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:

          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.

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

Population: children, teens, adults


Modalities: art therapy

Ericka has been with LAFC since July 2021

Psychiatric Providers

Dr. Deepa Nadiga

Deepa’s telehealth link.

Barbara DeNevers, PMHNP

Barbara’s telehealth link.