The Defender Wellness Project

Dear Defender Community: After the recent death of our beloved colleague, Ben Smith, NMCDLA has offered to provide two free 30-minute follow-up counseling sessions for NMCDLA members. The focus of these sessions is specifically designed to help individuals process this tragedy, including exploring feelings related to surviving suicide, and strategies for self-care.

Clients are being referred to Linda Myers and Sheila Ciminera. NMCDLA members may contact these counselors at will to arrange an appointment. 

  • Linda Myers has been a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of NM since 1992. She uses mindfulness techniques and cognitive behavioral therapy in her practice, which specializes in treating populations who have experienced trauma.

    You may reach Linda directly to schedule an appointment at (505) 823-2323.

  • Sheila Ciminera, LCSW is a social worker and owner of To Bear Witness Therapy. Over the past 15 years, she has had the privilege of being a harm reduction service provider, a case manager, program developer, individual and group therapist, clinical supervisor, acudetox specialist, professor, and trainer. Her primary focus is supporting helping professionals with compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. She also specializes in working with individuals dealing with trauma, addictions, and justice involvement.

    You may reach Sheila directly to schedule an appointment at (505) 510-1414 or