Meet our Clinicians
Celeste Morales, LCSW
LCSW ‐ Trauma Informed/ Clinical Supervisor
Celeste graduated with her master’s degree in social work from Western New Mexico University in May 2013. She began her career in Clinical Social Work where she was an In-Home Service Practitioner providing preventative services at Children Youth and Families-Child Protective Services for several years.
She would go on to work in various settings as a therapist, including at Trauma and Recovery, Gila Regional Medical Center in the Behavioral Health Unit and at Grant County Detention Center as well as Luna County Detention Center.
Celeste is both a nurturing and direct, displaying patience with the process of treatment and providing a safe and secure relationship with which clients so they can process their vulnerabilities. With a client’s aspirations in mind, she holds him or her accountable for the change they desire and moves with them on their path to achieving their goals.
Celeste is also been trained in EMDR and MST as well. She likes to approach mental health issues with a client centered/strengths based/trauma informed perspective. Celeste was born and raised in New Mexico and enjoy spending time with my family.
Francesca Smith, LMSW
LMSW ‐ Senior Trauma Informed/ Therapist
Francesca Smith is a licensed Master Social Worker and graduate from New Mexico State University with her Bachelor’s in 1991 and Master in 2012.
Francesca’s passion is to help confront serious mental health issues through evidence-based treatments modalities.
Therapy begins with trust… and having a therapist who who has the training and experience to offer you strategies that can help you live a for life with balance, ease, health, and joy!
I have worked with a range of agencies including state, county, municipal, psychiatric, and legal entities. I welcome the opportunity to work with you to enhance your quality of life.
Kaylene Cribbs, CNP
CNP ‐ Trauma Informed/ EMDR Trained Certified Nurse Practitioner
Kaylene Cribbs grew up in Farmington, NM. She is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She started her career as a registered nurse working in the Intensive Care Unit for 12 years.
After completing her Masters Degree in Nursing from Frontier University with honors, she moved to Oregon to begin her practice as a nurse practitioner. She worked in Oregon with at risk youth and families for 5 years.
Her and her twin daughters returned to New Mexico in 2015 to be closer to her family. She enjoys working with patients from newborn to elderly.
Kaylene spends her leisure time reading, walking, and playing with her two beautiful daughters.
Cat Robert, LCSW
LCSW, Trauma Informed
Cat Roberts is licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and a certified case manager (CCM). Cat grew up in Farmington NM and enjoys the area. Cat graduated with her master’s degree with honors from New Mexico Highlands University.
After completing her master’s degree, Cat worked as a hospital social worker dealing with all age ranges and mental health problems. She enjoyed her time as an emergency room social worker and is thankful for the opportunity to help those in need.
Cat provides evidenced-based treatments in the form of behavioral therapies and psychoeducation. She has worked with a range of mental health disorders. Cat spends her leisure time with her son, wandering the Colorado mountains, reading books, and dabbling in her various art hobbies.
Ben Messenger, LMHC
LMHC/ Trauma Informed
Benjamin Messenger is an experienced mental health counselor, born and raised in the Farmington area. He is dedicated to providing quality mental health services to our community. Benjamin has previous multisystemic therapy experience and is now one of our trauma informed clinicians who see’s individuals and couples at the clinic. Ben is bilingual.
Ben is passionate about helping people live happier, more meaningful lives. He customizes his approach for all his clients and designs unique treatment plans that motivate them to implement and maintain the desired change in their lives.
Benjamin graduated from New Mexico Highlands University with a Master of Arts on Guidance and Counseling with an emphasis in Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling.