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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 emotional pain.  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.
One of my key strengths, as a counselor and as a person, is that I am able to see beyond a person's current experience to their true potential to thrive.  When a client isn't able to hold that vision for themselves, I hold it for them.  I will do the same in my work with you.

My Counseling Specializations Include Working with Clients on the Following Concerns...
  • Achieving Life Goals
  • Letting Go of Painful Emotional and/or Relational Patterns
  • Exploring Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
  • Navigating Life Transitions
  • Exploring Spiritual Concerns
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
  • 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
Counseling Appointments (50 Minutes): $100 per session

Insurance: I am private-pay only and do not take insurance.  I have chosen to opt out of insurance payments for a number of reasons. 
  • I believe in counseling people, not disorders.  Insurance companies require that each client be assigned a mental health disorder diagnosis.  As noted above, I believe that many of our struggles result from the difficulties encountered in everyday life, not because we have a mental disorder.  Hence, I disagree philosophically with the medical model of counseling that requires a diagnosis.
  • I also value confidentiality and client privacy.  My preference is to refrain from including personal information, such as a mental health diagnosis, on insurance documentation that may be seen by others.  
  • Additionally, insurance may cover some counseling services and not others.  As a private pay client, I can provide you with the counseling services you want and need without having to abide by the limitations of your specific insurance policy.
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 ([email protected]) or phone (505-930-5001).  I look forward to responding to your comments and questions.
The path that leads to healing and transformation
is available in every moment!