Mirror and Indoor Plants

Maria Laquerre, LMFT, RPTS


After graduating with my bachelor's degree in Child and Family Sciences from NMSU in 2003, I went on to obtain my master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of New Hampshire in 2005. I returned to Las Cruces and worked as a therapist is a variety of settings including inpatient residential settings, community based mental health agencies and school based health centers. Since 2008 I have provided clinical supervision to support other therapists to obtain their licenses and have been the clinical director for three organizations, including Tafoya and Associates. In 2017, my husband and I purchased Tafoya and Associates, renamed the group to A New Hope Therapy Center and began expanding our services to Las Cruces and the surrounding areas. I understand the need for the best clinical care in our community and am passionate about supporting this need for local therapists through supervision, consultation and local workshops for therapists and counselors. 

So, please let us know - how can we help?

Jessica Cauthorne, LCSW

Clinical Supervisor

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I’ve spent well over a decade helping and empowering people who struggle with depression, anxiety, and unresolved pain from their past. I have worked with a diverse population, including the LGBTQIA community. I have a down to earth approach, and I do not believe in “one size fits all” treatment. My view of therapy is that, while people often share a collective identity, each person's story and struggle are unique. Therefore, I always tailor my approach to meet the specific needs of each client. I’ve helped children, adolescents, adults, couples and families to break the chains of the past and move forward into healing, courage, and exciting new possibilities.

I have been a program manager, a clinical supervisor, and a permanency planning supervisor with Protective Services. I have extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Play Therapy and I utilize art therapy and sand tray interventions for those who enjoy exploring such options. I have also supervised clinical interns while working in an inpatient psychiatric setting. As a supervisor my goal is to help each individual grow into the clinician that they are meant to be. Through positive support, case staffing, mentoring, encouragement, and a healthy dose of humor, we will work together to move you toward your professional goals.

Eric Gomez, LMFT

Internship Program Supervisor

Helping other therapists become exceptional in their craft is a great privilege and responsibility. As the Intern Supervisor at A New Hope Therapy Center, this perspective informs an environment of learning where interns can thrive in applying their knowledge and gaining the experience needed to become very well rounded clinicians. My road to becoming a Marriage & Family Therapist began after my tenure as an associate pastor, and continued during and after completing graduate studies at Seattle Pacific University. I have served within community mental health and private practice settings, and thoroughly enjoy mentoring other clinicians.


Another passion is reaching the general population with information aimed at helping individuals, couples and families be emotionally and relationally whole. This endeavor often takes the form of writing and speaking in various forums. My areas of specialization include marital and premarital counseling, family therapy, helping men directly address needed emotional and relational concerns, as well as navigating Christian spirituality within a counseling framework.

Lacey Dalton

Billing Specialist

Lacey Dalton is our Billing Specialist who ensures our client accounts are being coded and billed correctly. Lacey is a certified Medical Coding and Billing Specialist who graduated from Vista College in 2015. Lacey provides support to clients with any and all billing and/or insurance questions. She is a new mom and enjoys spending time with her son and her dog Boo Boo. 

Courtney Chadwick

Administrative Assistant

Courtney is our Administrative Assistant and most often your first contact with our office. With 7 years of experience and a friendly face, Courtney is here to help with any questions you may have regarding services available and setting up an intake.  Courtney was born and raised in Las Cruces, and is the proud mother of 3 beautiful girls and 1 handsome son. She is also an animal lover who currently owns 3 cats, 2 dogs, 2 hamsters, 1 leopard gecko, and 1 fish.

You are not alone - we are here to help!