Michele Coleman, Ph.D., LMFT,
Founder and CEO
Dr. Michele Coleman has worked in the field of foster care and adoption all her life, beginning with personal childhood experiences with informal foster care and formal adoption. These early experiences prepared her for work as a therapist in the field of attachment. As an adult, she has worked full-time as a business manager and has regularly volunteered with troubled youths who were living in group homes. As an adult, she adopted two sisters with emotional needs from the foster care system in Virginia, and then 14 years later she and her partner adopted a son with emotional needs from New Mexico.
At the age of 42, Dr. Coleman went back to school for her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Her thesis was titled A Chance for Change: The Role of Trust in Foster Care, and involved in-depth research on ways to help children who have been removed from their home—on ways to help them learn to heal and grow and adapt to a new family. A graduate of Dr. Dan Siegel’s Interpersonal Neurobiology certification program, Dr. Coleman used this knowledge to develop the model of treatment used for healing attachment issues at Attachment Healing Center, Healing in Resonance. Michele received her PhD in Counselor Education from the University of New Mexico in 2016.
Terry Morris, Ph.D., LMHC
Dr. Terry Morris has been with the Attachment Healing Center for for a number of years as both a therapist and as part of the management team. He has dedicated most of his career to working with children and their families. He was an award winning inner-city teacher in Chicago and Dallas for 16 years before attaining his counseling degree from the University of New Mexico. He believes that through love, positive interactions, and looking for the good in each other, the world can be a better place for us and our children. Morris earned his PhD in May of 2017 in teacher education at the University of New Mexico and is interested in helping new teachers form close, positive relationships with their students and families. He spends part of his time presenting workshops to teacher groups on the importance of teachers in the lives of children.
Marisol Velasquez de West, LMSW
I am a second generation Mexican American whose family dreamed of a prosperous and secure future for their children. I graduated with a masters degree from New Mexico Highlands in Social Work. I come from a family who values perseverance, hard work and efficiency.
It is from these values I have come to understand their purpose which has served and helped me evolve into my own values of honesty, compassion, being in relationship and last but not least, I value a deep understanding of oneself through personal introspection and experience.
Through my life experiences of being a single mother to a married person with 3 three children, to working with Children Youth and Family Department, being a Certified Nursing Assistant working with the elderly, a Massage Therapist and an Army Reserves Emergency Medical Technician, my values have grown and strengthened. I have several volunteer and internship experiences which contribute to my love for community and traditional healing.
I joined AHC after hearing experiences and witnessing families who had been healed through building and strengthening their attachment bonds. The model at AHC I feel resonates with my belief to work with the whole family system as a means to support the whole person. I believe in the ability of oneself to heal and how we can learn to be vulnerable and trust that those who have come before us with our own personal spiritual essence and the Divine presence, are here to assist and guide us along our journey.
Jane McCoy - Administrative Supervisor
Jane McCoy came to the Attachment Healing Center in June 2011 with over 20 years of administrative experience in health and mental health administration. In 2011 Jane had recently relocated to the city of Albuquerque after retiring from Riverside County Department of Mental Health in southern California. Jane served the Department of Mental Health for thirteen years and retired as an Administrative Assistant for the Riverside County Mental Health Board. Through her career with the department, she developed many skills designed to serve those with mental health issues in the community. It is Jane’s passion to continue to develop skills that assist individuals, couples, children and their families in seeking the treatment they need and deserve in order to lead productive and meaningful lives.
Lily Sandberg, Administrative Assistant
Lily Sandberg believes that people are good at their core and is grateful to be a part of the Attachment Healing Center team to remind people of that goodness. With a B.A. in Sociology and a B.A. in Religious Studies from UNM in 2018, she was a natural fit to join the Attachment Healing Center team. With a background of personal experience having a social worker for a mother and a heart for serving others, Lily has been a valued part of the admin team on and off since 2017. Lily specifically supports ongoing trainings at AHC, as well as being the admin support for the AHC internship program and our Comprehensive Community Support Services (CCSS) program.
Lorena DiGregorio, Director of Human Resources
Bethany Armstrong, Receptionist/Office assistant
Carol Felley, LMHC
Carol Felley has long been drawn toward counseling, and completed her graduate work at Wayland University, earning the coveted Outstanding Graduate Student in Counseling Award along the way.
