We are here to help.


Trauma Treatment Center & Research Facility is designed with the current needs of children, adolescents and adults facing difficult situations in mind.  We provide needed services - mental health support, occupational therapies and infant or family relational supports - in one agency.  We hope to grow TTC into a home for our staff to flourish and thus support our clients to be their best potential selves. 

As we grow in Rio Rancho we will also focus on supporting the community outside of our agency walls and plan to participate in community activities and support the needs of our families.  Will also look forward to giving back to the city of Rio Rancho as a sponsor for different youth programs as TTC grows. 


Meet the Team

We are passionate about the care we deliver. 


Kate Bunch, owner

Kate Bunch is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of New Mexico.   She is also a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and Endorsed Infant Mental Health provider (IMHE-III).  She is currently working towards completing her EMDR certification.  Kate is a member of the New Mexico Association for Play Therapy and the Association to Prevent Sexual Harm by Youth. 

Kate enjoys working with families to increase the positive experiences and skills of individuals to function as their best selves within relationships.   Working with families and individuals is a passion that she has and enjoys.  She treats families through play therapy, infant mental health modalities, Circle OF Security Parenting Classes, Theraplay and EMDR. 

Her goal is to increase the attunement of individuals within relationships and strengthen their skills to cope with and move through stressful life experiences.   Her goals for the agency include building a center where families and individuals can feel safe to engage in services to increase their mental health and general well-being, becoming more equipped for their futures. 



Jennifer (Jenny) Failla, Mental Health Clinician

Jennifer Failla is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of New Mexico. She is a 2001 graduate of Webster University with a Master of Arts in Counseling and a 1998 Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from NMSU.  Jennifer has 18 years of experience providing services to individuals (children, adults), couples, and families, including family reunification. She treats families and individuals through use of Mindfulness, Guided Imagery, Theraplay, Sand Tray, Brief Solution-Focused Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral techniques among others, always being mindful of the needs of each individual and how to best address their trauma. 

Jennifer reports that her greatest passion is helping her clients develop the tools they will need throughout their lifespan and then being told by the clients in later years that they continue to find success from utilizing those tools on their own. 



Monica Tapia

Monica has 20 years in the customer service field and values her role with patients.  Making sure that our patients receive the best care possible is her goal every day at TTC.  Monica enjoys engaging with patients and attending networking events on behalf of TTC. She also enjoys incorporating her family into her work life by bringing her children to attend staff yoga and company retreats.  Monica has training in HIPPA Compliance and Verbal De-escalation and Disruptive Behavior Management


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Alex Floyd, mental health clinician and Trauma informed yoga instructor

Alex has her Master’s in Social Work and a Certified Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher.  She has spent the past few years working with children and families with an emphasis on trauma informed work.  She also has training in cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, problem solving therapy, and equine assisted therapy.

Alex is passionate about bringing the body into treatment. She uses yoga, mindfulness, and meditation practices to help client reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression while integrating and processing trauma. The physical practice of yoga as well as the philosophies pairs beautifully with traditional therapeutic techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and positive psychology. 



Vannessa Gresham, Credentialing and Billing Administrator

Vannessa has always had a passion for the medical field. With nearly 20 years of experience, she is a leader in her field. Her extreme diligence and attention to detail makes her a cut above the rest. Vannessa keeps current on the ever-changing world of Medical Billing and Credentialing to ensure all the latest regulations are implemented. Vannessa enjoys medical billing/credentialing because of the vast variety of situations she finds herself in; whether with patients, insurance companies, or just helping clients. She prides herself in her work and it shows in her success.



Cortny Stark, clinician

A 2013 graduate of New Mexico Highlands University’s Masters of Community Mental Health Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling, Cortny is currently a doctoral candidate and graduate assistant in the University of New Mexico Counselor Education program. Her clinical practice is grounded in a wellness-based humanistic approach, with an emphasis in trauma-informed care. As a mental health, substance abuse, and rehabilitation counselor, Cortny provides counseling services for a variety of mental health concerns. Her clinical specialties include trauma processing and integration, substance abuse and addictive behaviors, crisis intervention, LGBTQ+ issues, serious mental illness, and medical cannabis as a mental health and medical intervention.



Sofia Jaureguiberry, Occupational Therapist

Sofia earned a Masters degree of Occupational Therapy from the University of New Mexico in 2014. She also earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education from New Mexico Highlands University in 2010. She is a certified lymphedema therapist (CLT) and has experience in treating inpatient/outpatient neurological, orthopedic, rural, pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. She has additional trainings in strength-based trauma informed yoga, and myofascial release techniques. Sofia uses therapeutic use of play to address sensory difficulties, gross/fine motor skills, and activities of daily living.


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Joanna Parks, HR Manager/ Payroll Specialist

Joanna joined the TTC family to provide her extensive knowledge with payroll and human resources.  For the past 20 years, Joanna has worked as a bookkeeper, payroll specialist, and HR specialist in a variety of industries including: nursing homes, healthcare, food supply, business services and education.  

