Counseling and Support
Alzheimer's Association, New Mexico Chapter
The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter is a nonprofit that provides services and support to the 41,000 New Mexicans with Alzheimer’s disease and their 108,000 unpaid family caregivers. Our Chapter is a community-based, volunteer-driven 501(c) (3) nonprofit that maximizes collaboration with other public and private agencies; and relies primarily upon funding from private individuals, foundations and corporations to meet the needs created by the growing Alzheimer’s epidemic. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease. Our mission is to eliminate the disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
Denys Cope, RN, BSN, MS
Denys Cope, RN, BSN 50+ years
Hospice RN 30+ years
End-of-Life Coach, Author,
Health Care Advocate
Beyond Coping-For Those Living Through Dying
BK: Dying: A Natural Passage (Winner New Mexico Book Award)
Diane Johnston is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She is a graduate of Columbia University and has completed Post graduate education in Family Therapy as well as Fellowship training in Pain and Palliative Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She specializes in working with families in conflict, adults and adolescents. In her private practice, Diane does psychiatric evaluations and assessments. She has 22 years of experience in prescribing when appropriate and she is a psychotherapist as well. Diane also works collaboratively with other therapists who wish to have their patients evaluated for medication. She facilitates groups for teens who are struggling with depression, anxiety and pressures of teenage life. She counsels families who are struggling with an elderly or ill loved one. She is trained in EMDR for treatment of trauma.
Diane Johnston can be reached at 505-919-8232 and 917-952-2572. Her website is www.dianejohnstonpnp.com
As a certified coach and grief recovery specialist with twenty years’ experience, Eileen empowers people going through major losses and difficult circumstances. Eileen facilitates support groups for family caregivers, professional caregivers, and people with chronic illnesses. She also works one-on-one with anyone wanting to be more successful and fulfilled in their business, career, and life.
Eileen’s clients include professional coaches, business owners, and individuals making critical changes in their lives. The grief recovery program Eileen facilitates is a nine-week action program that helps people move from the pain of devastating losses to rebuilding their life based on what they love.
Jytte Fogh Lokvig, Ph.D.
Alzheimer's and Dementia Specialist, Lecturer, and Author
Jytte Fogh Lokvig, Ph.D. is a nationally recognized Alzheimer's and dementia expert and author. Lokvig is the founder of the first Alzheimer’s Cafe in the US, maintains the national registry of Alzheimer’s and Memory Cafes. Her book Alzheimer’s A to Z, A Quick Reference Guide, is a standard reference for the national dementia community. Others are The Alzheimer’s Creativity Project, The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Handbook, as well as The Alzheimer's and Memory Café.
Lectures, Workshops, and Seminars • Family Counseling • Care Management • Crisis Management • Caregiving Coaching • Early Stage Coaching • Dementia Training • Staff Development • Program Design • Consultations on all things Dementia and Alzheimer's.
Memory Care Alliance for Northern New Mexico
Our mission is to provide pro-active comprehensive on-going support, education and resources for those families living with Alzheimer's and all other dementia-related illnesses. To educate and raise community awareness concerning the level of need. To remove the stigma associated with dementia-related illnesses and replace it with compassionate understanding.
We are partnered with the UNM Memory and Aging Center and provide referrals for assessment, clinical care and research.
The Memory Care Alliance is a local community based non-profit holding 501 (c) (3) status and also a part of the New Mexico Community Foundation.
Contact Executive Director David Davis at email@example.com
Partnering in Care - Laura Hendrie
Through skill workshops I teach families, caregivers, medical professionals, and business communities specific hands-on techniques that calm, connect to, and comfort people living with dementia. I also provide one-to-one private consultations for immediate distress situations, and follow-up sessions for anyone eager to learn how to create a safer, more confident, and more nurturing environment—not just for those living with dementia, but also for those who care for them.
I offer a free 30-minute consultation and a sliding fee scale, and I’m available to meet with you and your family in your home.
As a caregiver, a writer, a public speaker, a palliative/hospice volunteer, and a teacher, Laura is certified as both an Independent Positive Approach® Dementia Care Trainer and as an Independent Positive Approach® Dementia Consultant by world-renowned dementia educator, Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA.
Karen St. Clair - Parkinson's Support
Karen St. Clair Is a caregiver to her husband Rob, who has lived with Parkinson’s disease for 20 years.
Karen facilitates support groups for people living with Parkinson’s in the Santa Fe area. Through these support groups people realize that Parkinson’s is a life sentence, not a death sentence. There is still an opportunity for plenty of great living, even with a Parkinson’s diagnosis.
The Parkinson’s Action Group meets weekly on Zoom on Thursdays at 1:30 pm. This group is open to anyone living with PD and to care partners and family members. We frequently have speakers on various topics of interest. People say they learn more from the support group then from their doctors.
A Care Partners Support Group is offered once a month on Zoom, on the First Tuesday at 3:00 pm. This meeting is just for care partners and family members. We have the opportunity to share questions, concerns and victories in a peer environment.
Solace Crisis Treatment Center
We are here to respond to the needs of individuals who are in crisis or suffering from trauma. We are a state-of-the-art non-profit agency, located in Santa Fe, combining the healing power and life changing services of a specialized clinical team, advocacy center, and education and prevention experts to help survivors and our community restore strength in the face of adversity. Our Center provides a safe place to receive evidence-based services including therapy for post-traumatic stress and anxiety disorders, victim advocacy and primary prevention programs. Solace serves Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos Counties and central northern New Mexico. We serve individuals from San Ildefonso, Nambe, Tesuque and Santo Domingo pueblos.