Our Mission Statement

Mended House Counseling offers comprehensive assessment and mental health treatment for restoring families and individuals to the best version of themselves, while encouraging self-worth and personal acceptance.

Our Story

Mended House Counseling, INC was established by a partnership between two independently licensed therapists, who both have a passion for helping people restore their mental and behavioral health. Educated in a variety of modalities and techniques, Mended House Counseling creates individualized treatment plans specific to each client’s needs. We work alongside a client’s treatment team to provide a well-rounded support system, to help clients establish and maintain emotion regulation.

About Our Counselors

Sarah Ho, LPCC

Sarah graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Master’s of Science for Professional Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She developed many of her skills while working in a residential treatment center. Sarah is certified in trauma, specializes in defiant behaviors, couples, and family counseling. In addition, she is also an ordained minister who can offer Biblical counseling.

She has been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused – Cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), Internal Family System (IFS), Functional Family Therapy (FFT), and Nurtured Heart Approach (NHA).

Sarah is the co-owner of Mended House Counseling and Clinical Supervisor for the Internship Program offered through the agency.

Stacey Demarey, LCSW

Stacey graduated from New Mexico Highland’s University with a Master of Science in Clinical Social Work with a minor in Substance Abuse Counseling and is now an Independently licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has worked in inpatient psychiatric hospitals, rehabilitation centers, residential treatment facilities for adolescents, and outpatient agencies for adults and children. Stacey specializes in mood disorders, psychosis, sexual disorders, substance abuse, and case management.

Stacey has been trained in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MCBT), Dialectical Behavior therapy (DBT), Intensive Outpatient Treatment for Substance Abuse Disorders, Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI), Anger Management, and Sexual Disorders.

Stacey is the co-owner of Mended House Counseling and Clinical Supervisor for the Internship Program offered through the agency.

Naaz Bagheri, LMHC

Naaz graduated from Palo Alto University, CA, with a dual Master’s in Professional Clinical Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy.  Naaz is a board-certified mental health clinician specializing in mood disorders, obsessive behaviors, anxiety and panic attacks, low self-esteem, attachment and neglect issues, anger issues, dysfunctional relationships with parents, and codependency.  Naaz has worked in inpatient and outpatient settings and works with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples.  Naaz illuminates repetitive patterns of ineffective thoughts, behaviors, and communication.  She will help her clients achieve self-awareness and self-esteem and make informed choices consistent with their needs and goals.  Naaz is a member of the American Psychological Association and Chi Sigma Iota (CSI), an international professional counseling honor society.

Aside from client care, Naaz is also Mended House’s Internship Program Director.  Under the supervision of the Clinical Directors, Naaz supports the next generation of therapists in improving their therapeutic framework.

Benjamin Harris, LMHC

Benjamin graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Master of Arts in Counseling and has experience working within a residential treatment center as well as with clients with autism.

He believes that everyone has a unique recipe for what makes life fulfilling. Depression, anxiety, trauma, challenges in relationships, family issues, lack of confidence and more can sometimes make accessing that fulfilling life seem impossible. Benjamin helps clients identify beliefs about themselves and the world that contribute to harmful patterns of behavior and explore perceived weakness and utilize strengths to create a healthier way of relating to themselves and others. He uses his social energy, humor, and compassion to establish a place where clients can feel safe and comfortable in this journey of life improvement. Benjamin works within different therapeutic approaches including Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Person-Centered Therapy, and Family Systems to help clients meet their needs and reach their best possible life.

Danielle Archuleta, LMHC

Danielle graduated from New Mexico Highlands University with a Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling. She is a Licensed Mental health Counselor as well as a Licensed School Counselor. Danielle began developing her skills and has gained experience working with families and adolescents in a Residential treatment facility, as well as local community-based organizations. She has worked with youth and adolescents in both Middle and Highschool settings.  She completed her Clinical internship at a local Clinic specializing in working with children, adolescents, and young adults. 
Danielle approaches therapy from a client center-perspective and a strength-based approach. She works closely with her clients to help them identify and overcome challenges and setbacks.  She also uses other therapeutic modalities including CBT, and Motivational interviewing. Danielle primarily works with children, adolescents, and adults.  
 
 

Kelsey Creelman, LMSW

Kelsey graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work in Richmond, VA with her Master of Social Work.

Kelsey is also a member of the Phi Alpha Honor Society, a national Social Work honor society. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker that has developed her clinical skills working with a national crisis line organization. She also gained additional experience through support and intensive case management for a diverse group of refugees and asylum seekers that recently arrived in the United States.

Prior to pursuing her Social Work degree, Kelsey spent over a decade working with pets and their owners in a variety of veterinary medicine settings which furthered her affinity and understanding of the human-animal bond.

As a result of her previous clinical and lived experiences, Kelsey focuses on grief and bereavement (including pet loss), women’s issues, low self-esteem, ADHD, and case management.

Kelsey draws from a variety of therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Client-Center Therapy. Kelsey’s approach is always person-centered, strengths-based, and tailored to her client’s specific needs to help them move forward to transform and reclaim their lives. Kelsey works primarily with adults and adolescents.

