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).


Scheduling

To schedule an appointment with a specific counselor, please contact them directly. For general scheduling questions, please click the link below.


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Dori Halbert M.Ed, LCPC

Executive Director of Refuge Counseling and Wellness Center   

dori@refugecounseling.com

My approach to counseling is from an attachment perspective that explores how we learned to connect with others at an early age, and the role it plays in navigating healthy adult relationships with God, ourselves, and others. Together, we will explore personal goals and how to nurture secure relationships so that you might move toward a more healthy and wholesome life. I work with a wide range of presenting issues including trauma, anxiety, grief, and life transitions. As director and clinical supervisor at Refuge, I carry a limited caseload, primarily working with counselors and individuals serving in vocational ministry settings.

Education and Clinical Experience:

  • M.Ed. in counseling from Northwest Nazarene University, 2003
  • B.S. in Social Science from Boise State University, 2000
  • Advanced training in EMDR and Emotion-Focused Therapy

Personal Interest:

I had the privilege of leading the team that founded Refuge Counseling and Wellness Center in 2007 out of a desire to help people experience healing through affordable Christian counseling services. My husband Jim and I are the founding pastors of Crossroads Community Church and enjoy leading treks to Israel to study the Bible in its context. My free time is spent camping, reading, and enjoying my four grandsons.


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Alaina Henry MA, LPC, NCC

Clinical Director of Refuge Nampa Office

alaina@refugecounseling.com 

My approach to counseling comes from a belief that therapy is an addition to your personal toolbox of mental health resources. Counseling can be a help in making sense of complex situations, parsing out difficult existential questions, and celebrating the richness that life can offer. I believe it is an honor to come alongside someone and be allowed to walk with them on life's journey. I offer compassionate and empathetic therapy, while working with you to manage, maintain, and find meaning out of life, however complicated that may look.

Education and Clinical Experience:

  • Master of Arts in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling from George Fox University
  • Double Bachelor's in Biblical Studies/Theology and Communications from Multnomah University
  • Advanced training in EMDR
  • In the past I ran a private practice, was a part of a crisis mobile response unit, and was a family therapist for a large agency.
  • I have varied background working in numerous church ministry positions, public affairs, and various side jobs such as teaching snowboarding and dance.
  • I am a registered supervisor in the state of Idaho.

Personal Interest:

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, daughter, and twin boys. I enjoy cooking, traveling, drinking too much coffee, and being outdoors. 

For all client forms, visit our forms page.


Lindsay Ralston MS, LCPC, NCC

Clinical Director of Refuge Meridian Office

lindsay@refugecounseling.com

As a counselor, I am 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. When experiencing difficulties, we can often feel isolated and like we are the only one. My hope is to provide a place to be heard, understood and known, and then begin to move toward healing and renewed hope. Additionally, I am trained in EMDR, which is researched-based therapy that can help you move past distressing events and beliefs.

Together, we can collaborate as we explore your life story, tap into your strengths and values, and incorporate tools to utilize while moving toward a healthier you. I firmly believe it is a privilege and honor to walk beside you through the unique experience of counseling. Please feel free to reach out at any time.

Education and Clinical Experience:

  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Idaho
  • Registered Supervisor in Idaho
  • Advanced training in EMDR
  • Master's Degree in Counseling, Northwest Nazarene University
  • Bachelor's in Psychology, Boise State University

Personal Interests:

I enjoy time with my husband and family (usually involving good food and good conversation), traveling and exploring new places, hiking with my favorite golden retriever pup, and investing in my friendships.

For all client forms, visit our forms page.


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Barry McGarrah, MFT Intern

Community Relations Director and Pastoral Counselor

barry@refugecounseling.com

As Community Relations Director at Refuge Counseling Center, my responsibility is to build relationships with local entities to communicate the services that Refuge has to offer the people of the Treasure Valley. I will work alongside the counselors at Refuge to create and facilitate support groups through the Wellness Center, as well as offer Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Direction to local ministers.

Education and Clinical Experience:

  • I have been serving in various full-time pastoral roles since graduating from Boise Bible College with a degree in Pastoral Ministries in 2001.
  • I am currently finishing up my Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Cappella University.
  • I have leadership experience in youth ministry, worship ministry, and church planting, and have served in both Associate Pastor and Lead Pastor roles.
  • I have training in EMDR therapy, a therapy that has helped many find relief from stress, anxiety, or trauma.

