Robyn Rehbein, MA, LPCC, RPT-S, has been a member of NMAPT for 9 years and previously served 2.5 years on the Board of NMAPT as a member, Secretary, and as President-Elect. Robyn resigned her position on the Board (2014) due to having a second child and starting a private practice, but has returned to provide service to NMAPT. Robyn is a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, a Key Awards Committee Member and Conference Committee Member with the APT, and a graduate of APT’s Leadership Academy (2011). Robyn has a private practice is Las Cruces and works with children and adults with trauma histories. Robyn has a Masters of Arts Degree in Counseling and Guidance and Masters of Arts Degree in Experimental Psychology from New Mexico State University. Robyn was published in the Journal of Social Psychology and has been working with children in a variety of capacities for over 16 years.
Nicole Rivera-Brastad, LMFT, has served two terms on the NMAPT board as a Member at Large and President Elect. Nicole recently opened her private therapy practice in Las Cruces, NM and works with clients of all ages, focusing primarily on children and their families. She graduated with her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from New Mexico State University and has worked in state agency, private hospital and contract agency settings. Nicole is working towards her RPT as well as her certification as an Autism Specialist.
Robyn is the Owner and Author of Calming Communities, a web-paged information resource that is focused on building a calmer environment for raising our kids by providing easy access to research and tips to parents and teachers. She is a registered play therapist working primarily with trauma, attachment, anxiety, autism and sensory processing disorders. This is her first year on the board and she is thrilled to help promote our work and build a supportive community for our kids.
Joelle is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of New Mexico and is also a Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor. She has been practicing child therapy for 22 years in the Albuquerque community in multiple settings including outpatient, partial treatment, residential treatment and inpatient hospital environments. Joelle is currently employed with Presbyterian Behavioral Health in the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic and has recently opened her private practice called Giving Tree Counseling, LLC. Through Giving Tree Counseling, Joelle also provides supervision for clinicians pursuing the achievement of becoming a Registered Play Therapist.
Lisa Dykes-Harrell, MA, LPCC, RPT-S. Lisa has over 25 years counseling experience that ranges from school counseling to private practice, to full time university instructor in counseling. Lisa has been using Play Therapy extensively in her practices since 2001. She has also presented numerous counseling workshops for CEU credit for rural eastern NM counselors and supervised future play therapists. After retiring from Eastern New Mexico University in 2015, Lisa moved to Santa Fe, NM where she currently works with the Military Family Life Counselor Program (MFLC).
Susan M. Bienvenu
Member At Large
Susan M. Bienvenu, MA, LPCC, RPT is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Registered Play Therapist. She has a private practice in Santa Fe, and prior to that, she was the Program Director at Gerard's House for Griving Children and Families and the Children's Therapist at Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families. She specializes in children ages 3-12. She uses play therapy, sand tray, art, music, bibliotherapy, mindfulness, movement, and emdr. She has lived in New Mexico for 45 years.
Member At Large
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- Student Member
Marrina Orrantia is a student therapist pursing her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Eastern New Mexico University. She was born and raised in Tatum, NM. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Eastern New Mexico University in 2015.
The quote she strives to live by is: “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be Kind. Always.” – Unknown.
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
Kate Bunch is the Owner and Director of Trauma Treatment Center in Rio Rancho. She is a registered play therapist, and enjoys working with children and their families to address varying levels of trauma. This is her first year on the board and she could not be more excited to help New Mexico therapists obtain their RPT's!
Member at Large
Marisol Olivas is 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.
Kelsie Bacon is a first year LCSW working for Southwest Family Guidance Center and is volunteering with the board as a committee member. Kelsie volunteered at last year's conference and was an amazing help! The board is looking forward to another year with her support.