We are proud of our counseling team at Los Alamos Family Council! The staff biographies below will share a bit about the therapists and their specialties. Specialties will include population, disorders, and modalities. We are confident our team has the skills and experience to serve your needs!
Laura Woodring, MA, LPCC
Laura Woodring joined LAFC as a weekday therapist. She earned her Master of Arts in Counseling in 2013 from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM. Laura’s specialties include:
Population: children, teens, and adults
Disorders: trauma, addiction/substance use, grief and loss, domestic violence
Modalities: Attachment theory, interpersonal neurobiology, client centered, and EMDR
Laura has been with LAFC since February 2021.
Karla Palmer, MA, LMHC
Karla Palmer joined LAFC as an intern after practicing in Missouri. After completing her internship, she received her license to practice in the State of New Mexico and remained on our team. She earned her Master of Arts in Counseling from Lindenwood University in st. Charles, MO. Karla’s specialties include:
Disorders: Bipolar Disorder, Narcissism, ADD & ADHD, Anxiety, and Relationship issues. Karla works with individuals struggling with these issues and with family members of those individuals struggling with these issues.
Modalities: Talk therapy using psychodynamic, client centered, and CBT interventions.
Karla has been with LAFC since August 2020.
Jamie Thordsen-Monroy, MS, LMHC
Jamie Thordsen-Monroy joined LAFC as our first evening and weekend therapist. She earned her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology in 2015 from the University of Carlos Albizu in San Juan, PR. Jamie is bilingual, speaking English and Spanish. Jamie’s specialties include:
Population: couples, teens, adults, and Hispanic populations
Disorders: anxiety, depression, addictions
Modalities: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Logotherapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution-focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Life Review.
Jamie has been with LAFC since April 2020.
Debbie Shelton, MA, LMHC
Debbie Shelton joined LAFC as a weekday therapist. She earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling in 2017 from Adams State University in Alamosa, CO. Debbie’s specialties include:
Population: children ages 7 and older, teens, young adults, adults, and families
Disorders: trauma, anxiety and depression
Modalities: somatic therapy, neurobiology
Debbie has been with LAFC since January 2020.
Marianne Elden, MA, LMHC
Population: adults to age 60
Disorders: addiction and substance abuse, co-occurring disorders
Modalities: Art therapy, eco-psychology, interpersonal neurobiology, and human sexuality.
Marianne has been with LAFC since June 2020.
LaVerne Rodriguez, MS, LMSW
LaVerne Rodriguez joined LAFC as a group therapist, facilitating two classes of the Intensive Outpatient Program. She earned her Master of Social Work in 2006 from New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM.
LaVerne currently conducts the Emotion Management and Substance Abuse Education groups.
LaVerne has been with LAFC since 2006.
Claire Wood, MA, LPCC
Claire Wood joined LAFC as a weekday therapist and continues as a part-time contractor. She earned her Master of Arts in Counseling in 2010 from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM. Claire is bilingual, speaking English and German. Claire’s specialties include:
Population: children 6 and older, teens, adults, and couples.
Disorders: trauma, depression, anxiety, gender issues, eating disorders, and body image.
Modalities: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Claire has been with LAFC since May 2016.