Personal Interests:

I have been married to my wife since 1999, and together we have two children. I am an excellent cook and love preparing a variety of ethnic foods. Additionally, my wife and I are avid hunters and gatherers, and enjoy pursuing big game, shed hunting, and picking morel mushrooms and huckleberries in the high country of Idaho.

For all client forms, visit our forms page.


Counselors


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Christen Nelson MS, LPC, NCC

christen@refugecounseling.com

I primarily counsel women, couples, and families. I have strengths in working with marital and relationship distress, codependency, anxiety, depression, trauma/abuse recovery, and faith issues. I believe in challenging my clients to achieve their goals, all while supporting each unique person in love and grace. While I love the standard, "How does that make you feel?" question, I believe good counseling must go deeper. I ask my clients to work as hard as I am and challenge them to do so.

I particularly enjoy working with couples experiencing relationship distress. I value helping couples gain the skills to enjoy fulfilling, joy-filled relationships. I believe that great relationships require more than just "better communication skill," and love helping couples gain the tools to increase intimacy and deep connection.

I profess a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and am comfortable exploring issues of spirituality throughout the counseling process. However, you need not be a Christian to participate in counseling with me. I will always respect your personal belief system and seek to provide an environment of dignity and respect to all.

Education and Clinical Experience:

  • Master's of Science in Counseling from Northwest Nazarene University
  • Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Idaho

For all client forms, visit our forms page.


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Claudia Mehlhaff MS, LPC

claudia@refugecounseling.com

I treasure time working with individuals of all ages, couples, families, with a special enjoyment working with adolescents. My therapeutic approach includes ideas from many theories, however, connecting with clients on a personal level is most important to me. Giving clients a safe place to tell their stories and be truly heard begins the process of finding and using tools for healing. Many of us experience anxiety, depression, grief, and other threats to joyful living. I want to partner with clients in pursuing health and wholeness.

Education and Clinical Experience:

  • I have a Master's degree from Northwest Nazarene University in Counseling and a Bachelor's degree in Bible and Elementary Education from Calvary Univeristy.
  • I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Idaho and a certified teacher.
  • I taught for over 30 years, 20 years of which were with middle school students. I have been an elementary school counselor as well.
  • I came to Refuge Counseling Center as an intern, and stayed on once I received my license to practice. The connection with the Refuge team is one I highly value.

Personal Interests:

My free time is spent reading and cooking, but my favorite activities involve time with my three beautiful daughters, two sons-in-love, and four fabulous grandblessings.

For all client forms, visit our forms page.


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Gene Auker MS, LPC, NCC

gene@refugecounseling.com

My hope and desire as a counselor, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, it to journey alongside couples who desire to grow, heal, and create healthy secure attachments to God and one another. I help couples identify, understand, and change frustrating reactive relational patterns that leave them feeling hurt, discouraged, and disconnected.

Using How We Love by Milan and Kay Yerkovich, I offer a ten-week relationship growth experience for couples that combines small group education with individual couple counseling sessions to maximize growth and reinforce skill building. Learn more about How We Love by visiting www.howwelove.com. Check under the Wellness tab for upcoming session dates.

I offer pre-marital counseling to help couples prepare for their marriage, not just their wedding. I use the online SYMBIS (Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts) Assessment. Learn more at www.symbis.com.

Education and Clinical Experience:

  • I received a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Northwest Nazarene University.
  • I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Idaho and a National Certified Counselor.
  • I have completed the Level 3 Practicum Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and have additional training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT).
  • I am a SYMBIS (Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts) Assessment Certified Facilitator.

My wife April and I are Idaho natives and have been married for over three decades. We enjoying hanging out with friends, bicycling around the valley, and walks on the beach whenever we can get there.

For all client forms, visit our forms page.


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Jeff Edmiston MS, LCPC, NCC

jeff@refugecounseling.com

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

Education and Clinical Experience:

  • I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a Master's in Counseling from Northwest Nazarene University.

Personal Interests:

I live in Nampa and enjoy spending time with my wife and children, preferably hiking or camping.

