Mike Wallington, MA, LPCC

Mike Wallington was born and raised in Oklahoma. He moved to New Mexico in 1987 in order to enjoy the outdoor experience that New Mexico has to offer. He has been working in the mental health/substance abuse field for over 20 years as a psychotherapist and in the field for 40 years. During that time he has developed and managed case management programs, psychosocial programs, provided individual, group, couples and family counseling. Mike works with teens and adults and specializes in trauma, substance use and co-occurring mood disorders. He is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR Level II), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential and Gestalt therapies. Currently he is the Clinical Supervisor at the Los Alamos Family Council and manages the Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Program which coordinates treatment with local municipal and magistrate courts and First District Court in Santa Fe.

LaVerne Rodriguez, MS, LMSW

LaVerne Rodriguez is a full-time staff member at the Lab but also conducts two of the Intensive Substance Abuse Treatment Program evening groups: anger management and substance abuse education. She grew up in Northern New Mexico and has worked at LAFC for seven years.

Erin James, MA, LMHC

Erin James completed her Masters degree  in December 2015. She did her practicum and internship at LAFC and was hired as a staff member upon completion of her degree and state license. Previous to her BA, Erin worked as a substance abuse counselor for six years. Her special interests are bereavement, trauma, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for various issues including anxiety and depression. She is interested in working as a supportive counselor to accompany substance abuse treatment.  Erin and her family live in White Rock. She sees primarily Medicaid clients for both mental health and substance abuse issues.

Claire Wood, MA, LPCC

Claire Wood has a BA in Fine Arts from the California College for the Arts and a MA in Counseling from South Western College. She has worked in the Teen CARE Unit and with the long-term teen unit at New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute and at Agave in Santa Fe with the general behavioral health population. Claire works with children (6 year and older), adolescents, adults and couples. She likes working with trauma, depression, anxiety, transgender issues, eating disorders and body images. She incorporates her art background where appropriate.

Lindsay Provan, MA, LMHC

Lindsay joined our staff March 2019.

Lindsay Provan has a master’s degree from the University of Denver. She has experience working with mental health in a variety of settings, including internationally, with refugee populations, and in a school setting. Previously in New Mexico, she worked at Presbyterian Medical Services in Espanola with children, adolescents, families. Currently, she works with children, adolescents, and adults. Lindsay is trained in EMDR and is interested in working with trauma, depression, anxiety, and parenting skills.

Maria Carolina Saenz Vargas, MA, LMHC

Carolina joined our staff in September 2019.

Carolina has a master’s degree from the University of New Mexico.

Debbie Shelton, MA, LMHC

Debbie joined our staff in January 2020.

If our staff therapist do not take the client’s insurance or can address their special needs, referrals are made to other community providers.