Desert Wise is an Albuquerque mental health clinic that is committed to service members, veterans, and other individuals in high stakes occupations. 

Desert Wise is foremost committed to providing dignified, effectivediscreet mental health treatment.

  • Dignified treatment: We have created a clinic environment that provides the same professionalism you would expect from your primary care doctor, attorney, or accountant. We have been faithful to this model, in part, by ensuring a professional atmosphere, developing comprehensive consent and policy forms, and maintaining appropriate boundaries between therapists and patients. 
  • Effective treatment: Our providers are well-versed in both the scientific research underpinning mental health treatment and the art of applied clinical treatment. We expertly employ this knowledge in a way that is relevant and useful to each individual and is consistently mindful of what works for you – not what works in a lab or for anyone else. Our providers employ a therapeutic approach that requires hard work from patients, prioritizes accountability, and challenges patients’ unhelpful beliefs and behaviors. 
  • Discreet treatment: Our providers respect confidentiality concerns and have developed an entire business model around them, so that you are afforded the opportunity to develop comfort at your own pace. Our clinic is self-contained, which allows patients to discreetly enter a private lobby, and our staff has attended to even the most minor details that ensure our patients’ privacy and comfort. 

In our commitment to high quality mental healthcare, our founders have developed tenacious philosophies about mental health treatment:

  • Patients are intelligent, autonomous individuals. Patients frequently engage in self-propelled, exponential change after developing insight, self-awareness, and objectivity.
  • Patients are generally capable, competent individuals. They grow most in treatment when their therapist challenges them out of their status quo and old habits. This can require discomfort, which most patients are strong and motivated enough to handle.
  • Patients prefer the truth. Once patients develop trust in the therapist’s motives, clinical objectives, and business practices, patients tend to be most responsive to direct, timely feedback. Trust is built through honesty and candor.
  • The best treatment allows space for the full range of emotions — including humor.
  • Patients respect a therapist who remembers details, designs individualized interventions, and is fully engaged, which requires therapists to be proactive and attentive.
  • Patients want better. No matter how entrenched a patient is in their current patterns or problems, they didn’t start out in life wanting to end up here. Slow progress and resistance are normal parts of the struggle toward health.
  • Therapists are most effective when they are nonjudgmental, and to be an effective nonjudgmental therapist, they also have to be a nonjudgmental person.
  • Therapists must support the agency and autonomy of their patients, and therapists can not push their own agendas in the therapeutic process.