I grew up in and around the Boise area. I have been happily married for 26 years, and have five children. I love spending time with my family. I enjoy watching hockey, but I also enjoy other sports and currently officiate high school football and baseball.
I have over 20 years experience in the mental health field. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Boise State University in 1993, and went on to pursue my master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver, graduating in 1996. I am a licensed clinician with a clinical endorsement. I have worked in a variety of setting providing individual and family counseling. My passion is working with adults, particularly older folks and utilize cognitive behavioral techniques to help individuals and families change their own life for the better.
I am a Licensed Master Social Worker providing counseling to all ages, but specializing in child and adolescent counseling. I received my Bachelors degree in Psychology from Walla Walla College and then my Masters in Social Work from California State University, San Bernardino. I have spent time working in child mental health and am experienced in working with children as young as one year old. I also have several years working in the foster care, adoption , and Juvenile Justice systems in the largest county in the United States.
With children, I take both a strengths and a systems approach, focusing on increasing the positive in a child’s life, not just in self, but in each setting that the child is part of. In order to accomplish this, I enjoy spending time with the parents, learning from them about their child and helping them to understand their child’s unique needs.
With adults, I approach therapy with a humanistic approach, helping individuals explore their own emotions and intentions and encouraging a greater self-awareness. I enjoy building a strong and open therapeutic relationship with each person I work with and strive to create an atmosphere where each individual feels safe and comfortable. I believe that each individual is their own expert and that my job is to merely guide them in further understanding themselves and how they want to grow.
I was born and raised in Idaho and grew up in Twin Falls. I enjoy anything outdoors and spending time with friends and family. I am a big football fan and enjoy watching both college level football and NFL. I spend a lot of my free time reading and enjoy anything related to true crime.
I received my bachelor’s degree in 2014 from the University of Idaho. I studied psychology, addiction studies and anthropology. I received my master’s degree in 2018 from the University of Idaho, Boise campus in Rehabilitation Counseling and Human Services. Before working at BFH I was working as a substance use counselor for 3 years and a vocational counselor for 1 year. I specialize in co-occurring disorders, PTSD and trauma, substance use and vocational counseling. I am GAIN certified and am currently working on a trauma certification. I focus on a cognitive behavioral approach and motivational interviewing to better empower my clients.
Bret Callinan, LMSW
I recently relocated to Boise from Omaha, Nebraska. My passion is working with children, teens, and the refugee population. My practice is centered on the principles of Systems Theory with a focus on family and family preservation. I strongly believe that healthy communities are the key to a better world and that starts with the individual and working our way up from there.
I attended the University of Nebraska Grace Abbott School of Social Work and received my master’s degree in social work in 2017. I am current licensed to practice in the state of Idaho. Previous work experience includes working for the Nebraska Department of Human Health and Services as a community-based counselor, focusing on family preservation, as well as working on truancy diversion for the Lincoln Public School District. I am a strong advocate for mentoring and spent 9 years as a mentor with Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Prior to obtaining my master’s degree, I worked for Boys Town National Research Hospital as a behavioral health technician, working with children and teens. This experience ignited my passion for working with youth and led me to pursue a career as a counselor.