Area counseling service consolidates offices

Joshua Kellogg
Therapist Amy Hackmeier talks with a co-worker, receptionist Chris Tsosie, on Tuesday at Desert View Family Counseling in Farmington.

FARMINGTON — Desert View Family Counseling has undergone some major changes recently, closing its Aztec office and moving into a new Farmington location in an effort to reduce wait times.

The nonprofit mental health clinic consolidated its services into a new 4,000 square foot building on East Main Street in Farmington at the end of October after operating in an 1,800 square foot location on West Apache Street since 2010.

Rick Quevedo, Desert View CEO, said it was a challenge to run locations in both Farmington and Aztec.

Desert View Family Counseling offices as seen on Tuesday at 6100 East Main Street in Farmington.

“We didn’t have a large staff and I found myself back and forth quite a bit,” Quevedo said.

In October, the organization opened an office in Aztec on East Chuska Street — a location it had used before moving to Farmington — to focus on substance abuse treatment.

The Aztec location closed its door on Sept. 30 and staff were relocated to the new Farmington office, which opened Oct. 19.

Quevedo said no employees were laid off during the transition and one therapist was recently hired to join the seven therapists from the Farmington and Aztec locations. The office plans to hire an additional therapist in a bid to reduce wait times for community members who want to see a counselor.

Each of the therapists average about 55 to 60 clients and the time on the wait list averaged about two to four weeks for an appointment, according to Quevedo.

“Since the move into the new location and the additional therapist, we’re getting folks in about 10 days,” Quevedo said.

Administrative assistant Mariana Medran on Tuesday works on a poster board for Desert Family Counseling's upcoming grand opening in Farmington.

The nonprofit will host a grand opening event on Thursday to allow members of the community to learn about the adolescent, adult and family mental health and counseling services the organization can provide. Quevedo said food and drinks will be served and live music will be provided. Visitors can tour the facility.

Those interested in Desert View’s services can also call the office or visit their website if they are looking for more information.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.

If You Go: 

What: Desert View Family Counseling open house

When: 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday 

Where: 6100 E. Main St., Farmington

More Info: Visit or call 505-326-7878