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Degree Program Faculty


James Nolan, Ph.D.
James Nolan, Ph.D.
President

Dr. Nolan has been the president of Southwestern College since June of 2006. He earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The Ohio State University in 1989, after pursuing graduate studies in English and Irish…
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Katherine Ninos, MA, LPCC
Katherine Ninos, MA, LPCC
Vice President and Director of The New Earth Institute

She received her BA in Psychology at Alfred University, New York, and her MA in Transformational Counseling and Education from Quimby/Southwestern College in its first graduating class. Katherine has been involved with every aspect of…
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Webb Garrison, Ph.D.
Webb Garrison, Ph.D.
Academic Dean

B.A., Religious Studies, Davidson College, Davidson, NC, 1993; Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, The Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, 2000.Dr. Garrison is the Academic Dean of Southwestern College. His passion for…
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Deborah Schroder, M.S., ATR-BC, LPAT
Deborah Schroder, M.S., ATR-BC, LPAT
Program Chair for Art Therapy/Counseling Program and Children's Mental Health Certificate

Deborah received her BA and an MS in Art Therapy from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, WI, where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in art therapy.…
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Carol Parker, Ph.D., LPCC
Carol Parker, Ph.D., LPCC
Counseling Program Chair, Southwestern Counseling Center Director & Transformational Ecopsychology Certificate Program Director

“Earth based transformational practices bring balance to the individual and healing to the community by restoring our deep relationship to Nature.”…
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Christopher Alexander, Ph.D.
Christopher Alexander, Ph.D.

Dr. Alexander is a child psychologist in private practice in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. He specializes in the effects of adoption, foster care, and divorce on child development. He frequently serves as an expert witness…
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Stede Barber, MAAP, MTPS
Stede Barber, MAAP, MTPS

Stede received her BA with a dual-major in Education and Art from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Her lifelong pursuit of art and education led her be enrolled in the first class of Southwestern…
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Marcie Brooks, M.A., LPCC
Marcie Brooks, M.A., LPCC

B.A., University of South Florida; M.A. Counseling Southwesten CollegeMarcie has over twenty years experience as a private practitioner in psychotherapy specializing in EMDR and Brainspotting. She is known for her work in trauma, anxiety, adoption…
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Constance Buck, Ph.D., LMSW
Constance Buck, Ph.D., LMSW

B.A. in Sociology from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Masters in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the California State University, and an MSW from New Mexico Highlands University. Her Ph.D. is in Clinical…
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Natalie Carlton, M.A., LPCC, ATR-BC
Natalie Carlton, M.A., LPCC, ATR-BC

B.A., Temple University, Art and Anthropology; M.A. Creative Arts/ Therapy from Hahnemann UniversityNatalie is a Board certified art therapist and private practitioner at Lacuna Studio in Taos, NM. Natalie is an avid community artist and…
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Ginna Clark MA, LPCC, LPAT, ATR
Ginna Clark MA, LPCC, LPAT, ATR

Ginna Clark MA, LPCC, LPAT, ATR, is a psychotherapist and art therapist in private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received her BA in psychology and women’s/gender studies from the College of Charleston in…
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Kate Cook, M.A., LPCC, TEP
Kate Cook, M.A., LPCC, TEP

Kate is a nationally board-certified trainer and practitioner of psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy. She joined the faculty of Southwestern College in 1990. Kate has been providing training in Action Methods both locally and nationally…
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Michelle Daly, M.A., MS, ATR. LPCC. IMH-E®
Michelle Daly, M.A., MS, ATR. LPCC. IMH-E®

B.S. Mathematics, University of Missouri at Columbia; M.S.P.H., University of Illinois at Chicago; M.A. Art Therapy, Southwestern CollegeHer experience includes specialized training in art therapy; grief, loss, and trauma; interpersonal neurobiology, somatics and action methods,…
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Ann Filemyr, Ph.D.
Ann Filemyr, Ph.D.

