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THE TEAM

Therapists

Colleen M Williams

MS, LPCC, Therapist, Board Approved Supervisor

Colleen is a dynamic individual who has dedicated her life to helping others. As an Air Force veteran, she understands the unique challenges faced by military personnel and their families. She brings a wealth of experience to her therapy practice, having worked as a caseworker for the severely mentally ill and as a member of the Adult Drug court program. Colleen is passionate about helping people overcome trauma and addiction, and has extensive experience in these areas.

As a board-approved supervisor for both the counseling board and the social work board, Colleen is committed to developing the next generation of mental health professionals. She is an active member of the local MDT and works closely with other agencies to help victims of abuse.

Colleen is EMDR trained and believes in taking a whole family approach to treatment. She encourages the family to participate when appropriate, recognizing the important role that family dynamics play in mental health. Colleen is a compassionate and caring therapist who is committed to helping her clients achieve their goals and live their best lives.

DJ Harshey

LMHC, Therapist

DJ was born and raised in Alamogordo. He has spent the last 24 years in the water and wastewater treatment career field with 18 of those years in Civil Service at Holloman AFB. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor for the State of New Mexico. He graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and earned a Master’s in Professional Counseling in 2019 from Grand Canyon University. He has been trained in EMDR.

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Bridgette Dial

LPCC, Therapist

Bridgette has worked for Alamogordo High School for the last two years and is now transitioning into full-time practice with Williams Counseling. Before working with teens and in education, she worked as a caseworker for the severely mentally ill and on a crisis response team. Bridgette also worked at Lackland AFB, assisting in teaching motivational and team-based skills for those seeking specific career fields. She received her Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology in 2015 from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. Bridgette is EMDR trained and able to do sessions via teletherapy or in person. She believes that relationships are extremely important and encourages involvement from the client's family when appropriate. 

Michelle L. Mills

LADAC, LMHC, Therapist

Meet Michelle, an absolute powerhouse in the mental health field! For the past four years, she's been working her magic at Holloman AFB's mental health and ADAPT clinic, helping countless individuals get the support they need.

But that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Michelle's impressive resume. She's got experience working with students, having spent five years employed with the Alamogordo school district. She's also lent her expertise to Four Directions Treatment and Recovery Center of Mescalero, assisting in the adult drug court program.

It's no wonder Michelle's received not one, but TWO Master of Science degrees from Grand Canyon University. She earned her Master of Science in Addiction Counseling in 2017, and her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health in 2021 - talk about dedication and drive!

Michelle's not just book smart either. She's EMDR trained and BLS certified, meaning she's got the skills to provide the highest quality care to her patients. And let's not forget to mention her proficiency in Spanish - she's truly a bilingual superstar.

All in all, Michelle is an unstoppable force in the mental health field. She's dedicated, compassionate, and highly skilled - a true asset to any team.

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Amber L. Siebel

LPCC, Therapist

Meet Amber, a warm-hearted Midwesterner who has found her home in the beautiful desert town of Alamogordo since 2018. She holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee, and has been helping people achieve their mental wellness goals ever since. Whether it's in-person or through teletherapy, Amber knows how to create a safe and comfortable environment where her clients can open up and work through their challenges.

Amber is a true expert in her field, having completed specialized training in EMDR and Infant Mental Health. She is currently working towards becoming a registered play therapist, a process that perfectly aligns with her passion for working with children. Since 2019, Amber has been using experiential and behavioral therapy to help children overcome trauma and developmental challenges.

When she's not busy making a positive impact on her community, Amber loves to indulge in her hobbies. She enjoys hiking the beautiful trails of Alamogordo, trying out new recipes in the kitchen, and spending quality time with her friends and family.

Megan Armenta

LMHC, Therapist

Meet Megan - a talented and compassionate therapist with a love for all things Disney and her fur babies. Megan graduated with her Masters of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lamar University in 2020.

For the last 5 years, Megan has been working in early intervention, helping children and families navigate life's challenges. Whether you prefer in-person counseling or tele-therapy, Megan can provide you with the support and guidance you need to thrive.

Megan's training in EMDR and Circle of Security Parenting has helped her become an expert in her field. Her passion for helping others is only rivaled by her love for her three fur babies, who hold a special place in her heart.

When she's not working, you can find Megan exploring the magical world of Disney or spending time with her family. Her positive attitude and infectious energy make her a joy to be around, and she's always ready to lend a helping hand.

Megan is an asset to our community and we're lucky to have her on our team. If you're looking for a compassionate and skilled therapist who truly cares about her clients, look no further than Megan!

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Interns

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Travis Morgan

Therapist Intern

Meet Travis - a true hero who's dedicated his life to serving our country and helping those who have served. Travis received his Bachelor of Psychology from Troy University in 2010 and is currently working on his M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University.

Travis has an amazing ability to provide counseling in any setting - whether it's indoors or outdoors, he's always ready to help those in need. His experience in the United States Air Force spans an impressive 18 years, including four combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan as a Joint Terminal Attack Controller.

Travis's passion for helping veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress and other mental health concerns connected to military service is truly inspiring. He's currently working on his internship with the goal of working with the Veterans Affairs to make a difference in the lives of those who have served our country.

It's no wonder Travis is such a respected member of our community. He's a true hero who's dedicated his life to making a positive impact on the world. We're lucky to have him on our side!

Denise Turner

Therapist Intern

Denise received her BS in Psychology in 2021 via Crown College in Minnesota. She is in the process of finishing her Masters in Counseling at Crown as well.

She has lived in Cloudcroft for over 17 years and a member of First Baptist where she has served on the worship team since
2008.

She loves traveling, reading, tracing Ancestry and anything Historical, whether it is 18th or 19th century architecture or European history.

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Cheyenne Cass

Therapist Intern

Cheyenne is an Air Force veteran who has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in criminal justice from New Mexico State University. Currently she is completing her second master’s degree via Liberty University in Clinical Mental Health.  Cheyenne has experience working with children who fall within the legal system and recently completed her practicum with children referred by a local school system.  Cheyenne has a strong enthusiasm for helping others and is an advocate for kids with special needs and those who have experienced trauma and crisis.  Cheyenne loves engaging with clients establishing a strong sense of rapport and trust with them. Cheyenne's aim is to make a positive difference in each one of her clients' lives as a Clinic Mental Health Practitioner.

When Cheyenne isn't pursuing her passion for counseling, you can probably find her having fun with her family, exploring nature, sipping coffee, learning Italian or perhaps participating in a race with her husband. She also enjoys learning American Sign Language.

Carolyn Derden

Therapist Intern

Hi my name is Carolyn Derden a Social Work Intern for Williams Counseling, and I am currently finishing up my MSW degree in Social Work from WNMU located in Silver City, NM, and I will be graduating in May 2024! I have a BSW degree from WNMU, and graduated on December 10,2021! I came originally from Deming, New Mexico, and also from Dallas/Ft Worth, Texas where I have lived throughout my life. Also, I have an associate degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University located in Orange Beach, Alabama. Some of my past working experiences have been with a couple of school districts serving as the SPED Social Worker, and years past I served for quite a while in the SPED classrooms. Additionally, I did my bachelor's internship with Winborn Wellness and Counseling which was a private practice in Deming, New Mexico, and I served with both group therapy for adolescents, and did early intervention work. My hobbies/ personal interests include shopping, swimming, going to the hot springs,  bowling, listening to music and especially live music when I can, cooking, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends. I am looking forward to learning so much here at Williams Counseling and it will be great to meet all of you. 

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Jennifer Shoup

Therapist Intern

Jennifer is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Colorado Christian University. She is interested in the power of people’s stories and core emotions in the process of personal growth and change. She desires to provide an honoring and safe place with integrity and empathy 

for her clients to achieve their wellness goals. 

She has worked in the Environmental Science field for the past 25 years as a graduate of New Mexico State University and as a stay-at-home Mom of two amazing daughters. Jennifer is a life-long resident of New Mexico and enjoys the diversity and beauty of the state. She loves good food, friendships, camping, scrapbooking, 

traveling, her Yorkie – Toto, and reading.

Community Support Workers

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Darrin Young

Community Support Worker

Darrin was born and raised in Alamogordo. He went to college and received a Bachelor's degree in Business. He was a Sales Manager for Toyota for 6 years before changing career fields. In 2016 he survived a brain aneurysm and decided to change his career to mental health. Darrin went to school to work with children diagnosed with autism. His career then led him to the field of community support work. He is now enrolled in college and working on his Master's in social work. Darrin is a kid at heart and loves working with children and people of all ages. He has a passion for bringing joy and quality of life to his peers and community.

Office Staff

Amy Williams

Head Office Admin, Billing Specialist

Meet Amy, a force to be reckoned with! She's a recent high school graduate from the class of 2018, and she's been crushing it ever since. After two years of studying Criminal Justice at NMSUA, Amy knew she wanted to make a difference in her community.

That's why she spent a year volunteering at Kids Inc, helping young people find their way in the world. But Amy's drive didn't stop there. For the next two years, she dedicated herself to the ADA's office with the 12th Judicial District, working tirelessly to uphold justice and fairness for all.

And did we mention her furry sidekick? She brings her dogs Freckles and Cerveza to work everyday. You might just catch them chilling out in her office while she's hard at work.

