Meet Our Providers
Janice Alvillar, LCSW
Janice Alvillar is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who has been in the field of Social Work for over 25 years. Janice currently works with adults and teens in individual and/or family therapy and provides trauma informed services. She is trained in Eye Movement Reprocessing and Desensitization (EMDR) therapy and also in Circle of Security Parenting Curriculum.
Maggie Armendariz, LMHC
Maggie completed her bachelor’s in Elementary Education at New Mexico State University and her master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Texas El Paso. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) and Circle of Security Parenting Classes (COS). Maggie has also worked with people with developmental disabilities through the New Mexico Developmental Disability Waiver. Through the DD Waiver, she worked as a job coach, as a Director of Day Habilitation as well as a Service Coordinator. This education and over 25 years of professional experiences has strengthened her understanding of how important it is to support her clients, their self-care and their mental health. She is supportive of her clients while they strengthen their coping skills, and their confidence. She also informs her client of the importance of a strong therapeutic relationship and having a safe and secure space to heal their trauma. Maggie works with children, teens, young adults, women and families.
Maggie is a mother of three young adults, a sister, a daughter and a friend. She is a true believer in advocating for families, empathizing with others and most importantly working in kindness and respect towards her clients so that they are able to strengthen and develop healthy relationship with others. Her many personal and professional experiences have allowed her to assist her clients in being able to create their own healthy personal and professional experiences as well.
Maggie was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year award from the University of El Paso Texas in December 2013. She enjoys time with her children and parents, and whenever possible, she enjoys experiencing and learning new things. She was born in Los Angeles California and now considers herself a proud Las Cruces resident. She has been living in Las Cruces for over 25 years with her children. One of her favorite thing to do is getting up in the morning, drinking a cup of coffee while enjoying the beautiful Organ Mountains.
Norma Casado, LMSW
Norma Casado is a family therapist with Amistad Family Services. She joined Amistad in 2017. She graduated from New Mexico State University in 2010 with master’s degree in social work. Norma has experience working with a variety of age groups and cultural backgrounds; she has been providing individual and family counseling for over nine years.
Anna Vendrely, LCSW
Anna works with individuals of all ages and specializes in working with families with children between the ages of zero and five. Anna provides, EMDR, Child-Parent Psychotherapy and Circle of Security Parenting. She has been a therapist for ten years.
Evelyn Anderson-Martin, LCSW, IMH-E III
Evelyn Anderson-Martin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is endorsed by the New Mexico Association for Infant Mental Health as a Level III Infant Mental Health Specialist. As part of her clinical work, she provides outpatient psychotherapy to children and adults who have been impacted by stressful and traumatic experiences. She specializes in children, individual, and family therapy; Trauma, Christian, EMDR, CPP and Infant Mental Health.
Evelyn has over a decade’s worth of experience working with individuals and families in diverse settings. Evelyn’s practice is trauma informed and she has received specialized training in various therapeutic methods and techniques such as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), CPP (Child Parent Psychotherapy), COS (Circle of Security) and a variety of others.
With benevolence, grace and understanding, Evelyn offers a highly personalized therapeutic approach using complementary methodologies and techniques with each individual or family.
Evelyn received her Bachelors of Psychology from New Mexico State University (2005), Master of Social Work from New Mexico State University (2009) and Master of Criminal Justice from New Mexico State University (2011) and holds a level III endorsement for Infant Mental Health.
Melanie Dunne, LCSW
Melanie completed her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Social Work at New Mexico State University. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), Circle of Security Parenting Classes (COS), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), and is working towards her Infant Mental Health endorsement. Melanie is a trauma informed therapist who enjoys working with children, families, parents, and military veterans. Her education and professional background of understanding the mind and body has given her a unique approach to counseling that fits the philosophy here at Amistad Family Services. In sessions, Melanie truly believes that providing a safe space within which clients may enhance their self-reflective abilities, build their confidence as individuals, and heal their trauma can improve the psyche, body-based symptoms, and relationships.
Melanie brings many personal and professional experiences to her practice. She is a mother, sister, neighbor and friend. She truly believes that we all seek connection and healthy relationships and so, strives to support her clients in their personal and professional endeavor’s.
Since 2017, Melanie has been a part of a non-profit organization that supports veteran’s and their families across the southern part of New Mexico. She is also a Soroptimist Ruby Award winner (2017) for her work in supporting women veteran’s returning to school after service. Melanie is a New Mexico native who grew up in Silver City, NM. During her free time, she enjoys hiking, music, reading, and spending time with her two children.
Beatriz Favela, LCSW
Bea is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of New Mexico. Bea obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work from New Mexico State University. Bea has experience in school social work, family preservation, family reunification, and teaching Social Work courses at NMSU’s School of Social Work. Bea has been a therapist for 12 years and has been part of Amistad team since 2014. Bea’s clinical practice includes working with children, women, adults and families who are experiencing or have experienced neglect, attachment difficulties, anxiety, depression, behavioral concerns with children, parenting struggles, and trauma.
Bea is bilingual and is a certified facilitator for English and Spanish programs such as the Circle of Security™ Parenting Program, Self-Management Chronic Disease, Diabetes and educational environmental programs. Beatriz is a lifelong resident of Las Cruces, enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and is passionate about helping others achieve optimum well-being.
