion is keeping the body whole, healthy and happy. She has two sons, Jayden and Bradley.
Jacquie Arcand, LMSW, Counselor on Staff
Jacquie Arcand joined TBH in the summer of 2018 with 16 years of behavioral health experience including program development, leadership, and therapeutic services. Jacquie possesses a thorough working knowledge of the treatment and etiology of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders and has personally experienced the impact of addiction on the individual and family. Her experience has given her a deep understanding that she integrates into her approach to therapy with clients, populations ranging from adolescent to adult clients in both residential and outpatient settings. Jacquie was attracted to work with TBH in planning the Residential Treatment Center for adolescent males—scheduled to open in January of 2019.
In previous behavioral health settings, Jacquie has worked in a variety of residential treatment settings where she provided family counseling, direct treatment of young adults and program development and marketing. She was a founder and remains active in an Arizona-based Equine Assisted Learning/Therapy Program that serves veterans, first responders, and their family members. As a master’s level clinical social worker (New Mexico Highlands University), Jacquie specializes in trauma and family systems issues, which are often present for those struggling with addiction, behavioral and/or mental health challenges. She is a trained EMDR therapist. Jacquie’s professional life prior to entering into the behavioral health field included corporate communications, project management, marketing and research. With Canadian roots, Jacquie has a passion for the outdoors, travel, any activities that involve time with her dog, and the exploration of innovative ways to help those in need. Jacquie brings her unique personal and professional experiences to the development of Lobo Peak—the Residential Treatment Center.
Ashley Branch, LMHC, Family and Youth Center Counselor
A native of Taos, Ashley Branch has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Highlands University and is a licensed mental health counselor. She joined TBH in October 2018, and her practice includes children, youth and families. She is able to use a variety of therapies, including cognitive behavioral therapy, functional family therapy, mindfulness and relaxation techniques and behavioral activation. Her graduate study included internship experience in an inpatient psychiatric facility with both individuals and groups. She is a skilled athlete, having been on the Taos High School and Highlands University Cross Country Teams, and she understand the importance of physical movement in therapeutic treatment. Ashley is bilingual and particularly skilled in helping clients attend to those issues that are under their control.
Erin Chapman Clack, LMSW, Clinician/Social Worker
Erin Chapman Clack joined Taos Behavioral Health in March as a clinician. She is the coordinator for the TBH Familia y Mundo therapeutic after-school program located at Ranchos Elementary. In the 2018-2019 school year, she will work full-time at Ranchos Elementary and provide in-school therapy for emotional and behavioral issues in individual or group settings. Erin moved to Taos from Dallas, where she pursued a career in real estate, until she decided to go back to school to earn a Master’s in social work. While pursuing her degree, she interned as an adoption counselor at Catholic Charities of Dallas in Adoption & Pregnancy Services. She also interned as a case manager at the Annette G. Strauss Family Gateway Center in Dallas with homeless families. Erin earned a Master of Social Work in direct practice mental health at the University of Texas at Arlington in Arlington, Texas, where her coursework included cognitive-behavioral intervention; treatment of addictive behaviors; social policy; stress, crisis and coping; and intimate partner violence. Her undergraduate degree is a BA in Literary Studies and in Sociology from the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado. It was in Denver that she fell in love with the mountains and loves being in Taos where she can enjoy many types of outdoor activities.
Amanda Gallegos, LPCC, Counselor on Staff
Amanda Gallegos joined TBH in August of 2018. Prior to coming to TBH she worked as a clinician at El Centro Family Health providing family and individual counseling and psycho-educational groups for teens and adults. In her previous position, she was a corrections therapist at the New Mexico State Prison where she completed evaluations and treatment planning, crisis intervention, and community reintegration planning.
Amanda worked as a private adoption therapist in Virginia after three years as a cognitive therapist for Agave Health in Los Lunas, NM. She is certified in crisis intervention and fluent in American sign language. She has completed Hispanic Women’s Leadership Training and enjoys community settings to treat clients believing that all people are capable of change through awareness. She can use a variety of therapeutic intervention skills including cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, multi-system therapy, motivational interviewing, and positive potential counseling. Her main practice is with families and young adults. Amanda was born in Las Vegas, NM, the oldest of six, and grew up in Springer. In her free time she loves to cook, dance, hike, and spend time with her dog and five siblings.
