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Clinical Interns

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We are very excited to have Master level interns available and providing clinical services for our community! These interns are in a graduate level program and placed with us to obtain clinical experience. They receive weekly supervision with Jessica Cauthorne, LCSW, RPT. They are often placed with us for 6-12 months of experience, after which clients are transferred to another provider for continued care if needed. 

Our clinical interns will provide individual, relational and group therapy for our community. In addition to working individually, our clinical interns will offer co-therapy sessions with our licensed therapists. 

Co-therapy appointments allow individuals, couples and families to obtain the benefit and experience to two perspectives as the clinical process unfolds. They consist of a Master’s level clinician and a clinical intern, who closely collaborate in assessing and treating patient concerns. The objective is to provide effective therapy, help our patients reach their treatment goals, and provide our interns with ongoing training opportunities.


If insurance is an issue, our interns offer a discounted self pay rate of $35 per session for those without insurance or who may not want to utilize their insurance. We also have a limited number of time slots for pro bono services.  If you are interested in these services, please contact the office at 575-556-9585 to discuss options and availability.

Meet The Team


Aylyn Lopez

LMFT Clinical Intern


Aylyn Lopez is a Marriage and Family Therapy intern and Masters candidate in Marriage and Family Therapy at Abilene Christian University. She holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology with a minor in sociology from the University of Texas in El Paso. Aylyn is also a graduate of San Elizario High School and a past member of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA). Her areas of professional interest include individual cognition, family relationship dynamics and the treatment of trauma at all stages of life with an emphasis on recovery and healing. Aylyn is married and the mother of three young children. She is bilingual (English and Spanish), bicultural, and active in the local community. She is also a proud Denver Broncos fan.


Julia Marquez

LMHC Clinical Intern


Julia is a native of Las Cruces minus the eight-year stint she spent in Los Angeles. Julia received her bachelor’s degree at NMSU in Family and Child science in 2016. She is currently working on her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Liberty University. Since graduating with her, Bachelors Julia has been focusing her time on being a stay-at-home mom of an amazing daughter and fur babies. During this time, Julia has developed a passion for working with Mothers and new parents. Parenthood can be challenging, and she wants others to know they aren’t alone. Julia is an avid reader, coffee connoisseur, and cat enthusiast in her spare time. She also enjoys yoga, hiking, all things Disney, and adventures  with her husband and kid. Julia looks forward to learning and growing alongside her clients.


Valerie Amendola

LMSW Clinical Intern


Valerie is a Las Cruces native, but has lived in Tennessee, Colombia and Pittsburgh. Valerie holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Anthropology from NMSU that has led her on a diverse career path that includes museum curation, teaching English abroad, the non-profit sector, and even the film industry. She returned home to the Land of Enchantment to pursue a Masters in Social Work at NMSU. Valerie is passionate about social justice, empowerment, and serving her community. She is dedicated to supporting the needs of the Las Cruces community and looks forward to gaining more experience working with children, adolescents and adults. Valerie’s other passions include traveling, hiking, biking and an affinity for whales!


Adriana Ortiz

LMSW Clinical Intern


Adriana is a native New Mexican, born and raised and love this state, the culture here and like any true New Mexican, green and/or red chile with just about all meals. She is bilingual (English/Spanish). Adriana enjoys music, photography, nature, and horseback riding and she also enjoys just hanging out and watching a good TV show or spending time with her nieces and nephew. Adriana received her bachelors degree at New Mexico State University and is now pursuing a Master's of social work degree. Adriana values helping people in her community and values the importance of mental health and helping those with mental health struggles as well as breaking stigmas associated with seeking mental health support and treatment. 

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Our Master level interns often have quick availability for intakes, providing increased accessibility of services for those willing to provide this experience for them. 

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