Welcome to July in New Mexico (at least it is a dry heat). As the summer marches on we anticipate the relief that monsoons will provide in the evenings. There is nothing like the smell of rain in the desert – it is the smell of renewal and hope. It gives life to the desert and can paint our brown vistas with subtle greens, purples and oranges. 

July is BBQ season for many of us, and some of us will pause our busy lives to connect with friends and family members in backyards as we celebrate Independence Day. This month I decided to focus on the idea of independence, not the type that comes with fireworks and flags on trucks, but the kind of independence that mental wellness can provide.

At Serna Solutions we spend our days helping people who are struggling with the limitations that can come from dealing with addiction, depression and anxiety. We are constantly attempting to empower individuals and families from the burdens placed on them from these challenges so that they can live with more freedom and independence. 

True freedom is having the energy and resiliency to engage in work that is meaningful and activities that bring you peace and joy. Although some people will manage their addiction and/or mental health issues their entire life, they too can experience freedom and independence from some of the more debilitating symptoms. So long as they seek support and receive treatment. 

In the spirit of Independence Day, we encourage you to embrace the freedom to seek help, to talk openly about addiction and mental health, and to support those around you who may be silently suffering. Our compassionate team of therapists, counselors, and support staff are here

to accompany you on this path to freedom, filled with understanding, empathy, and professional expertise.

Happy Independence Day!

Brian Serna

Staff Feature

Tess HY Kim, LPCC was born and raised in South Korea and immigrated to Oahu, Hawaii at 18 years old.  Before working as a licensed clinician she had an extensive career in health & fitness and the healing art of movement.  Her studies include various forms of Dance, Yoga, Nia, Pilates, Martial Arts, Body Sculpting, and Gymnastics. Tess is certified in the Korean Healing Bodywork called “Kyung Rak” and she’s been a certified personal trainer and a registered yoga teacher for over 25 years.

Specific counseling practices Tess is trained in include:

  • Mindfulness Stress Reduction & Meditation
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Movement & Yoga Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Seeking Safety
  • Trauma-Informed – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Matrix Treatment Model

In 2023, Senator Martin Henrich secured funding to expand the CRAFT project to communities across the state of New Mexico. CRAFT is an evidence based project designed to help families who have a loved one with an addiction. Through the CRAFT method, we teach families how to hold boundaries while also increasing positive communication and positive reinforcement. Serna Solutions has been helping families in New Mexico with this model for many years, and through Senator Heinrich’s support, we’ve been able to expand CRAFT to four new sites across our state. Learn what makes CRAFT different and effective by listening to the perspectives of CRAFT therapists in our program in this short video. 


Upcoming Training This Month


Serna Solutions has worked diligently to bring you the most comprehensive training with easy accessibility for registration. We offer free SOR trainings as well as private trainings for your organization. Please take a moment to view our upcoming workshops, and visit our Train with Serna Solutions tab which includes an event calendar and information about how you can schedule private trainings for your organization.


The Basics of Trauma Informed Care 
July 10th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: Free SOR Training Series

This online workshop will provide participants with a solid understanding of how trauma impacts the developing nervous system and interlinks with addictions, mental health, and attachment issues. This training provides introductory strategies for nervous system regulation that can assist clients/patients in managing symptoms, viewed through a historical trauma lens. A working camera and microphone are required for this training, which provides 6 CEUs. Register for all of our SOR training here. 


Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT)
July 13th and 14th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $225

Join us for this 2-day online workshop focused on Community Reinforcement and Family Training. This is the only evidence-based program to assist families that are challenged by addiction. It uses an overall positive approach and steers clear of any confrontation. CRAFT is a culturally sensitive program that works with families to positively influence the behavior of a person with an active addiction. The program emphasizes learning new skills to cope with old problems. Some of the components include how to stay safe, understand the function of the addiction, and teach caregivers how to use positive reinforcers (rewards) and how to let the person affected face the natural consequences of their substance use behavior. CRAFT research has shown that almost 7 out of 10 people who use the program get their loved ones to attend treatment and has been shown to be equally effective with Hispanic and Anglo families. The cost of this training is $225 and provides a total of 12 CEUs. Register for CRAFT training here. 


