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!


Mike Wallington, MA, LPCC

Mike Wallington joined LAFC in 1988 as a case manager before becoming a therapist. Mike returned to LAFC as our Clinical Supervisor. He earned his Master of Arts in Counseling in 1993 from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. Mike’s specialties include:

Populations: teens, adults, and groups

Disorders: addiction and substance abuse, sexual offenders, domestic violence offenders, and trauma

Modalities: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR Level II), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential and Gestalt therapies

Mike returned to LAFC in 2011 after several years in private practice, various group practices, and the New Mexico Children, Youth, and Family Department.


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.


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.


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.


Karla Palmer, MA, Intern

Karla Palmer joined LAFC as an intern after practicing in Missouri. She earned her Master of Arts in Counseling from Lindenwood University in st. Charles, MO. Karla’s specialties include:

          Population: 17+

          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.


Maria Carolina Saenz-Vargas, MA, LMHC

Carolina Saenz-Vargas joined LAFC as a part-time weekday therapist. She earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling in 2018 from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. Carolina is bilingual, speaking English and Spanish. Carolina’s specialties include:

Population: children ages 10 and older, teens, adolescents, and adults

Disorders: Mood disorders

Modalities: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness based psychotherapy.

Carolina has been with LAFC since September 2019.


Lindsay Provan, MA, LMHC

Lindsay Provan joined LAFC as a weekday therapist. She earned her Master of Arts in International Disaster Psychology in 2017 from the University of Denver in Denver, CO. Lindsay has experience working with mental health in a variety of settings, including internationally, with refugee populations, and in a school setting.  An area of interest for Lindsay is helping parents develop parenting skills. Lindsay’s specialties include:

Population: children ages 7 and older, teens, and adults

Disorders: trauma, depression and anxiety

Modalities: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Lindsay has been with LAFC since March 2019. She also serves as the Specialty Behavioral Health Services Coordinator for the New Mexico Human Services Department.


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.