Southwestern College Santa Fe, NM

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 Counseling, Art Therapy / Counseling, SandPlay therapy, Addictions, Abuse and Recovery, Applied Interpersonal NeurobiologyChildren’s Mental Health, Ecotherapy, Human Sexuality, Infant Mental Health, and Trauma, Grief & Renewal .

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.


In 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 rooms dedicated to counseling and two classrooms, we are now able to provide dedicated space for SandPlay therapy, family counseling, art therapy, and group therapy, in addition to traditional counseling. 

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. Our students help adults, children, couples, families and groups to make positive life changes.

What Brings People to Therapy? Individuals, couples and 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


Laura Lansrud-Lopez, M.A., LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, ATCS, ACS
Clinical Director of Tierra Nueva Counseling Center




Tierra Nueva Counseling Center
3952 San Felipe Road

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(505) 471 – 8575

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Monday-Thursday: 9 am – 9 pm
Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 3 pm

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