Gustavo (Gus) Gonzalez, LISW, Clinical Social Worker
Gus Gonzales has worked in social services since 1992, gaining extensive experience in individual and family psychotherapy, specifically in treating the severely emotionally disturbed children and their families. In the ’90s, he was the therapist of the Children’s Residential Treatment Center’s therapist at Tri-County Community Services and director of outpatient services at Casa de Corazon. He spent 11 years as a clinical behavioral health clinician for the Children Youth and Families Department with the Taos Juvenile Probation and Parole. In 2011 he joined Men Engaged in Nonviolence, the predecessor of Taos Behavioral Health, where he was a volunteer mentor, a board member, and a clinical director. Gus graduated from the University of New Mexico in January, 1970. In 1993, he obtained a master’s degree in social work from New Mexico Highlands University with a 4.0 GPA. Gus was a board member of Child-Rite Special Needs Adoption agency for 15 years, and he and his wife were state and treatment foster parents from 1984 through 2011. They are also adoptive parents of two, who are now adults: Jeremy, 32, and Amanda, 27. Gus has been a parciante, commissioner and mayor domo for the Acequia de los Sanchez since 1977. He is also an organic gardener in the summers.
Julie Gray, LDS, MSW, Supervising Social Worker
Julie Gray has both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in social work from University of Illinois at Chicago. She has done social work since 1988 in a variety of settings, including child welfare, a hospital, juvenile diversion, adoption, and as a school social worker at Ranchos Elementary School, Taos Middle School, Taos High School and other outlying sites. She has been a licensed social worker since 1992. In 2015 she joined Taos Behavioral Health where she provides clinical supervision services. In her free time, Julie enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking, reading, spending time outdoors, and time with family and friends. She is an animal lover and has done pet sitting for Taos families. Julie has happily lived in Taos since 2005.
Dave Martin, MA, LMHC Counselor on Staff
Dave Martin Joined TBH in December of 2018, having been previously employed as a primary clinical therapist in the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program at Tri-County Community Mental Health. In that position he provided case management and client community advocacy as part of a team, serving adults with persistent behavioral health challenges. Prior to that, Dave served for seven years as a Senior Field Guide with the Open Sky Wilderness Therapy Program in Durango, Colorado. In that position he implemented clinical treatment plans in the field, ensuring the physical and emotional safety of students. Martin also has strong creative skills with a certificate from the New Mexico Filmmakers Intensive from the College of Santa Fe. Dave has a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from UNM and a Master of Arts with a concentration in clinical mental health counseling from Adams State University. While he lived in a number of different states as a child, living in California from the time he was eight “was paradise.” When he and his wife first visited Taos, they “listened to the spirits” and decided to stay.
Florence Meira, LISW, LCSW Supervising Social Worker
Florence Meira is a clinical social worker with federal programs in the Taos Municipal Schools. She has a passion for the people of New Mexico. She is especially concerned with children and families exposed to traumatic events and uses many therapeutic approaches to help them, including cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic work, and solution-focused therapies. She has an MA degree in community organizing and administrative practices and a BA degree in social work from Highlands University. She also has an associate degree in human services from the University of New Mexico-Taos. Florence loves to read and to spend time outdoors, hiking, motorcycle riding, and snow sports. She is passionate about her family, which includes two grown children, both dental hygienists, and two grandsons, who bring her happiness and allow her to do her work restoring families in Taos.
Beatrice Miera, LMHC, Counselor and Social Worker
Beatrice Miera is the head TBH clinician at UNM-Taos, initiating our MOU for services to students, staff and veterans. In other settings, she works with children, adults, veterans, and the disabled. She graduated from New Mexico Highlands University with a Master of Arts degree in guidance and counseling, specializing in vocational rehabilitation counseling. In addition to being an LMHC (licensed mental health counselor), she is also a PED-licensed K-12 vocational rehabilitation counselor and a PED K-12 social worker. Beatrice is a Taos High School graduate and US veteran. In her spare time, she supports art initiatives for students and veterans in our community.
Stephen (Steve) Moser, LISW, MFA Clinical Counselor
Steve Moser has been committed to working with children and their families. His specialties are borderline personality, attachment disorder/concerns, and issues of abuse and neglect. He looks forward to continued work at TBH serving the youth and their families to further enhance the community of Taos as he continues on his journey towards independent licensure.
