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PaigeHoward

MCOUN, LPC, NCC

Hello, my name is Paige and I have the honor to work at Life Counseling Center. I have been with Life for a little over two years, moving into a clinician role after completing an internship. I am grateful for my connection with Life and the occasion it gives me to help create empowerment and advance mental health care in my community. Over the past year I have had the opportunity to be Program Director in the Community Based Services program, encompassing Skills Building/CBRS, Case Management, Family Support, and Peer Support.

I work with adults, adolescents, and children dealing with a multitude of disorders including depression, anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), borderline personality disorder (BPD), as well as various other severe and persistent mental illnesses. I have also run several groups, some specializing in self-empowerment, processing, emotional regulation, coping with mental illness, and substance abuse prevention. I am particularly interested in helping trauma survivors to work through their traumatic experiences and to attain autonomy. I have training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), which is a highly effective treatment for trauma.

My theoretical orientation is grounded in Rogerian Therapy, which involves Person-Centered Therapy (PCT). This theoretical modality provides empathy, congruency, and unconditional positive regard. I also utilize Adlerian, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and any other therapeutic modalities that will benefit and work best for the client. I believe creating a judgement-free environment with a positive rapport fosters an atmosphere of trust and safety, which enables my clients to work towards a healthier and happier lifestyle. I additionally utilize a strengths-based approach with clients. 

I am married to my childhood sweetheart and we are the proud parents of six amazing boys and two wonderful grandchildren. I am a total beach lover and enjoy anything that has to do with the ocean. I recently completed my first scuba diving experience and was amazed at the beauty of a separate world, under the ocean surface. Additionally, I’m an avid snorkeler and boogie boarder. I also enjoy wood-crafting and building small pieces of furniture for mine and my children’s homes.


Education:
Paige completed a bachelor’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies at the University of Texas at El Paso. After moving to Idaho in 2011, she obtained a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health at Idaho State University, where she graduated with honors. Paige is a member of Chi Sigma Iota, which “promotes scholarship, research, professionalism, and excellence in counseling, and recognizes high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence.”

Paige is trained in EMDR, which is a tool to assist with trauma and the processing of after-effects. Paige is also a trained assessor and supervisor in the administration of Idaho Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (ICANS), a program that focuses on being better able to understand children’s needs while building upon their strengths. 

Paige is a recognized clinician with the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a member of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI).