"there is something wonderfully bold and liberating about saying yes to our entire imperfect and messy life." ~ tara brach
my counseling philosophy.
counseling happens at your own pace.
we can exist outside of labels and diagnosis.
"courage starts by showing up and letting ourselves be seen." brene brown, daring greatly
there can be room for humor in counseling.
"the creative process is a process of surrender, not of control." julia cameron, the artist's way
it is not the job of a counselor to have the answers, but to help you hear your own inner wisdom.
"the curious paradox is that when i accept myself just as i am, then i can change." carl rogers, on becoming a person
spending time and energy on health and well-being is a good investment.
the more we can be ourselves the less "symptoms" we have.
we all need help to excavate, reclaim, and reignite our lost voices, precious dreams, yearnings, and unique gifts.
we were not meant to do healing work alone.
"change is inevitable, but transformation is by conscious choice." heatherash amara, warrior goddess training
i am a licensed clinical professional counselor (lcpc) and counselor supervisor in boise, idaho. i offer traditional counseling, creative arts therapy, and mindfulness and self-compassion training.
i earned an undergraduate degree in communications from the university of texas and a masters in clinical counseling psychology from la salle university. i received formal training in mindfulness-based stress reduction (mbsr) at penn medicine in philadelphia and mindful self-compassion training (msc) from the institute for spirituality and health in houston, texas. my education weaves together both ancient and modern therapeutic approaches to assist clients in deepening awareness, cultivating curiosity, and developing warmth toward themselves and their lives.
trust and empathy are valuable therapeutic tools and i approach counseling from a person-centered perspective. i've been in private practice for 8 years and specialize in working with young professionals in their 20s and 30s,
as a counselor supervisor, i assist clinicians who are interested in integrating mindfulness, self-compassion, and/or creative arts in their work with clients.
i teach yoga at international retreats and offer meditation workshops locally. i continue to receive formal training in various meditation traditions, reiki, eco-therapy, creative arts therapy, acrylic and watercolor painting, and toltec teachings.
i am honored to be serving as the 2019-2020 president of the idaho mental health counseling association (imhca).
in my free time i like to camp, hike, ski, read, paint, swim, and answer all my emails. before moving to boise in 2017 i lived in houston, austin, and philadelphia.
***i will be accepting new clients in march 2020***
training & lineage.
mindfulness based stress reduction (mbsr), developed by jon kabat-zinn penn medicine, philadelphia, pa, 2010
mindful self-compassion (msc), developed by drs. kristin neff and christopher germer institute for spirituality and health, houston, tx, 2014
toltec training, eagle knight lineage of don miguel ruiz via heatherash amara the pyramid academy, teotihuacan, mexico, 2014-2017
eco-therapy with dr. william taegel, jyl scott-reagan, lmft, lpc-s, lcsw, and members of the earthtribe various dates and locations, 2014 to present
i am an LGBTQIA life-affirming therapist. issues related to oppression are everyone's concern not just the concern of those that are targets of oppression.