Joanna received her A.A. in Liberal Arts in 2002 and is skilled in various computer software and has 15+ years of experience with Quickbooks.


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Sarai Peguero, LMHC

Sarai received her master’s in counseling psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma.  She also received extensive training gin Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center-Child Trauma Services. She is currently in the process of completing her Infant Mental Health Endorsement in New Mexico. 

Sarai enjoys helping patients work through challenges, persevere, and develop skills that will last a lifetime.  She aims to create a safe environment for expression and exploration and offers therapy from a CBT perspective.  Moreover, Sarai’s training has allowed her to work with patients from a variety of backgrounds and she develops tailored interventions to meet each patients’ specific needs. 


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Kristy Hawthorne, COTA

Kristy is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who recently graduated from San Juan College.  She is first aid and CPR certified and is working towards receiving her yoga certification.  During her clinical rotations she fell in love working with all ages of clients and embracing the multifaceted backgrounds of each one.  She has a passion for working to provide each individual client with improving their quality of life, developing treatment session tailored to encompass the clients interests to reach their goals.  


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Sunita Ochoa, LMHC ATR

Sunita Ochoa completed her Master’s degree at Lesley University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, specializing in Art Therapy in Cambridge, MA. Sunita Ochoa is a Registered Art Therapist (ATR) and EMDRIA trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Sunita has worked in various public health settings, including fire and EMS service, acquiring numerous skills that have influenced and enriched her practice as a clinician. Her work is trauma informed, client centered, and utilizes many art therapy interventions to help clients find their voice in unique ways. Sunita has experience working with an array of clients including toddlers to adults, as well as families. She is passionate about working with families effected by trauma, especially those from Spanish speaking countries as well as those who are in the LGBTQI+ community.


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Dylan Drusedum, LPCC ATR-BC

Dylan Drusedum is a clinical counselor specializing in art therapy and working with children and families.  She received her Mater’s Degree in Art Therapy & Counseling Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA in 2015.  The Child Trauma Academy acknowledges that Dylan has completed NMT Training Certification through the Phase I level.  Dylan is also a registered Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator.  She is currently in the process of working towards her Infant Mental Health Endorsement to specialize in working together with caregivers and their children and is training in Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). Dylan’s approach to working with children and families is trauma-informed, neurodevelopmentally driven, attachment-based and relational in nature.  From a family systems perspective, she knows that change does not happen in insolation, and thus works to support and encourage growth for the whole family when possible.  As an art therapist, Dylan strongly believes in eh healing qualities of art making. Using art and play, she helps children and caregivers to find healthy ways to regulate their emotions, interrupt and shift unhealthy dynamics, discover strengths and find joy, and build healthy relationships to reach their full potential.  


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Rachel Nelson, OT

Rachel earned her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Mexico in 2014 and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Biology in 2010.  Rachel is a certified yoga teacher with several trauma-informed trainings including: Connected Warriors, Trauma Conscious Yoga for Veterans, Prison Yoga Project, and Universal Yoga.  Rachel values incorporating people of all ability levels into her yoga classes and has taught trauma informed yoga for people transitioning back to community from incarceration, those experiencing homelessness, and those diagnosed with developmental or physical disabilities.

Rachel has completed trainings in motivational interviewing and cognitive-behavior therapy; she values incorporating self-determination, body autonomy, self-regulation and client’s unique interests, proclivities and ways of processing into treatment planning.  Rachel sees the value in empowering a person to drive their recovery and participation, through meaningful participation in activities each person defines as valuable – the heart of Occupational Therapy.  Rachel has experience in working outpatient, community and home-based settings.  She has working with mental health, substance abuse, poly-trauma, treatment foster care, social-recreational, sensory processing, incarcerated, those experiencing homelessness, autism spectrum disorder, feeding difficulties, developmental disabilities, and neurological disease populations.  Her experience in developing inclusive and adaptive social-recreational programming (yoga, kayaking archery, drumming, dance) and specialized summer camp programming has taught her the invaluable roles that inclusive recreation and play have in improving individual and community health. Occupational Therapy utilizes the therapeutic use of play, activity engagement, modification/adaptation to address cognitive, sensory processing, motor, self-regulation, executive functioning, social and daily living skills.



Robert Ramirez, LPCC

Robert Ramirez is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of New Mexico. He graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Master of Science in Professional Counseling. Robert is currently working on his PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision as he continues to improve in his role as a mental health clinician. He is also trained and certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). He is also a member of the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA).

Robert grew up in a dysfunctional home with poverty, gangs, in and out of an orphanage, and substance abuse as a child. He now has the passion to work with individuals and families that come from that background. His goal is to provide clients with the freedom that comes from utilizing EMDR to brake the shackles that bind those who have experienced trauma in their past. Robert works with clients who have substance abuse and/or other addictions, trauma, personality disorders, and crisis intervention. He also uses other modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and Functional Family Therapy.