Meet Our Providers

Darlene J. Barela is a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) and a Licensed Substance Abuse Associate (LSAA).
She received her MSW with a minor in Alcohol and Other Drugs from New Mexico State University School of Social Work, Albuquerque, NM. She is passionate about her work with children, teenagers and adults. Darlene provides individuals, group and family therapy to children 3-18 years of age. Her mission is to encourage and support wellbeing, strength, and resilience in her clients and community through compassionate and creative individual, group and family counseling.
Michael Boyle, LMFT, CDBT enjoys working with adults and children from diverse populations. With a motto, “We can do more than talk about it, but we can talk about it too” Michael specializes in assisting clients in learning practical things they can actually do to create more health and happiness in their lives. Michael holds two Masters degrees in Psychology and is certified in Substance Abuse treatment and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
Sheilah A. Galer is a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW). She received her MSW from Highlands University School of Social Work, Albuquerque, NM. She is passionate about her work with children, teenagers, adults and specializes in addiction. She particularly likes to create safety to process past trauma and create a better tomorrow. Sheilah provides IOP for adults and teens.
Jocelyn Herzog is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) who loves providing group therapy, family therapy, couples counseling, and individual therapy. Jocelyn possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Oberlin, and loves to use music and drama in therapy. Jocelyn specializes in working with children and youth ages 4-24, as well as adults with co-occurring disorders and/or severe and persistent mental illnesses. Jocelyn has over seven years of experience in the mental health field. In her spare time, Jocelyn enjoys playing the clarinet and going to the Grower’s Market.
Carol Rice is an independently licensed counselor in New Mexico and also an independently licensed Art Therapist. She has been working in the Los Lunas area of NM for eight years, providing individual therapy, couples therapy, and family therapy. Carol also provides group therapy sessions for parenting and art therapy. Carol works with a variety of mental health and behavioral health concerns including depression, anxiety and panic, trauma, schizophrenia, and substance use issues.
Wendy Rodgers is an Independently Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She works with children age 2 to 92! Wendy offers clients the opportunity to participate in EMDR Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. She has been a practicing therapist in Valencia County since August 2010 and has been employed by Valle del Sol since July of 2016.
Candace Stoughton is a licensed therapist, social worker and mediator specializing in therapy for adults and couples. Originally from southern New Mexico, Candace received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from New Mexico State University. She has experience working with clients on a variety of different issues including substance abuse, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, relationship issues, communication skills and much more. Depending on specific needs and concerns, Candace will draw on various psychological approaches based on what will best benefit you. She is respectful of differences in clients' values and beliefs, and she will support you in any path that enhances your emotional, physical and spiritual health.
Paula Stubbs LMHC was born and raised in Las Cruces, NM. She attended the University of New Mexico for her Masters and undergraduate work. Her focus was substance abuse treatment and career counseling. Paula started working at Valle Del Sol in July of 2017 and she works with a wide range of clients, currently adults and court-mandated clients. She has lived in Albuquerque for about fifteen years now and loves the Fall season.