Española Outpatient Staff
Christina Calderon, MA, LMHC, ATR-P
Christina graduated from Southwestern College with a MA in Art Therapy and Counseling. Christina is also a licensed massage therapist, is a published children’s book author, artist and photographer. She also maintains a small private practice, Wild Bird Medicine, LLC where she specializes in dream work and various photo therapy techniques. From 2017-2019 she served with the New Mexico Art Therapy Association as a professional board member and co-chair of the Social Justice Committee.
Ann Unrast, MA
Ann graduated from Western New Mexico University with a Master’s degree in Counseling Education in 1994 and Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Education and Psychology in 2018. Licensed as a mental health therapist in the State of New Mexico she has been practicing mental health for 20+ years. Ann has experience in a variety of programs that include medical, higher education, clinical and wilderness. Ann is trained in trauma treatment and enjoys working with people of all ages.
Rachel Gerson, MA, LPCC
Rachel has been working as a licensed clinical counselor in Northern New Mexico for over 7 years. She has worked in both rural and urban environments and has experience working within the variety of cultures and histories that exist within New Mexico. She hails from Canada where she studied Environmental Science and Native Studies at the University of Manitoba and went on to complete her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology at Southwestern College. Rachel has been residing in New Mexico since and enjoys both individual and group work, working with children, adolescents, adults, elders, and families. She utilizes a humanistic, relational/attachment-based, and body-centered approach to her work, supporting clients in developing confidence and resiliency in their ability to face the difficulties and challenges that arise in one’s life.
Val Natonabah Jones, MA, LMHC
Val completed his Masters in Counseling and Art Therapy in 2016 at Southwestern College, with additional specialized training in historical trauma recovery and substance use and addiction treatment. Val was born and raised in New Mexico and is a tribally enrolled member of the Dine’ Nation. He is passionate about working with individuals and groups of all ages to address addictive behaviors and co-occurring disorders from a Harm Reduction philosophy. His practice is rooted in an anti-oppression framework with a focus on client empowerment, offering a non-judgmental space wherein the focus can remain on the client and their goals. In his spare time he enjoys watching movies, biking, and hiking with his two canine companions.
Laura graduated from Southwestern College in 2013 with a Masters degree in Counseling. She has worked with children and families for several years prior to becoming a therapist. Laura has been a therapist with Circle of Life for 3 years providing therapy for children, teens, adults and families and utilizes interpersonal neurobiology and attachment theory models in her therapy. Originally from Mexico and bilingual/bicultural, Laura is very passionate about providing services to people of diverse backgrounds. Laura has specialized training in EMDR and is currently working towards becoming certified in Child Parent Psychotherapy. Laura enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, traveling, hiking and swimming in her free time.
Felicia Shepherd, BA, Case Manager
Felicia Shepherd has been with Circle of Life Behavioral Health Network since September 2018 working with the clinical team as a Case Manager. Born in Missouri and raised between in Kansas City and Cortez, Colorado, she moved to Espanola from Kansas City, MO with her husband and 6 pets to start a new chapter out west the summer of 2018.
Felicia received her BA in Psychology from Park University in Parkville, MO in 2011 and worked for 7 years with Synergy Services, a non-profit social service agency with a mission to end family violence, working directly with children, homeless youth and families, and DV survivors.
Felicia loves nature, hiking, camping, yoga, all kinds of music, animals, traveling and collecting plants.
Hannah Bocan MA, LMHC
Hannah Bocan is originally from Arkansas and moved to the Southwest to follow her dream of becoming an Art Therapist. In 2016, Hannah graduated from Southwestern College in Santa Fe. Since her career began, she has been specializing in addictions and trauma. Her approach to therapy is humanistic and person-center. Hannah has been trained in various therapeutic modalities such as CBT, MI, Seeking Safety, and EMDR. When she is not working, she enjoys taking road trips with her partner Nathan. They travel, in their camper van, to visit National Parks across the US. She also loves spending time with her three dogs and engaging in social activities with friends.
Linda Bronson-Wood, LMHC
Linda Bronson-Wood is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of New Mexico, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Hamline University in Minnesota and a Master’s in Counseling from the University of Phoenix in Arizona.
She has worked for nearly 20 years in counseling and therapy for children and families, including working as both a Child Protective Services and Foster Care Specialist, as well as a Therapist for the Williams School District working with special education students. Her work with adults includes as a staff member for group homes, residential treatment facilities, and Battered Women’s Shelters, as well as working as a Supervisor for Independent Living Group Homes for developmentally disabled adults.
Linda has also worked specifically with Native populations, serving as Therapist and Consultant for the Hopi and Navajo Tribes to develop shelter care and Therapeutic Foster Care Programs for both Tribes under private and Federal grants. She also served as a Supervisor for the Hopi Guidance Center.
She is currently working on her certification in Child Parent Psychotherapy, and has extensive training in trauma recovery using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.
Outside of the office, Linda enjoys art, reading and movies, as well as spending time with her two dogs.