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.
Kelsi works with individuals, couples and families. She graduated from Northwest Nazarene University with a Master of Science degree in marriage and family counseling in 2015. She enjoys working with a variety of relational and clinical issues and specializes in the treatment of trauma. Kelsi is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and hypnosis and uses both as a tool to help individuals who “feel stuck” in an area of their life or who have experienced past or present trauma.
Kelsi’s first concern in counseling is creating a relationship with her clients. She desires to honor the stories and lived experiences of those who come to see her. Her approach to counseling is treating the relationship like a foundation for her clients to increase awareness and insight into their own lives so they can experience growth and change. She believes this is done collaboratively with the client, combining her knowledge and expertise of interpersonal struggles, trauma and relationship dynamics with the client’s expertise on their own life.
Seiji is a Licensed Professional Counselor, providing services to individuals, couples, and families. Seiji's specialty areas include marriage/couples, family, stress/anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and trauma/grief. Seiji works to build a therapeutic relationship with his clients that is collaborative, empathic, encouraging, and insight driven. Together, Seiji and his clients work together towards gaining insight, learning skills, and striving towards goals that the client states having. Seiji graduated from Idaho State University in 2018 with his Master's in Mental Health counseling specializing in the Marriage, Couple, and Family track. Seiji is LGBTQIA+ affirming and strives to create a safe, welcoming, and compassionate place for clients to discuss and progress towards goals together with him. Seiji recognizes and appreciates how much courage and strength it takes seeking help for mental health, and is fully dedicated to his client's wellness.
Brian Smith LCPC, NCC
Becky Hopper HI
HI Clinical Supervisor
Angel O Brien HS
Michelle Hopkins LCPC
Andrea Thompson LCPC
Jennifer Browning LCPC, NCC
Barb Dern HI, CS
Family Counseling Services
CM Director/ Office Manager
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.
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.
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.
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.
Barbara Dern has a passion for working with children. She has been working with children with developmental and learning disabilities since 2006. Barbara has worked in various capacities throughout the state of Iaho, including residential treatment. Throughout most of her career she has specialized in working with challenging behaviors. Barbara received her Bachelor's in psychology from the University of California, Riverside in 2005. She is currently pursuing her Master's in counseling from Northwest Nazarene University.
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