Ami Owen | Director & Counselor

Ami Owen, Director

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.

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.

Brenda Neal, Counselor

Brenda received her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from National University in Sacramento, California in 2000 and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She has worked with individuals, children and families in various settings. Her experience includes working with crisis inpatients, substance abuse, military installations, high risk teens and families, and incarcerated youth. In 2016, she returned to school and received her master’s degree in Social Work from Western New Mexico University. Brenda plans to obtain her License in Clinical Social Work as well. Brenda has a heart for working with individuals and families as they move through the therapeutic process regaining their sense of self, gain feelings of empowerment and improve the quality of their lives. Brenda became a Christian in elementary school and has continued to follow Christ since then. She has looked to Him in times of distress, when needing direction or to simply be in His comforting presence. Her favorite verse, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart.” Jeremiah 1:5.

Chris Nguyen, Counselor

Chris moved to Idaho in 2011 after serving over 8 years in the US Navy. During that time, Chris was in charge of various aircraft carrier’s weapons and ammunitions and was deployed in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005-2006. Chris was then stationed in Japan, and there he found Christ and decided to follow Him. After the military, Chris was honorably discharged and pursued his education in Law Enforcement at North Idaho College, then received a Bachelor’s in Social Work at Lewis-Clark State College, and then finally a Masters in Social Work at Boise State University. Chris has experience as a Court Appointed Special Advocate working with children in state’s custody, interned as an intake counselor with veterans at the Spokane Valley Vet Center, and counseling at both the Crisis Center and Boise State University. Chris currently works with adults at Pathways Crisis Center as a clinician helping them through their crisis and get connected with resources. Chris enjoys hiking and camping with his wife and 13 y/o dog.

Courtney Shepherd, Counselor

Courtney was born and raised in Boise, Idaho, and received her Bachelor of Science in psychology from Boise State University in May 2018. Courtney pursued her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Idaho State University and graduated in May 2021. Her clinical interests include anxiety, depression, relationships and self-esteem, trauma, and life changes. Her counseling approach is person-centered therapy with a touch of Adlerian where she believes the most important component of counseling is the trusting and therapeutic relationship. She enjoys working with youth, adolescents, and their families. Her relationship with Christ has allowed her to overcome adversity in her own life. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1:5).

Mark A. Turner, M.D.

Mark A. Turner, M.D., began his secondary education at Stanford University, California and completed his medical degree at Oral Roberts School of Medicine, Oklahoma. Dr. Turner has been treating patients in mental health settings for the past two decades in a variety of clinics that treat families. Dr. Turner has a passion for helping families find healing and bringing them hope for their future. He is also the Principal Investigator for Advanced Clinical Research of Meridian, Idaho. Dr. Turner has diverse research experience in subjects such as attention deficient/hyperactivity disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, pediatric and adult vaccines, diabetic neuropathy, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In his free time you can find Dr. Turner flying his plane or biking.

Kody Neighbors, Intern

Kody Neighbors is a Master’s level intern with Teen Hope of Idaho. He received his
undergraduate degree in Social Work from Northwest Nazarene University in 2016 and
concurrently became well versed with conflict resolution through various courses. Presently,
Kody is finishing his Master’s in Social Work with Our Lady of the Lake University and is
working on his state and clinical license. He also owns and operates a small family business
which offers mentoring and job training for today’s youth. Kody’s comprehensive exposure to
the field of mental health and social services include private practice, group therapy, individual
and group mentoring, education (high school), direct care, and understanding and influencing
legislative policy for social change. His vocational calling for serving others is impressed upon
him through his relationship with his Creator.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm
you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)