About Us

Deryl W. Palmer, LISW, IMH-E™ III

Deryl is a founder and the clinical director of Amistad Family Services. He is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and Level III Infant Mental Health Practitioner in the state of New Mexico. 

Deryl has over 17 years experience in the behavioral health field, including school social work, family therapy, early intervention, behavior management, and child advocacy. Deryl practices with a relationship focused, strength based, and Christ centered approach to counseling.   He believes that every individual and family has unique strengths and that relationships are the catalyst for change.  His vision is to create an agency that serves the community by supporting a team of competent and compassionate therapists who provide relationship based, trauma informed therapies to individuals, couples and families.

 

 Jeremy Baldillez, LMHC

Jeremy Baldillez is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of New Mexico and is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist within the Las Cruces Public Schools. Jeremy’s clinical practice includes working with children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing grief, depression, anxiety, and behavioral issues (anger management and adjustment issues). Jeremy also offers a Bible centered and Christ focused counseling for individuals whom are interested in that approach.

Jeremy utilizes an eclectic blend of modalities of therapy depending on the individual, which include Solution Focused Therapy, Reality Therapy, Mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Jeremy earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in criminal justice at New Mexico State University (NMSU). He also received his specialist of education in school psychology from NMSU that led to him obtaining his licensure in Mental Health Counseling.

Jeremy has been married for 15 years to his wife Shelbi, and they have three children: Greyson, Abram and Karis. 

 

Beatriz Favela, LMSW

Bea is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of New Mexico.  Bea obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work from New Mexico State University.  Bea has experience in school social work, family preservation, family reunification, and teaching Social Work courses at NMSU’s School of Social Work.  Bea enjoys working with young children, adults, older adults, and their family.  Bea also has experience working with individuals suffering from chronic disease and individuals with family members suffering from dementia.  

Bea’s clinical practice includes working with children, women, adults and families who are experiencing or have experienced neglect, attachment difficulties, anxiety, depression, behavioral concerns with children, parenting struggles, and trauma.

Bea is bilingual and is a certified facilitator for English and Spanish programs such as the Circle of Security™ Parenting Program, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), Chronic Disease Self-Management and educational environmental programs.  In 2012, Beatriz was appointed by Governor Susana Martinez as a vetted member of the NM Community Health Worker Advisory Council, and in 2015 as a member of the Community Health Worker certifying board. 

Beatriz is a lifelong resident of Las Cruces, enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and is passionate about helping others achieve optimum well-being.  

 

Megan Finn, LMSW

Megan is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of New Mexico. Megan obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from New Mexico State University. Megan is currently working on becoming endorsed in infant mental health and registered as a play therapist. Megan is certified to facilitate the Circle of Security™ parenting classes. Megan has been trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Lastly, Megan is currently being trained in child-parent psychotherapy (CPP).

Megan’s clinical specialties include working with infants, toddlers, children, female adolescents, parents, families, couples, and adult women who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, abuse/neglect, grief, parenting struggles, attachment difficulties, behavioral issues, divorce, domestic violence, eating disorders, relationship issues, self-esteem issues, and self-harming issues.

Megan utilizes an eclectic approach when working with her clients, but she believes that an attachment-based and trauma-informed perspective is essential to foster change and healing.

 

 

Isabel Gonzales, LMSW

(Bio Pending)

Glenda Hilley, LMSW

(Bio Pending)

Patrick Leong, LMSW

Patrick is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of New Mexico.  Patrick obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work from New Mexico State University.  Patrick has experience in substance abuse counseling, school social work, church ministry, Christian counseling, and family counseling.

Patrick is a certified facilitator of the Circle of Security Parenting Program. He is also certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. He enjoys working with parents, young children, teenagers, and adults. Patrick’s clinical practice is relationship-based, strengths-based, and trauma-informed. He uses Cognitive Behavioral therapy, attachment-based therapy, and strengths based therapy to guide his work with clients. Patrick enjoys traveling, sports, music, and spending time in the outdoors with his wife.

