• Our Team

  • It is Awake and Aware’s mission and commitment to each other and to all whom we serve to always:

    • Welcome new clients and practitioners as collaborators, colleagues and friends.
    • Support and encourage the professional development of each practitioner individually and the collaborative as a whole. 
    • Remain mindful and ethical in all that we do. 
    • Stay committed to the larger goal of creating a powerful and effective center for holistic treatment of mental health/emotional, physical and spiritual issues. 
    • Create a sense of connection with each other that reverberates to our clients.
  • Natalie Smith, MSW, LCSW, MFA

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Healing in the Desert, DBT

    Natalie Smith, MSW, LCSW, MFA is Executive Director of Awake and Aware, LLC. 

  • Jennifer Torrez, LPCC

    Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, DBT Program

    Jennifer has been dedicated to serving the Albuquerque community and has worked in various levels of care including Outpatient, Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP),

  • Theresa Olguin, LCSW

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Healing in the Desert, DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™

    Theresa specializes in empowering adults, adolescents and families challenged by emotion dysregulation, suicide, self-harm, eating disorders, body image and gender-identity concerns to build a life worth living. 

  • Joanne graduated from Adelphi University in New York, with her Master’s in Social Work in 2011

  • Rebecca Morgan, LMSW, is a graduate of Cornell University in 2013 studying human development across the lifespan. 

  • Jolie Pecoriello, DOM

  • Helen McKinney, LMSW, graduated from Columbia University with a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work

  • Lora Blazina, LPCC, is a somatic psychotherapist specializing in trauma recovery.

  • Linda (Pepera) Sanderville, MSW, LCSW, RYT-200 is an adolescent and adult DBT therapist.

  • Sarah Lee, LMFT

    Chief Operating Officer

    Sarah brings clinical knowledge and hands-on administrative leadership to her role as a Chief Operations Officer for Awake and Aware.  She is committed to seeing lives being changed through quality mental health services in our community.

  • Chris McCaffrey

    Community Programs Coordinator and Family Specialist

  • Linn Mollica

    Marketing and Community Outreach Director

  • Alexandra Martinez

    Administrative Assistant and Intake Coordinator

  • Anastasia "Ana" Roberson

    Billing Specialist

  • Marissa Paradiso

    Billing and Admin Specialist