Rev. Ted Wiard, LPCC, CGC – Author, Founder & Executive Director Golden Willow Retreat
Reverend 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, loss, and recovery arose from his own personal losses in which he realized there were very few places to go for support and healing from loss. Working at Betty Ford Center, Ted counseled individuals and families with clinical and spiritual support through the recovery process. He has written numerous articles on the subject of emotional healing, grief, loss and the connection vs. disconnection of spirituality in loss, addiction and relapse prevention. Ted has co-authored the book “Witnessing Ted, The Journey to Potential Though Grief & Loss”, 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. Order Ted’s book here.
Reverend Marcella Wiard, Founder, Program Director & Reiki Master
As a creative professional, Marcella has expressed her unique talents in many arenas. She, along with husband, Ted, founded Golden Willow Retreat in 2001. Marcella collaborates with guests to achieve their goals by customizing in-house programs while coordinating staff and program services. She is an ordained minister offering spiritual support and guidance to individuals who are seeking solutions to life’s challenges. “I am acutely aware of the importance of the mind body connection within the healing process. Being able to release is essential to deeply heal.” Marcella is also a certified Reiki Master who works with additional energy related modalities to bring the healing touch to all living creatures.
Jim Lengerich, LPCC & Spiritual Care Counselor
Jim‘s vast experience has shown him the importance of spirituality in a person’s journey to health, wholeness and sense of well-being. His approach to healing work begins at the Soul/Spirit level and from that point the healing can progress to the mental, emotional and physical levels. He has trained with various indigenous elders, shamans and medicine people from North, Central and South America. The ceremonies and individual work he performs for our guests assists them to awaken to a deeper sense of connection to themselves, nature and the world at large. He is an authorized leader and teacher in Soul Retrieval, Past Life Regression, Dream Interpretation and Body Centered Therapy and is certified in Brain Spotting, which is most effective in treating and healing victims of trauma and PTSD.
Hannah is a licensed clinical counselor, master’s level art therapist and yoga instructor. She gratefully supports individuals who seek refuge at Golden willow Retreat. Through a depth of understanding and compassion she helps to gently support those struggling with grief and the residue of trauma, that healing, repair, and reclaiming their truest whole Self is possible. Hannah’s work is anchored in her transpersonal, contemplative and body centered training. She recognizes one’s spiritual journey and longing as a central part of the healing path.
Marcella Skogen, LAMFT
Marcella brings 20 years of therapy experience in both residential and day treatment settings. As a recent Denver resident, she provided experiential group therapy with adolescents, adults and geriatrics in acute residential psychiatric care units. She was also a mental health therapist for youth aged 6 to 21 with intellectual disabilities and behavior disorders in Aurora, CO. Marcella incorporates yoga, art, meditation, music and team building initiatives into her group work. She holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver and is focusing her Taos practice on couples and family counseling.
Kiersten Figurski, LMHC
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. She has a Masters in Counseling and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a strong interest in working with trauma, self-esteem issues and anxiety. Her belief that there are many methods to treat all people, allows for an integrative psychotherapy which combines person-centered approaches, with solution-focused and mindfulness techniques. She is currently being trained in Internal Family Systems.
Ted Dimond, LMHC
In 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 also believes sometimes having someone to accompany us on our own journey can help clarify and simplify this process. “In an effort to be such a companion I meet each client where they are with compassion, non-judgment, and my full attention and intent.” Ted facilitates the Golden Willow Retreat grief group in Taos. “From this work I have come to recognize that most peoples’ challenges and difficulties in life often result from one type of loss or another and that my work with loss and grief has helped me develop greater compassion and understanding for those in pain or need.”
Yvette Montoya, LMHC
I believe the relationship between therapist and client must feel safe and empowering and I strive to create a genuine and judgment-free environment. I see each person’s story as unique, and therefore have an integrative and individualized approach to the therapeutic process. However, because I believe in the power of the stories we create about our lives, both through experiences and relationships, I am particularly drawn to a narrative therapeutic approach. I believe therapy is an opportunity to reshape our stories. She has a Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).
