Staff

Refuge retains a staff of state-licensed counselors who have completed advanced training and credentialing in counseling and psychotherapy. All Refuge counselors uphold the standards and best practices of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).


Dori Halbert M.Ed, LCPC

Director of Refuge Counseling and Wellness Center   

dori@refugecounseling.com

Dori began Refuge Counseling in 2007 and has been in full-time ministry for over twenty years. She and her husband, Jim, are the founding pastors of Crossroads Community Church and have been married for 34 years. 

Dori holds a Master’s degree in Counseling from Northwest Nazarene University and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Idaho. She founded Refuge because of her desire to see people empowered to overcome obstacles in their lives. It is her passion to give those that are struggling the tools to make healthy changes, both spiritually and mentally, and find true healing in their lives. 

Dori is not taking clients at this time.


Counselors


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Gene Auker MS, LPC, NCC

gene@refugecounseling.com — (208) 465-4985 ext. 203

Gene received a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Northwest Nazarene University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Idaho. He has additional training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy and offers workshops for couples to strengthen their bond and connection. He has been married for over 29 years and has experienced the joys and challenges of building a loving connection that will last a lifetime.

It is his heart's desire to empower people to strengthen relational connections with God and others, providing the safety and security needed to give them the freedom to heal and thrive.

For all client forms, visit our forms page.


Ali Capurro MS, LPC, NCC

ali@refugecounseling.com — (208) 465-4985 ext. 208

Ali is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the beautiful state of Idaho. She is a graduate of Northwest Nazarene University, where she earned a Master's of Science degree in Marriage and Family Counseling. Ali believes in the possibility and goodness of each individual. She counsels from a client-centered perspective, and she works to meet each client where they are, incorporating a variety of interventions. Ali loves working as a team with her clients and applies her strengths of empathy and collaboration in each session. She enjoys working with clients struggling with a variety of symptoms and has experience with teens, individuals, couples, and families.

When she can wrangle some free time, Ali loves being outside, especially if it involves riding horses and working cows with her family: one cowboy husband and two little cowgirls.

For all client forms, visit our forms page.


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Jeff Edmiston MS, LCPC, NCC

jeff@refugecounseling.com — (208) 465-4985 ext. 205

Jeff is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a Master's in Counseling from Northwest Nazarene University. He lives in Nampa and likes spending time with his wife and children, preferably hiking or camping.

As a counselor, Jeff enjoys working with pre-teens, teens, and adults doing both individual and couples counseling. Jeff also specializes in working with men's issues including sexual integrity and addictions. Realizing the courage that it takes to begin counseling, he strives to create a comfortable and caring experience for his clients. Using an approach called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Jeff journeys alongside his clients, empowering them to live out the life they desire and serving as a compassionate guide along the way. 

For all client forms, visit our forms page.


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Alaina Henry MA, LPC, NCC

alaina@refugecounseling.com  

Alaina approaches therapy as an addition to a toolbox of resources that helps in difficult times, manages complex situations more confidently, and celebrates the richness that life can offer. She believes it is an honor to come alongside someone and be allowed to walk with them on life's journey. She offers compassionate and empathetic therapy, while working with you to manage, maintain, and find meaning out of life, however complicated that may look.

Alaina holds a Master's in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling from George Fox University and a double Bachelor's in Communication and Biblical Studies/Theology from Multnomah University. Alaina has experience working with people of all ages and stages. She ran her own private practice in Portland, working for the Washington County mobile response crisis team, and she also worked as a child and family therapist for a non-profit organization. She has a varied past working in youth ministry, public affairs, and various side jobs such as teaching snowboarding. 

In her spare time, Alaina enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and twin boys.  She enjoys running, cooking, drinking too much coffee, and being outdoors.  

For all client forms, visit our forms page.


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Claudia Mehlhaff MS, LPC

claudia@refugecounseling.com — (208) 465-4985 ext. 204

Claudia Mehlhaff received her Master’s degree from Northwest Nazarene University in Counseling. Claudia is a also a certified teacher, having taught school for over 30 years, and a very proud mother of three grown daughters and grandmother of four grandblessings. Claudia loves working with families, couples, and individuals of all ages. Please call or email if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with Claudia. 

For all client forms, visit our forms page.


Lindsay Ralston MS, LPC, NCC

lindsay@refugecounseling.com — (208) 465-4985 ext. 207

Lindsay desires to create a safe and inviting place to explore relationships, anxiety, depression, grief and other barriers preventing joy and peace in order to move toward healing and hope. She works from a place of compassion and empathy, meeting individuals where they are, and she feels privileged to walk beside her clients through the unique experience of counseling.  

Lindsay holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Northwest Nazarene University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Idaho. During her free time, Lindsay and her husband enjoy hiking, playing music, and traveling together.

Please call or email Lindsay if you have any further inquiries regarding an appointment or the counseling process.

For all client forms, visit our forms page.

 


Nate Berrian MS, LPC, NCC

nate@refugecounseling.com — (208) 465-4985

Nate is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master's Degree in Counseling from Northwest Nazarene University. He lives in Nampa and enjoys hiking with his wife, volunteering in the local community garden, and perusing the local vinyl record store.

Nate enjoys working with adolescents, individuals, and couples. Nate utilizes empathy, compassion, and a nonjudgmental approach to work alongside individuals throughout the healing process. He seeks to provide a safe environment to explore anxiety, depression, relationship issues, existential dilemmas, and grief/trauma.

For all client forms, visit our forms page.