Finding that her own experiences with behaviorism, red tape agencies and non-heart based models didn’t feel true or fit with her own beliefs, Felley decided to follow her heart and ended up on the doorstep of the Attachment Healing Center.
Her special talents include creatively connecting with children and parents, and an ability to find the metaphor in the behavior to see what is underneath it while connecting to it.
Cleo Cerno, LMHC
Cleo Cerno received her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from New Mexico State University, with a minor in Counseling and Educational Psychology, in May of 2002. During graduate school, Cerno was awarded the Commission on Higher Education Competitive Graduate Fellowship and worked as a Graduate Assistant where she assisted in teaching, advised undergraduate students, and performed various types of research related work.
Cerno has always been very passionate about helping people. She feels her passion is fueled by the simple pleasure of knowing she made an impact on the lives of those she has the honor to serve. As a proud Native American woman, she feels her heritage has helped her fully embrace the true spiritual nature of the Attachment Healing Center model and looks forward to guiding parents and their children to build healthy, loving relationships for a long time to come.
Cody Hedrick, LCSW
I attended school for my master’s degree at New Mexico Highlands University and am now an independently licensed social worker (LCSW). I have always had a passion for helping people and in attempting to find a passion and way to help people I became interested in Psychology and the lack of help for the mind, especially those without chronic mental conditions. I realized that everyday people want and need help and there is nothing wrong with that so I pursued a career that would lead me to help those and other people. Before working for the Attachment Healing Center I worked for the Children, Youth, and Families Department. While this job was extremely rewarding I wanted to do more. After meeting some of the clinicians at the Attachment Healing Center, I knew this was the place that would allow me to help people the way I had been seeking and thus I applied to join their team. As for my unique style to Attachment Healing I feel I have a special way of bring families together. Through the use of board games and other family activates I am able to create a different perspective and look at spending time together as a family that is both fun and healing.
Persis Mehta, LPCC
Persis went to school at New Mexico Highlands University in Rio Rancho. There she graduated with Honors in Professional Counseling. Persis has worked with children for her entire adult life. Before becoming a therapist, Persis was a Preschool/Pre-K teacher for the Albuquerque area for several years. Persis has always wanted to work with children and families in a therapeutic setting. She volunteered at Agora Crisis Center for 2 ½ years as a way of giving back to her community. While in her master’s program, Persis interned with AHC for 9 months before becoming a permanent member of the team. Through interning with AHC, she brought a very unique outlook to building rapport with children. She understood that each child is unique but that the one thing they have in common is to be heard, loved, and validated. Persis decided to join AHC after learning how important attachment is in our daily life. Persis brings a bubbly positive energy to AHC and we are happy to have her on board. She received her independent license in 2019.
Mary Beth Harwood, LMHC
Mary Beth started as an intern at the Attachment Healing Center and has been with the agency since the Fall of 2017. She graduated with her counseling degree at the University of New Mexico in Mental Health Counseling Spring 2017. Mary Beth really enjoys working with adolescents and couples, and has always been fascinated with the relationships between people. She believes strongly in the connection between people and how healing that connection can be. Mary Beth was drawn to attachment work without even realizing it, when writing and researching about attachment theory in her college thesis paper. She has seen the power of attachments between people and how much it can affect people through their lifetime and throughout all of their relationships. Mary Beth feels drawn to help heal people’s attachments so they can feel empowered and confident in who they are. Mary Beth is also currently working on developing her skills with trauma counseling and sand tray therapy to help clients when their trauma arises.
Aaron Bower, LPCC
Amanda Wagenblast, CSW
Caren Waters, LMSW
David Ebling, LMHC
Evan Hughes, LMHC
George (Drew) Jones, CSW
James (JP) Turpen, LPCC
Jennifer Rex McNair, LMHC
Kari Jacobs, LMSW
Mary Jo Baird, LMHC
Melissa Fred, LAMFT (Farmington)
Melissa Sandford, LMHC
Michael Gorham, CSW
Philip Casady, LMSW
Rebecca Maestas, LMSW
Roslyn Purlsey, LPCC
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