Armando De La Garza, LPCC, NCC is a therapist specializing in the treatment of OCD, PTSD, and substance use disorders (SUD). He holds full, unrestricted licensure to practice as a professional counselor in the states of New Mexico, Missouri, Illinois, Arizona, and Texas.
Armando is devoted to establishing rapport with his clients to maximize the use of evidence-based treatments. He specializes in the use of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for the treatment of anxiety, OCD, and related disorders. These therapies, which fall under the umbrella of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBT), are considered best practices to treat these clinical issues.
In addition, he worked twenty years with the Department of Veterans Affairs, initially providing career counseling and case management services to disabled Veterans and later transitioned to treating PTSD and co-occurring substance use disorders at the St. Louis Vet Center through individual and group work.
Armando completed his master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling—a branch of counseling specializing in psychiatric, physical, and developmental disabilities at Maryville University of Saint Louis. He went on to earn a graduate certificate in Alcohol & Drug Studies from the University of South Dakota. He earned his B.A. in Speech Communication from Texas State University where he studied interpersonal, family, and small group communication in addition to political rhetoric. He also minored in History. He has also been trained in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) through the Cognitive Behavior Institute. He is a member of the International OCD Foundation, and regularly seeks out ongoing consultation and training in the treatment of OCD, BFRBs, and trauma.
Armando is married and has four sons, all grown. He and his wife reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico—The Land of Enchantment. They are happily owned by four rescued cats who provide them love and entertainment. He enjoys spending quality time with his spouse traveling, sightseeing, learning local history and exploring different cultures through food. He enjoys regularly exercising as well as reading, keeping up with extended family, and staying abreast of current events. He volunteers at a local cat shelter in his spare time. Armando is a Veteran of both the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard.