Choices Counseling Services seeks only the highest qualified, most dedicated mental health professionals. Each counselor has completed at least a Master's degree in counseling, marriage and family therapy, or social work. Each is licensed by the State of New Mexico to provide care independent of supervision. We prefer therapists who have sufficient life experience to add “uncommon sense” to the clinical setting.
Contact us in Farmington, New Mexico, to make an appointment for family or marriage counseling.
William J. (Bill) Pogue, LPCC #1607
Bill founded the agency that would become Choices in 1991. He is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor specializing in adolescent, family and adult therapy. He is a cognitive, behavioral, and solution-focused therapist. Bill believes that our attitudes and decisions mold our physical and emotional world. His goals are to help adolescents become more responsible, families become more cohesive and adults become better able to deal with their stressors and emotions.
Bill received his Master’s degree in Psychology in 1976. He has over 35 years’ mental health experience. His experience includes extensive direct clinical care as well as consulting for state and federal agencies. He was trained by Jeffery Mitchell, PhD in Critical Incident Stress Management. Additionally, he is a Vietnam Veteran whose resume includes six years working in the oil field.
Bill recently retired his white water raft to be able to enjoy more time with his wonderful wife, his two outstanding sons/wives and his five exceptional grandchildren.
Jean Manz, LMFT # 101581
As a Incensed Marriage and family therapist (LMFT) jean is committed to helping you find a way out of the conflict, confusion, or unhappiness you are feeling about a relationship or life in general. Her goal is to help you get back on track in your life and with your relationships and to find a greater sense of joy, fulfillment and connection.
Jean's practice is dedicated to providing exceptional counseling services to couples, families, and individuals while upholding best practice standards. It is her mission to enhance the life of every person she works with by partnering with them to identify what they want and need, and then to provide high quality, scientifically based, confidential, and private therapy in a timely manner.
Jean is a seasoned therapist who has been in practice for over 20 years. She received her Master's degree from San Diego State University in 1993 followed by two years of post-graduate training in Marriage and Family Therapy at Denver Family Institute. Over her years she has received training in numerous modalities of therapy including Pragmatic-Experiential Therapy for Couples, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Somatic experiencing and Level 1 Training in Comprehensive Energy Psychology.
Jean has given 5 years of service as a Board Member for the New Mexico Association for marriage and Family Therapy.
Jean has been married since 1991 to her husband Julius and has two children, Noah and Josiah and 3 beloved rescued furry friends.
Charlie was trained in Systemic (Family) Therapy and began practice in 1990. His work progressively has focused on helping individuals, couples and families deal with trauma in all its forms. Systemic Therapy is an approach to therapy that doesn’t feel or act like most people expect therapy to be. Charlie uses Somatic Experiencing (SE), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Meridian Tapping (EFT), Balanced Breathing, and Hand Mirroring. His training and experience in these ground breaking approaches has brought an unprecedented effectiveness to helping find a way through trauma. Charlie works in close collaboration with the client’s medical doctors, psychiatrist and others such as nutritionists, acupuncturist, therapeutic massage therapist and physical therapist.
Charlie is a father, step-father, grand-father, husband and friend of Bill W.'s. He spent his first 23 adult years working in the broadcasting and film-making industries. Since 1990, Charlie's experience has included private practice, home-based family therapy and treatment services within the Navajo Nation. He has been an integral counseling asset to Choices since 2010. Charlie teaches as an adjunct instructor for Highlands University, San Juan College and provides professional development workshops through the Four Corners Training Consortium.
While not providing therapy, Charlie is a singer/songwriter performing both traditional Celtic/folk as well as forming a band playing an fusion of original Blues, Jazz and Contemporary Folk. He continues to pursue his interest in photography.
Linda LeClaire LPCC #1229
Linda is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with over 40 years of experience as a counselor. She earned her Master's degree in Psychology in 1971 and has done additional graduate work in counseling and school psychology. Her work experience includes working in school settings, an adolescent treatment facility, and therapeutic foster care. Her practice focuses on working with children and adolescents but also includes many adults who have experienced childhood trauma. Linda emphasizes a strength-based and client-centered approach.
When not in the office, Linda enjoys being outdoors. Camping, hiking, skiing, and boating are some of her favorite activities.
Michelle Hyman, LMFT #0187251
Michelle Hyman is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a graduate from Lewis and Clark College. She has experience working with children, adolescents, families, and facilitating youth groups. As an advocate for social justice and the child of an interracial-intercultural marriage, she recognizes the importance of the complex aspects of an individual’s identity. Michelle works collaboratively with clients to create a therapeutic environment that best fits their needs, employing mindfulness, empathy, and validation to help individuals and families create meaning in their lives.
Born and raised in Southern California, Michelle basks in the sunny days that New Mexico provides. She enjoys hiking and singing campfire songs in the beautiful and diverse landscapes of the Four Corners.
Sheri Jordan, LMFT #
Sheri is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has worked with children and teens since she graduated with her Master's in Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy in 2012. She enjoys working with families and individuals, ranging from childhood to adulthood. Sheri has worked in multiple treatment settings including outpatient clinics and an inpatient treatment center for adolescents. Sheri uses a variety of approaches in supporting her clients including cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused and systemic methods. She enjoys collaborating with individuals and families to support them and help them find ways to heal and thrive.
When Sheri is not in the office she spends time with her husband and “fur baby” having adventures outdoors. She also spends a lot of free time baking and crafting.