Bart Schofield, LMFT
Bart Schofield ran a personal insurance brokerage firm in Connecticut for twenty-three years before returning to Connecticut State University to earn a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. He and Ruth, his wife, moved to New Mexico in 2011 with the intention of developing a center where they could help individuals, families, and children who had suffered various kinds of life traumas, especially childhood abuse. His intention was to develop a center where clinicians could share their growth and learning and become a source of good solid healing for clients. As a result, clinicians who join the Rio Rancho Family Counseling Center experience a great deal of personal and professional independence and guidance in a warm, positive and collegial environment. Clients who come to the Rio Rancho Family Counseling Center acknowledge the open caring and supportive atmosphere and the strong person-centered approach of the clinicians.
Bart offers clients the opportunity to discover their inner strengths and to come to feel better about themselves and their relationship:
“I empower the people who come to see me,” Bart says, “and they leave happier than when they arrived, with a better sense of themselves.”
His clients have high praise for Bart’s work:
“He’s easy to talk to,” said one young man.
A girl of fourteen reported,
“He’s the first one who listened to me.”
At the conclusion of their work together, another client, in her late forties said,
“You saved my life.”
Bart draws from a half dozen different methods of psychotherapy, blending them to fit the needs of each client. “And all of those methods treat the client as the main part of the relationship,” Bart explains, “whether their concerns are family, school, romance, or work.” Those methods also search out the base cause of a problem, and help the client to take a new look at that cause, from the viewpoint of today. “The way we dealt with those old problems may have worked, more or less, when we were younger. But we’ve learned a lot of new skills since then, right?” Bart feels that this approach works especially well with clients who are survivors of childhood abuse especially those who have been diagnosed as having Dissociative Identity Disorder.
In working with kids and teenagers, Bart says he teaches them respect by giving them respect. Bart always includes one or both parents in some part of every session. “I want to know how we’re doing at home,” he says. “I look for parental input and any new direction that the child and I ought to be taking in the therapy.”
Bart is in a number of insurance networks, and has a sliding fee scale for those who either don’t have insurance or prefer not to use it. For your information, Bart is in the following networks: Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Medicaid, Molina, Optum, Presbyterian, United Healthcare.
Ruth M Schofield, LMFT
Ruth M Schofield is the co-founder of the Rio Rancho Family Counseling Center with her husband, Bart. After 25+ years of private practice in Connecticut, she and Bart moved to New Mexico where they reestablished themselves in Rio Rancho.
Initially, Ruth was continuing to add new clients to her practice. However, after adding several clinicians, Ruth has become more involved in the role of mentor, supervisor, and administrator. In this capacity she shares and advises newer clinicians on some of the hows and whys of therapy as she supports and encourages each clinician to evolve her/his own style. In this role Ruth acts as a resource regarding the work with trauma, especially those who have developed Dissociative Identity Disorder.
Interacting with people without judgment is an important value that is a staple in my belief system. Life experiences have taught me empathy, patience, compromise, and how to seek a different perspective when faced with challenges.
My own life has been devoted to gathering and learning from my life experiences. First, by dedicating myself to my family and raising my children, whom I homeschooled. Then, for fourteen years I taught, choreographed and directed an award-winning dance troupe. I have also produced, several full-scale dance productions to benefit various charities. In this exciting and energizing field, I was able to interact with different cultures, genders, ages, sexual orientations, and abilities.
And at the age of 50, I began a career in Clinical Mental Health Counseling because I believe that the unifying elements for all of my pursuits has been to teach and foster individuals by cultivating self-confidence and helping them achieve their goals. Obtaining my Master’s degree and graduating with honors from New Mexico Highlands University has allowed me to continue my path to help people, this time assisting with their emotional needs.
My method focuses in helping each client learn to depend on himself/herself and those natural instincts we each have within us. I aim to effectively assist others gain new skills to create the changes they want by gaining insight, while relying and growing one’s own inner strengths, with the focus on those personal goals.
This philosophy of being there with you and your own talents is how I help you find your happier, smoother life path. It is my hope that you find me to be a good partner on your path to improved living and positive well-being.
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Angela Barela has a Masters of Arts in Counseling from Wayland Baptist University where she previously received her Bachelors of Applied Science in Human Services. She has specialized training in working with those who suffer trauma and PTSD (Post Trauma Stress Disorder). She has advanced her training in this work achieving a Certification in RTM (Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories) which is one of many successful techniques for working successfully with those who have trauma histories. She has welcomed the opportunity to develop additional skills for resolving trauma, by becoming part of the Rio Rancho Family Counseling Center team whose focus is the application of the Internal Family Systems approach, another successful technique for those with trauma and other kinds of limiting difficulties.
Angela’s prior experience has been with a diverse population including working at a drug and alcohol treatment facility and has specialized experience in counseling active and veteran military service members and their families, trauma survivors, women and adolescents.
Angela believes that the most powerful tool is the client-therapist fit. Finding someone you feel gets you and with whom you feel safe is essential for real change to occur. Angela’s life’s experiences have taught her to look at things from a different perspective and brings lessons learned from her journey into the work that she does.
Michelle has been at Rio Rancho Family Counseling Center since July of 2017. Her teaching gifts, education (she has a Masters in Early Childhood Education), and experience working with small children and their parents has been translated in to her psychotherapy work with parents, couples, and families.
While in her Marriage and Family Therapy Masters program she focused intensely on Internal Family Therapy, a core aspect of the therapy process at our center. As a result, when you work with Michelle, you will have the experience of someone who is highly skilled with working with one’s inner child parts and who understands the need for validation, acknowledgement, and support.
Clients find that Michelle’s warm sense of humor and ability to join them encourages deep inner resolve and inner cleansing. One reconnects with his own inner strengths of character and the willingness to provide a more stable and healthy life for self and his loved ones. Michelle recently completed the intensive training for EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) one of the more highly research techniques for working with trauma of various dimensions. It is not unusual for clients to find that they end therapy feeling as if they have grown up, and emerged more in keeping with the person they always dreamed they might become.
Alicia Dominiguez is interning with us and is a graduate student at the University of New Mexico ‘s Master’s program in counseling. Alicia is augmenting her education by joining with our clinicians in serving the greater Rio Rancho area. Like all interns, Alicia receives supervision from two of our senior clinicians, as well as with her university advisor. Additionally, each of our clinicians is available to Alicia as another resource.
Alicia brings a history of previously working in several service industry positions where her winning smile, and her open and eager personality have been well developed preparatory to her work as a mental health clinician. Her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a GPA of 4.00, has further strengthened her knowledge and skills as she grows in the field. We know our clients will find Alicia of great assistance in their own personal therapy.
Jann Justice, LMHC
Jann Justice comes to us with a background working with the San Juan County Alternative Sentencing Division. Her assignments while there included working with individuals and groups of female incarcerated clients who were presenting with substance abuse problems. She worked with her mentor, whose own orientation is that of Family Systems similar to that of the approach of Rio Rancho Family Counseling. Subsequently, Jann worked with both male and female patients in an outpatient format with an agency which specializes in working with addictions. Before pursuing her counseling career, Jann was employed as a first grade teacher. She received both her BA in Psychology and then her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from New Mexico Highlands University. Jann has a passion in helping her clients both teens, and adults, to develop healthy boundaries, as they discover their hidden and underdeveloped emotional skills and abilities. Her goal is to continue to develop as an individual and as a highly skilled clinician and bring the lessons she has learned in her own life, as well as those of her clients, to her sessions with the clients of Rio Rancho Family Counseling Center.