President Elect

Acting President

Maria is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor.  Maria has served on the NMAPT board previously as President-Elect, President and Past President and chaired the Newsletter and Membership Committees. Maria owns a group practice in Las Cruces and has been an active member of NMAPT/APT since 2013. Maria enjoys working with couples, helping individuals recover from trauma, as well as members and allies of the LGBT community. Maria specializes in working with trauma survivors, young children and adults, both individually and in relational therapy with their partner. Maria uses play therapy techniques with children and adults - and enjoys using creative interventions to help others achieve their goals. 


Marisol Olivas am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over six years of experience working with children, youth, couples, and individuals. Marisol is committed to providing therapy services that is both compassionate and empowering. Her approach to family therapy is through a systemic perspective with the focus to understand individual behavior within the context of the family. Her approach in play therapy is to help children voice their thoughts and feelings through play therapy and process these in an environment that is safe and non-judgmental. Marisol likes to read and love spending time with her two wonderful boys and her husband. 


Breena is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is certified as a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. She has been working with children, adolescents and families for over 25 years. She owns and operates Tafoya & Associates Behavioral Health in Las Cruces, NM and Kids Counseling Inc. in Las Vegas, NM. Breena received her Masters Degree in Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University in 1989 and has extensive post-graduate training and experience in the areas of abuse and neglect, attachment issues, anxiety disorders, and family therapy.

Member At Large

Alanna Giusto is with a private practice group in Las Cruces. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in working with children and adolescents. Alanna has a background in counseling individuals of all ages in outpatient settings. She has also worked with children in foster care and with families involved with CYFD/CPS. Alanna is trained in EMDR to help trauma survivors reprocess disturbing thoughts and memories. Alanna is a New Mexico Board of Social Work Examiners approved supervisor for clinicians seeking to attain their independent or clinical licensure. She is in the process of becoming an RPT. This is her first year on the board she is excited to learn about the process and promote the use of play therapy. 

Member At Large

Jessica is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who has been a therapist for over decade helping and empowering people who struggle with depression, anxiety, and unresolved pain from their past.  Jessica's view of therapy is that, while often sharing a collective identity, each person's story and struggle are unique to them, therefore she always tailors her approach to meet the specific needs of each client.  Jessica has spent periods of time specializing in adolescent therapeutic treatment and now works with children, adolescents and adults in an outpatient group practice.  Jessica has been a NMAPT member for two years and is actively working towards becoming an RPT.  As a result of her involvement with NMAPT she utilizes a variety of play therapy interventions and techniques in her therapeutic work with all populations and ages.  

Member At Large

Hello! My name is MariaElena Jauregui-Cross. I am a LPCC, hold an Infant Mental Health endorsement at level 3, and am currently working towards becoming a RPT-S. I fell in love with Play therapy during my internship and have continued to grow my skills since. There are a number of ways I spread the word about Play Therapy. First, I use it daily with children and families I work with. Second, our agency is a training site for providing an introduction to Play Therapy for bachelors and masters students. Finally, our agency is registered as APT continuing education hour provider and we put on an annual conference that enables therapist in NM and surrounding areas to continue to earn CE’s towards their registration. I would like to work with others in the state to continue learning about and advocating for Play Therapy.

Member At Large

Erika Sears is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and owner of Sears Counseling LLC in Rio Rancho, NM.  She is originally from Las Cruces, NM and earned her Master's Degree in Social Work in 2008 from New Mexico State University.  She is a New Mexico Board of Social Work Examiners- approved Clinical Supervisor, and an EMDR trained clinician.  Erika strives towards learning new therapy modalities, and is actively working towards her RPT certification.  She has extensive experience working with children, adults and families in various settings including schools, medical clinics, client's homes, and the therapy office setting.  She also has experience working with children/families involved with treatment foster care, child protective services, juvenile probation, and the court system.  Erika's areas of expertise include behavioral issues, trauma, depression, anxiety, life transitions, communication, and relationship issues.  She takes a client-centered, strengths-based approach in therapy and works closely with each client to identify their unique needs and approach to treatment.  She also considers the client's environment and support system as a highly influential means for achieving lasting change, and when appropriate works closely with the client and their support system to enhance their relationships, and to teach the use of appropriate interventions in response to client behaviors.   

Please reload

PO Box 91331 | Albuquerque, NM 87199 |

© Copyright New Mexico Association for Play Therapy. All Rights Reserved. 

  • Facebook
  • Instagram