 

Evelyn Anderson-Martin, LISW, IMH-E™ III

Evelyn is a Licensed Independent Social Worker.  She received her Master’s Degree in social work from New Mexico State University in 2009 and her Master’s Degree in criminal justice from New Mexico State University in 2011.  Evelyn is pursuing Infant Mental Health Level III Endorsement.  Evelyn’s experience includes working as a Behavior Support Consultant with Developmentally Disabled adults and children through the DD Waiver, individual and family therapy, behavior management and Early Intervention. Evelyn’s clinical practice is relationship, strengths-based, and trauma-informed. Evelyn has completed the Advanced Clinical Seminars in Infant Mental Health with Deborah Harris and Jane Clarke.  She is also trained as a Circle of Security Parent DVD Teacher.  Evelyn has worked on the Dona Ana County Third Judicial District Infant Mental Health Team since October 2014.  Evelyn is passionate about helping caregivers strengthen their relationship with the infants, toddlers and children in their care, thus providing an atmosphere and environment where healing can occur, and individuals can grow and thrive within the context of secure relationships.

 

Angela Mirabal, LISW

(Bio Pending)

Tessa Ontiveros, LISW

Tessa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is working on her endorsement in play therapy.   She has over 20 years’ experience in the behavioral health field, including hospital setting, treatment foster care, school social work, family therapy, early intervention, behavior management, and play therapy. Tessa practices with a relationship focused and strength based approach.  

Her clinical practices consist of working with children, teenagers and families that are currently experiencing, or have experienced, behavioral issues, depression, abuse, neglect, ADD/ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, stress, parent/children relationship concerns, attachment, anger issues, adjustment disorders, domestic violence and fostering or adoption.  Tessa is a certified facilitator of the Circle of Security Parenting Program.

 

Breckon Patch, LMSW

Breckon is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of New Mexico. Breckon’s clinical practice includes working with children, adults and families who have experienced abuse, neglect, adoption, attachment difficulties, grief, anxiety, depression, post-partum depression, behavioral concerns with children, parenting struggles, divorce and trauma.

Breckon has experience in child advocacy, domestic violence treatment, school social work and outpatient behavioral health. She uses a collective approach to therapy that includes Cognitive-Behavioral, Strengths Based and Solution Focused techniques. Breckon is also certified to facilitate Circle of Security™ parenting sessions and Co-Parenting Counseling. 

Breckon earned her Associates, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees all in Social Work from New Mexico State University.

She is a young, enthusiastic therapist with an 8-year-old son. Breckon has resided in New Mexico for the past twenty-four years and enjoys the culture and diversity

 

Anna Vendrely, LISW, IMH-E™ III

Anna received her master’s in social work from New Mexico State University in 2009.  She went on to receive her clinical social work training at Families and Youth, Inc, and became a Licensed Independent Social Worker in 2011.  Anna’s early experience working with infants and toddlers began as a Family Therapist for Tresco Tots Early Intervention Services.  She completed all training necessary to become an endorsed Infant Mental Health Specialist by the New Mexico Association of Infant Mental Health in 2013.  Anna has completed the Advanced Clinical Seminars in Infant Mental Health with Deborah Harris and Jane Clarke.  She is trained as a Circle of Security Parent DVD Teacher.  Anna has trained with Dr. Alicia Lieberman in Child-Parent Psychotherapy.  Anna has worked on the Dona Ana County Third Judicial District Infant Mental Health Team since December 2013.  Her therapy specialties are with infants and children aged birth to five experiencing developmental delay, trauma and relationship challenges within their caregiving dyad.  Anna strongly believes that the foundation of one’s life begins in the first three years and that the healing process is best accomplished within caring and supportive relationships.

Kerrin Wilson, LISW

(BIo Pending)

Shawn Whitty, LMHC

(Bio Pending)