Sandhill Center

Sandhill Center is a residential treatment center that helps children, ages 5 to 13 on admission, with a variety of diagnoses. The common denominator amongst all the children at Sandhill is significant emotional dysregulation impacting their ability to function at home, in school, and in their communities.

Our holistic approach addresses a child’s needs on all levels by integrating our treatment philosophy into every aspect of a child’s day and creating a therapeutic web. This is done in a relationally-based, clinical approach that is grounded in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) developed by Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D. and The ChildTrauma Academy in Houston, Texas.

Students may be presenting issues such as: exhibiting poor social skills, social withdrawal, difficulties in peer relationships, impaired judgment, impulsivity, poor anger management, mild to moderate aggression, lying, and stealing to mention just some of the problem behaviors.

Our individualized approach uses a variety of interventions designed to target the disorganized areas of the brain and develop the capacities needed to improve functioning. Understanding the holistic approach, using exercise, diet, animal assisted therapy, individual therapy, family therapy, while incorporating somatosensory interventions keeps us at the forefront of treatment.


"At Sandhill Center we strive to combine clinical excellence and a home-like nurturing environment in order to create a space “where healing begins” for children and families."


Phone: (505) 866-9271



City: Los Lunas, New Mexico

Closest Airport:  Albuquerque International Sunport


Average Duration:  5 -13 months.

Who we Help: Children Between Ages 8-13

Examples of Student Profile:

Many of the children that come to Sandhill have been diagnosed with the following:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder 
  • Mood Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder

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School for Children Between Ages 5-13
  • Linda Zimmerman, M.A., L.P.C.C.
    Linda Zimmerman, M.A., L.P.C.C.
    Founder & Executive Director - Sandhill Center
Linda Zimmerman, M.A., L.P.C.C.
Founder & Executive Director - Sandhill Center

Linda Zimmerman is the Executive Director and Founder of Sandhill Center.  With over 30 years of experience in working with children and families, Ms. Zimmerman has been responsible for creating several therapeutic programs to address attachment issues and childhood trauma. Linda is regarded by some as a pioneer within the state of New Mexico not only for her current work in the clinical application of key principles of neurodevelopment, but also in the early 1990’s for introducing a treatment model focused on problematic childhood attachments and the formation of basic trust.

In 1996, Linda was named the City of Albuquerque’s “Woman on the Move” for her cutting edge work in the field of children’s mental health treatment. When Linda isn’t working with the Sandhill staff and residents, she can often be found co-mingling with the lovely Sandhill equines, or taking a long nature walk with her “muttley crew” of five sweet rescue dogs, ranging from a Chihuahua to a Bullmastiff.

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