Jennifer is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Registered Supervisor, offering counseling services in; trauma, marriage and family, grief, depression, anxiety, survivors of physical and sexual abuse, adolescents, and adults. Jennifer supports clients using a systemic and solution focused approach. To do this she looks at the entire system in and around a client’s life, gathers information, and then a team approach is used between client and counselor to create the best environment and solutions for healing.
After completing her bachelor’s degree, Jennifer took a couple years off from school to work. During that time she realized she needed to continue her education to help make the kind of changes in people’s lives that would assist them in living a happier and healthier life. She went on to Northwest Nazarene University to get her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Counseling, graduating in 2006. Since that time Jennifer has received her endorsement as a Nationally Certified Counselor, became endorsed as a Registered Supervisor in the State of Idaho, She is Part 2 trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Jennifer provides counseling for clients AND consultation for other professionals.
Brian is a Licensed Professional Counselor, providing services to individuals, couples, and groups. Brian believes personal change is possible and valuable in their lives. Brian uses an emotion focused approach, as put forth in the work of Dr. Les Greenberg, and has received formal training in Dr. Sue Johnson’s Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples. He believes that people are agents of their own positive change, and that many are unaware of how emotions relate to their thoughts and behavior. Brian's clinical practice has taught him to respect the experience, worldview, and value system of others without imposing his own.
He has over five years of clinical experience helping clients with anxiety and depression, trauma, grief and loss, major life transition, issues with anger, and other emotional difficulties, and he is LGBTQ affirming. When he works with couples, the focus is on building a safe and secure relationship, rather than “fixing” the problem or mediating whatever the fights are about.
Brian is a graduate of Idaho State University’s Mental Health Counseling program, and a member of American Counseling Association, Idaho Counseling Association, American Mental Health Counseling Association, and is President of the Idaho Mental Health Counseling Association
Andrea works mostly with individuals 10 years of age and older. . Andrea has experience working in the past with CBRS programs as well as in the counseling field. Andrea has a very kind and compassionate heart which has proven very successful in helping her clients achieve their goals in counseling. She graduated from Idaho State University in 2010, with her Masters of Mental Health Counseling. Andrea practices counseling from a Gestalt perspective which believes the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. She also uses a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction which incorporates mindfulness exercises to treat a number of issues, not just stress. Together the counselor and the client make the perfect team to make the best attempt to accomplish the goals set out by the client.
Jessica began working at Family Counseling Services in February of 2019. Jessica has graduated from Boise State University in 2013 with a degree in Business Administration. Jessica’s goal is to make every experience with FCS a stress free and satisfactory experience. She has become an essential part of the team, helping clients schedule appointments, accept payments, and works in the administrative department managing operations within the company. Jessica provides consistent encouragement to clients, and staff alike.
Sometimes the only answer people are looking for when they ask for help is that they won’t have to face the problem alone. -Mark Amend
Tabitha is a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with children, per-adolescents, and adolescents. Tabitha has experience in play therapy, expressive arts, and sand tray. Tabitha uses an eclectic approach when working with her clients and uses this style to adapt to the needs of the client. She believes the clients are the experts on their lives and already have the untapped coping skills within themselves. Using play, arts, and sand tray allows the client to access the more silent part of the brain, the right hemisphere, and aids in both hemispheres working together to start the healing process. Children cannot always put into words how they are feeling, but when the right hemisphere of the brain is activated, they can express these unidentifiable feelings through creativity.
“Play is the work of childhood.” ~ Mr. Rogers
Eliza came from Sacramento, CA with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology. She has the goal to continue on with school and further her education in Counseling. Working with children her whole life, Eliza has found such joy in watching kids learn and grow. She loves her job at Family Counseling Services and loves being able to provide a safe and uplifting environment where children feel comfortable to be themselves.
Jessica began working at Family Counseling Services in July 2013. She has received her BA in Sociology and Anthropology from The College of Idaho. She has earned the USPRA Children’s certification, she works with children who have a mental diagnosis, and with children with developmental disabilities. Jessica loves to give clients hope that change is possible and to improve the quality of life. In her free time, she enjoys coaching soccer, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.
Mady has received her BS in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Linfield College. Mady is passionate about helping children and their families. She approaches children with compassion and understanding. Mady works at Family Counseling Services as a Habilitative Support Interventionist. She is currently perusing her Masters in Social Work at Boise State University.
Marrissa has been a resident in Boise for two years. In 2016, she graduated from Concordia University, Irvine with a Bachelor's degree in Education Leadership. She received her Habilitative Intervention certification in February 2019. Marrissa is currently studying at Simmons University to obtain her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis and test to be a Board Certified Behavior Analysis. Marrissa loves her job and the clients she works with!
Elaina received her B. S. in Psychology and Family Studies from Boise State University. She prides herself on being dedicated, hard-working, and goal oriented. She believes that success starts with an honest, healthy, and compassionate client-provider relationship. She uses positive reinforcement and words of affirmation to help children grow and develop. She has the goal to continue her education in the field of School Counseling so she can guide many children to realize their potential.
Sydney received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Idaho. She has received her Registered Behavior Technician certification and has experience working with younger children with developmental disabilities. Sydney is very compassionate and loves working with kids and watching them learn and grow. In her free time Sydney loves to read, watch movies and spend time with friends and family.
Audrey has received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Idaho. After working in counseling research focused on adolescents, she was excited to take her knowledge of the field and apply it in a more hands-on setting. Audrey uses an empathetic and methodical approach with each client's unique goals and needs. In her free-time, Audrey likes to rock climb, cook, and get outside.
Alyssa comes to Family Counseling Services with a B.S. in Psychology from Northern Arizona University. For the last year she has been working in an administrative capacity with individuals and families experiencing homelessness and is excited to be able to work with children and clients in a more direct and personal manner. She hopes to pass along an empowering attitude and to exemplify kindness and care to all those she interacts with. She will be starting at Boise State University to pursue a Master’s in Social Work degree in the fall.
Hi everyone! My name is Cassidy Lazarte. I moved to Idaho in 2019 with my husband and we love it here. I have always been passionate about working and caring for those with disabilities. I recently graduated from BYU-Idaho with my bachelors in Family and Marriage Studies. Since I loved it so much I thought why not continue learning? In January 2021, I began my masters program in Aba Therapy and am loving it! In my free time I love spending time with my family, running, and playing the piano! I am so excited to be a part of Family Counseling Services!!
Arielle graduated from Oregon State University with a BA in Human Development and Family Sciences. Arielle is currently continuing her education at Boise State University, aiming for a masters in Elementary Education. Arielle has worked with children since she was fifteen. Arielle loves being able to help children achieve their goals and support them in all aspects of life.
Bryan received a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Nursing, both from Northwest Nazarene University. He considers working with children to be his passion and has over 20 years of experience. Bryan aims to create a safe, fun, and constructive environment for the clients and families he works with. He hopes to continue his education in the future with a goal of becoming a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.