Robert Lewis, LMSW

Robert graduated from New Mexico Highland’s University with a Master of Science in Clinical Social Work.  He is a Licensed Master Social Worker.  He has spent over 5 years working for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs where he worked directly with veterans and their family members.   

Robert enjoys working with individual adults and couples.  Robert has a passion for helping people overcome traumatic experiences.  Robert uses a client-centered therapeutic approach, while incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Prolonged Exposure (PE) while working with individuals.  Robert utilizes Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) when working with couples. 

Summer Clevenger, LMHC

Summer graduated from Grand Canyon University with her Master’s of Science for Professional Counseling and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.

Summer enjoys working with all walks of life from children to adult. Her primary focus is on how thoughts and behavior can shape one’s perception of life, utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  She believes every person has their own story, dreams, pain, hurts, habits, memories, way of life, values, and beliefs. This can shape who we are. Sometimes we need assistance to navigate through life’ events. 

Summer believes each person deserves to embrace who they are and learn to grow and change throughout life’s up’s, down’s, hurts, and happy times. Summer loves to encourage focusing on the positivity in oneself.

She also offers Christian Based Counseling, if it is what the client desires.  

Hannah Apodaca, LMHC

Hannah graduated from Liberty University with a master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Her therapeutic approach emphasizes a person-centered method aimed at empowering individuals to pursue their self-created goals. She offers therapy in a non-judgmental and comfortable environment where individuals can be open, address their pain and struggles, and develop a plan for progress. Hannah believes in the importance of exploring emotions and underlying patterns to enhance hope, meaning, and overall well-being.

Hannah’s interests include depression, anxiety, attachment, grief, relational conflict, divorce, and life transitions. She has experience working with various demographics, including men, women, young adults, teens, and children. She believes that everyone possesses the inner strength and courage to improve their mental health. Additionally, Hannah has training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT). Her goal is to provide a respectful and encouraging space for individuals to process life experiences using evidence-based treatments, ultimately helping clients find hope, self-worth, acceptance, and a sense of belonging.

Nicoleh Larios, LMHC

Nicoleh graduated from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM with a Master of Arts in Counseling and Art Therapy. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She has enjoyed working with a wide range of ages and groups, children to adults, families, couples, and the LGBTQIA+ community.

Nicoleh’s passion is finding ways to use art and play as therapeutic tools to help with anxiety, depression, grief, ADHD, post-traumatic stress, addictions, life transitions, and other matters. She also uses a variety of therapeutic approaches such as person-centered, family systems, motivational interviewing, ACT, and CBT. Her goal is to create an environment that is judgement free, warm, and safe in order to hold space for whatever an individual, couple, or family might be going through. Nicoleh believes that people hold the answers within themselves and she is here to offer support and guidance towards introspection, self-discovery, and transformation.

Brenda Fierro-Simeone, LMSW

Brenda graduated from New Mexico Highlands University with a Master’s in Science in Clinical Social Work.  

She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in inpatient and outpatient settings.  

She is patiently committed to helping others gain emotional wellness through encouragement and support.

Brenda began developing her skills and gained experience working with the homeless community, youth outreach, substance abuse, and providing therapy.

She completed her clinical internship at a clinic that offered treatment, case management, public benefits, and community resources.  She is devoted to helping parents, teens, and children in how to relate to each other, bond, and strengthen their relationships by teaching skills together like communication and respect.

Brenda approaches therapy using a variety of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Person-Centered Therapy, and Family Systems to help others.

Linsey Patterson, LMSW

It can feel often scary and uncertain to reach out and ask for help when we need it. Linsey believes in reducing the stigma towards mental help and improving quality of life through a strengths-based perspective. Each and every person has their own unique resiliency and she seeks to assist in bringing those strengths to the forefront and improving confidence in learning new skills to manage the day-to-day lives. 

Linsey has spent three years doing volunteer work with grieving children and is passionate about helping others through life’s challenges and the bereavement experience, whether that’s through the loss of a loved one, loss of a job, or major life transitions. 

She graduated from New Mexico Highlands University with a Master’s of Social Work and is a Licensed Social Worker in New Mexico.  She has experience working with children, teenagers, as well as the recovery community. 

It’s always okay to ask for help, you are not alone!

Catherine Roth, LMSW

Catherine is a perinatal social worker by day and a therapist by night. She obtained her graduate degree from Western New Mexico University and is now a practicing Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). Her goal is to support, educate and empower clients. Catherine believes the family is the fundamental unit of our communities and has experience with children, new empty nesters, and perinatal clients (pregnancy and postpartum). Catherine strives to include cultural, spiritual and ethnic strengths that will benefit her clients. She has lived in New Mexico for the last 20 years and is an Oregon native. She loves public speaking, reading, movies, walking, yoga, singing and facts about the human body.

Wiyanna Chavez, LMSW

Wiyanna graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelors in University Studies with emphasis on Family Studies and Communication. She obtained her Master’s in Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University in May 2009. 

