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Our Therapists: About Me

Our Staff

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Nikka Peralta, LCSW, Owner

I created Mending Hearts, LLC from my heart in 2016. I have developed a passion for working with people through my own personal experiences and clinical expertise. I am a New Mexico native and am proud to give back to my community by helping others to heal from within. I graduated from New Mexico Highlands University in 2012 with a masters degree in Clinical Social Work. I enjoy working with adolescents, children and families. 

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Jonathan Allison, LMHC

Jonathan Allison is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). He spent three years (2020-2023) with the Public Safety Psychology Group (PSPG), where he specialized in trauma-informed counseling for the first responder population throughout the state of New Mexico. Jonathan also provided counseling for first responder members’ spouses, children, members as couples, and members' entire family units. Certified in peer support and crisis negotiations, Jonathan served on PSPG’s crisis response team, supporting SWAT calls, providing therapeutic services in critical incident stress debriefings, and taking emergency calls for patients finding themselves in crisis.

Jonathan received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (BBA) in 2018 and his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA) from the University of New Mexico in 2021. 

Jonathan has an eclectic approach to counseling, with his main influences being existential psychotherapy, holistic counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and mindfulness-based counseling. Jonathan also regularly utilizes humanistic and psychodynamic approaches, the Gottman method, narrative therapy, person-centered counseling, systemic therapy, reality therapy, rational emotive therapy, and constructionist therapy.

Outside of the office, Jonathan serves on the board for the Albuquerque Lodge of the Chinese American Citizen’s Alliance (CACA) and is the organization’s head lion dance instructor. Jonathan also served in the US Navy Reserves from 2012-2019.

Eleanor Raymond, LMSW

Eleanor obtained her Master of Social Work degree from Tulane University in 2022, and is now a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of New Mexico. Originally from Vermont, Eleanor moved to New Mexico on a whim and fell in love with its scenic beauty. 

Eleanor has both personal and professional experience navigating chronic illness and medical/health-related trauma. She has found that physical health and mental health are often interdependent. Eleanor enjoys educating her clients about the impact of trauma on the brain, and utilizes somatic therapy and mindfulness techniques to help clients become more present in their bodies. 

Eleanor works with children, adolescents, and families, incorporating play therapy and art therapy modalities. She is an amateur painter, avid traveler, and lover of nature. She strives to provide anti-colonial services that affirm indigenous knowledge systems, and is a dedicated advocate for marginalized voices.

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Julia Herrera Gardner, LPCC

Julia is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor. She has been in the field since 2017 and graduated with her master's from Southwestern College in 2020. Learning about the neuroscience of trauma and how our bodies remember threats has shaped how she works with clients. Julia strongly believes in everyone’s right to feel safe, and she will advocate for that right for you.

 

Julia likes to use a mix of different modalities, but she is best with using EMDR, CBT, attachment theory, and mindfulness. She takes the approach of helping clients find a sense of safety in their lives in order to better set the stage for healing.

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Emeri Martinez, Social Work Intern

Emeri is our masters level social work intern currently attending Grand Canyon University. She received her bachelors in social work from New Mexico Highlands in July 2020. She has worked as an advocate for victims of violent crimes and at a dementia care facility. Her goal is to help children and families overcome trauma using art, meditation, drawing, writing, and play therapy. She believes all can be effective interventions to release trauma and begin a healing process.

 

In her free time, Emeri enjoys traveling with her family.

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Erin Krebs, CSW, Program Coordinator

Erin is a military kid who spent her childhood in various places around the country. She spent her formative years in Albuquerque, where her passion for helping others began. Through school, She worked around the city with organizations like Road Runner Food Bank, PB&J Family Services, and Joy Junction, building on her passion and learning what it takes to make an impact on the community.  

 

Since then, she has become a proud University of Memphis graduate with a bachelor's degree in Sociology. Erin is Mending Hearts' lead Community Support Worker. She works with clients to access support services, benefits, and other resources they may need. Outside work, Erin can be found playing with her dog Winston, cooking up something in the kitchen, exploring the city, or laughing alongside friends and family.

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