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Albuquerque Family Counseling: Taking a New Approach to Money in Counseling Sessions

Kelly Chicas, a Board Certified licensed professional clinical counselor with Albuquerque Family Counseling, uses Money Habitudes as a tool to draw clients into conversations when money is identified as an issue – and when other issues come to the surface as a result of finances. Chicas wanted a method that was more effective than her own series of conversation starters so that clients could freely talk about money without slowing the counseling process or feeling bored.


As a result of using Money Habitudes with her private clients, Chicas was able to:

  • Approach the delicate subject of money in a fun, nonjudgmental way.
  • Delve into the topic of money quicker.
  • Open up a whole new flow of conversation by giving couples an activity to do, rather than forcing them to just talk.
  • Give her clients a methodology to use constructively at home.
  • Motivate clients to make substantive changes.

How They Use Money Habitudes

  • Chicas uses the Money Habitudes cards as part of her sessions with individuals and couples.