Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists
Joshua Bynum, MS, LPC
Clinical Director, Counselor, Office in N. Boise
To date, the majority of Joshua's clinical experience has been in the areas of substance abuse, anxiety, trauma, and LGBTQ+ issues. He enjoys working with children, adults and elderly from all walks of life. Joshua facilitates growth and relief from suffering by empowering your strengths while challenging your current thinking and feeling patterns. Josh has a passion for Addiction Counseling, Outdoor therapy, Hypnotherapy, Christian Counseling, and Mindfullness.
Stephanie Sternes, MS, LPC, LAMFT
Assoc. Marriage & Family Therapist, Office in Emmett
Stephanie completed her studies in Marriage and Family Counseling at Northwest Nazarene University. Over the last 12 years, she has served her community as a resource specialist, teacher, and small claims mediator. Born in Arizona, Stephanie grew up living in both the city and working on a farm. Between these two different environments, she has learned a skill set that delivers a sense of balance in working with people from many different backgrounds. Stephanie is a wife and mother with 6 children ages 7 to 33.
As a counselor and mediator, Stephanie has worked with individuals, families, businesses and communities to problem solve and uncover new areas of positive engagement. Stephanie has a particular interest in helping people build and regain relationships. Stephanie’s approach to counseling is through power of choice and a realistic look at strengths and options. She believes that you are the expert of your own life and with clarity more options are available to you.
Merinda Leach, MS
Assoc. Marriage & Family Therapist, Office in N. Boise
Susan Earnst, MS, LPC
Emma Orthel, MS, LPC
Clinician, Office in Downtown Boise & Mountain Home
Idaho native, Emma Orthel, earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Biola University in California. She returned to the land that she loves to complete her Master's Degree in Clinical Counseling from Northwest Nazarene University. Emma has worked in community mental health learning many valuable things from clients and colleagues alike. In each and every session, Emma strives to provide comfort and wisdom that each individual may find direction and growth.
Malinda Poe, MS, LPC
Clinical Counselor, Office in North Boise
Malinda is a Licensed Professional Counselor who graduated with her masters degree in Clinical Counseling from Northwest Nazarene University. She specializes in cross cultural counseling, depression, life stage difficulties, interpersonal conflict, and faith based counseling.
Lena Biondolillo, M.Ed, LCPC
Stephanie R. Alvarez, MS, LAMFT
Assoc. Marriage & Family Therapist, Office in Kuna
Stephanie Alvarez is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor. She is a pre-clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and a new professional member of the American Counseling Association. She emphasizes in addictions, grief, trauma, crisis, including relationship issues, depression, anxiety, anger and resentments.
She emphasizes in addictions, grief, trauma, crisis, including relationship issues, depression, anxiety, anger and resentments. She is Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Theophostics trained, to assist in resolving disturbing events and discover inner Peace/well-being. Faith-based approach may be included, if desired. She empowers strengths and goal setting from a wellness perspective. She is retired from the Air Force with 23 years of active duty service. So she understands family difficulties in a military environment, as well as the transition to civilian life. She has 5 children and 3 grandchildren with a son-in-law in the Navy.
Katie is an intern here at Methodist Counseling Center, working on her master’s degree in marriage, couple, and family counseling at Northwest Nazarene University. She grew up in Western Washington and have lived in numerous states, including Oregon where she received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Portland. She spends a great deal of time hanging out with her family and my her, Sullivan.
She has previous worked with numerous populations including infants, preschool children from refugee families, adolescents with high functioning autism, as well as adults and couples. She believes that every person is the expert on themselves, and that as a counselor, she is here to facilitate growth and development.
Veronica Van Buren
Kelsey is an intern at Northwest Nazarene University studying her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. Originally from the agricultural central valley of California, Kelsey attended Boise State University and received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Bachelor of Arts in Multi-Ethnic Studies, and a minor in Basque Studies.
Kelsey’s experience ranges from teaching in bilingual preschool environments to working with the geriatric population. This range of experience accounts for her interests in working with individuals, couples, and families from all walks of life. Kelsey’s approach to counseling is holistic and considerate of the many identities each individual holds. She considers the mind, body, and spirit as interconnected and recognizes the various systems we each are a part of in our lives.
Keith’s experience includes 11 years working in the mental health field at community agencies specializing in helping people with mental illnesses integrate into their communities to lead fuller lives. Keith enjoys working with clients of all ages and backgrounds. Keith has a passion for helping people work through life’s difficulties in a positive and self-actualizing manner. Keith approaches counseling as a partnership with his clients, walking alongside them as they explore new paths towards their goals. He looks forward to experiencing the growth of his clients as they discover and tap into their inner strengths.