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.
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.
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.
Brian Read, Counselor
Brian has lived in Idaho since 1994. He received his BA in Psychology in 1984 and his MS in Counseling 2011, both from Northwest Nazarene University. Brian is a State of Idaho approved intern supervisor and has extensive experience working with attachment-related issues in teenagers. He has worked with teens from broken/damaged adoptions for the past 6 years that live at Hope House Children’s Home. Brian uses a mix of client-centered therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy and reality therapy to assist teens and their families in exploring and resolving relational issues as well as in healing from trauma. Brian loves to engage in faith-based counseling and to help hurting people connect with Jesus. Brian sits on the board of Nampa First Church of the Nazarene as well as the board for Care House Partnerships, a Nazarene Compassionate Ministry based out of First Church.