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.
Marianne Elden, MA, LMHC
Marianne Elden joined LAFC as our first art therapist. She earned her Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling in 2018 from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM. Marianne’s specialties include:
Population: children ages 10 and up, teens, adults, and couples
Disorders: post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, addiction and substance abuse, bipolar disorder, co-occurring disorders, and relationship issues
Modalities: Art therapy, psychoanalytic (talk) therapy, human sexuality, eco-psychology, and interpersonal neurobiology
Marianne has been with LAFC since June 2020.
Ericka Becker, MA, LMHC
Ericka joins our team of art therapists. She earned her Master of Arts in Art Therapy/Counseling in 2012 from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM. Ericka’s specialties include:
Population: children, teens, adults
Disorders: anxiety & depression, PTSD
Modalities: art therapy
Ericka has been with LAFC since July 2021
Jane McConnell, MA, LMHC
Jane joined LAFC as an afternoon and evening therapist. She earned her Master of Arts in Counseling in 2020 from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM. Jane’s specialties include:
Population: teens, families, adults, and couples
Disorders: Anxiety & depressions, PTSD, behavior challenges, grief & loss, addiction, divorce and family dynamics, LGBTQ+ issues
Modalities: Art Therapy, family systems therapy, interpersonal neurobiology, mindfulness
Jane has been with LAFC since October 2021.