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 Through 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 a 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 one’s 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 a psychiatric hospital, in-patient, and outpatient addictions treatment, school-based services, community clinic, and private practice. Marcella uses a family systems and experiential approach to therapy with a strong emphasis on mindfulness and relational strategies to assist clients with improving emotional regulation, functional communication, and conscious grieving. Marcella has extensive 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 is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a strong interest in working with trauma, self-esteem issues and anxiety. She believes there is no 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
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 traveled 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.
Andy Chiaraluce MA, LMHC, Therapy Andy found his passion as a mental health counselor through years of exploration of his own inner landscape. He is devoted to assisting others on their journey of uncovering their true Self, by creating a safe, gentle therapeutic container for emotional processing and self-discovery. With a specialization in ecopsychology, he believes the natural world to be one of the greatest guides to our personal purpose. This foundational philosophy assists Andy in helping others cultivate a relationship with their own inner healer and innate intuitive gifts. Andy believes in a non-judgmental and compassionate approach to the counseling relationship, walking alongside his clients and reflecting the truth he hears, sees, and feels. Andy integrates his training in EMDR into counseling sessions as a powerful modality for working with trauma, stuck patterns, and self-limiting beliefs.
Ashleigh Beyer, MA LMHC, Therapy And YogaAshleigh came to her practice as a psychotherapist with 12 years of experience as a full-time yoga teacher. She is committed to mindfulness and the healing that can happen by embodying each present moment. Ashleigh is devoted to a compassionate and person-centered approach and is especially inspired by the work of Dr. Judith Orloff. Ashleigh strives to help her clients feel grounded in their empathic and intuitive nature. Wholeheartedly believing healing happens in relationship, Ashleigh is especially inspired by working with process and substance addictions and the family systems that are touched by them.
Lisa Harris, Yoga and Meditation Lisa was introduced to the principles of holistic living through her Grandmother who taught her the art of mindfulness, balance and how to live life with gratitude and forgiveness. Lisa has been a student of yoga for over 20 years, studying and teaching in The Berkshires, New Mexico, Costa Rica and New York City(where she is originally from). Teaching for 17+ years and certified in multiple disciplines, her approach is to honor the uniqueness of individual students and determine a comprehensive plan that can be comfortably incorporated into their daily lives. Lisa’s goal is to help her students find more ease in their bodies, learn to slow down, reflect inward and be able to redirect thoughts and patterns that no longer serve their highest good. She joined the GWR family in 2015 and feels grateful to be a part of this healing and transformational community where she continues to make heartfelt connections with the people with whom she interacts. In addition to yoga, Lisa loves tennis, the mountains, the ocean, travel, and the arts. She oversees the Taos Fall Arts Festival’s Children’s Exhibition and heads the Kids Give Back Award
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.”
Tammy Hashey, Reiki, Massage and Caretaker Tammy is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Cranial Sacral Therapist, and Reiki Master. She began practicing healing arts in her search for healing of childhood trauma, grief, loss, and desire for life to flow with grace and ease. In this search, she found healing and peace through helping others heal. She works in the highest interest of her client while providing a safe, judgment free, neutral space, with unconditional love. She works to help those seeking recovery from physical, mental, emotional and spiritual injuries. Tammy is also a Certified Peer Support Worker (CPSW) Trainer within the state of New Mexico where she works with clients with addiction and mental disorders.
Julie Tato, Mindful Meditation has practiced and taught mindfulness & loving-kindness meditation in both secular & Buddhist settings since 1988; has worked professionally with children, youth, families, and the elderly for over 40 years; and serves as an inter-spiritual chaplain & bereavement counselor at Anvoi Hospice in Taos. Julie is trained as an instructor of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindful Schools Curriculum, and Insight Meditation. She has lived in Northern New Mexico since 1988, is a long-time member of the Lama Foundation spiritual community, and a committed student of all things sacred, including the path of recovery from loss for herself and others. She is deeply supportive of the integration of all spiritual traditions, including connection to family/community and the natural world.
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.