Health Is On The Horizon

Counseling, Coaching and Consulting

Excellence in Behavioral Healthcare Since 2001

Now Serving the Entire State Through Telehealth!


Our Response to COVID-19

Social Distancing Does NOT Have to Mean Isolation!

In these uncertain times, we at Serna Solutions are here to help. Our staff offer meaningful connection from the comfort and safety of your own home. In order to keep you as safe as possible, we offer all of our services online, through a HIPAA compliant safe connection.


We accept all New Mexico Medicaid Plans and are in network with Presbyterian, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Western Sky, Christus, Cigna and Aetna. Call now for a free consultation 505-207-8929.

The Serna Solutions Team

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Brian Serna LPCC LADAC


Brian Serna, LPCC, LADAC is the CEO/Founder of Serna Solutions and is a well sought after trainer and consultant in behavioral health issues related to Evidence Based Practices, Cultural and Ethical topics. He has a BA in Psychology from New Mexico State University and an MA in Counseling from the University of New Mexico. Mr. Serna has trained and consulted with programs in over twenty different states, five different countries, and sixteen different tribal communities. In addition to his role as the CEO of Serna Solutions he is also the Director of the Addictions, Abuse and Recovery Certificate at Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM and is the current President of NAADAC New Mexico.

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Mary Evans LPCC


Mary Evans, MA, LPCC is a graduate of Southwest College in Santa Fe. She has had extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral approaches. Mary uses a client-centered approach to help people recognize their own resources and strengths, and focuses on creating a supportive, nurturing environment in which to help people create lasting changes and satisfying relationships.

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Luke Higgins LPCC


Luke Higgins, MA, LPCC is a graduate from Southwestern College in Santa Fe.  He completed his clinical internship at the Solace Crisis Treatment Center in 2013.  From 2014-2018 Mr. Higgins worked as a clinician within the Santa Fe Indian Hospital under a Federal grant focused on co-occurring mental health issues and substance use/abuse.  He currently works with individuals who are experiencing concerns related to psychological trauma, depression, disruptive anxiety, and/or substance use/abuse.  His approach to treatment is trauma informed and involves the utilization of brain-based therapies such as Brainspotting and Mindfulness Based Emotional Processing, as well as Motivational Interviewing, the Community Reinforcement Approach, Seeking Safety and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy.  Sessions are informed by current understandings of the autonomic nervous system, brain states, and the means to track experience while regulating one's emotional state individually or in concert with others.

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Krystle Cardoza LPCC

Art Therapist, Counselor

Krystle Cardoza, MA LPCC is a counselor and art therapist with years of experience working with adults with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health issues. Krystle takes a client centered approach, helping clients recognize their strengths, empowering them to make healthy decisions, and achieve their goals.

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Natascha Holmes LMHC

Art Therapist

Natascha Holmes, LMHC received her B.S. in Fine Arts from Florida A & M University, M.A. in Art Therapy and Counseling from Southwestern College, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Integral and Transpersonal Psychology (ITP) from the California Institute of Integral Studies.  Natascha is an adjunct professor at Southwestern College, and has over 20 years of experience with women's counseling, prenatal/postnatal counseling, birth coaching, nutritional counseling, and multicultural & diversity counseling.  Holmes is an abstract painter and mixed media artist, and uses an earth-based approach with art therapy/counseling.


Juan Martinez BSW, LSAA

Office Manager

Juan Martinez is in the process of obtaining his Master's of Social Work degree from New Mexico State University. He brings many talents to Serna Solutions and is able to provide clinical and administrative to assist clients in any way they need. 

Theresa Jeffries is a licensed clinical social worker trained in EMDR, Motivational Interviewing, Community Reinforcement and Family Treatment (CRAFT), CBT, and Brief Solution Focused Therapy. She is experienced in working with trauma, PTSD, substance use disorders, life transitions, and loss. She specializes in working with first responders, LGBTQ and gender diversity clients, adults with substance use and addiction, and marital or intimate relationship concerns. As a clinician she’s oriented to a client-centered, humanistic approach that respects the human potential to heal. She also teaches and develops curriculum for the Human Services Program at Central New Mexico Community College in addition to training for Serna Solutions.

