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Meet The Staff

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Jodi Anderst, LCSW/Owner

Jodi Anderst is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is the founder and  owner of Monarch Behavioral Health in Meridian, Idaho. Opened in 2013,  Monarch Behavioral Health primarily specializes in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), but also provides individual, couples, and family counseling as well. Jodi graduated from Idaho State University with her Bachelors of Social Work in 2000. She immediately went on to get her Masters of Social Work, and then graduated from Eastern Washington University. She has completed her two years post-masters clinical supervision, and is considered a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in her home state of Idaho (LSCW-32749). She is a certified PCIT Therapist and a PCIT Trainer, certified by the UC Davis CAARE Center in 2011.  Jodi is the first to develop a PCIT program, and PCIT training program, in Idaho.  She currently provides PCIT training and supervision at Monarch. Jodi has given numerous presentations to other community providers about PCIT, and she is available to visit any group or agency interested. In addition to PCIT, her therapeutic approach comes from a strengths-based perspective. Jodi utilizes cognitive behavioral and solution focused therapies, depending on the need of the individual or family.

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Ashlee Seay, LPC

Ashlee Seay is a Licensed Professional Counselor at MBH who enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults. Areas of work include: depression, anxiety, PTSD/trauma, crisis, relationship issues, boundary work, self-esteem/self-acceptance, life transitions, and general wellness. Ashlee works at providing an open, supportive, and safe environment, and has experience working with individuals from a variety of backgrounds and belief systems. Ashlee supports the Wellness model and strives to understand individuals as a whole, not simply through the labeling of a diagnosis. Each person’s needs are unique and treatment approaches are tailored accordingly. Ashlee utilizes a variety of evidence-based approaches including: Parent Child Interaction Therapy, person centered, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, play therapy, art therapy, and mindfulness techniques. Ashlee is a certified PCIT Therapist certified by the UC Davis CAAR

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Gina Sewell, LPC

Gina is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Idaho as well as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors. She received her Master's in Marriage and Family Counseling from Gonzaga University and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The College of Idaho. Gina is also a member of the American Counseling Association. She has training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Level 1), Emotionally Focused Therapy, and is currently receiving training in Parent Child Interaction Therapy. Gina  provides counseling services for all ages, but works specifically from a Systems Theory perspective in an effort to involve all family members and the various roles they play within the family system. Gina additionally provides counseling to individuals, couples, and/or families experiencing a variety of issues ranging from depression and anxiety to sexuality, substance abuse, grief, trauma, relational issues, and has experience working with severe and persistent mental illnesses. 

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Tracey Parker, LPC

  

Tracey is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Idaho as well as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors. She has a master’s degree from University of Oklahoma in Human Relations counseling psychology and a bachelor’s degree in child development. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and families. Her firsthand experience with adoption also gives her a unique ability to work with adoption related issues with children and their families.

Because she is also a Licensed Massage therapist, she works from a holistic perspective, which focuses on the mind- body connection, this allows her to draw from different counseling modalities to best serve her clients.  She has training in cognitive behavior therapy, various play therapy techniques and trained to work with children with developmental disabilities. She believes her job as a counselor is to provide a safe place for clients of any age to explore their thoughts, feelings and emotions free of judgment and criticism. To help clients identify their strengths, abilities and to reach the goals clients set for themselves. 

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Maria "Keny" Pereda-Torp, LPC

Ms. Torp has an extensive background in working with children and families and is an excellent fit for many of our families as she has worked with both minority populations, and the dominant culture. She is fluent in Spanish and English, and has organized and led parent-education classes in both languages. Ms. Torp received her B.A. in Early Childhood Education and went on to receive her Master's. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Idaho, and a National certified counselor (NCC). Ms. Torp is a certified PCIT Therapist certified by the UC Davis CAARE Center.

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Michele Roeder, LCPC

  

Michele is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor as well as a Registered Clinical Supervisor in her home state of Idaho.  She has twenty years post graduate experience in the mental health field and is excited about adding to her skill set with training to provide Parent Child Interaction Therapy.  

Prior to joining the team at MBH, Michele has had the privilege of working with individuals, couples, and families in Southwest Idaho. She has also had the honor of working with active duty military families at both Mountain Home AFB, located in Mountain Home, Idaho and Tinker AFB, located in Oklahoma City, OK. 

Michele utilizes a Family Systems based as well as a cognitive behavioral therapeutic approach. In other words, she works from the perspective that each family member’s experiences, beliefs, and responses are interrelated and that each member’s involvement in treatment is important to achieve their goals for success. She views individuals and families from a strengths-based perspective in that every member has a variety of interactions with others that works well for them. Also, that each person/family member is doing the best they can with the communication skills and information they currently have. 

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Rebecca Gonzales, LAMFT, LPC

  

Rebecca Gonzales is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (LAMFT) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Idaho as well as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Boise State University and her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Northwest Nazarene University. Rebecca has completed training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Level 2) and is a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator. 

Currently, Rebecca is receiving training to be certified in Parent Child Interaction Therapy and as a Certified Family Trauma Professional. Rebecca works with individuals, couples and families experiencing personal and relational issues. She practices from a Systemic perspective using an array of therapeutic approaches to fit each client’s personal experiences and needs. Rebecca’s focus is to provide a safe environment for people to recognize and explore personal choices, expectations, and motivations that can create positive, lifelong change. 

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Serena Poland, LPC

 

Serena received her Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with Play Therapy Emphasis from Northwest Nazarene University.  She is a licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certfied Counselor (NCC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors.  Serena has completed EMDR Basic Training 1 & 2.  She previously held certifications through Idaho Heath and Welfare to provide Intensive Behavior Intervention and Habilitative Intervention to children with developmental disabilities.  Serena is currently receiving training to be certified in Parent Child Interaction Therapy.

Serena works with children, adolescents and adults.  Her counseling approach is informed by cognitive-behavioral therapy, Acceptance and committment therapy (ACT), solution-focused, and various play therapy techniques.  She has experience working with children with special needs such as autism and their families.  Serena focuses on creating a safe space and supportive relationship to empower individuals to accomplish their mental health and wellness goals.

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Katelyn Perry, LPC & CRC

Katelyn is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) in Idaho as well as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors. She received her Master's in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Idaho and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Clothing, Textiles, and Design from the University of Idaho. Katelyn is also a member of the American Counseling Association, Idaho Counseling Association, and National Rehabilitation Association. She has training in cognitive behavioral therapy, focused acceptance and commitment therapy, and uses a person-centered approach to her clients. Katelyn provides counseling services for all ages, from counseling individuals, couples, to families experiencing a variety of issues including severe and persistent mental illnesses.

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Danielle Basaldua, Administrative Professional

Danielle has worked in the healthcare field as an administrative professional for 15 years. She joined  Monarch Behavioral Health in 2015; and has enjoyed getting to know our clients.  In her free time you can find her spending time with her family, and making fun memories with her daughter.  Her hobbies include photography, reading, doing crafts, and gardening.  Danielle has a very friendly, and welcoming personality, and always enjoys meeting new people.