Melissa is an LCSW that moved from Minnesota to the Treasure Valley in 2010 with her spouse and 2 children. Melissa earned her bachelors and master degree in Social Work from the University of North Dakota and is currently attending Idaho State University in pursuit of her Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in information management and technology.
Melissa has primarily worked in various positions in the field of Child Welfare for over two decades. Currently, Melissa works full-time as a Child Welfare Education Specialist with the Family Resource and Education Center at Eastern Washington University through a contract with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Child and Family Services Program and part-time as a child/adolescent trauma-focused therapist with About Balance Mental Health. Her specialty areas include: Foster Care, Reactive Attachment Disorder, parenting issues, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Childhood Trauma, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Vicky - Clinician
Vicky is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She was raised in Los Angeles, California, and moved to Boise, Idaho two years ago. Vicky has a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in social work. After working in the business for many years, Vicky wanted to pursue her passion in social work.
Vicky enjoys working with children, adolescents, the LGBTQ community, and adults. Vicky believes in working from a warm, empathetic approach to create a safe and non-judgmental space where clients can learn, grow, and achieve shared goals. Approaches used by Vicky might include play therapy, mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, dialectical behavior techniques, Adlerian and narrative therapy. Vicky looks forward to working with her clients to help support them on their personal journeys.
Ronda - Clinician
Ronda is an LCSW and loves meeting with clients and helping them along their journey to bigger and better things or just to help them feel “unstuck” in a situation or feeling.
Rhonda feels honored to be able to serve others as they recover, heal, and rebuild their lives through attainable goals and steps towards them. She knows that some problems and issues are just too big and difficult to handle on our own. She has worked with people who just want to improve their lives or those who are “at rock bottom” and don’t know where to even begin.
Ronda has worked in many settings, hospitals, hospice, schools, camps, and even jail. She has worked with many people over the almost 15 years she has been a social worker. She also likes therapy to feel friendly and accessible. and wants clients to feel comfortable and to realize that they are in the driver’s seat. Rhonda is available to guide, coach, and help where she can.
Ronda likes to cook, travel, read, and have “hammock time” when she is not working. One of her favorite things is spending time with friends and family. Though all Ronda’s own children are adults now, she does love to work with anyone age 16 or above.
Brenda - Community-Based Rehabilitation Specialist
Brenda is a Community Based Rehab Specialist with About Balance Mental Health. She is passionate about teaching others the power of positive change and self-worth. She works with adults and youth but specializes in working with youth. Teaching youth to listen to their inner voice and develop skills that will allow them to communicate in a positive way with others.
Karen - Peer Support Specialist
I was born and raised in Southern California. I've spent a lot of time at the beach and it's my favorite place to be! I have 7 grandchildren and I love being a grandma! I finally figured out what I wanna be when I grow up, a Peer Support Specialist! I love it!!