Kirry Nelson, Intern Counselor
I am grateful to be making the full circle as a team member of Golden Willow after first being on the receiving end of this team when my son passed away 15 years ago. I feel passionate about helping others with, and believe in the transformative power of moving through, the grieving process with consciousness and loving support. As a therapist I act as a witness, a fellow traveler, sometimes a guide on the road of healing, and I offer a nonjudgmental and safe space for that transformation to occur.
Mari is a licensed massage therapist, who in addition to earning a Master’s in Counseling, trained extensively in gestalt and transactional analysis therapies as part of her personal journey to integrate Spirit into daily living. We can become blocked physically, emotionally, and energetically by our life experiences and circumstances. Mari’s unique approach to bodywork includes incorporating the movement of energy and the release of energetic blocks within her sessions, supporting balance and healing which allows integration of wholeness within the physical body.
Nancy Janosko, Licensed Massage Therapist
Nancy is a licensed massage therapist with a holistic attitude toward her craft. Approaching massage and bodywork with a deep sensitivity to the individual needs of her clients, she aims to hold a calm and comfortable space that invites relaxation and healing. Passionate about the earth and spending time outdoors, Nancy has had the joy of calling Taos home for 40 years.
Robin Cunningham, Bodywork
A healing relationship between practitioner and client begins with trust,
and develops through facilitation and honoring the sacred journey of the
individual. True health and healing only comes through empowerment of the
individual, encouraged by gentle support and facilitation by the
clinician. A healthy therapeutic relationship is founded on integrating
clinical applications with therapeutic techniques from various traditional
and non-traditional modalities to provide a unique symmetry in health care
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Regina Pasquarello, Mindfulness/Meditation Specialist, Yoga Instructor & Reiki Master
Regina has been on an inward awakening soul journey through personal grief and loss. She has discovered many of her gifts by being of service to others with compassion and comfort.Practicing for over 14 years, “Unconditional Love” is her religion and her life path. Regina has her certification with Svasta Yoga. Her motto is “Yoga is a lifestyle, the breath to life!” She also offers sound healing through chanting. For more about Regina please visit: www.pranadayoga.com
Julie Tato, Meditation Specialist
Julie Studied at IMS with Sharon Salzberg & others for 6 years, and spent 5 years as a resident of the Lama Foundation near Taos. An instructor of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction based on the work of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, she works with individuals, the disabled, and those recovering from grief and loss.
Tammy Hashey, Reiki Master & Healing Energetic
Tammy has been practicing these healing arts since 2011. Her life work is offering healing to clients seeking recovery from addictions, mental illness, trauma, grief and loss. Tammy is also certified in the following healing arts: Reiki Acupressure, Hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Emotional Freedom Technique. She is also a Certified Peer Support Worker (CPSW) within the state of New Mexico.
Victoria Sojourn Prince, Tai Chi Instructor
Victoria offers over 18 years of experience of training and teaching tai chi. Her philosophy is that “Tai Chi is meditation in movement”, which opens one up for emotional healing. Tai Chi is a wonderful way to ‘be in the moment”, allowing for true connection to one’ self. In addition to teaching, Victoria is a GWR Alumni and Certified Grief Counselor thru Golden Willow Retreat.
Lisa Harris, Yoga Instructor, E-RYT 500
Lisa has been a student of yoga since 1998, studying and teaching in New Mexico, Costa Rica and New York City. Certified in multiple disciplines, her approach is to honor the uniqueness of each individual and determine a comprehensive plan that can be comfortably incorporated into their daily lives. Lisa’s goal is to help clients learn to reflect inward and be able to redirect thoughts and patterns that no longer serve their highest good. She is grateful to be a part of this healing and transformational community where she continues to make heartfelt connections with the people who
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 child yoga instructor and graduate of Bea Doyles Anusara immersion, he blends playfulness with an absolute belief in the transformative and healing powers of yoga, particularly the life affirming teachings of Anusara. “I bow to my teachers, friends and every person with the courage to undergo change, both on and off the mat.”