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).


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


Marianne Davis

Director of Communications

Email Marianne

(208) 465-4985

Marianne is the Refuge Counseling and Wellness Center’s Director of Communications and is available for general counseling questions and scheduling interns.


Alaina Henry MA, LCPC, NCC

Clinical Director of Refuge Nampa Office

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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

Email Lindsay

(208) 912-0880

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.


Dori Halbert M.Ed, LCPC

Executive Director of Refuge Counseling and Wellness Center   

**Not accepting clients at this time.

Email Dori

(208) 465-4985

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.



Stephanie Baker MS, LPC, NCC

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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.


Nate Berrian MS, LPC, NCC

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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.


Logan Gilmore, LMSW

Email Logan

(208) 960-7167

 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.


Lindsey Trowbridge, MS, LPC

Email Lindsey

(208) 960-7172

Through my work experience at a large mental health agency, I have had the opportunity to work with clients of all ages and a wide range of mental health challenges. 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. I have experience working with adults and teenagers who are seeking help with depression, anxiety, grief, divorce, traumatic experiences, and other life challenges.

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.

I am currently able to accept some insurance plans. Please contact me if you are interested in discussing possible options with insurance.

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.


Laura Adams, MS, LPC, NCC

Email Laura

(208) 960-7030

Because you are unique in every way, my approach will be tailored specifically to you. With a deep appreciation for human suffering and radical respect for those who choose to seek help to discover or regain their zest in life, I would like to offer you support in this journey.

My support includes strengths-based elements, acceptance, a focus on meaning-making, self-compassion, and relational resilience. Beyond talking, sometimes I find it can be helpful to mix it up in sessions by utilizing experiential exercises and expressive materials. Clients particularly appreciate my calming and compassionate presence with utmost respect for their position in the driver’s seat and appreciation of who they are. While faith and spirituality are the cornerstone in my life, I honor your choice of journey!

I primarily counsel individuals and premarital couples. My clinical interests include, but are not limited to: trauma (domestic, sexual, and spiritual abuse, betrayal trauma, post-traumatic stress), anxiety, depression, disordered eating, obsessive compulsive disorder, attachment issues, LGBTQ, divorce, grief & loss, cancer & chronic disease, emotional & relational growth, transitions, and women’s issues.

Education and Clinical Experience:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s degree in Counseling, Northwest Nazarene University.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communication with an emphasis in Sports Science, University of Idaho.

  • Mental health counseling on university campuses and a domestic violence center.

  • Trained in EMDR, in addition to other trauma-related therapies.

  • Varied background includes: healthcare, human resources, education, aviation, coaching Girls on the Run and volunteering for Family Life.

Personal Interests:

I am a native Idahoan who loves traveling! Whenever possible, I indulge in outdoor adventures including Greenbelt bike rides, hiking, water sports, backpacking, and running to keep up with my lightning-fast whippet named Kailana. When the weather is chilly, my daughter and I enjoy baking, creating art and decorating, skiing, ice skating, reading, watching movies and listening to music. Among our friends and family, we are notorious for turning nearly any opportunity into a celebration. As Fanny Crosby once said, we are striving to “Live in the moment and make it so beautiful, it will be worth remembering.”

For all client forms, visit our forms page.


Julia CdeBaca Ed S, MS, LCPC, NCC

Email Julia

(208) 606-3001

We are relational beings and shaped by the nature and quality of the relationships we have. Our significant relationships and how we make sense of them can impact every aspect of our lives. The counseling relationship provides a powerful opportunity to experience trust, gain insight, grow, and heal. I am honored to be able to help people of all ages overcome life’s challenges through this working partnership. I approach each person as an individual with unique strengths, perspectives, and experience. In the therapy process, I draw from a range of interventions that may include cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, psycho-education, self-regulation skills, and play therapy.

Over the past 20 years, I have worked primarily with children and families. Helping individuals and families understand, overcome, and grow from challenges related to anxiety, trauma, family changes, life transitions, and developmental difficulties such as autism and ADHD, is my passion. 

Education and Clinical Experience:

  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Idaho

  • Registered Supervisor in Idaho

  • National Board-Certified Counselor

  • Master's Degree in Counseling, Idaho State University

  • Education Specialist in Counseling Supervision, Idaho State University

Personal Interests:

I am married and the mother of two boys. As a family, we enjoy playing games, watching movies, sharing funny stories, traveling, and having outdoor adventures. In my personal free time, I love taking on creative projects, especially if they include gardening, re-purposing, planning, organizing, or beautifying.

