Counseling in Albuquerque, NM. Find the Right Therapist.

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Diana Denson, M.A., M.Ed., L.P.C.C.

Diana Denson, M.A., M.Ed., L.P.C.C.

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

11000 Spain Rd. N.E., Albuquerque, New Mexico 87111 | 505 299 8989

Have you been wondering what your life could be like if you had someone caring, insightful, and experienced to reflect on your experiences with? I have great respect for those of you willing to journey within to better understand yourself and life's challenges.

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Counseling Albuquerque New Mexico

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Located in the northern, upper edges of the Chihuahuan Desert, Albuquerque is considered the crossroads of the state. The elevation is one of the highest in the United States, ranging from 4,700 to 6,900 feet. The Rio Grande runs through the city and is considered an exotic river because it flows through a desert. There are a number of faults that border the city, including the ones that have made the Sandia and Manzano Mountains. Albuquerque's cityscape has expanded quite a bit since the 1940s. The portion of the city that dates prior to the 1940s is very different in style than the portions built since. Specifically the newer portions are divided into four neighborhoods with large roads running through them, in essence making them quadrants. The positive aspect of having the area broken up into quadrants is that the residential neighborhoods are shielded from noise and the lights from the major roads. The different quadrants are classified as Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, and Southwest.1

Mental Health in Albuquerque

Albuquerque has higher-than-average rates of illicit drug use. Over 17 percent of the city's residents report using drugs within the past year, among which the most popular are marijuana and prescription pills. Residents of the city also report higher rates of substance abuse disorders than the national average. Cigarette use and binge drinking rates, although still high, are falling and are lower than both state and national averages.2 Yet, many Albuquerque residents face difficulties from substance use and addiction, including job loss, family violence, and homelessness.

Therapeutic Living Services (TLS) is a non-profit organization that provides comprehensive services for individuals in need of mental health care. TLS focuses specifically on housing needs, providing structured group homes throughout the city, in addition to in-home services for people living independently. Additionally, TLS offers psychosocial rehabilitation classes that helps individuals appropriately deal with anger, acquire improved social skills, and enhance the ability of clients to manage day-to-day tasks. Outreach and educational programs, as well as crisis intervention services are also provided. Contact 505-268-5295 for further information.3

Current Education

The University of New Mexico Individual, Family & Community Education Department offers a Master of Arts in Counseling program that prepares graduates to be licensed counselors in the state of New Mexico. Students combine classroom coursework with experiences in the field to develop an effective toolkit for counseling various populations. Students acquire theoretical skills, understanding of diversity and multiculturalism, knowledge of ethical practice and skills needed to work with individuals, groups, couples, and families. Additional information about the program can be obtained by calling 505-277-1353.4


1. Wikipedia. (2017). Albuquerque, New Mexico Cityscape. Retrieved from,_New_Mexico#Cityscape
2. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2016). Substance Use and Mental Disorders in the Albuquerque MSA. Retrieved from
3. Therapeutic Living Services. (2017). Services. Retrieved from
4. The University of New Mexico. (2017). Master of Arts in Counseling. Retrieved from

Albuquerque is located in Bernalillo County, New Mexico. It has a land area of 188.16 square miles and a water area of 1.79 square miles.  The population of Albuquerque is 559,121 people with 222,098 households and a median annual income of $47,030. .

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Some budgeting needed

While counseling can certainly be an expense for individuals and families in Albuquerque, with proper budgeting, it is entirely do-able and the risk/reward is worth it. For some families, it may be difficult to sustain a commitment to therapy without proper insurance coverage. If this is you, ask your therapist about low cost options as practitoners in and around Albuquerque may have flexibility or sliding scales. Low cost counseling and affordable therapy are also sometimes offered by listed city and university level clinics, check with your local Albuquerque public health department.