Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists
Merinda Leach, MS, LPC, LAMFT
Clinical Director, Counselor, Office in North Boise
Stephanie Sternes, MS, LCPC, 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.
Phone: 208-918-0054 Email: email@example.com
Susan Earnst, MS, LPC
Lena Biondolillo, M.Ed, LCPC
Life is too precious and short to be weighed down with stress, guilt and worry. I have helped many women in your position and I can help you: Rediscover joy in your relationships; Overcome fear and depression; Find relief from anxiety and stress; Learn to laugh and have fun again.
Stephanie R. Alvarez, MS, LMFT
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.
Phone: 208-501-2181 x 19
Veronica Van Buren,MS, LPC
Clinical Counselor, office in Caldwell
Clinical Counselor, office in Caldwell
Amanda Breneman, MS, LPC
Clinical Counselor, office in Meridian
Clinical Counselor, office in Meridian
Heidi is an intern at Methodist Counseling Center and currently finishing her Master’s degree in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling with an emphasis in Grief, Trauma, and Crisis at Touro University Worldwide. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree with an emphasis in Psychology & Sociology from Eastern Oregon University. Heidi is also trained and certified as a Grief and Bereavement Counselor. Her emphasis is in Trauma, Grief and Bereavement, having been an Advocate for those in crisis, domestic violence, and elder abuse situations. Her desire is to raise the awareness of Domestic Violence locally, with her focus in marriage and family therapy.
Chelsea attended Boise State University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science with an emphasis in Psychology and Addiction Studies. Currently, she is a graduate student in the Counselor Education Department at Northwest Nazarene University and will receive her master’s degree in Clinical Counseling with focused studies in grief, trauma and crisis. Chelsea works within the theoretical orientations of CBT and ACT to assist individuals of all ages; however, she has a particular interest in couple relationships, teenagers and adults. She is currently working toward becoming EMDR Certified and gaining expertise knowledge in the areas of Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Sex Therapy.
Chelsea approaches therapy with compassion and acceptance, providing a safe and non-judgmental space for clients to open up and be present with their thoughts and emotions. She aims to help clients deepen their self-awareness, strengthen relationships and develop kindness, confidence, acceptance, and compassion with themselves. She views the counseling relationship as a professional partnership in which clients become familiar with their inner wisdom, values and personal strengths as to assist them in overcoming challenges and change their relationship with discomfort/pain. She is passionate about holding space for individuals and couples to heal at their own pace, moving gently through the discomfort caused by life transitions, anxiety, depression, grief, and trauma as well as other social, psychological or personal difficulties.
Janae is an intern at Methodist Counseling Center and currently finishing her Master’s degree in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling with an emphasis in Grief, Trauma, and Crisis at Northwest Nazarene University. She has a bachelor degree in Psychology from University of Phoenix. Janae is trained and certified as a Prepare/Enrich Facilitator, a program that helps couples in all stages of their relationships, and she has some training in play therapy, including Sand Tray.
With a systems perspective, Janae understands that individual struggles affect not only the individual but also the individual’s relationships with family, friends, classmates, coworkers, and church members to name a few. She wants to help individuals, couples, and families learn ways to improve their lives and relationships.
Phone: 208-501-2181 x 18
Andrea is a graduate student in Counseling at Northwest Nazarene University with a focus on Marriage and Family Therapy. She works with clients from a systems perspective, which looks at an individual’s needs and growth within in the context of family relationships and the broader environment. Andrea’s goal is to help clients develop a new understanding of themselves, and to hold the space for them feel safe, have new experiences, and grow as human beings. Andrea is trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy and works with couples to change negative patterns and foster a deeper connection.
Andrea worked previously as a volunteer on the mental health hotline and National Suicide Prevention Line. She holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, a master’s in education from Northwestern University, and has a certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University.
Phone: (208) 501-2181 x19
Rachael is counseling intern at Methodist Counseling Center currently finishing her Master’s degree in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling with and Emphasis in Trauma, Grief, and Crisis Counseling at Northwest Nazarene University. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Boise State University. Rachael is a trained and certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator and has completed Gottman Method Level 1 Training, both of which are focused on helping couples improve their relationships. Rachael’s goal as an intern is to create an environment where clients feel comfortable exploring their concerns in order to facilitate growth and change in their lives. Her holistic approach to treatment takes into account the relationship between a client’s mind, body, and spirit to best suit their overall well-being when planning treatment.
Rachael is passionate about working with all members of the community with special interests being in the areas of: women’s issues, infertility, parenting challenges, pre-marital and couples counseling, communication issues, and working with members of the LGBTQIA community.
Phone: 208-501-2181 x 20