Los Alamos Family Council More Than A Counseling Center

From left, Jeremy Varela and Kristy Ortega of United Way of Northern New Mexico, Joy Beery and Cheryl Pongratz of Los Alamos Family Council, Paul Martinez of the Youth Activity Centers and Pamela Risley Rogers of the LAFC Board. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFC News:

Los Alamos Family Council is more than a counseling center. LAFC also operates two Youth Activity Centers.

The Youth Activity Centers are a natural part of LAFC’s mission to enhance the quality of life through prevention of substance use and abuse. The programming focus of the Activity Centers is on youth resiliency, a safe, supervised environment and positive adult role models. There are two Youth Activity Centers (YAC)-one in Los Alamos on the east side of Ashley Pond and one in White Rock located near Rocket Park. Paul Martinez has been the director of the YACs since 1982.

The program provides supervised programs at no cost for youth in grades 3-8. Last year there were more than 14,000 visits. The YAC is open every day after school, during school vacations, and during the summer.

Funding for YAC programs comes primarily from Los Alamos County, United Way and private donations.

The Counseling Center supports the mission with emphasis on counseling, education, and prevention. The Counseling Center is the original core of LAFC services and continues to offer a full range of behavioral health services for Los Alamos and surrounding counties. Cheryl Pongratz is the Program Director for the Counseling Center.

LAFC is governed by an active Board of Directors, an Executive Director (Joy Beery), and Program Directors for the two programs that make up LAFC.

Counseling Center: Programs

Alcohol and Substance Abuse

LAFC offersr individual, group and intensive out patient counseling for adults with alcohol and/or substance abuse disorders. Ancillary individual, couples and family therapy are available as well as aftercare and relapse prevention. The IOTP Program is a full year with focus on emotional regulation, substance abuse education and relapse prevention. LAFC uses the Matrix Model materials.

Court Ordered Assessments and Evaluations

LAFC does court ordered alcohol and substance assessments as well as most other court required assessments including domestic violence and sexual offenders.

DWI School

LAFC is the only licensed DWI school in Los Alamos County. State approved sessions are offered quarterly.

Individual, Group and Family Counseling

Counseling is available for adults, adolescents, children and families for a full range of mental health, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. All LAFC therapists encourage family-centered therapy if the client is willing.

Domestic Violence

Therapy in the areas of family and domestic violence is available for victims, perpetrators and family members. LAFC has applied to be a recognzed DV offenders’ treatment program.

Sexual Assault/Trauma/PTSD

Resources from the Department of Health, Santa Fe Rape Crisis Center and the Espanola Crisis Center support individual and group therapy.

Los Alamos Family Council incorporated in 1962 as a small counseling center and has expanded to include substance abuse and youth programs.

Funding at LAFC Counseling Center is from New Mexico Medicaid (Centennial Care), Northern New Mexico Health Grant Group, United Way, and donations from private donors. There is a reduced rate for those who are self pay and extremely flexible payment plans are possible. LAFC serves clients in Los Alamos and across the entire region.

The Los Alamos Family Council is at 1505 15th Street, Suite C in Los Alamos. For more information, call 505-662-4160.


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