For all client forms, visit our forms page.


Christen Nelson MS, LPC, NCC

Email Christen

(208) 960-7163

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 with 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 skills," 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:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Idaho

  • National Certified Counselor

  • Master's Degree in Counseling, Northwest Nazarene University

  • Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Cinema and Broadcast Arts, Azusa Pacific University

Personal Interests:

I have two beautiful and brilliant babies and an amazing husband whom I love to try and impress whenever possible (mostly with cooking very flavorful dinners and my ability to name types of construction vehicles—neither of which is a natural talent). I believe laughter is definitely some of the best medicine and try to have a sense of humor about most things. I love any sort of game or sport I might win at, as I relish some good-old-fashioned competition.

For all client forms, visit our forms page.


Barry McGarrah, LAMFT

Email Barry

(208) 960-7162


I am a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (LAMFT) at Refuge Counseling Center in Nampa. I specialize in couples/marriage counseling using Emotion Focused Therapy and EMDR, a therapy that has helped many find relief from addiction, substance abuse, stress, depression, anxiety, or trauma. Additionally, I 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 have my Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Cappella University.

  • I am an ordained minister with 20 years of experience serving as lead pastor, associate pastor, youth pastor, worship pastor, church planter, and pastoral counselor.

  • 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 high school sweetheart 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. My other hobbies include: cooking various types of ethnic foods, going to the movies, hanging out with friends, and all things outdoorsy.

For all client forms, visit our forms page.


Alexis Staeb, LMSW

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I am passionate about working with people of all ages that are facing issues related to trauma, core beliefs, relationships, emotion identification and expression, grief and loss, and other issues impacting an individual’s functioning and well-being. I am a trauma informed therapist, drawing from psychodynamic, attachment, experiential, and systems theories. Using modalities such as EMDR and Narrative Therapy, I collaborate with clients to explore the heart of the issue, strengthen core beliefs, and increase insight and understanding that help lead to transformation and growth.

My desire is to provide a safe and healing atmosphere to process traumatic experiences, relationship wounds, and circumstantial challenges. As a witness to your thoughts, feelings, and experiences, I want you to feel seen, heard, and understood. It is an honor to meet you where you’re at, to form a therapeutic connection, and to walk alongside you as you move toward wholeness.

Education and Clinical Experience:

  • Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)

  • Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS); Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE)

  • Advanced training in EMDR, Narrative Therapy, and TF-CBT informed

  • MSW, Simmons College; B.A., Social Services, Concordian University - Ann Arbor

Personal Interests:

I delight in sensory experiences and adventurous exploits (i.e. swimming with sharks). 
I also appreciate quiet moments by the fireplace enjoying a hug in a cup while reading a delightful book (i.e. The Little Prince). The passage from The Velveteen Rabbit, about becoming real and being loved, is something I embrace as experienced truth. 
Tiny humans bring me excessive amounts of joy, laughter, strength, and peace.
 Above all else, I value investing intentional time, energy, and effort into my relationships with loved ones. My faith and personal beliefs are my why.

For all client forms, visit our forms page.

Group Support and Education Counselors


Gene Auker, MS, LPC, NCC

Email Gene

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

I offer a ten-week relationship growth experience for couples entitled Lessons of Love. Using How We Love by Milan & Kay Yerkovich, I combine small group education with private couple counseling/coaching sessions to maximize growth and reinforce skill building. Learn more about How We Love at Check under the Wellness tab above for additional information and up-coming dates.

Education and Clinical Experience:

  • I received a Master’s 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 certified SYMBIS (Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts) Facilitator.

Personal Interests:

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

For all client forms, visit our forms page.

Counseling Interns


Irene Tornello, MT-BC

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I love what I do! I am deeply committed to the creation of a therapeutic alliance—one that is rooted in genuineness, empathy, warmth, and unconditional positive regard, believing that the therapeutic relationship and trust are vital for change to occur. My approach to counseling is based on the framework that how we feel is largely influenced by how we think. I attend closely to understanding the contextual and cultural factors that impact client identities, experiences, and potentially presenting concerns. My first priority in counseling is to establish a safe therapeutic relationship and collaborate with you to identify appropriate counseling goals. Then, depending on your concerns and preferences, I will utilize various techniques that will help you practice rational living.

