Ami Owen, Director & Counselor
Dr. Ami Owen has lived in Idaho for the last two decades and received her undergraduate degree in Social Science and a minor in Psychology. She received her Master’s in General Family Therapy with an advanced emphasis on children and trauma. Dr. Owen also received a Doctorate in Counseling and is a Clinically Certified Trauma Professional. She is a State of Idaho approved supervisor, a nationally approved supervisor through the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) and provides clinical supervision to developing therapists across the country. She also previously sat on the board of directors of the Idaho Chapter of AAMFT and has been an advocate for legislative change in mental health. Dr. Owen is an advocate for suicide prevention and previously co-chaired the Suicide Prevention Awareness Network for Region IV. She has advanced training in Infant Mental Health and is Parents-as-Teachers certified. She is passionate about children’s mental health and previously served on the Governor’s early childhood council as the infant mental health chair. She was awarded the Children’s Advocacy award in 2016 from the Idaho Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health for her continued efforts for awareness. She has experience in a wide variety of settings such as hospitals, health departments, clinics, and insurance companies and is passionate about serving others through counseling and demonstrating the love of Christ.
Sunday Cross, Counselor
Sunday has lived in Idaho since 2010 and received her master of social work degree in mental health from the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Sunday specializes in strengths-based, here-and-now-focused practice. She has extensive experience working with the adolescent population and their families on a variety of issues that affect teens today. Sunday has worked in a residential program that specialized in treating adolescent drug and alcohol abuse. In addition, she is an Ambassador of Hope and volunteer for the Boise Women’s and Children’s Alliance. Sunday is passionate about empowering individuals and families to identify their goals and begin working toward them in an effective way.
Lisa Stone, Counselor
Lisa has lived in Idaho for a little over five years. Lisa graduated from California State University Stanislaus with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. Lisa then moved to Idaho and pursued her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Idaho State University. The desire and passion to work with adolescents and their families is what has inspired Lisa’s educational journey. Lisa has had internships where she worked with adults and adolescents struggling with substance abuse, mental health, and at-risk behaviors, which grew her passion for working not only with individuals, but the family as a whole. Lisa believes that everyone has the ability to grow and achieve their goals, given the right support and guidance. She looks forward to working with adolescents and their families, and providing them with the support they need to help them grow and achieve their goals.
Stephanie Alvarez, Counselor
is both a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and a professional member of the American Counseling Association. Her emphasis areas are relationship issues, depression, anxiety, anger and resentments, in addition to grief, trauma, and addictions. She attended all of the trainings offered at The Gottman Institute for couples’ counseling. She is Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Focused Mindfulness, and Theophostics trained, to assist in resolving disturbing events and / or get back to that place of Peace and well-being. If desired to be utilized, she is also a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. She empowers strengths and goal setting from a wellness, neuroscience perspective. She has extensive experience in tailoring personalized life coaching to meet your needs, increase personal skills, address potential areas that may be interfering with your current abilities / goals. She has a Certificate of Evidence-Based Non-medical Counseling Strategies for Military Populations. She is retired from the Air Force with 23 years of active duty service. So, she understands family difficulties in a military environment, as well as the transition to civilian life. She has 5 children and 5 grandsons, so she has generational life experience, as well.
Bianca Villasano, Counselor
Bianca recently moved to Idaho from California. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University. Her experience includes working with children and adolescents in an intensive outpatient program, providing individual and family therapy. She also has experience working with students and their families administering therapy in a school-based setting. She has a passion for working with kids and teens and has a desire to share the love of Christ through serving those in need.
Courtney Moore, Intern
Courtney was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and received her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Boise State in May 2018. She is currently enrolled as a Graduate Student at Idaho State University-Meridian where she is working on her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is pursuing certification in EMDR and Play Therapy in hopes of working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. She always thought she wanted to be a counselor, but it wasn’t until she volunteered with Refugee children during her undergraduate career that she finally decided that this career is what she was meant to do. She has always had a passion for helping others and is excited to see where this journey as a counselor takes her.