Erica Van Leuven, LCPC, Owner - Erica has been working in this field for 19 years. Erica got into this line of work because of her sheer love for spending time with children and realizing how much she could impact their lives by spending time truly focused on them. As education enhanced this belief and substantiated this approach, it was a natural fit. Erica works to constantly research and educate herself in a variety of ways, all to best serve the clients with whom she works. The experience Erica has, is varied and provides for a far broader knowledge base than you will find in most. Experience includes public schools, mental health counselling clinics, psychiatric hospital units, and supervising the largest children's counselling clinic in the Treasure Valley. This broad knowledge base assists greatly in honing in on what a client is facing and how best to meet the needs of the client. As a native Idahoan, Erica spends her time with her family and often outdoors. When younger, she enjoyed fly-fishing with her father and going camping. Now with three children, Erica is very focused on her life with her husband and children and engaging in each of their activities. The old adage "It goes by too fast" (meaning kid's childhood's) is truly a reality. So right now, Erica has every intention of continuing this course until the children are out of the house. She will then return to activities of her own choosing.
Michelle Burks, LCPC- It takes courage to ask for helping when going through difficult life circumstances. My goal is to build a trusting therapeutic relationship in an environment where you feel safe and supported. The journey toward healing can be difficult and confusing and my hope is to walk with you offering strength, support and guidance when needed. I have worked as a licensed therapist for over 12 years specializing in trauma, addictions, anxiety and depression. My focus is treating issues such as childhood trauma, depression, anxiety, relationships, stress, grief and loss, and life transitions. I use modalities such as Compassionate Inquiry, EMDR therapy (eye movement desensitization reprocessing), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, EFT (emotional freedom technique), and DBT (dialectical behavior therapy). I approach counseling from a holistic perspective, considering the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of an individual. I welcome you to contact me to see if I am a good fit as you explore the next steps in your progress toward balance, healing and contentment.
Annie Mikesell , LPC- I provide compassionate trauma-informed counseling services built upon unconditional acceptance, genuine care, and compassionate and collaborative dialogue. I began my career in counseling in 2014, after graduating from Texas State University, providing crisis and trauma counseling for a large non-profit. I have over ten years experience working with diverse ages, populations , and levels of need in a variety of settings. Counseling allows me the opportunity to more directly support adults and families as they grow, heal, and re-access the resources, both internal and external, needed to move towards wellness. I provide services for the following:
COUNSELING FOR INDIVIDUALS : I will work to help you reach your goals by deconstructing and understanding the role of held beliefs, identifying often unrecognized strengths, and exploring underutilized systems of support. I strive to help you create a new relationship with your Self and your world. I regularly incorporate mindfulness and expressive art activities like sandtray into therapy. Mindfulness, when integrated into counseling work, allows people from various levels of struggle (past trauma/current difficulty) to safely enter a space of introspection and break repetitive cycles of crisis while strengthening resilience and coping. Expressive arts often provide you the opportunity to access Parts of yourself in a new and deeper way.
PARENT COACHING: In my work with parents, I will collaborate with you to offer developmental insights and understanding of your child or adolescent as well as how to practically connect and build a lasting and healthy relationship. Using resources like “The Whole Brain Child” and the research of Dan Siegal, Karyn Purvis, and Laura Markham as references for parents, I aid in bridging the gap between children and adults in order to foster better connection and flourishing relationships.
COUNSELING FOR COUPLES: I utilize Emotionally Focused Therapy as a framework for couple’s seeking to improve their relationships. This approach facilitates an awareness of unhelpful cycles of conflict and/or avoidance in order to create a new cycle of connection, understanding of needs, and increased communication. I look forward to connecting with you and am happy to answer any questions you may have about counseling services.
Jarilyn Throne, LCPC, NCC- My journey in the counseling field began 16 years ago with the strong belief in helping children and families live a healthy life to the best of their ability. This comes from guiding others to recognize their inner strengths, compassion and will to succeed. Whether you are a child, adolescent, or adult, beginning the counseling process can be a brave decision.
My specialty areas range from trauma recovery, depression, anxiety, women’s issues, ADHD, behavioral management, parental guidance, divorce issues, and grief recovery. I have had the unique experience of obtaining my undergraduate degree in Child Development and Family relations, which adds to my understanding of the normal range for each developmental level. After receiving my Master’s Degree in Counseling at Northwest Nazarene University, I worked with women and children survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault for over eight years. This was in the capacity of individual and group counseling, as well as providing parenting groups. What a great opportunity! My career then led me to a smaller clinic working with a variety of families along with a supervisory role for clinicians. I am lucky to have also worked in the largest counseling clinic in the valley.
It is my belief that children thrive in creative therapies such as sand tray, art and play. I often incorporate these natural forms of expression into the counseling process. Seeking out counseling for yourself or a loved one can be the first step towards bringing harmony and balance in your life and home.
“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step.” ~Author unknown~
Kathryn Bender, LPC - We all communicate and express ourselves in different ways. Some thrive with words, others nonverbally, and some a mix of both. As an evidence-based DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy)-certified counselor and Art Therapist, my goal is to foster a trusting, compassionate, and unconditionally accepting connection by meeting you where you thrive. I firmly believe that authentic human connection, learning and utilizing concrete coping skills, mindfulness, and judgment-free creative expression are key ways in which we, of all ages, can grow, communicate, and heal. Art-making can be utilized in a multitude of ways: from stress reduction to self-expression to identity exploration or even to a projective tool that can help you understand your unconscious through symbolism and metaphors. Art therapy is about the expressive journey and process, not about the product. Whether you’re struggling with family conflict, work burnout, managing anxiety or depression, identity exploration, chronic mental illness, or more, my aim is to offer support that suits your unique individual goals, strengths, and methods of communication and self-expression.
I began my journey as a counselor and Art Therapist after receiving my Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy Psychology from Notre Dame de Namur University in 2015. I worked at homeless shelters in San Francisco, supporting single adults struggling with anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation, PTSD, substance abuse, schizophrenia, personality disorders, and more. After moving to Idaho, I worked with troubled teens in a wilderness and adventure therapy program, focusing on behavioral issues relating to ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, emotional dysregulation, identity exploration, family conflict, anxiety, depression, and more.
Supporting clients to a place of growth and change is the joy of my work. I invite you to contact me to determine if we are a good fit to work together and transform the barriers that are preventing you from feeling great.