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 founded Refuge Counseling and Wellness Center in 2007 out of a desire to see people empowered to overcome obstacles in their lives through affordable Christian counseling. It is her passion to come alongside men and women in ministry to help those that are struggling to make healthy changes, both spiritually and emotionally, and find true healing in their lives.

Dori holds a Master's degree in Counseling from Northwest Nazarene University and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Idaho. Dori and her husband Jim are the founding pastors of Crossroads Community Church and have been married for 35 years. Dori loves camping, hiking, reading, and spending time with her four grandsons.


Counselors


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Alaina Henry MA, LPC, NCC

alaina@refugecounseling.com  — (208) 465-4985 ext. 202

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.


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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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 and has a Bachelor's degree in Bible and elementary education from Calvary University. Claudia is a certified teacher, having taught school for over 30 years. Integrating the lessons learned from years of Bible study and teaching brings joy to counseling. She treasures time working with families, couples, and individuals of all ages, with special enjoyment working with adolescents. Free time is spent with her three beautiful daughters, two sons-in-love, and four grandblessings, as well as reading and cooking. 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.


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Gene Auker MS, LPC, NCC

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

Many people find that one person they can live out their life with, in marital bliss and harmony, only to discover that it is more difficult than they thought it would be. Gene has been married for over three decades and has experienced the blessings and challenges of building a healthy relationship that will last a lifetime.

As a counselor, Gene empowers couples to build, strengthen, repair, and maintain healthy relationships. Using comprehensive research based assessments that identify relational strengths and challenges, he collaborates with couples to develop a plan to achieve their goals. He uses practical interventions that can deepen friendship, foster mutual appreciation, improve communication through understanding and empathy, repair emotional injuries, fuel passion and romance, increase sexual satisfaction, manage conflict constructively, and create shared meaning.

Gene received a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Northwest Nazarene University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Idaho and a National Certified Counselor. He uses Gottman Method Couples Therapy in his practice and has completed the Level 3 Practicum Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Gene and his wife are Gottman Seven Principles Leaders and facilitate a workshop for couples based on Dr. John Gottman's bestselling book, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. He is a SYMBIS (Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts) Assessment Certified Facilitator and offer pre-marital counseling.

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.


Lindsay Ralston MS, LPC, NCC

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

As a counselor, Lindsay is committed to creating a safe and inviting place to address and explore a wide range of challenges, whether those present through relationships, anxiety, depression, spirituality, grief, or barriers preventing joy and peace. Lindsay's hope is to provide a place to be heard, understood and known, and then begin to move toward healing and renewed hope.

Lindsay approaches counseling from a place of compassion and empathy, meeting individuals right where they are. If you feel you are entangled or weighed down, she will collaborate with you by exploring your life story, tapping into your strengths and value, while also incorporating tools to utilize to get you towards a healthier you. Often the difficult process of facing the struggle can give way to relief, meaning, deeper connections, and growth.

Lindsay holds a Master's Degree in Counseling from Northwest Nazarene University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Idaho. She finds it a joy to be a part of Refuge; she firmly believes it is a privilege and honor to walk beside clients through their unique experiences with counseling.

For all client forms, visit our forms page.

 


Nate Berrian MS, LPC, NCC

nate@refugecounseling.com — (208) 465-4985 ext. 209

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.


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Stephanie Baker MS, LPC, NCC

stephanie@refugecounseling.com — (208) 465-4985 ext. 210

Stephanie seeks to help clients feel empowered to explore life issues leading to a personal growth process. Stephanie specializes in offering relationship assistance for both individuals and couples. Many couples seek to improve communication or enhance relationship satisfaction, and therapy can be a natural step in this process. Stephanie does additional work in areas of stress management, anxiety/depression, women's concerns, and matters of faith. She has training in EMDR therapy, a therapy that has helped many find relief from stress, anxiety, or trauma.

Stephanie is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor. She holds a Master's Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family studies, and a Bachelor's in Psychology from Northwest Nazarene University.

Stephanie's approach is integrative, compassionate, and genuine. It is her privilege to inspire clients on their path toward greater self-understanding and wholeness. For relational or individual assistance, call the front office today.

For all client forms, visit our forms page.