Irma Torres-Catanach, LPCC, IMHE-III®



Irma Torres-Catanach, LPCC, IMHE-III®, is a dedicated scholar and mental health clinician excited to begin clinical work serving children and families throughout Dona Ana county.  Aside from being a clinician, Irma is currently enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences doctoral program at UTEP.  Irma is looking forward to developing research projects focused on addressing the maternal, infant, and early childhood mental health needs of the region.  Irma recognizes that mental health disparities in access to evidenced-based care exist, particularly for residents living along the U.S.-Mexico border region, and wants to learn from families, providers, and policymakers about ways to address these needs in our communities. 


Irma’s clinical experience includes working with individuals of all ages experiencing difficulties with behaviors, adjustments/transitions, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, and experience of or exposure to trauma, and diagnosed with developmental delays.  Her area of expertise, however, is addressing the social-emotional, relationship needs of young children, ages birth to five years.  Irma obtained extensive training in Infant Mental Health and obtained endorsement as an Infant Mental Health Specialist through the NM Association for Infant Mental Health in 2008.  This endorsement process designates that providers are committed to providing culturally sensitive, relationship-focused practice, promoting Infant Mental Health.  To strengthen her clinical work with young children, Irma also completed a 10-day intensive training in the Circle of Security™ Parenting Program and an 18-month training in Child-Parent Psychotherapy, an evidenced-based treatment model supported by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).  Irma uses these modalities in her work with caregivers and young children to strengthen the dyadic, developing relationship between caregiver and child.


Irma is a bilingual (English/Spanish) clinician with over twelve years of experience in providing mental health services.  Her interests and specialties include:

           Infant mental health (dyadic work with caregiver and young child)

           Maternal mood disorders

           Behavioral challenges in children and adolescents

           Supporting mental health needs of children with disabilities

           Family therapy

           Collaboration with community providers (Early Intervention, special   
            education, Head Start, preschool programs) to support mental health
            needs of children at school or community settings

           Dialectical Behavior Therapy with adults and adolescents

           Trauma (previous/current)

           Grief/loss/adjustment to transitions

           Family Therapy



Sandra Gutierrez, M.A., LCSW


Sandra Gutierrez, LCSW , has two Bachelor’s degrees, in Foreign Languages and Criminal Justice, both from NMSU. Sandra obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Michigan and has been a Clinician for over 7 years.  Sandra has also served  as a Clinical Supervisor and  as an Adjunct  Professor in the past.


Serving in a clinical capacity is Sandra’s passion. She delivers services in both English and Spanish. Sandra takes a strengths-based perspective in treating clients and works with patients at their own pace. Sandra has experience working with a broad range of mental health disorders including but not limited to: Depression, Anxiety, Interpersonal Conflict, Self Esteem, Grief, Domestic Violence, Behavioral Issues, Addiction,  PTSD, etc.  Sandra is  an EMDR Certified clinician and this allows her to effectively treat issues stemming from trauma, whether it is a one-time incident event or a case of complicated trauma. Aside from utilizing EMDR to treat patients’ symptoms, Sandra is also inclined to use CBT approaches in order to assist patients improve coping and functioning. Sandra has worked with clients of all ages, however, prefers that clients have moderate verbal skills.  In working with children, Sandra utilizes art and play techniques in order to facilitate engagement and processing of issues.  EMDR is also used with children who are apt for this treatment modality.  Please note that although EMDR was initially developed for the treatment of PTSD, research and practice have proven it to be effective in treating a range of disorders aside from PTSD. 

Lucia Robles, MCJ, LCSW


Lucia Robles, MCJ, LCSW is a passionate practitioner. Lucia works with children and families on behaviors, adjustment disorders, anxiety, depression and much more. She does couples counseling and individual counseling for a variety of mental health disorders.


Tony Bobadilla, Ph.D., LCSW


Tony Bobadilla, Ph.D., LCSW, Family Therapist, is a passionate scholar-practitioner in the field of social work who divides his time between clinical practice, training, consulting, scholarly writing and research. In his clinical practice, he delivers cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based treatments to adult, children and adolescent clients with a wide range of emotional, behavioral, and adjustment problems, such as anxiety, stress, depression, and relationship problems. In his consulting work, he has provided intensive service to adults with disabilities ranging and behavioral concerns. Tony Bobadilla is also an Assistant Professor at New Mexico State University, where he collaborates and teaches research methods and cultural competence to future social workers.


Tony finds it gratifying to introduce clients to CBT. He has had the privilege of witnessing transformations using CBT in clients with depression, behavioral issues, anxiety disorders, suicidal ideation, personality disorders, and addictions. He is eager to apply his experience and compassion with clients as they begin to address issues that will help them to improve their quality of life and attain a sense of fulfillment and functionality.


Tony received his educational training from New Mexico State University and will obtain his Ph.D. in Special Education from New Mexico State University. He completed his clinical social work internship at various mental health agencies and local public schools. He holds an Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialization and is a Behavioral Specialist. His previous academic positions include Assistant Professor at the New Mexico State University, Adjunct Professor also at New Mexico State University. In his previous clinical positions, he delivered specialized services for clients in the public schools and adults with disabilities. Tony is a member of many professional organizations, such as the Hearts for Autism Board, National Association of Social Workers, Council for Exceptional Children, and National Archery in the Public Schools.


Tony brings seven years of experience working in the mental health field. His interests and specialties include:


           Anger Management

           Attention Deficit Disorder

           Behavior Modification

           Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

           Couples Counseling

           Developmental Disabilities

           Domestic Violence

           Family Therapy

           Grief/Loss Issues

           Learning Disabilities

           Multicultural Issues

           Mental Health Disorders


Pearl Trujillo MacDonald, MA, LPCC


Pearl Trujillo MacDonald, MA, LPCC, Has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology from New Mexico State university. She has been a professional clinical mental health counselor for the past 24 years. She has had much experience as a Bilingual (English/Spanish) and Multi-Cultural Counselor. She has worked with children in outpatient programs as well as in home-based services for children with developmental disabilities and provided support for their parents and families. She has been a supervisor for both a children's mental health program and a case management program that provided services for adults. She has also provided services to adults with a variety of issues including mood disorders, grief and loss, severe disabling mental illness, codependency, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, crisis intervention, suicidal ideation and military veteran's issues.


Pearl has conducted groups using the Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) Program. Other Groups that she has facilitated include working with teenage girls and monolingual Spanish speaking females. Pearl facilitates adult groups using strategies for living to address the issues of problem solving and coping with changes in life. Additionally she uses behavioral techniques to help parents manage children and teenagers with acting out behaviors. Pearl has been a resident of Las Cruces since 1983 and is aware of the mental health issues for a culturally diverse population.


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