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Ellen Patterson, LPCC graduated with an MA in Counseling and Art Therapy from Southwestern College in NM. She also holds an MA in Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in NY and a BA in Psychology and Fine Arts form St. Lawrence University in NY. Ellen offers an integrative and client-centered approach that incorporates various modalities of treatment including Solution Focused, Trauma Informed, CBT, Art Therapy, EMDR and Transpersonal approaches. She has experience working with children, families and adults. As a therapist, Ellen’s intention is to provide the environment and tools to support her clients to shift the mental and emotional patterns that may be holding them back, and to help people work towards empowerment and fulfillment in their lives. Her approach to counseling is holistic, collaborative and honoring of each person’s uniqueness.


Jennifer Padilla, LMSW


Jennifer is from the Pueblo of Isleta and has a BA in Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) and an MA in Social Work from New Mexico State University. She has extensive experience in working with Native communities in the areas of behavioral health prevention, intervention, treatment and aftercare. Jennifer uses elements of Somatic Experiencing (SE™) to approach addiction, violence and trauma when working with individuals, families and communities. She teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses for NMHU’s School of Social Work. Jennifer is also a small business development strategist with a passion for bridging the gap between business development and human behavior. 


Reshma Kamal PhD, LPCC


Dr. Kamal received her Ph.D. from UNM in 2013.  She has taught graduate level courses for the Counselor Education Department at Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM and at the University of New Mexico while pursuing her doctoral studies. She had worked in a variety of settings and with individuals, couples, families, and groups. Dr. Kamal is also fluent in four languages (English, French, Spanish, and Hindi (Urdu).

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Group Therapy

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Private, Professional, Meaningful

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Executive Coaching, CRAFT Skills and Recovery Coaching

Hours of Operation

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Mon - Fri: 9am - 7pm
Sat: 10am - 2pm
Sun: Closed

Services for Organizations

Customized Training and Consulting for groups of any size, anywhere in the world.

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Medical and Behavioral Health Training Topics

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Psychopharmacology: Part 1 Drugs of Abuse (6 CEUs) FREE & ONLINE

Upcoming Events
Psychedelics & Other Substances Used to Treat Addiction (16 CEUs)
Sat, May 02
Online Event
May 02, 9:00 AM – May 03, 6:00 PM
Online Event
Weekend ONLINE course through Southwestern College
Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA) 12 CEUs
Wed, Apr 29
2 Day Online Workshop
Apr 29, 9:00 AM – Apr 30, 5:00 PM
2 Day Online Workshop
A-CRA teaches clinicians to be able to use a scientifically-supported substance abuse treatment that is based on the belief that one’s environment plays a major role in determining whether an individual will use alcohol or illicit drugs.
Motivational Interviewing: Level 1 (12 CEUs)
Mon, Apr 27
Online Event
Apr 27, 9:00 AM – Apr 28, 4:00 PM
Online Event
Online workshop for medical, public health, behavioral health, and other helping professionals.
Multicultural Issues in Norther New Mexico Training (6 CEUs)
Fri, Apr 24
Online Event
Apr 24, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Online Event
Workshop for behavioral health professionals, providing 6 CEUs in culture.
Ethical Concerns in the Era of the Opioid Crisis Training (6 CEUs)
Thu, Apr 23
Online Webinar
Apr 23, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Online Webinar
Ethics workshop for behavioral health professionals.
Evidence Based Practices (EBPs) in Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders (6 CEUs)
Tue, Apr 21
2 Day Online Event (9-4 pm both days)
Apr 21, 9:00 AM – Apr 22, 5:00 PM
2 Day Online Event (9-4 pm both days)
This event provides participants with skills that allow them to assess and treat addiction and co-occurring mental health issues. Participants learn differential diagnosis using the DSM-5 covering substance use, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and psychotic disorders.

Contact Us

4001 Office Court Dr Suite 701, Suite 701, Santa Fe, NM 87507, USA

(505) 207-8929

(505) 365-2902

(505) 207-8929

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