Ted Wiard, LPCC, CGC is an author, Founder & Executive Director of Golden Willow Retreat. Ted Wiard along with his wife, Marcella, created Golden Willow from a combined vision of compassion and healing towards all life. Ted is a licensed clinical therapist, certified grief counselor, an ordained minister, a New Mexico certified schoolteacher and a certified tennis professional. Ted’s passion for working with grief, in its many forms, arose from his own personal losses in which he realized there were very few places that offered support and healing from grief. While working at Betty Ford Center, Ted counseled individuals and families with clinical and spiritual support through the recovery process, realizing that many individuals rarely touch the underlying conditions that led them to their dysfunctional behaviors. He has written numerous articles on the subject of emotional healing, grief, loss, trauma and the connection verses disconnection of spirituality in grief, loss, life transitions as well as addiction and relapse prevention. His book, “Witnessing Ted, The Journey to Potential Though Grief & Loss”, is a sensitive guide on the six aspects of grief and the journey to a wiser more authentic life. He is sought out for speaking engagements nationally to offer his inspirational and dynamic message of hope and healing.
Jim Lengerich, LPCC Has been a full time resident of the Taos area for over 40 years. He obtained Masters Degree in Counseling from Southwestern College in Santa Fe and am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). He has been working with individuals, couples, families and groups for over 17 years both in private practice and as a contract counselor/therapist for various nonprofit retreat centers including Golden Willow Retreat and the National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center. The focus of his work has been varied but mainly around issues of grief and loss, trauma (PTSD), addictions and overall personal growth mentally, emotionally and spiritually. My work includes Mindfulness, Body Centered Therapy, Brainspotting which is most effective in treating and healing victims of trauma and PTSD, Energy work, Shamanic Practice and leading healing ceremonies and rituals. I have trained extensively with various indigenous elders, shamans and medicine people from North, Central and South America in the healing potential available from Spirit through ceremony and ritual. The ceremonies and individual work in my practice assists people to work through their issues and awaken to ones true essence with a deeper sense of connection to themselves, nature, their families, communities and Spirit.
Marcella Skogen, LMFT, Individual and Family Therapy As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in New Mexico, Marcella brings 25 years of therapy experiences from a variety of settings including psychiatric hospital, inpatientand outpatient addictions treatment, school based services, community clinic and privatepractice. Marcella uses a family systems and experiential approach to therapy with astrong emphasis on mindfulness and relational strategies to assist clients with improvingemotional regulation, functional communication and conscious grieving. Marcella hasextensive experience working with people with intellectual disabilities and children with behavioral problems from a family therapy framework.
Kiersten Figursky, LMHC, Therapy Kiersten believes that a compassionate, nonjudgmental atmosphere creates a foundation in which trust can allow a therapeutic relationship to develop. Each individual holds the unique capacity to transform, grow and heal. Her experience working with families began in her career as a Midwife. I was a practicing Licensed Midwife and Certified Professional Midwife for 12 years before becoming a psychotherapist. She has a Masters in Counseling and am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a strong interest in working with trauma, self-esteem issues and anxiety. She believes there is not one way to treat all people, and therefore has an integrative psychotherapy which combines person-centered approaches with solution-focused and mindfulness techniques. She is currently being trained in Internal Family Systems
Yvette Montoya, LMHC, Therapy Yvettes believes the relationship between therapist and client must feel safe and empowering and strives to create a genuine and judgment-free environment. Each person’s story is unique, and therefore she uses an integrative and individualized approach to the therapeutic process. However, because of the power of the stories we create about our lives, both through experiences and relationships, she is particularly drawn to a narrative therapeutic approach. She believes therapy is an opportunity to reshape our stories.Yvette has Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).Since graduating, she has had the honor to work with individuals, couples, and families in a variety of settings. And believes seeking counseling is an act of courage and self-advocacy and enjoys supporting people in processing their stories as they seek a deeper understanding of themselves.