Wiyanna has worked with Treatment Foster Care, Tribal Communities and as a child and adolescent therapist. She continues to enjoy addressing family dynamics through her work with young children, adolescents and adults. 

Karen Baca, LMSW

Karen is a licensed master’s level social worker and have been providing direct services to children, adults and families for over 22 years. As a native New Mexico she is familiar with the Hispanic and Native American culture of our state and provide culturally sensitive services. She provides therapy for children, adolescents, adults, and families. Karen is a firm believer in meeting the client where they are at and empowering them to make choices to better their lives.  She has worked in various mental health settings such as schools, residential treatment centers, non-profit organizations, and counseling agencies. A major focus of her work has been on anxiety management and helping my clients develop health coping skills, and reduce stress. Karen also focuses on trauma recovery, helping clients overcome symptoms of fear and hopelessness as well as guiding them through the process of grief and healing.  

Nadine Jenson, LMFT

Nadine Jenson holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in
marriage and family therapy from the Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Nadine is highly analytical and compassionate while venturing to understand the inner-workings of a human mind. She has worked alongside those with severe mental illnesses and has a desire to help those, and the loved ones of those, heal from the trauma that is paired with difficult conditions such as these.
Nadine aims to apply depth, mindfulness, and insight to the therapeutic process while actively listening and empathizing with clients. She believes navigating through the human psyche is an invaluable rewarding adventure; hence, her goal is to utilize the knowledge she has built to guide others along an individual path of self-discovery. Above all else, Nadine wants to play a role in the healing process countless people desperately need as she is devoted to helping others in a rehabilitative setting.

Caprice Pino, LPCC

Caprice completed her undergraduate work in Psychology and Criminology at the University of New Mexico and graduated with her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. Caprice has decades (since 1997) of experience in the mental health field, working in residential, adult and juvenile criminal institutions, and private practices. Caprice currently serves on the New Mexico Counseling Board Ethics Complaint Committee, and in the past, has served on New Mexico’s House Memorial 14 Task Force for Substance Abuse & Prenatal Care, New Mexico’s Board for Children of Arrested Parents, Governor Richardson’s Blue Ribbon Prison reform task force, National Provider and Presenter with President Obama’s Responsible Fatherhood Initiative, and the winner of New Mexico’s YWCA Women on the Move Award.

Caprice has been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (C-DBT), and Certified in Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) Certification.

Brandon Jopek, LPCC

Brandon graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Master of Arts in Counseling and has experience working with marginalized and minority populations, specifically BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ individuals as well as families and teens.

Brandon sees therapy through an Indigenous lens similar to the life they grew up with on the reservation. This means that the therapeutic process is connected, communal, and focused on holistic approaches to issues which often means looking beyond just the surface level problems. Brandon works with clients to help them create long term, more permanent change so that they can better understand and manage their trauma, anxiety, depression, etc. Brandon seeks to make therapy a fun and engaging environment in which clients can come to share, learn, teach, and grow with and from their experiences. Brandon works with a variety of therapeutic approaches including Person-Centered Therapy, Family systems, Indigenous Holism, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients find their best selves and their best live

Tina Sparks, LMHC

Tina graduated from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM with a Master’s Degree in both Counseling and Art Therapy. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. Tina is a Certified Grief Counselor, and carries special certification in Trauma, Grief & Renewal, Eco-Therapy, and Dream Tending.

As people move through life, trauma to the heart, mind, body and soul can cause us to lose connection to our truest self. This disconnect, or “splintering” can leave a residue of painful memories, dissociation from the body and disturbed energy within the soul. Tina helps people learn to reconnect to their bodies, explore ways to release the energetic residue of trauma, investigate the wisdom of their dreams, and experience a return to themselves using creative and holistic approaches to wellbeing.

Donna Saylor, LPCC

Donna graduated from Wayland Baptist University with a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling.

Donna offers a combination of traditional talk therapy and skill-building techniques as well as Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) and Eye Movement desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) an eye-movement therapy designed to decrease the emotional reactivity and distressing symptoms experienced following a traumatic event. Donna has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor for 10 years. She has developed her skills working in substance abuse and duel diagnoses, anxiety, depression as well as working with children, attachment and families. She has experience working with inpatient and outpatient clients. Donna uses a strength-based, person-centered approach to therapy.

She has received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Attachment Theory, Play Therapy, Mindfulness, Accelerated Resolution Therapy, and EMDR.

It’s important that you reach your goals and walk away with insights and skills that will help you throughout your life.

Jens Brakenhoff

Jens graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological studies and a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

 Jens gained his experience working with couples, teens and young adults through interning here at Mended House before becoming a therapist on staff. He approaches therapy from a Cognitive Behavioral perspective. His main focus is on working with teens, young adults and couples.

What People Say About Us

“We thought our marriage was over and there was no hope, that changed drastically with the help of our therapist.  Now our marriage is better than we could have ever imaged.”

– John and Bethany

Your Trusted Mental Health Partner

Mended House Counseling, INC understands the importance of your mental well-being. That’s why we’re here to provide you with the services you need to help you achieve a healthier mindset. Get in touch with us in New Mexico today should you wish to learn more.