OUR COUNSELORS

Deb Gallant, MA, LPCC
EAP Clinical Manager

Deb GallantDeb is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) with nearly 30 years of experience as a mental health practitioner working in private practice, non-profit, government, and commercial settings. Her areas of counseling expertise include couples counseling, divorce adjustment, blended families, adoptive families, domestic violence, parent/child relations and parenting education. Deb's approach to marital and family living emphasizes patience, self-awareness and openness to the differences and vulnerabilities of others. A New Mexico native, Deb earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education from University of New Mexico. She earned her master’s degree in counseling services from Webster University.

Deirdre Anderson, M.S., LCSW, QSAP
EAP Clinical Counselor

Deirdre AndersonDeirdre is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Qualified Substance Abuse Professional (QSAP) who specializes in short-term, solution-focused counseling that incorporates mindfulness, building life skills, and cognitive behavioral techniques. Throughout her career, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings including outpatient psychiatry, leading stress management courses at a rehabilitation hospital, outreach to homeless and mentally ill veterans, managed care, and several employee assistance programs. Prior to joining The Solutions Group, she coordinated the Dialectic Behavioral Therapy Program at University of New Mexico Psychiatric Center. Deirdre earned her master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of California Berkeley.

Juniper Decker, M.A., LPCC
EAP Clinical Counselor

Juniper DeckerJuniper is a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC), a nationally certified counselor, and a nationally and locally credentialed massage therapist. Juniper specializes in families, blended families, communication, personal growth and self-management, wellness and self-care, parenting and parenting special needs children, gifted adults and children, LGBTQ, gender-related concerns, work /life balance and women's issues. She has also served as a team leader and team player for crisis intervention and critical incident stress management. Juniper strives to meet the unique needs of the client and believes in our natural capacity for resilience and ongoing change. She earned both her bachelor's degree in family studies and her master's degree in clinical mental health and school counseling from the University of New Mexico. Juniper also attended the Scherer Institute of Natural Healing in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Michele Heyman, M.A., LPCC
EAP Clinical Counselor

Michele HeymanMichele is a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC) with more than 15 years of experience as an EAP clinician and a mental health practitioner. Prior to joining The Solutions Group, she served New Mexicans in a private practice setting as an independent therapist. Michele utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy techniques as well as short-term, solution-focused counseling, while taking into consideration the individual needs and goals of each client. Her clinical areas of expertise include individuals, families and relationships, parenting skills, self-advocacy and work/life balance. Michele earned her bachelor’s degree in human services from the University of New Mexico and her master’s degree in counseling services from Webster University.

Donna Hurula, M.Ed., LPCC
EAP Clinical Counselor

Donna HurulaDonna has nearly 30 years of experience in the mental health field, working as an EAP professional for the past decade. She has extensive experience in workplace trauma in a wide variety of settings and industries, and has counseled employees in both for-profit and non-profit professional settings, employee assistance agencies, psychiatric hospitals, community counseling agencies, a domestic violence shelter, and a group home. Donna counsels individuals, couples, families and groups, and specializes in mediation, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, organizational assessment, coaching, program planning, and small group presentations. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Slippery Rock State College in Pennsylvania and her master of education in counseling from University of Missouri.

Marjie Montano, M.Ed., LPCC
EAP Clinical Counselor

Marjie MontanoA native New Mexican, Marjie has worked in the behavioral health field for more than 20 years. Marjie is an independently licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC). She is trained in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD), and she is a Certified Health Care Quality Professional (CPHQ) with more than 10 years of experience in Behavioral Health Quality Management. In addition to serving part-time as an EAP counselor for The Solutions Group, she is currently in private practice. Marjie specializes in counseling individuals, couples and families, with a focus on trauma, depression, anxiety, stress management, grief and loss, PTSD and bullying in the workplace. She is also trained in Brief Solution- Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness/Meditation and Emotionally Focused Therapy. Marjie earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology and her masters of education in counseling from Brown University.

Dana Paine, M.A., LPCC
EAP Clinical Counselor

Dana PaineDana is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) whose holistic counseling philosophy and therapeutic approach are based in health psychology and positive psychology. For more than a decade, he has provided clients with caring support and solution-focused strategies to help them overcome unhealthy lifestyles, addictions, weight issues, emotional eating, relationship challenges, anxiety, depression, trauma, stressful life situations, chronic stress, habitual worry, self-sabotage and low self-esteem. Dana earned both his undergraduate degree (a triple emphasis in exercise science, nutrition and psychology) and his master’s degree in counseling from the University of New Mexico. He is also certified by The American College of Sports Medicine as a Health and Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer.

Charlotte Beaty, M.A., LPCC
EAP Client Services Manager

Charlotte BeatyCharlotte is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) with nearly 30 years of experience as a mental health practitioner. Her background includes work in all aspects of psychiatric care including inpatient, outpatient (community mental health and private practice), managed care, crisis intervention, and facility management. Charlotte has expertise in counseling individuals, adolescents and families and employs solution-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, as well as stress and anger management interventions. With more than 15 years of management experience, she also provides counseling to address workplace issues, coaching and organizational interventions. Charlotte earned her master’s degree in counseling from the University of South Florida.

Mari Lyford, MSW, LMSW, RY-T, QSAP
EAP Referral Specialist

Mari LyfordMari is a Licensed Master Social Worker, a Qualified Substance Abuse Professional (QSAP), and a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). Since joining The Solutions Group, Mari has coordinated EAP services for employees and clients throughout New Mexico in her role as Referral Specialist. As a Qualified Substance Abuse Professional, she conducts employee drug and alcohol assessments per Department of Transportation regulations and employer drug and alcohol policy. Prior to joining The Solutions Group, Mari worked as an exercise specialist in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. She is currently working toward her Independent Clinical License in Social Work. Mari earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of New Mexico and her master's degree in clinical social work from New Mexico Highlands University.

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