Ted Dimond, LMHC, Therapy Ted believes we should be less concerned with correcting “flaws” and instead spend time accessing, attending to and exploring the inner wisdom that exists within each of us to heal ourselves and live life fully. He believes that at times having someone to accompany us on our own journey can help clarify and simplify this process. In an effort to be such a companion he meets each client where they are with compassion, non-judgment, and full attention and intent. Ted moved to Taos over forty years ago and can’t imagine living any place else. Four years ago he enrolled in a Graduate Counseling program at New Mexico Highlands University where he earned a Masters on his way to obtaining his LMHC credential. Ted interned with Ted Wiard at Golden Willow Retreat and facilitated their weekly grief group. He still facilitates the group and this continues to be a humbling and enlightening experience. From this work he has come to recognize that most peoples’ challenges and difficulties in life often result from one type of loss or another. Work with loss and grief has helped Ted develop greater compassion and understanding for those in pain or need.
Mark Speight, LMHC, Therapy Mark is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a graduate from
Southwestern College in Santa Fe. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling and has an Ecotherapy Certificate from SWC’s New Earth
Institute. Prior to becoming a therapist, Mark had a career in public service providing legal counsel to the U.S. Congress on foreign policy
and international aid programs. He travelled the world and interacted with many individuals, groups and cultures. Through this experience, he learned to listen deeply and to respect different perspectives and diverse world views. Mark finds that by being fully present and attuned
to a person’s story, a healing presence emerges as they find the source of healing and growth within themselves. Mark takes a person-centered
therapeutic approach and works with clients in this relational space where energy and information flow to gently guide them through the uniquely human process of “conscious grief.” Mark has led several Therapeutic Writing Practice Groups in Santa Fe and Taos.
Peter G Ziminsky, MA, LMHC, Therapy Peter graduated from Southwestern College in Santa Fe with a Master of Art in Counseling. Prior to this he received a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of New Mexico, with an emphasis in the design of gardens, landscapes and environments that promote holistic healing on mental, emotional, physical and spiritual levels.His life-long love for and interaction with nature has brought him to the understanding that we (humans) are in fact nature, and nature has the power to heal. It is through his connection and relationship to nature as one with all things that Peter brings the power of healing to the therapeutic relationship.Added to the initial goal of establishing safety and trust, we begin as a team, to transform into our most healthful, creative, love-enhanced and fulfilled selves.
Ashleigh Beyer, Yoga Ashleigh has been teaching yoga full time for the past twelve years in New York, Taos and abroad. Ashleigh has been trained in vinyasa and restorative yoga and is passionate about teaching teachers how to teach; she and Aura Garver co-create and teach the 200 Aurafitness Flow-Based Teacher Training in Taos. Ashleigh has been in her Graduate Studies to be a Clinical Mental Health Counselor since January 2016. Ashleigh is truly grateful to be doing her internship with Ted and the team at Golden Willow; it feels so good to be learning so much in this heart-based community.
Clint Murphy, Yoga Clint initially began a yoga practice in 1999 and found a life-changing but short-lived practice on the mat. A decade later, as life began to change dramatically for him, he returned to yoga as a grounding practice in an uncertain time. A certified kids yoga instructor, graduate of Bea Doyle’s Anusara Immersion, and Jeanie Manchester’s 200 hour Teacher Training, he blends playfulness with an absolute belief in the transformative and healing powers of yoga. “I bow to my teachers, friends and every person with the courage to undergo change, both on and off the mat.”
Melissa Ortiz, Massage Melissa was born in the Sangre de Cristo mountains and feels blessed to still call Arroyo Hondo her home. Her family has been here for many generations and she was brought up with traditional Hispanic healing. She enjoys working with prayer, herbs and doing spiritual cleansing. She also continues to study different healing modalities in order to provide the best care possible. Melissa has a strong connection to the land and finds it peaceful and healing. Her community is very important to her and she has been providing massages for the people in her village for the last ten years. She says, ” It is such an honor for me to be able to offer my gift and be a part of the healing process.”
Robin Cunningham, Cranisacral and Reflexology Robin honors the sacred journey of the Individual, integrating clinical applications with therapeutic techniques from various traditional and non-traditional modalities to provide a unique symmetry in wellness. Her clinical experience spans 45 years and is inclusive of Shamanic Facilitation, Classical Homeopathy, Traditional Herbalism, Sound & Vibrational Healing, Advanced REIKI and REIKI training, Gem and Crystal Healing, Aromatherapy, Flower Essence wellness, Advanced Cranial Sacral Therapy, and Reflexology. She offers advanced intuitive bodywork which assists the individual in dissolving entrenched ‘chords’ with individuals, events, beliefs, and actions that no longer serve, and resets the entire system – mental, emotional, physical and spiritual – to be able to move forward in a more integrated way.