"There is something wonderfully bold and liberating about saying yes to our entire imperfect and messy life." ~ Tara Brach
Therapy should be respectful of your natural healing processes.
We can exist outside of diagnosis and labels.
Take the time you need to heal.
There can be room for humor in therapy.
Therapy can help you develop the confidence and skills necessary to make wise choices.
As you become aware of how your inner environment functions, it can free you to choose your responses, rather than react automatically.
As a professional, intense and regular study is helpful in staying current with treatments and approaches.
It is not the job of the therapist to have the answers, but to help you hear your own deep wisdom.
Directing time, energy, and resources into well-being is a good investment.
We all need help to excavate, reclaim, and reignite our lost voices, precious dreams, yearnings, and unique gifts. We were not meant to do this work alone.
Licensed in the state of Idaho as a Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
Licensed in the state of Texas as a Professional Counselor (LPC)
Board-approved Supervisor for individuals pursuing licensure in the state of Idaho
Board certified through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
Professional member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), the Idaho Counseling Association (ICA), and the Idaho Mental Health Counselors Association (IMHCA)
President-elect of the Idaho Mental Health Counselors Association (IMHCA) for the 2018-2019 term
As a former personal trainer and yoga instructor, Jillian became interested in psychology when she witnessed the connection between physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental health in her personal training clients and yoga students. A foundation in physical fitness and yoga led to more training in various meditation traditions, Toltec teachings, Ecopsychology, Expressive Arts Therapy, and Jungian/Depth Psychology. Jillian is open to a body-mind-spirit healing perspective and has sought additional training in mindfulness meditation and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC).
Before going to graduate school to study psychology, Jillian explored other career paths. She received an undergraduate degree in Advertising from The University of Texas and interned in the Public Relations department of the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. She worked in commercial real estate, retail sales for the family business, and was accepted to law school, but decided to go a different route.
Jillian specializes in working with adolescents and young adults in their 20s and 30s. As a supervisor, she works with therapists who are interested in incorporating mindfulness-based, compassion-based, and creative arts therapies into sessions.
In her free time she likes to camp, hike, ski, read, paint, sketch, and answer all her emails. Before moving to Boise in 2017, she lived in Houston, Austin and Philadelphia. Jillian has taught meditation and yoga locally and at international retreats.
"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." ~ Jillian
Teachers, Trainings, and Lineage
The Pyramid Academy, Teotihuacan, Mexico A 4-year pathway of week-long intensives, workshops in Ecopsychology, Dream Tending, and Toltec wisdom with HeatherAsh Amara, Will Taegel, Ph.D., Judith Yost, MSW D.Min., Jyl Scott-Reagan LCSW, LMFT, LPC-S, and Alberto Hernandez Romero completed November 2017
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) 8-week Foundation Course, Institute for Spirituality and Health, Houston, Texas with Gwen Brehm, M.Ed., LPC, LMFT, an MSC trained teacher completed April 2016
Mindfulness Instruction, Houston, Texas mentorship with Micki Fine, M.Ed., LPC, Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher & author ongoing from 2012-2017
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 8-week Foundation Course, Penn Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with various instructors completed March, 2010
Reiki Training Level 1 and 2, Austin, Texas with Carol Krause, Reiki Master/Teacher and Registered Massage Therapist completed October, 2008
200-Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga Yoga, Austin, Texas with various instructors completed August, 2007
"As a life-long student I have encountered and learned from various sources, both ancient and modern. My intention is to honor and respect the teachers of my teachers and their ancestors, who are the cultural wisdom holders of the ancient traditions from where I seek knowledge. If you have questions about my training in any lineage please do not hesitate to ask." ~ Jillian