Megan N. Goepfert, LCSW
Megan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of New Mexico. Megan obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from New Mexico State University. Megan has a minor in counseling and education psychology. Megan is an endorsed Infant Mental
Health Specialist in the state of New Mexico, meaning that Megan is specialized in working with children aged 0-5. Megan is certified to facilitate the Circle of Security™ parenting classes. Megan has been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.
Megan is trained in Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), a dyadic, relationship-based treatment for parents and young children which aims to assist parents in re-building safety in their relationship with their child after trauma has occurred. In September 2019, Megan will have completed all necessary training hours and other requirements to become a registered play therapist. Lastly, Megan has also completed a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance certification and facilitates a trauma sensitive yoga group for women who are survivors of trauma. Megan’s clinical specialties include working with infants, toddlers, children, adolescents, parents, families, and adult women who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, abuse/neglect, grief, parenting struggles, attachment difficulties, behavioral issues, divorce, domestic violence, eating disorders, relationship issues, self-esteem issues, self-harming issues, and more. Megan utilizes an eclectic approach when working with her clients, but she believes that an attachment-based and trauma-informed perspective is essential to foster change and healing.
Glenda Hilley, LMSW
Glenda has been working in the field of Social Work and therapy for 34 years. She is now semi-retired and enjoying her “dream job” . Glenda enjoys working with adult women who are experiencing “life problems” or transitioning from one phase of life to another. She is experienced in working with anxiety, depression, grief, aging issues, sexuality, complicated relationships and empowerment. Although she utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches, she relies heavily on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Glenda is a strong believer that we all have the power to improve our level of happiness by reducing negative thought patterns in order to change our responses to life’s challenges.
Alyssa R. Molina, LMHC
Alyssa Molina is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of New Mexico. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from New Mexico State University. Alyssa has worked with a variety of populations and ages through individual and family therapy in outpatient and in-home settings. Alyssa has experience treating anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder, self-esteem, ADHD, behavioral concerns, life transitions, and parenting struggles. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults in individual and family therapy. Alyssa has been trained in multisystemic therapy (MST) and will be fully trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy by September 2019..
Lillian Jimenez, LMHC
Lillian is a licensed mental health counselor. She earned her masters of art with a degree in licensed professional counseling from Liberty University and a master’s of science with a family and consumer science degree from New Mexico State University.
Lillian serves individuals, couples and families at any stage throughout the life span and her work include the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, behavioral issues, parenting concerns, family problems and crisis, and relational problems. Lillian has received training in Circle of Security® Parenting™, Infant Mental Health, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Lillian is bilingual and offers services in Spanish.
Brittany Miera, LCSW
Brittany’s background in counseling includes working with individuals of all ages. She specializes in working with children ages 0-5 and their families. She is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and is a certified Circle of Security™ parenting facilitator.
Tina Parnes, LMSW
Tina is a Licensed Master of Social Work in the state of New Mexico. She earned an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education as well as a bachelor’s in Social Work from New Mexico State University, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Simmons College. She is a registered Circle of Security™ Parenting Program facilitator, is working towards an endorsement in Infant Mental Health, and will soon be trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.
Tina’s clinical specialties include working with children, adolescents, adults, and families who are experiencing a variety of concerns, such as, depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, PTSD, behavioral concerns, divorce reaction, self-esteem issues, and parenting struggles.
Tina uses an attachment-based, trauma informed approach to her work with clients. She utilizes a variety of evidence-based modalities for therapeutic intervention, including: Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Psychotherapy with Integrated child-directed play/art/music/movement, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
Breckon N. Patch, LCSW
Breckon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is endorsed as a Category III Infant Mental Health Specialist. She has been with Amistad since 2012 and specializes in treating trauma in infants and young children in relationship with their caregivers. Breckon is trained in Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Circle of Security™ Parenting. Her clinical practice includes working with infants, children, adults, and families who have experienced abuse, neglect, adoption, attachment difficulties, grief, anxiety, depression, post-partum depression, behavioral concerns with children, parenting difficulties, divorce, domestic violence, and trauma.
Breckon completed her Associates, Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Social Work at New Mexico State University. She has experience in child advocacy, domestic violence treatment, school social work and outpatient behavioral health. Breckon has resided in New Mexico for the past thirty years and enjoys the unique culture and diversity.
Elva Primero-Gomez, LMSW
Elva Gomez-Primero, LMSW has 6 year experience as a therapist working with children and adolescents within the Las Cruces community. A graduate from New Mexico State University with Bachelors and Master’s degree in Social Work with a minor in counseling. Services include relationship building, anxiety, depression, and trauma work.
Carly Brack Marketto, LAMFT
Carly Marketto is a marriage and family therapist who utilizes systems theory to work with children, adolescents, and adults within the context of their relationships. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Family Studies and a concentration in Addictions from the University of New Mexico, she attended Abilene Christian University where she received her Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy. Carly has worked with clients recovering from substance abuse, women re-entering society after prison, and adolescents working on behavioral concerns stemming from trauma. Her current practice focuses on helping her clients overcome struggles with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, and family dynamics. Each client she meets will have therapy tailored to their needs and preferences to help them feel understood and accepted.