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Claire Saks

Claire Saks, MA, LPCC Claire is the director of          C. Saks Behavior Therapy Services. She received her Masters Degree in counseling from Webster University Saint Louis. She has provided quality therapy services to individuals, families, and children in community mental health agencies, elementary and high schools, private practice, and through adoption and foster care placement agencies. Her practice has included therapy groups for depression, chronic illness, women's issues, and social skills for children. She began her experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities in college using equine assisted therapy and vocational habilitation. She uses behavior modification with individual care and attention and specializes in issues related to grief and loss, victims of abuse, anger management, aging issues, traumatic brain injury,depression/anxiety, dual diagnosis and working with children. Claire has been providing services for individuals on the Developmental Disabilities Waiver since the year 2000. 

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Cheryl Sciacca

Cheryl Sciacca, MA, LPCC Cheryl received her Masters Degree in Counseling from Southwestern College.  She has a background working with individuals with developmental disabilities, as well as at-risk youth and families.  Cheryl is experienced with conducting behavioral assessments and specializes in working with mood disorders, trauma, substance abuse, and oppositional behavior.  She is also trained in EMDR.  Cheryl has worked in residential treatment centers, group homes, local schools, treatment foster care, and juvenile detention, and welcomes working as part of a multidisciplinary team.  In addition to traditional cognitive and behavioral approaches, Cheryl uses art, music, play therapy, sand tray as well as other creative approaches when working with consumers.  She is able to work effectively with a variety of ages and populations.    

Lisa Kadel

Lisa Kadel, LPCC received her Master’s Degree in counseling at Southwestern College and has been working in the mental health field for 10 years.  She has been a supervisor at a group home for adults with chronic mental illness and co-occurring intellectual and developmental disabilities. Lisa has also worked as a therapist at a community mental health clinic with at risk children and with adults with substance abuse and addiction issues.  She has experience working with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and behavioral challenges.  She is patient, understanding, creative, playful and enthusiastic in her work.   Lisa values client centered work and she aims to discover the needs of each client and help them meet those needs.  Working from a strength and resiliency perspective, she looks at what internal and external resources a client has that can be used to encourage positive behaviors and to help the client change maladaptive behaviors.  Lisa strives for team collaboration to create a safe and healing environment where clients can feel heard and understood. 

Stephanie Cabrera

Stephanie Cabrera, MA, LPCC Stephanie received her Master’s Degree in Art Therapy/Counseling from Southwestern College.  Stephanie had worked as a Direct Support Professional for Developmental Disabilities Waiver clients for 3 years while completing her counseling degree.  She has a background working with individuals with developmental disabilities and intellectual disabilities, as well as dual diagnosis, terminal illness, individual and family therapy, and anger management. She utilizes person-centered planning to meet the unique needs of each individual. Her therapeutic style is warm and interactive with an emphasis on empowering clients to advocate for themselves.  In addition to traditional cognitive and behavioral approaches, Stephanie is also skilled with using art as a means of communication and has an ability to incorporate a variety of creative modalities within residential and day habilitation settings.  She has also received additional training in sexuality for persons with developmental disabilities, as well as friends and relationships skill building. Stephanie is fluent in both English and Spanish.


Serving Individuals with Developmental Disabilities in Northern New Mexico
P.O. Box 5787 Santa Fe, NM 87502

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