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Mary Baca

Mary Baca

CWK, CCTP, RMT, LPCC, QAP, Reiki Master Teacher, TrauSoma, First Responder Specialist, Master Life Coach/Mentor

First Responder Specialist

My Story

Mary Baca, CWK, CCTP, RMT, LPCC is a Licensed Counselor in the state of New Mexico and Somatic Psychotherapist incorporating mind-body work in her therapy and holistic services. She has maintained a thriving private practice, Odyssey Counseling, since 1990, employing several therapists, and a holistic team of practitioners. Collaboratively, Mary started her holistic practice Resilience Integrative Services in 2011 as well as Shifting Perspectives Training Institute in 2017 and Allies for First Responders in 2017. Included in Mary’s repertoire of specialty areas are PTSD, acute stress, depression, anxiety, and grief. She is trained in EMDR, a powerful modality she's used since 2001 receiving various levels of training from basic to advanced. In addition Mary is trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, guided visualization, Emotional Freedom Technique, Wholistic Kinesiology, a Reiki Master Teacher, Certified Sound Healer and more. Mary actively utilizes holistic modalities in addressing her clients’ mental, physical, and emotional issues as a Counselor and Holistic Practitioner . She also has developed trainings such as “Holistic Counselor Certification” “Trauma-Informed Life Coaching”, “Intuitive Guidance Coaching”, “First Responder Intervention Specialist”. As a Licensed Continuing Education provider, Mary currently trains other mental health providers in holistic modalities and techniques.

Mary is available to help patients starting as young as age 8. Specialties include child abuse, depression, anxiety, trauma, workplace and organizational dynamics, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), domestic violence, sexual abuse, sexual assault, and more.

Mary began working with first responders 25 years ago having been married to a police officer for 14 years and having friends and family in law enforcement, she quickly became passionate about helping this population and their families. Mary has been a professional trainer since 1995 and is a licensed continuing education provider through the NM Counseling and Therapy Practice Board and nationally through the National Board of Counselors. Through her trainings she educates the public and workplace environments on a myriad of topics. Included BUT not limited to is raising awareness about the emotional occupational hazards involved in the fields of law enforcement, fire, EMS, dispatch/911 operators, corrections, medical investigators, victims’ advocates, and medical professionals. Mary has created numerous training courses for professionals that want to work with first responders and trauma-based career professionals. For several years Mary has conducted these training courses all over the state. She has provided trainings for NM Office of the Medical Investigator, NM District Attorney’s Office, NM Attorney General’s Office and several private companies including to the public through her business “Shifting Perspectives Training Institute. Mary has a first responder training team she feels is a powerful collaboration in delivering several of these trainings. Mary started a non-profit organization called “Behind the Badge NM" in 2016 which is now called “Beyond the Call”. BTC assists first responders and their families with paying for counseling and ancillary services like therapeutic massage, meditation and reiki as a means of addressing their health and wellness needs.

Mary loves people and animals and feels it is her life purpose to help promote healing in both these arenas. Mary has provided energy work to animals since 2017 and is developing services and products for these special beings in 2023.

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