With her passion for justice and her adorable pups in tow, Amy is a true force of nature. Who knows what amazing things she'll accomplish next?

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Micayla Harshey

Lead Schedular, Office Admin

Let me introduce you to Micayla, the powerhouse of Williams Counseling! She's always on the go, whether she's in the office, connecting with our amazing clients, or out in the field, providing invaluable support and guidance to families in need. 

When Micayla finally takes a break from her superhero duties, you'll likely find her immersed in a captivating book, snuggled up with her furry companions. Her love for literature knows no bounds, and she cherishes the moments of quiet escape that books offer. But that's not all—Micayla is an adventurous spirit too! She laces up her hiking boots, leashes up her fur babies, and hits the trails, soaking in the beauty of nature while creating unforgettable memories.

With Micayla's dedication, expertise, and zest for life, she brings an extra dose of passion and positivity to every aspect of her work and personal endeavors.

Willie Williams

IT Specialist, Office Admin

Let me introduce you to the tech guru extraordinaire, Willie, the IT Specialist of Williams Counseling! When it comes to anything and everything related to computers, he's the go-to guy. With his passion for technology and his deep knowledge in the field, he keeps our systems running smoothly and ensures that our digital world stays on track.

But Willie's interests don't stop at the realm of IT. He's also a proud holder of an MBA in Business Administration, showcasing his versatility and ability to navigate the exciting intersection of technology and business. When he's not tinkering with computers or optimizing our digital infrastructure, you'll find Willie indulging in his avid gaming passion. He's a true gamer at heart, always up for an epic gaming session and immersing himself in virtual worlds.

And let's not forget about Willie's furry companion, Nala! This dynamic duo is always up to something fun. In his spare time, Willie loves bonding with Nala and teaching her new tricks. Whether it's an impressive trick or a delightful doggy dance, Willie and Nala are always there to bring joy and laughter to each other's lives.

With Willie's tech wizardry, business acumen, and unwavering dedication to both his work and his four-legged friend, he adds a touch of personality and excitement to the Williams Counseling team.

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Chelsea Davis

Credentialing Specialist

Ahoy there! Let me introduce you to the amazing Chelsea, the fearless credentialing specialist of our crew. Armed with a Bachelor's degree in Global Business Administration, with a sneaky minor in accounting, she's the one who ensures that all our credentials are shipshape and ready for smooth sailing.

Though Chelsea currently resides in El Paso, Texas, her heart is always drawn to the allure of the high seas. She firmly believes that she was a swashbuckling pirate in her past life, sailing the vast oceans and seeking hidden treasures. That adventurous spirit shines through in her work as she fearlessly navigates the complex world of credentials.

When she's not conquering the seas of credentialing, Chelsea enjoys spending quality time with her own little crew—her husband and two rambunctious sons. But that's not all—her land adventures wouldn't be complete without her loyal companions, Lee and Rukia, the American Bullies. Together, they explore new territories, engage in playful shenanigans, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

With Chelsea's unwavering dedication, adventurous spirit, and love for her furry mates, she infuses our team with a vibrant personality that's as captivating as a pirate's tale. So, rest assured, your credentials are in the hands of a true swashbuckler who will sail the seas of paperwork to ensure smooth waters ahead!

Office Pets

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Freckles and Cerveza

Office Dogs

Allow me to introduce you to the absolute charmer of our office, Freckles! This 4 and a half-year-old Pitbull mix is the embodiment of love and cuddles. The moment you step through the door, be ready for a whirlwind of affection. Freckles doesn't waste any time in showcasing her love for everyone she meets. And let's talk about her persistence – she's got this masterful arm-nudging technique down to an art. She's on a mission to make sure you give her the attention she absolutely deserves. But here's the kicker – Freckles is convinced she's a lap dog. Picture this: you're in the middle of a session, and suddenly, your lap becomes a prime real estate for her cozy snooze. Yes, she's got the knack for bringing her warm and fuzzy energy right into your session. Who could resist her? Certainly not us!

Now, let's talk about Cerveza – the enigmatic Shiba Inu mix that's gradually revealing his bold side. This 1 and a half-year-old cutie might start off shy, but boy, is he ever breaking out of his shell. Slow and steady wins the race, they say, and Cerveza is a living testament to that. While he might still be a tad timid, he's not shy about expressing his opinions. His receptionist's office lookout is proof of that. But fret not, his bark is much bigger than his bite, and he's just as harmless as can be. However, take Cerveza outside the office, and you'll witness an entirely different side of him. This little adventurer transforms into a ball of outgoing energy, ready to explore the world and make friends left and right.

So, there you have it – Freckles and Cerveza, two ends of the canine spectrum, adding heaps of charm, entertainment, and, most importantly, unconditional love to our office.

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