Welcome to the Web pages of:

Helen Tafoya-Barraza, MA, LPCC

Clinical Counselor (UNM-PC)

 University of New Mexico Hospitals

Psychiatric Center 

2600 Marble NE

Albuquerque, NM  87106

505.272.0115, Fax: 505.272.2016

(Formerly with Addictions & Substance Abuse Programs

 aka  CASAA Treatment Division)

2450 Alamo SE

Albuquerque, NM  87106

505.925.2400  Fax: 505.925.2411)


Email: htafoya@unm.edu





Education, Credentials and Professional Associations:

    Currently enrolled in PhD program in Counselor Education, University of New Mexico

    Master of Arts, Psychology (Clinical), December 1995, Arizona State University

        Masters Thesis: Factors Influencing Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Among Mexican American Women.

    Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Spanish, August 1991, University of New Mexico

    Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC): NM License number 0075601.

    Associate Clinical Staff, University of New Mexico, Department of Psychiatry, September 2004 – present.

    President 2005 - 2006, UNM Counselors In Action. May 2005 - Present

    PhD Student Representative, Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society.   2004 - present.


Primary Areas of Interest

    Ethics and clinical practice.

    Cultural Competency in Health and Behavioral Health Service Provision.

    Motivation and Behavior Change as applied to substance abuse and other treatment settings.

    Comparative Theology, similarities in pan-theological thought.

    Cross- cultural, multi-cultural, and intra-cultural ethics and practice.

    Person-Centered, Buddhist Psychology and psychotherapies.

    Physics, metaphysics and traditional healing practices.

    Effective program development in Behavioral Health Settings.


Curriculum Vitae


Current Projects

Employed at UNMH-Behavioral Health Services (based at UNM Psychiatric Center).  Engaging in grant writing, program evaluation, program development,  clinical practice, outcomes research and specialized consultation.  The University of New Mexico Hospitals Behavioral Health Center is currently the largest community mental health provider in the state of New Mexico and is a public not-for-profit facility, providing a full spectrum of care for those citizens of Bernalillo County and surrounding counties in the academic setting.


ASAP is a dual diagnosis outpatient clinic specializing in adult and children’s services, ambulatory detox, opioid replacement therapies (including buprenorphine and methadone) as well as state-of-the-art approaches to the treatment of behavioral health issues and addictions.  


The Milagro program, a pregnant women’s substance abuse treatment program is also housed at the ASAP facility.


The Metropolitan Assessment Treatment Services (MATS) is located just East of San Mateo on Zuni in the former Charter Hospital Facility. UNM-PC currently has two projects which will be housed at the MATS facility.  These programs are the Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACT) and the Crisis Triage Services. 


Courses  (click on appropriate link for syllabus, notes, etc.)


Fall 2005:  Coun 584, Multicultural Issues in the Helping Professions


Spring 2005:  Coun 517, Theories of Counseling  


Fall 2004: Coun 590, Practicum in Counseling


UNM Links


UNM Counselor Education Information for Students


Dr. David Ogluin, web page


UNM Hospital


UNMH – Addiction & Substance Abuse Programs

                    This link includes an example of the type of follow-up studies conducted at ASAP. Click here for slideshow.


            Counselors In Action


            Chi Sigma Iota



El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Information


Professional Links


Favorite Links - check these out!  Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom.



Cognitive Behavior Therapy - power point presentation


OLIT Slideshow

                                      This page was last updated on March 28, 2006 .