Christine Martinez-Guajardo, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Christine is board certified in Clinical Social Work. She has been working in human services and para-professional positions for most of her adult life. Christine has experience in peer counseling, group counseling, career counseling, case management, clinical therapy and has helped develop programs for children and teens to succeed using a Strengths Perspective. She works with adults, adolescents and children in both individual counseling and family counseling. Christine is a Certified Level I Life Skills Counselor which deals with common issues such as childhood wounds, reactive lifestyles, defining/identifying abuse, forgiveness, etc. She has a Master of Social Work degree. Christine enjoys jogging, biking and spending time with her grandchildren.
James Padilla, MS, LADAC
Drug and Alcohol Counselor
Certified Anger Management Treatment Professional
James Padilla is a licensed drug and alcohol counselor and obtained his Master of Science in Addictions Counseling at Grand Canyon University. James Padilla utilizes a holistic approach to treating addictive behavior with consideration to the social and interpersonal problems that contribute to cycles of addiction. James Padilla has specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and is a Certified Anger Management Treatment Professional. James Padilla teaches Anger Management beyond learning anger triggers and appropriate coping strategies, and addresses the underlying causes of anger. James Padilla is a NADAAC member and is currently working on his PhD in Psychology with emphasis in Cognition and Instruction. James Padilla’s research interest include effective teaching strategies to assist people in learning and implementing new behaviors, and effective reintegration into social systems post incarceration/post addiction.
Mark Maestas, LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Mark has ten years’ experience in the mental health field and eight years’ experience in counseling. His demeanor is calming and relaxing, and he works hard to meet everyone where they are at. He supports them the best he can to overcome obstacles that may be keeping them from reaching their fullest potential. He has experience working with children and adults both individually and as a family. He has helped individuals and families with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, family conflict and relationship conflict among other things. Therapy can be difficult to start and he encourages feedback to strengthen communication for the very best therapy experience possible. It is crucial to not feel judged or ashamed during therapy. He provides a warm and supportive environment to help people feel at ease and comfortable with sharing their story. We are always learning and always growing. Having someone for support along the way makes the journey that much better. Mark looks forward to providing that support for you.
Norma Garcia, BUS
Active Parenting Certified Leader Facilitator
Norma Garcia was born and raised in Portales, NM where she currently resides. She is happily married and a mother to four wonderful children. Mrs. Garcia is a Christian and a strong believer in the word of God. Mrs. Garcia received her Bachelor of Science in University Studies with an emphasis in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Eastern New Mexico University. She is currently attending New Mexico Highlands University and will be receiving her Masters in Social Work with a Clinical Concentration in May of 2021. Mrs. Garcia has been working in the mental health field for several years now. Her experience includes community outreach, sexual assault victim advocate volunteer, case management, applied behavioral analysis therapy, working with autistic children, working with veterans and a hospice volunteer. Mrs. Garcia is an Active Parenting Certified Leader and is also fluent in Spanish. Norma enjoys the outdoors, hiking, camping and her pets.
Deanna was born and raised in Clovis, NM. She became a military spouse in 1988 and had the privilege of traveling to many different countries. She settled back in Clovis in 2019 to be near family. She has two grown children and one granddaughter. She enjoys gardening, reading and working on projects around her house. She has worked for Life Skills Learning Center for the past five years. She earned an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Clovis Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Eastern New Mexico University. She is currently the Office Administrator/Program Manager for the agency.