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Elaine's Services


Meet Elaine Casquarelli, M.Ed., Ed.S., LMHC
Professional Counselor 
(NM Lic. #0168171)

Since earning my mental health counseling degree in 2000, I have worked as a professional counselor and instructor, helping adults who seek relief from experiences of trauma, anxiety, depression, and gender discrimination.  I have also worked with people who are experiencing difficult transitions in their life, relationship problems, and difficulties achieving their life goals.  If you struggle with any of these concerns and are ready to engage in activities that will lead to relief and/or healing, I invite you to contact me for an initial consultation.
My Counseling Philosophy
I assume that most of us develop the difficulties that bring us to counseling as a natural reaction to the hardships we experience in life (e.g., life-stressors, relationship struggles, trauma, discrimination, etc.). Oftentimes, over-emphasizing a diagnosis can result in the belief that the person is to blame for their own difficulties, when in reality many forms of suffering originate or intensify due to an external experience. While experiences of suffering may originate outside of us, I also assume that we are the only ones that can bring about healing in our own lives. Therefore, I work with clients humanistically ~ listening deeply to each person as they share their own experiences of struggle and the impact these difficulties have had in their lives, as well as their hopes for change and healing. At the same time, I offer solution-focused suggestions to help each person move beyond the places in their lives where they feel stuck.  In other words, we will work together to pave a path that has the potential to lead to greater joy, inspiration, meaning, and connection. 

My Counseling Specializations Include Working with Clients on the Following Concerns...
  • Achieving Life Goals
  • Concerns Related to Dementia for Caregivers and Their Loved Ones
  • Couples and Relationship Difficulties
  • Debilitating Anxiety
  • DepressionTrauma and Abuse
  • LGBT Experiences
  • Life Transitions
For more information on any of these counseling specializations, click here.

My Counseling Style 

I approach counseling from a holistic perspective, attending to your heart, mind, body, spirit, and relationships. 

First and foremost, I believe that the relationship between counselor and client is critically important. My hope is that you find a counselor with whom you can feel safe to share your experiences and know that you will be supported.  That is why I offer a free initial consultation. During the consultation, we can talk about why you are seeking counseling, what we might do together to help you create the life you want, and then discuss whether I am the best counselor for you.

If you choose to establish an on-going counseling relationship with me, we will work toward helping you heal from the pain you experience in life and create the life you want by drawing from a variety of counseling approaches, including...
  • Humanistic Counseling
  • Internal Family Systems Therapy
  • A Variety of Transpersonal or Spiritual Approaches
  • Solution-Focused Approaches that utilize...
    • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) 
    • Guided Imagery
    • Hypnosis
    • Mindfulness Practices
    • Other Behavioral Practices

Together, we can identify the approaches that honor your specific needs and unique qualities.  For more information about the counseling approaches from which I may draw, please click here.

The length of time we will spend in counseling together is variable and will depend on your needs and wants.  Primarily, I offer short-term counseling.  I define short-term counseling as ranging from 6 sessions up to about a year, and will be happy to talk about the projected duration of counseling during our initial consultation.

To read testimonials from workshop participants, click here.
To review my CV/Resume, click here.


Counseling Hours

Mondays -Thursdays: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Evening Appointments Available by Appointment

My Counseling Fees
Initial Consultation: Complimentary
Individual Counseling (50 Minutes): $100 per session

While I do not accept insurance, I do offer a sliding fee based on a person's ability to pay.

If you would like more information about the counseling services I provide or would like to schedule a free initial consultation, please contact me by email ( or phone (505-490-5600).  I look forward to responding to your comments and questions.
The path that leads to healing and transformation
is available in every moment!