Meet Our Counselors
Kenton Gray, LCPC
I believe that in therapy, the focus should first be on learning to gain acceptance of ourselves. I feel that our beliefs about ourselves are paramount because they shape the beliefs that we have about other people and in turn, the rest of our environment. After we identify the beliefs about ourselves that need to be adjusted, we can work on how to improve those beliefs, which will improve our interactions with others and the way that we see the world. I look forward to helping others with that process. Another focal point of therapy is to examine the way that we develop our identities based on our perceptions of where we come from and what we have been through in life. Everyone has the opportunity to improve their sense of self by improving how they develop their respective identity. I am a real down to Earth person and my motto is that you should always entertain the possibility that you might be wrong – which I also practice daily. Although it isn’t something that comes naturally to most, it’s something that, once you practice, can change your relationships and your life for the better.
Heather Adams, LMSW
Kevin Smith, LMSW
Making the decision to get help with life’s challenges is one of the most difficult decisions a person can be faced with and making such a call shows tremendous strength. In therapy, we will leverage your strength as we work toward your goals.
I am trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), a research-supported approach which I leverage to help clients address core issues that impact their ability to connect with the world around them. The model posits that learning to accept individual strengths & challenges and identifying/replacing negative emotional and behavioral patterns is critical to recovery.
As we all know, relationships can be a tremendous source of strength and support, but they can also serve as a source of stress and discomfort. Within the context of romantic relationships, I work with partners who are dating, newly married, and have many years of marriage; couples navigating infidelity, high conflict, emotional distance, and a lack of intimacy with the goal of developing a deeper connection.
On an individual level, evidence suggests that EFT is effective in treating anxiety, depression, childhood abuse/neglect, eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, and interpersonal issues.
While counseling might feel intimidating, I will work hard to make it a positive experience for you (and your partner). I am excited to be part of your journey to self-acceptance on the way to becoming the you, you want to become!
Isabel Palmer, LCP
Nic Manfredo, LCPC
Carl Rogers once said, “The curious paradox is that only when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” We are all unique and I approach each client in a curious, patient, and non-judgmental way to meet them where they are right now and support them in working toward acceptance, which I believe to be foundational to any meaningful change. This process can be both uncomfortable and rewarding, so I encourage clients to approach therapy as an investment in their lives. I also encourage you to give yourself credit for making the decision to seek therapy! It really does take courage.
I believe clients are experts on their own lives, and that oftentimes, clients already possess the strengths and competencies necessary for change/growth but have simply yet to be discovered. It is my duty, and honor, to support and collaborate with clients through the process of self-discovery and utilizing their resources more efficiently.
One of the unique aspects of therapy is that you can practice and develop in areas without fear of judgment, criticism, or embarrassment that may come from trying new things out with others in your life – you can hone your skills in therapy and gain confidence being vulnerable, authentic, assertive, and expressive in a safe, accepting, non-judgmental space.
Because we all have different stories and perspectives, I have an eclectic approach to better serve each client’s uniqueness and needs. I primarily utilize CBT, DBT, and have completed level 2 training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and am also trained in a variety of other interventions and modalities. I enjoy working with teens (14+), adults, and couples.
Janet Cardoza, LCPC
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. I have been working in the field of counseling since 1991. I received my Masters Degree from Idaho State University in 1995 I was hired by the Boise School District in 1995 and was an elementary counselor for twenty years.
I began private practice in 1996 and have been doing therapy since then. My focus has been anxiety and depression especially with survivors of childhood trauma of all ages. I love doing play and art therapy with children. I enjoy adolescents and spent several years in internship working with pregnant and parenting teens.
My approach with clients is very eclectic since I feel therapy must be suited to the client. I feel we are the experts in our lives and need an “enlightened witness” to walk with us to unravel the past that disturbs our mental health.
I draw from the teachings of many geniuses who have walked before me.Their theories converge in the commitment to inner strength and personal intuition. I believe our psyche moves toward healing just as our physical bodies heal almost like magic. I provide the safe place and unconditional support in therapy for the healing to happen.
I have benefitted from years of travel in my childhood and many cultures. I moved overseas every 3 years from birth to sixteen. This has left me with a faith in humanity and global connection. The joy of this connection is a regular event in therapy.
I feel privileged to share this process with my clients big and small.
Sharon Peelor, LCPC
I agree with my colleagues here who believe that the key to change is awareness and acceptance of ourselves, no matter what that reveals. Carl Jung felt that we all have a “shadow self,” the side of ourselves we find unacceptable and therefore often cannot see. Instead, we are judgmental of these traits in others. These traits are not necessarily bad, but they violate the rules we feel we must live by. Only when we can bring these “shadow” traits into awareness can we become free to change.
An effective way to begin this increased awareness is to confide in someone you trust, someone who has the skills to help you learn about yourself and can provide you the tools to make the changes you want.
There are several tools we therapists can use to help their clients become more self-aware. We try to find those that are appropriate to your situation and personality. The same applies to the tools we help you learn to make the changes you want.
What I believe is that therapy is a collaboration between client and therapist, driven by your sensitivities and goals and supported by the therapist’s skills. There is no “right way” to be a client. Most important is your sense that you can trust and confide in your therapist and that your therapist can help you take the steps you want to make changes you have chosen.
As for my background, I became a therapist later in life, after other careers as a teacher (of psychology and sociology), as a mediator, and as a career counselor. I received my counseling degree in 2004 in California, where I became a marriage and family therapist. In Idaho, I am a licensed clinical professional counselor. I have worked with a wide variety of individuals and situations, primarily with adolescents and adults, including a stint in California as a drug and alcohol counselor.
Sarah Gibson-Clark, Office Manager
I respect the life events, circumstances and emotions of our clients and strive each day to build a relationship with them that will encourage and elevate their therapeutic experience.
With over 20 years in the Treasure Valley, I have been committed to understanding and knowing the resources in the area to include but not limited to; Mental Health Services, Medical Health Services, Addiction Services, Rehabilitation Services, Housing, Medical Insurance, and Support Groups. I believe this has helped me evolve into the Mental Health Advocate I am today. Realization of individuality and the difference in how circumstances, events and emotions are processed has shown me our community outreach and resources are underutilized and I will try my best in providing resources needed to our clients and provide help when some feel there is no help available.
Rylee Graves, Intern
Through counseling, I believe that everybody already has the tools to help themselves. Life problems can arise when individuals struggle to identify faulty thought patterns. Those unhelpful patterns are directly connected to unhealthy behaviors. When these thoughts and behaviors are not acknowledged it starts to show up in all aspects of your life including body and mind. There is always an opportunity for change and growth through learning coping skills and finding the umph inside of you to change your negative patterns. The hardest part is acknowledging that change is needed, and being willing to do the work to find your best self. Counseling isn’t easy, but it shows positive change in those who are willing to open themselves up to the process.