I have spent most of my clinical work with children and adolescents, and most recently, college students and young adults. I feel honored to bear witness to the resilience of human beings, and I look forward to walking alongside you!

Education and Clinical Experience:

  • I completed my Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

  • I am a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC).

  • I am currently finishing up my Master’s Degree in Counseling with a focus in School Counseling from Boise State University.

  • I have experience working as a music therapist in the children’s hospital, private practice, and psychiatric hospital settings.

Personal Interests:

In my free time I like to be in connection with others, explore new places, make music, and eat a lot of good food. I am a relatively new parent and am navigating the road of new beginnings with my husband, daughters, and dogs who I love and cherish dearly. I feel most alive in messy and playful processes and projects, and try to include them in my life as much as possible!

For all client forms, visit our forms page.


Amy Hubach, Student Intern

Email Amy

(208) 606-3008

Counseling is a journey and I have a deep desire to walk with individuals and couples who are facing change, trauma, grief, and crisis. I am a trauma informed counselor working from the Adlerian perspective. I work with clients using sandtray, internal family systems, and guided meditation to identify obstacles and work toward healthy goals, gaining insight to move them forward toward healing.

My professional goals are to provide a safe place for the expression of feelings, experiences, and hurt. Clients can expect a judgement-free relationship and to be surrounded by a place of hope and healing. I look forward to walking beside you on your journey.

Education and Clinical Experience:

  • Counseling Intern working on my Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling with an emphasis in trauma, grief, and crisis, from Northwest Nazarene University

  • Adlerian training from Idaho Society of Individual Psychology

  • Director of Youth and Family Ministry for 19 years

  • BA in theology, certified as a Director of Christian Education with an emphasis in youth and family ministry from Concordia University, Seward, NE

Personal Interests:

I have been married for 20 years and have three amazing daughters. I love to backpack in the Sawtooth Mountains and day-hike just about anywhere! I have led servant trips to Mexico, Guatemala, Jamaica, Neah Bay, WA, Bigfork, MT, Nicaragua, and Hong Kong. In my limited spare time, I enjoy great discussion with the Page Turners Book Club.  

For all client forms, visit our forms page.


Lindsay Fraley, MFT Intern

Email Lindsay

(208) 960-7173

I am currently in my second year of studies at Northwest Nazarene University to obtain my Masters of Science in Counseling Education. As an intern at Refuge Counseling Center, I will be working towards fulfilling my hours for licensure as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with an emphasis in Addictions.

I enjoy working with children, individuals, couples and the entire family unit. My approach to counseling is through the lens of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in addition to Logotherapy and the Systems approach. When working with individuals/couples/families in distress, I find it valuable to assist them in reframing the context with which they are approaching situations in order to better and more effectively work towards their personal and familial values. Through working to accept our past and present as a part of who we are but not the whole sum of who we are, in conjunction with commitment to forward action, we begin to gain psychological flexibility. This flexibility gives us the freedom to move towards our values without being tied to labels and expectations of our pasts, society and the world at large.

I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and I am comfortable exploring issues of spirituality throughout the counseling process. However, it is not required that you be a Christian to participate in counseling with me. I will at all times respect your personal beliefs and seek to provide an environment of dignity and respect to all.

Education and Clinical Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from Northwest Nazarene University in Social Work

  • Certified Developmental Specialist II

  • Certified Intensive Behavioral Intervention Specialist

  • Supervising Developmental Specialist for a Children’s Developmental Agency

Personal Interests:

I met my husband in college and in 2002 and had the great joy to marry my best friend and love of my life. I am the mother of two brilliant, amazing, and quirky children. They are my fireworks and make every day an exciting adventure. Most recently, I worked at Love INC in Boise and also volunteered with them as a Church Ministry Coordinator. I am currently taking time away from work to focus on my family, internship, and schooling. When not working, in class, or counseling, I enjoy spending as much quality time with my husband and children as I can. We love to travel and frequently take road trips to new and exciting places. I am an adventurous cook, who rarely follows recipes as they are too tedious and prove for me, boring. My happy place is our cabin in the hills of Atlanta where there is no cell service and I can completely disconnect and embrace the beauty of God’s creation.

For all client forms, visit our forms page.