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About Families First Therapy

Many people find they have trouble describing exactly what they are looking for, or that multiple concerns seem to overlap. If you have questions about how to choose a counselor who feels right for you, and whether I might be that person, please give me a call so we can briefly discuss whether we might have a counselor or would be a good fit. I am happy to provide additional referrals as needed.

Families First Therapy’s Story

Families First Therapy was launched in 2012 in order to fulfill a long standing dream to be empowered personally and to empower other clinician’s to provide the very highest caliber of services that they can to clientele in New Mexico. This dream emerged out of an increasing discomfort with the state of many mental health providers who feel over burdened by administrative duties or caseload demands of their agency. For this reason I began training clinicians in private practice shortly after building my own private practice and have continued to mentor clinician’s who periodically will contract under my agency while they are on the journey toward launching their own private practices.

Steve Ratcliff - President and Psychotherapist

You may have a specific area of concern, or you may find yourself among the many people who find they have trouble describing exactly what they are looking for in counseling or that there multiple concerns seem to overlap. If you have questions about how to choose a counselor who feels right for you, and whether I might be that person, please give me a call so we can briefly discuss whether we might be a good fit. If I am not a good fit I will be happy to try to connect you with someone who may be!

While my work is spontaneous, improvisational, and tailored to your specific needs and desires, it is consistently informed by and grounded in an eclectic variety of theories and a large body of scientific research. I seek to build on your strengths to help you accomplish your identified goals.

I am a LGBTQ safe and sensitive provider and a kink / consensual non monogamy friendly provider! I am specialized in helping address a variety of concerns including psychological trauma, addiction, couples / relationship concerns, LGBTQ safe / sensitive services, and kink-friendly and poly-aware services.

For more information about Steve’s professional background, please click here.


Kristin Lichtle - Contract Psychotherapist

Anxiety is physically painful. Your heart races. Your muscles tense. Your palms sweat. You have an overwhelming sense of dread as your natural fight or flight response kicks in. Do you fight back? Do you retreat to your own space? Or do you freeze in uncertainty? If you are experiencing anxiety on a daily basis, it is probably having a negative impact on your your health. Your back and shoulders hurt. Your quality of sleep is poor. You are fatigued, but you make yourself busier to justify your exhaustion.

I help people who are experiencing anger and anxiety to understand the ways in which those emotions serve them, how they can use those feelings to help themselves and their loved ones, and how to let go of those feelings when they are no longer helping and begin to hurt.

I see people whose stress has manifested into pain or sexual dysfunction, and I provide the validation they deserve. I teach them to feel fulfilled without validation from others. I use EMDR to help my clients to find the path to well-being that already exists in their own minds.

Kristin is licensed in New Mexico as a Psychologist Associate (PA-1478)