Southwestern College

Tierra Nueva: Serving our Community and the South Side of Santa Fe

Southwestern College has been bringing the world extraordinary therapists since 1979. Naturally, therapists-in-training need a place to train!

Since 1986, SWC students have  provided affordable counseling to the community from a holistic mental health-care perspective. In a unique program for a New Mexico college, Tierra Nueva Counseling Center offers students practical experience in general counseling, art therapy, sand play therapy, trauma, grief & renewalapplied interpersonal neurobiology, ecotherapy, children’s mental health, infant mental health, human sexuality, and addictions, abuse and recovery.

Practicum students and interns utilize a holistic psychology framework which includes psychotherapeutic approaches that address the emotional, mental, multicultural and spiritual aspects of each client. Consistent with our philosophical approach, the services offered at the Tierra Nueva Counseling Center are based on a transformational view of human development.


On January 4, 2016 Southwestern College was proud to open the next iteration of our counseling center – Tierra Nueva Counseling Center (TNCC).  Tierra Nueva was designed and built from the ground up with counselors, art therapists, and northern New Mexico clients in mind. With twelve counseling rooms and two classrooms, we are now able to provide dedicated space for sand play therapy, family counseling, art therapy, and group therapy, in addition to traditional counseling rooms. You can even find Rahimah Schmall, Ph.D.,
RN, Director of the Counseling program there!  (Read about The Wild History of the SWC Counseling Center in this blog by President Jim Nolan.)

Who We Serve: We serve residents of Santa Fe and northern New Mexico. Those who are assisted are 60% female and 40% male; 42% are minorities and over 70% of the clients are low-income. The students help adults, children, couples, families and groups to make positive life changes.


What Brings People to Therapy? Individuals, couples or families often seek counseling or art therapy services to work through conflicts in their lives. Some of these issues may include:

  • Depression
  • Personal Growth
  • Work-related conflicts
  • Addictions
  • Grief and Loss
  • Abuse
  • Trauma
  • Relationship Concerns
  • Anxiety

To book an appointment, please call (505) 471-8575 or stop in at 3952 San Felipe Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87507 or email tierranueva@swc.edu

Tierra Nueva Hours:
Monday-Thursday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm




Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
3952 San Felipe Road

Visit the Tierra Nueva Website


Please call for appointment
(505) 471 – 8575

You may also contact us by email:

Monday-Thursday: 9 am – 9 pm
Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 2 pm

Counselor-in-training Fees per session
$25 for individuals
$30 for couples or families
$10 for group sessions
(sliding scale available)

Licensed Mental Health Counseling is

$40 for individuals

$50 for couples & family

There is no sliding scale available for licensed counseling services.





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