Our Focus

Desert Wise is an Albuquerque psychotherapy clinic specializing in the treatment of trauma – to include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), childhood trauma [complex- or developmental- PTSD (CPTSD)], military sexual trauma (MST), trauma related to interpersonal violence (IPV), war-related trauma, and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Resultantly, our approaches to treatment are trauma-informed, as is our clinic environment and the flexibility of our processes – ensuring we can meet the idiosyncratic needs of each individual.

Our founding mission is to provide culturally competent care to and advocacy for military members, veterans, and those who love them. Our team has more than 30 years of combined experience treating the military-connected population.

Originally trained as generalists, we also provide treatment for the civilian population and welcome individuals from all walks of life who are seeking depth, professionalism, and trauma-informed care in their therapeutic journey.

To learn more about the services we offer and the specialties of each of our clinicians, select on the relevant tab above.

Our Commitment 

Further, we are 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, and we have been faithful to this model in all aspects of our clinical operations. Perhaps most importantly, we view each patient as a capable individual – worthy of respect and regard, and we work diligently to help our patients view themselves this same way. 
  • Effective treatment: The three foundational pillars of evidenced based practice are: (1) best available research, (2) clinical judgment, and (3) the preferences, circumstances, needs, and cultural influences of individual patients. Our clinicians continuously consider both the active ingredients supported by scientific research and clinical wisdom gained from experience. We expertly employ this knowledge in a way that is relevant and useful to each individual and are consistently mindful of what works for you – not what works in a lab or for anyone else. 
  • Discreet treatment: We are sensitive to 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 discreetness extends well beyond HIPAA and other legal mandates. Rather, we believe you should be comfortable walking into our clinic or otherwise communicating with us. Thus, we have attended to even the most minor details that ensure our patients’ privacy, comfort, and sense of safety. 

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“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” –Theodore Roosevelt