For all client forms, visit our forms page.


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Lindsey Trowbridge, MS, LPC

lindseyt@refugecounseling.com

I have a passion for working with (playing with) children who are experiencing life challenges (depression, anxiety, divorce, abuse/neglect, difficulty communicating emotions effectively, ADHD, etc.). I have training in utilizing play and art therapy techniques with children, and am in the process of becoming a Registered Play Therapist. Children communicate through their play and are able to process through their strong feelings of fear, anger, and depression in this way. I strongly believe in the power of integrating spiritual growth in play therapy when integration fits with the needs of the child and their family. My goal when providing play therapy to a child is to come alongside the parent(s)/guardian(s), to support the family system as a whole, and I am available to provide parenting assistance.

Although my specialty area is play therapy, I enjoy working with clients of all ages and promise not to require clients to play or draw in session, unless they want to. My approach to counseling with teens and adults is from the perspective of acceptance and compassion, to meet clients right where they are at and assist them in their journey to gain the tools they need to achieve their goals.

Education and Clinical Experience:

  • I completed my Bachelor's degree in Psychology and then later my Master's in Clinical Counseling through Northwest Nazarene University.
  • I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Idaho.
  • I have training in utilizing play and art therapy techniques with children, and am in the process of becoming a Registered Play Therapist.
  • Since becoming a counselor, I have provided counseling services to adults and children experiencing a wide range of mental health challenges in a community agency setting.

Personal Interests:

In 2007, I married my best friend and we have two incredible sons together. I had the amazing opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom while completing my Master's. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, going for walks/hikes and being in nature.

For all client forms, visit our forms page.


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Logan Gilmore, LMSW

logan@refugecounseling.com

 I enjoy coming alongside those who are working through life's challenges. I am willing to work with anyone who comes through my door, and I address issues with empathy, compassion, and use a strengths-based approach. I have a background in working with substance abuse treatment, depression, anxiety, relationship conflict, codependency, and trauma. I want nothing more than to provide a safe space and an open ear to all those who meet with me.

Education and Clinical Experience:

  • I am a Licensed Master Social Worker.
  • I have a Master's degree in Social Work and an emphasis in Community Mental Health from Northwest Nazarene University.
  • I completed my Bachelor's degree in Social Work with a double minor in communication science and psychology from Northwest Nazarene University.
  • I work as a full-time social worker at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center as a medical health professional.
  • I have training in EMDR therapy, a therapy that has helped many find relief from stress, anxiety, or trauma.

Personal Interests:

I profess a love for coffee, the outdoors, and spending as much time as possible with my wife and our dog.

For all client forms, visit our forms page.


Nate Berrian MS, LPC, NCC

nate@refugecounseling.com

I approach counseling from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) perspective. ACT is a behavioral model that seeks to align each individual's behavior with their values. I enjoy working with individuals and couples from all walks of life. Together we will strive to meet your personal goals in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. I offer compassion and empathy to explore a variety of issues, such as, anxiety, depression, spirituality, relationship issues, existential dilemmas, and grief/trauma.

Education and Clinical Experience:

  • I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master's Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Logotherapy from Northwest Nazarene University.
  • I also completed my Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications from Northwest Nazarene University. 
  • I have received additional is training in EMDR, Clinical Hypnotherapy, and Logotherapy. 

Personal Interests:
I live in Nampa Idaho and enjoy watching movies, listening to a variety of music, spending time in the garden, and adventuring with my wife.

For all client forms, visit our forms page.


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Stephanie Baker MS, LPC, NCC

stephanie@refugecounseling.com

I seek to help clients feel empowered to explore life issues leading to a personal growth process. I specialize 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. I do additional work in areas of stress management, anxiety/depression, women's concerns, and matters of faith.

My approach is integrative, compassionate, and genuine. It is my privilege to inspire clients on their path toward greater self-understanding and wholeness. For relational or individual assistance, email me today.

Education and Clinical Experience:

  • I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor.
  • I hold a Master's degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family studies, and a Bachelor's in Psychology from Northwest Nazarene University.
  • I have training in EMDR therapy, a therapy that has helped many find relief from stress, anxiety, or trauma.

For all client forms, visit our forms page.