Charles (Chuck) Neelley, LMHC, Counselor on Staff
Chuck Neelley began employment at TBH in the fall of 2018 after a 39-year career as a lawyer and litigator. His law degree is from The University of Texas, and he worked in the Houston District Attorney’s Office and in his own private practice for over 13 years.
Chuck’s commitment to behavioral health services came out of his move to Taos and his 26 years as an attorney with the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) as a Children’s Court Attorney. During his work in CYFD, he became intimately acquainted with how trauma, grief and disappointment are occasions for insight into lifelong patterns of thought and behavior often originating in childhood. He became interested in therapeutic work with adults, individuals and couples in a supportive client-directed process where the clinician can help with immediate coping needs and support a new path of healing and growth. Chuck received a master’s in counseling from Southwestern College in 2011 and completed his internship at TriCounty Services working with adults with mental illness. After his retirement from CYFD, Chuck is putting his unique understanding of behavioral health and legal challenges to work with clients at TBH.
Bruno Nora, LMHC, Family and Youth Center Social Worker
A native of Peru, Bruno Nora immigrated to the United States and has been living in northern New Mexico since 2004. His undergraduate degree in psychology is from UNM and his Master’s in counseling clinical mental health is from Adams State. He came to TBH in October of 2018, and his practice includes children, adolescents, and adults. He utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, forward-focus trauma therapy, and play therapy to facilitate clients’ awareness, healing, and growth. He is comfortable in clinic and home settings and has helped clients access other community resources. Bruno is bilingual and sensitive to the cultural needs of clients. He has always believed that he wanted a profession to help others.
Michael Peña, LMSW, Clinical Counselor
Michael Peña joined Taos Behavioral Health in June 2018 as a clinician working with adults only, individually, as couples or in groups. Michael spent his early years in Texas, then moved to New Mexico in 1983. Before becoming a clinician, Michael owned a commercial cleaning service in Ruidoso. In 2003, he turned the business over to his youngest son and enrolled in New Mexico Highlands University to become a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LADAC). In 2006, he completed a Master of Social Work degree at Highlands. Michael has worked in a variety of mental health settings, including Life Link in Santa Fe where he worked under the leadership of Dr. Carol Luna-Anderson. Here he gained valuable experience with substance abuse intervention and mental health services. Prior to joining TBH, he worked for a year at TriCounty Mental Health Center. Michael operates from a Gestalt theory base and is comfortable with a variety of treatment models, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI). and Intensive Outpatient Programming (IOP). His years at a Jesuit high school helped form his strong spiritual base. He now lives on the Rio Hondo in a house with a round meditation room that looks out at the forest. Michael has three adult children and seven grandchildren.
Linda Sanders, LCSW, DAPA, Supervising Clinician
Linda has 25 years of clinical experience in assessing, diagnosing and providing therapy in mental health settings. Almost ten years of that was spent at the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center where she was, most recently, the assistant associate chief of social work in mental health, supervising more than 170 social workers. In her first VA position, she was the suicide prevention coordinator at a time when Veteran’s Affairs was just beginning to recognize the need for identification, assessment and treatment of veterans at high risk for suicide. In this position, she provided therapy services for such diagnoses as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Military Sexual Trauma and other serious and complex issues. Previously, she served as the clinical director of two large social service agencies, during which time she spent five years as a mitigation specialist completing comprehensive biopsychosocial investigations of clients referred in capital murder cases. Linda holds a Master of Science in Social Work form the University of Texas at Arlington. She is also a Board Certified Clinical Supervisor and an Anger Management Facilitator. She and her husband have two adult daughters.
Katia Torrelli-Delgado, LMFT, Family and Youth Center Marriage and Family Therapist
Katia Torrelli-Delgado came to TBH in October of 2018 and has had a 25-year career as a clinician, mainly in Taos. She has a master’s degree from John F. Kennedy University, a certificate in substance abuse counseling, licensure as a marriage and family therapist, and board certification in Acudetox. Acudetox is particularly powerful in treating adolescents struggling with substance addiction but has also been shown to be effective with such conditions as PTSD, depression, anxiety, and panic disorder. Katia utilizes nutrition, education, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and spiritual awareness as part of a healing path with clients. Using a variety of touch, movement, and auditory techniques, Katia helps clients believe in themselves and adopt new healthy behaviors. She believes in treating the “whole person in their environmental context” and regularly involves parents and the whole family in treatment of youth. A bilingual native of Peru, Katia brings cultural sensitivity to her practice.