For as long as I can remember I have had a passion for helping people, and I feel privileged to provide assistance to people through counseling. I am a fairly new addition to LIFE Counseling Center. It is my pleasure to be serving the Payette and Caldwell areas.
My areas of interest include rural counseling, trauma, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and most anything mental health related. I currently work with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. My theoretical approach is person-centered at its core, though, I will use various approaches to meet my clients’ needs.
When I’m not working, I am spending time with my husband, our dogs, and our family. I enjoy reading, swimming, and going for walks.
Education: Athena completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Portland State University. She completed her Master of Counseling degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Idaho State University in Meridian.
Licenses/certifications, specialty training: Athena is recognized by the State of Idaho as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Athena is recognized as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). Athena has had training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and is currently a part of Nampa School District’s pilot program of their trauma response team.
Other professional accomplishments: Athena was the 2017 recipient of the Idaho Counseling Association (ICA) Leadership Scholarship.