Family Counseling Services
Brian Smith LCPC, NCC
Michelle Hopkins LCPC
Jennifer Browning LCPC, NCC
Samantha Ward HS
Mental Health Staff:
Jennifer Browning is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor offering counseling services in; trauma, marriage and family, grief, depression, anxiety, survivors of physical and sexual abuse, adolescents, and adults. Jennifer supports clients using a systemic and solution focused approach. To do this she looks at the entire system in and around a client’s life, gathers information, and then a team approach is used between client and counselor to create the best environment and solutions for healing.
After completing her bachelor’s degree, Jennifer took a couple years off from school to work. During that time she realized she needed to continue her education to help make the kind of changes in people’s lives that would assist them in living a happier and healthier life. She went on to Northwest Nazarene University to get her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Counseling, graduating in 2006. Since that time Jennifer has received her endorsement as a Nationally Certified Counselor, became endorsed as a Registered Supervisor in the State of Idaho, and is Part 2 trained in Eye Movement and Desensitization (EMDR). Jennifer serves on several local committees and hopes to make an impact on health services in Idaho.
Brian Smith is a Licensed Professional Counselor, providing services to individuals, couples, and groups. Brian believes personal change is possible and valuable in their lives. Brian uses an emotion focused approach, as put forth in the work of Dr. Les Greenberg, and has received formal training in Dr. Sue Johnson’s Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples. He believes that people are agents of their own positive change, and that many are unaware of how emotions relate to their thoughts and behavior. Brian's clinical practice has taught him to respect the experience, worldview, and value system of others without imposing his own.
He has over 1000 hours of clinical experience helping clients with anxiety and depression, trauma, grief and loss, major life transition, issues with anger, and other emotional difficulties, and he is LGBTQ affirming. When he works with couples, the focus is on building a safe and secure relationship, rather than “fixing” the problem or mediating whatever the fights are about.
Brian is a graduate of Idaho State University’s Mental Health Counseling program, and a member of American Counseling Association, Idaho Counseling Association, American Mental Health Counseling Association, and is President of the Idaho Mental Health Counseling Association
He looks forward to joining with you in your journey of positive change.
Michelle Hopkins: Michelle's approach to counseling is driven by respect, openness, and collaboration. She believes that people are neither all good nor all bad but rather a mixture of both. She works to build a relationship that cultivates insight and growth, together finding the parts of you that challenge, confuse, or frustrate you. She enjoys counseling children, adolescents, and adults, including, families. Her areas of focus are; adjustment disorders, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, healthy relationships, parenting concerns, self-esteem, and teen struggles.
If you find yourself feeling hopeless, please know you are not alone. Counseling can help you find and apply healthy coping strategies that promote healing and growth.
Andrea Thompson: Andrea works mostly with individuals 10 years of age and older. . Andrea has experience working in the past with CBRS programs as well as in the counseling field. Andrea has a very kind and compassionate heart which has proven very successful in helping her clients achieve their goals in counseling. She graduated from Idaho State University in 2010, with her Masters of Mental Health Counseling. Andrea practices counseling from a Gestalt perspective which believes the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. She also uses a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction which incorporates mindfulness exercises to treat a number of issues, not just stress. Together the counselor and the client make the perfect team to make the best attempt to accomplish the goals set out by the client.
Michael Callendar: Michael graduated from Idaho State University in 2017 with his Masters in Mental Health Counseling and began work at Family Counseling Services right after graduation. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Idaho and also is Nationally Certified Counselor. Michael practices counseling from a Gestalt perspective—which takes into consideration the whole of one’s emotional and physical experience in the present moment, and strives to help one bring greater awareness and insight into their lives. Together the counselor and the client make the perfect team to work towards accomplishing the goals set out by the client.
HI Clinical Supervisor
Case Management / Office Manager
Cori began working at Family Counseling Services in 2017 as a the Office Manager, and has worked into the CM Director Position. She has become essential to helping clients schedule appointments, accept payments, and working on BIG behind the scenes projects. Cori provides consistent encouragement to clients, and staff alike.
CM Director/ Office Manager
Ashley Lake HI
Michael E. Callendar
Becky Hopper HS
Andrea Thompson LCPC
Developmental Disability Providers:
Jessica Ayala began working at Family Counseling Services in July 2013. She has received her BA in Sociology and Anthropology from The College of Idaho. She has earned the USPRA Children’s certification, she works with children who have a mental diagnosis, and with children with developmental disabilities. Jessica loves to give clients hope that change is possible and to improve the quality of life. In her free time, she enjoys coaching soccer, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.
Ashley Lake is a certified Habilitative Interventionist and support specialist. She graduated from Northwest Nazarene University with her BA in Applied Studies with an Emphasis in Education. She has worked with children of various ages in the area of Developmental Disabilities for many years, and enjoys every minute of it. In her own time she enjoys reading, playing volleyball, movies, and doing various activities with friends and family.
Angel O Brien
Angel has a very compassionate approach to the individuals she works while setting age and stage appropriate boundaries. She began working at Family Counseling Services as a Habilitative Support Specialist, and is working towards her certification in Habilitative Intervention.
Sam has been working at Family Counseling Services as a Habilitative Support Specialist and has an enormous heart for those around her. She is patient with his clients and meets them where they are at in their journey towards their goals.
Becky has received her BS in sociology and psychology from Linfield College. Becky's goal is to help children and their families achieve their goals in a supportive environment. In her free time she enjoys reading, being outside, and spending time with family and friends.Becky works at Family Counseling Services as a Habilitative Support specialist.
Angel O Brien HS
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