Welcome to May at Serna Solutions. This month we celebrate Mother’s Day, and I am reminded of my own mother and the extraordinary strength it must have taken her to raise me and my brother as a single mom. I can’t imagine what it was like to be a single parent with no child support, no education past high school, and to struggle constantly to make ends meet. Although we didn’t always have much, I know she did the best she could with what she had. The most important of her resources was our extended family. In my family I have been blessed to see up-close how powerful the mothers (including my wife), aunts, grandmother and great-grandmother of my family can be. They were examples of how to be an independent, strong, hardworking, and caring person – and for that, I am so grateful

Growing up, my mother was the one constant in my life, the one person I could rely on. I remember feeling safe and loved in her presence and have done my best to share that with my kids and everyone I have meaningful contact with including clients, students and colleagues.

I lost my mother in September of 2020 to a decades-long battle with cancer. Her passing was peaceful and surrounded by family. She died how she lived, surrounded by love. Although I am still grieving, the counseling that I received has been invaluable in helping me process my pain and move through the world again. I am grateful that we provide that same type of support to so many through our services in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. If you need a similar type of support, you can check our online Grief and Loss Support Groups by clicking here or call to schedule an appointment. 

As a mental health therapist, I know that what children need more than anything is a mother (or other caregiver) who is attuned to them at a deep level. That attunement is what provides the resiliency that carries us all through the hardships and seemingly impossible challenges that we face throughout our lives. When we feel that attunement, it is beyond knowing that we are not alone. We feel supported, understood, and felt at all once.

This Mother’s Day, I want to honor all the mothers out there who are doing their best to provide that attuned presence and unwavering love. I want to especially honor the single moms out there who are doing it all on their own and showing their children what it means to be strong and independent. I want to honor those who have lost their mothers, mothers who have lost their children and those who never had a mother’s love.

To all the mothers, stepmoms, foster moms, and mother figures out there – you are all amazing and I thank you for everything you do. Happy Mother’s Day!

Brian Serna, LPCC LADAC

Best of Santa Fe 2023 Voting Begins!

Thanks to the nominations from our community of supporters, we’ve made it to the voting stage of the Santa Fe Reporter’s Best of Santa Fe Health Services – Mental Healthcare Provider list! That means you can now vote for us to win in that category. Voting has begun and will run May 1st -31st. It would mean the world to us if you took a moment out of your day and cast your vote for Serna Solutions. Vote here!

Staff Feature

Monica’s interest in counseling and healing began with her role as a Wilderness Therapy Field Guide working with at-risk teenagers in southern Utah and continued as residential staff at the Life Healing Center here in Santa Fe, NM. She then shifted focus becoming a massage therapist, and now continues with her role as a mental health therapist. Monica draws on the healing power of nature, mindfulness, play, conscious relationships, and spirituality in her life.

My experiences have taught me that each healing journey is unique and my role as a therapist is to help you find the right answers for yourself while assisting you with moving through obstacles and building resiliency. I’m passionate about supporting my clients in developing a conscious, loving, and compassionate relationship with themselves and others.

Monica takes a client-centered collaborative approach and has experience working with teenagers and adults who are experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, and PTSD. Monica is trained in Motivational Interviewing, DBT, EMDR and is receiving training to become a mindfulness teacher. Monica has had a daily meditation practice for 18 years and loves to share the power of mindfulness with others. 

Serna Solutions has worked diligently to bring you the most comprehensive training with easy accessibility for registration. Please take a moment to look at our upcoming training’s, as well as visit our current event calendars that include provider training’s, private organization training’s, and group therapy.

Upcoming Trainings 

Advanced Motivational Interviewing – Integrating MI With Other Modalities
Cost: $125

May 17th, from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM MST, Brian Serna will lead Advanced Motivational Interviewing – Integrating MI With Other Modalities. In this workshop, participants will explore the points of connection and overlap between Motivational Interviewing and Solutions Focused Brief Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, using art directives. The workshop has a heavy emphasis on skill development and there will be at least five experiential exercises designed to prepare the participants to use the techniques clinically, immediately. This training provides a total of 6 CEUS. Please come prepared to learn, work and have a great time in the process! A working camera and microphone are required for this training. Prior training and experience in Motivational Interviewing are highly recommended.  Register here!

Grief and Loss: Clinical Applications for Helpers
Cost $125
Designed for anyone wanting to understand both the conceptual framework and practical applications for working with grief and loss in a clinical context, this training happening on June 21st, 2023 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM will include basic grief psycho-education, manifestations of grief in clinical presentation, the tenets of grief companioning (“heart-set” for grief work,) conceptual models to understand grief, developmental and ethical considerations when working with grief, and interventions to assist grief processing. Grief and loss affect everyone – clients, and clinicians, and this training is both highly experiential and interactive. This training provides a total of 6 CEUs. Register here!

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Happening on July 19th from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, our training on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the most widely used approaches and has been demonstrated to be effective for a wide range of problems and diagnoses. Numerous research studies suggest that CBT leads to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life. CBT is based on several core principles including that challenges are based, in part, on learned patterns of unhelpful behavior. CBT can facilitate learning better ways of coping and involves efforts to change thinking patterns. This workshop is highly interactive and will provide participants with many opportunities to exercise CBT tools.  This online workshop requires a working microphone and camera, and provides a total of 6 CEUs. Register here!

Ethics: Boundaries of Self Disclosure
Cost $125
Self-disclosure, when used appropriately, can facilitate clients’ understanding of their experiences, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and is used to develop strategies and resolve issues. At the same time, if used incorrectly, self-disclosure can change the focus of the discussion from the client’s concerns to those of the service provider. This workshop, held on August 16th from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, will explore the advantages and disadvantages of self-disclosing, as well as when and how to self-disclose. This training provides a total of 6 CEUs and will be facilitated by Jennifer Padilla, LMSW. Register here!

Ongoing Group Therapy

Curious about how yoga can influence your mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being? Serna Solutions now offers Kundalini Yoga Therapy on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 6:30 PM. Register by calling (505) 207-8929 or emailing officemanager@sernasolutionsllc.com. Sessions are limited to 10-12 participants. Most insurance plans are accepted, and the self-pay rate is $15 per session. All people, bodies and experience levels are welcome! 


  • Adolescent DBT Group in person in Santa Fe: 4001 Office Ct Dr. Suite 201 from 5:00-6:30 PM MST Info: (505) 230-4949
  • Kundalini Yoga Therapy on the Southside of Santa Fe: 5:30-6:30 PM. Please call (505) 207-8929 for location. 
  • CRAFT for Parents: 12:00-1:30 MST, online via Zoom: Call (505) 230-4949 for more information.  


  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills Group for adults: 12:00-1:30 PM MST, online via Zoom.
  • Adolescent Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (ADBT): 5:00-6:30 PM MST, in person.
  • Family Empowerment Groups: 5:30-6:30 PM MST, online.
  • Grief Group: 5:30-6:30 PM MST. Please call the Santa Fe office to learn more at (505) 207-8929.


  • Adolescent Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (ADBT) Group: in Santa Fe from 5:00-6:30 PM 
  • Family Empowerment Groups: 5:30-6:30 PM MST, 6000 Uptown Blvd NE #102, Albuquerque, NM
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for Parents: 5:30-7:00 PM MST online via Zoom. Please call (505) 230-4949 for more information. 


  • Grief Support Group: 2:00-3:00 PM MST, online.


  • Adult DBT/IFS Skills Group: 12:00-1:00 PM MST, meets in person in Albuquerque.


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