Ann is currently the Dean of the College of Contemporary Native Arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. Ann is also a poet, photographer, speaker and workshop leader. She had a…
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Jason Holley, M.A., LPCC
Jason Holley, M.A., LPCC

Jason is a psychotherapist in private practice in Santa Fe. Prior to entering private practice, he served as a primary therapist at the Life Healing Center of Santa Fe, where he helped to found…
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Carrie Ishee, M.A., LMHC, PCC
Carrie Ishee, M.A., LMHC, PCC

B.A. Psychology, Hood CollegeM.A. Art Therapy, Southwestern CollegeDoctoral Work Clinical Psychology, VCUPCC (Professional Certified Coach), Institute for Life Coaching TrainingCarrie’s professional experience includes work as a trauma therapist, art therapist, and professional life coach with…
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Magdalena Karlick, M.A., ATR-BC, SP, LPAT, LPCC
Magdalena Karlick, M.A., ATR-BC, SP, LPAT, LPCC

B.A. Community Learning and Development, New York University; M.A. Art Therapy/Counseling, Southwestern College; ATR-BC, SP, LPAT, LPCC. Magdalena Karlick is an Art Therapist at Youth Shelters and Family Services, working with court-ordered, as well as…
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Carla Kleefeld, Ph.D., LPCC
Carla Kleefeld, Ph.D., LPCC

Carla directed the Early Childhood Treatment Program at Santa Fe Family Center for several years and has been the primary therapist for very young children and their parents. She has continued to work with at-risk…
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Laura Lansrud-López, M.A., ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT
Laura Lansrud-López, M.A., ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT

B.A. Liberal Arts, St. John’s College; M.S. Forensic Sciences, The George Washington University; M.A. Art Therapy/Counseling, Southwestern CollegeLaura has extensive professional and volunteer experience working with adults, children, and families in crisis and survivors of…
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Antonio Nuñez, Ph.D.
Antonio Nuñez, Ph.D.

Dr. Nuñez received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Integral Studies in the area of East/West Psychology. He also has Masters’ degrees in Organizational Psychology from DePauw University and in Educational Technologies from the…
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Claudia Raphael, M.A., LPAT, ATR-BC, RPP, REAT
Claudia Raphael, M.A., LPAT, ATR-BC, RPP, REAT

B.A. Sociology, Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross; M.A. Transpersonal Studies Institute of Transpersonal Psychology; M.A. Art Therapy, George Washington UniversityClaudia has worked with young children and families for over 30 years both as an…
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Ernesto Santistevan, PH.D.
Ernesto Santistevan, PH.D.

B.A. Psychology, University of New Mexico; Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Gallaudet UniversityDr. Santistevan is a native of Northern New Mexico. He is the Director of the CARE Program at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in…
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Michael G. Schwab, Dr.P.H.
Michael G. Schwab, Dr.P.H.

Bachelors’ degree in law (LLB) from Bristol University in England; master’s degree in nutrition (M.Sc.) from London University; doctorate in public health (Dr.P.H.) from the University of California at Berkeley. Michael was born in England,…


Brian Serna, M.A., LPCC, LADAC, MAC
Brian Serna, M.A., LPCC, LADAC, MAC

BA in Psychology, New Mexico State University. M.A. Counseling, University of New Mexico.Brian is a licensed professional clinical counselor and a nationally recognized trainer in the treatment of addictions. He trains and consults for programs…
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Megan Sturges, M.A., LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC
Megan Sturges, M.A., LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC

M.A. Art Therapy, University of New Mexico; M.A. Counseling and Family Studies, UNM; B.A. European History, Colorado CollegeMegan began her adult journey as a weaver and owner of Penelope's Web, a small weaving and yarn…
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Gabrielle Viethen, M.A., M.F.A., LMFT
Gabrielle Viethen, M.A., M.F.A., LMFT

B.A. Law, University of Cologne, Germany; M.A. Psychology, Antioch University; M.F.A. Creative Writing, MFA Program for Creative Writers, Warren Wilson College, NCGabrielle Viethen has been a psychotherapist and group therapist in private practice for over…
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Robert Waterman, Ed.D., LPCC
Robert Waterman, Ed.D., LPCC
President Emeritus, Southwestern College

B.A. Sociology, University of California; M.A. Sociology; Ed .D. Educational Management & Development, New Mexico State University; LPCCRobert has been a gifted spiritual teacher, mentor and counselor for over thirty years, conducting classes throughout the…
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Heather Wulfers, MA, ATR-BC, LPAT
Heather Wulfers, MA, ATR-BC, LPAT

BA, College of Santa Fe, MA Art Therapy/Counseling, Southwestern College. "I have a deep interest in working with others to enhance their quality of life. I am inspired to cultivate health and to create beauty…
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