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Life Change Therapists

Thomas F. McKenna, Ph.D. , co-founder of Life Change Psychotherapy Institute and director of clinical training. Dr. McKenna has been a depth psychotherapist for more than 25 years, and has helped people overcome almost every kind of life problem. He provides skilled guidance in a healing environment that is non-judgmental, caring and strictly confidential. His goal is to help each person regain their mental and emotional health and discover new potentials for a more fulfilling life.
“With guidance any person can learn the life change skills that empower you to overcome and become the best version of you,” he says. Learning life skills such as intimate communication, listening to one’s inner wisdom and active experimentation of new behaviors are keys to overcoming any psychological problems.”
B.S. and B.A., University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
M.A., Antioch University, Seattle, WA
Ph.D., Depth Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA

Tricia McKenna, Ph.D., co-founder of Life Change Psychotherapy Institute and a licensed psychologist. She brings to her practice a variety of clinical experiences ranging from psychiatric hospitals and outpatient clinics to emergency stress management at nationally declared disasters. Her clinical interest focuses on how individuals and couples can use the inevitable traumas and losses to deepen relationships and gain perspective on how these events shape their lives.
She is also a Certified Heart Math provider. This revolutionary stress management therapy helps clients learn to integrate the mind and body using the power of the heart.
“Most problems that bring people into therapy are the result of attempts to deal with loss, whether it be loss of a person, a job, or unrealized dreams. Movement toward change occurs when emotional wounds are fully explored and experienced. This opens the door to acceptance and change,” she says.
B.A., Broadcast News, Arizona State University,
M.A., Clinical Psychology, The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA

Alison Roberts, MS, LPCC is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Her warm, person-centered approach helps clients learn more about who they are and what they value, and to accept themselves. With self-acceptance, they can tap into their own abilities to heal.
Another important part of the healing process involves unblocking and improving communication with oneself and with others.
“I believe psychological symptoms are signals from our soul telling us something vital is out of balance,” she says.“We don’t get taught how to lay out clearly what’s in our hearts. But once we learn this skill, we find what we want and need in life.”
Her goal is to create a safe and caring relationship for clients to deepen their self-understanding, and eventually, transform suffering into strength.
B.S., Philosophy and Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
M.A., Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Lisa Graff Lisa Graff, LPAT is a Licensed Professional Art Therapist. She helps people identify self-defeating patterns and unlock their gifts and inner resources. Lisa uses a variety of approaches, including talk therapy, art therapy and sand tray therapy, finding that some non-traditional therapies delve more quickly into what lies below the surface of conscious awareness.
Lisa’s warmth, compassion, and skill provide a safe place for positive growth and emotional healing. She assists her clients to become still within and deconditioned enough so that their soul’s wisdom can be heard. Lisa finds that as answers and insights emerge, people feel more self-acceptance, empowering them to make healthier choices. They learn to communicate more effectively, reduce suffering, restore balance, engage in satisfying relationships, find purpose and meaning, and are open to live life with increased self-esteem, health, joy, love and creativity. Psychotherapy is a very personal process and takes courage and dedication to be successful. Lisa honors the privilege to be of assistance.
B.A., Psychology, University of Maryland, Adelphi, MD
M.A., Art Therapy, Southwestern College in Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

Anne Lawrence, MC, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She assists people in uncovering negative patterns and finding untapped strengths. Anne guides people to become more self-aware, relate more effectively, reduce anxiety and depression, increase self confidence, and trust their inner wisdom.
Her skill lies in her ability to connect with people on a deep level and create a gentle, caring and non-judgmental environment in which people feel safe to explore their feelings. She is also trained in using Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) to help people cope with trauma.
“I believe true healing occurs when that which has been hidden become conscious. Once insight is gained, new and empowered ways of thinking and behaving allow people to evolve into the fully functioning, joyful individuals they are meant to be,” she says.
B.S., Psychology, State University of New York, Oneonta, NY
M.A., Counseling, University of Phoenix in Albuquerque, NM

Kristin Knoll

Kristin Knoll, MA, LPCC, is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.  Her in-depth experience working with trauma, loss, depression and anxiety enables her to work effectively with individuals and couples with passion and care. She feels that as we navigate the journey of our lives, we sometimes meet emotional obstacles that block our progress, making us feel stuck and trapped. Attempts to move forward using our current perspective and coping skills may not allow us to overcome these roadblocks, thus creating emotional discord within. Kristin’s empathetic , supportive nature fosters an accepting, creative approach to understanding and overcoming these obstacles, leading to greater fulfillment and happiness so we can experience harmony and contentment. Kristin believes that emotional honesty and skillful communication often serve as the gateway to a fresh and enlivened experience with ourselves, our partner and our world.  
BA, Spanish, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
MA, Counseling, Southwestern College, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Kristin Knoll

Dr. Alicia Burbano, MD, is a licensed psychiatrist providing medication management and psychiatric services for patients in therapy with our staff. She strongly believes in working with patients in a collaborative manner, and that the combination of psychiatry, therapy and medication—when needed—can be most effective in helping clients improve their health. 
Her undergraduate studies were at Texas A & M University, and she received her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. At both levels, she earned honors for her academic achievements. During her four-year residency at University of New Mexico, she also received distinction for her work with UNM medical students.
Dr. Burbano is experienced with a variety of situations, including anxiety and mood disorders, and with all ages, from young adult to the elderly. In an initial visit, she’ll do a comprehensive evaluation to determine a client’s needs, and if medication is called for, she will work to help patients get the most benefit from the least amount of side effects.
“I value being part of a team with the Life Change therapists, to help increase clients’ overall well-being and health,” she says.
BS, Microbiology, Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas
MD, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
Residency, Psychiatry, University of New Mexico

We offer adult psychotherapy, couples therapy, dream therapy and group therapy.  We accept most insurance plans.  Call (505) 271-5050 to set up an appointment or email us.  Together we will design an individualized therapy plan to create change in your life.


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