Ethics: Cultural Competency, Fluency and Humility
July 14th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: Free SOR Training Series

This training provides participants with an overview of the evolution of ideas relevant to working with culturally diverse clients and communities. Issues around how cultural identity and personal bias can influence behavioral health prevention and treatment programs are explored in depth. Other ideas such as privilege, intersectionality, and micro-aggressions will be defined

and used to frame larger discussions. A working camera and microphone are required to participate in this training, which provides a total of 6 CEUs. Register here!


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
July 19th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: Free SOR Training Series

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 will be highly interactive and will provide participants with many opportunities to exercise CBT tools.  This online workshop provides 6 CEUs and requires a working microphone and camera. It will be highly interactive, with a one-hour lunch break at noon MST. You can register for our SOR training here. 

Motivational Interviewing Level 1 -2 Day Training
July 24th and 25th from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM ( One hour lunch break at noon)
Cost: Free SOR Training Series

This 2-day online workshop introduces the MI Spirit and foundational strategies of Motivational Interviewing (MI.) MI is one of the most heavily researched interventions in the fields of addiction, behavioral health, and medicine. Many studies have reliably demonstrated that implementing this practice with proficiency and consistency will improve client outcomes. MI attempts to move an individual away from a state of indecision or uncertainty toward finding the motivation to make positive decisions and accomplish established goals. MI is a directional, client-centered style of interacting with the goal of eliciting change by helping individuals explore and resolve ambivalence. Rather than acting in an antagonistic or combative way, the helper engages with the client to explore feelings, including ambivalence about changing, and helps clients find their own motivations. This training provides a total of 12 CEUs. Register for all of our SOR trainings here

Group Therapy Spotlight

Youth Empowerment Project (YEP!) Adolescent Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Summer Dates
July 5th through August 9th — 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Serna Solutions Santa Fe – 4001 Office Court Dr. Suite 201

Are you a teen who gets overwhelmed by their emotions? Are you struggling with anxiety? Would you like to feel more confident in your relationships? Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is an approach that helps teens to address problematic thoughts and behaviors and learn new skills to deal with them. DBT teaches teens how to be more mindful of their emotions, how to tolerate and regulate them, and how to communicate effectively to improve their relationships.

Call our Santa Fe office at (505) 207- 8929 to learn more!


  • Adolescent Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (ADBT) Group in Santa Fe: 5:00-6:30 PM MST,  4001 Office Ct Dr. Suite 201 Santa Fe, NM.
  • 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.

Serna Solutions is now hiring in Santa Fe! Applicants who are passionate about working with young people, who have a high sense of integrity, and a positive orientation to social justice issues can submit their resumes to officemanager@sernasolutions.com

Youth Empowerment Project – Program Manager/Clinical Counselor.
Full-time (40 hrs per week) salaried employee. 

The Youth Empowerment Project Manager will provide administrative oversight and clinical services over programs assigned by a supervisor. They will collect data, create project timelines, budget reports, and write program updates for the director. They will also provide individual, group, couples, and family counseling to youth clients and their families. Minimum qualifications for this position include a Master’s in Counseling, Social Work, or related field and program management experience. Experience in youth prevention and treatment models is necessary and preferred. The salary range for this position is $70k-$75k per year to start, based on experience, with opportunities for advancement in salary and responsibilities.


Adolescent Therapist in Santa Fe, NM.
Full-time with benefits (free CEUs, 65% paid employee health insurance, 12 paid holidays per year, 5 Mental Health Days per year, 401k retirement plan, free CEUs, and high-quality supervision) 

This position will provide services in person at our offices, in local schools and via telehealth. 

Minimum qualifications include Licensure as a master’s level behavioral health clinician (LISW, LCSW, LPCC, LMFT, LPAT, LMHC, and LMSW). Preferred qualifications include training in one or more evidence-based practice such as MI, CRA, DBT, Seeking Safety, EMDR, Brainspotting, MBSEP, etc, bilingual in English and Spanish, and the ability to provide services for persons struggling with issues related to trauma, addiction, depression, and anxiety. The salary range for this position is  $65k-$70k per year based on experience and preferred qualifications.

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