Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Counselor Education and Counseling

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Doctoral Student Profiles:All Doctoral

3rd Year Doctoral Cohort3rd Year Doctoral

Tiffany Nielson, Beronica Salazar (Meridian), Brittany Dennis, Anna Elliott, Kirsten, Lamantia, Lynn Bohecker (Meridian) 

Lynn Bohecker

Hello and welcome to ISU Department of Counseling! My name is Lynn Bohecker and I am grateful to be returning back to school to pursue a Ph.D. in counselor education after years of teaching as an adjunct professor in several different counseling programs and working in a private practice. My husband, daughter and I live in Meridian and I was thrilled to find out that the program of study I have been interested in for several years has been only a few block away! My professional interests include the incorporation of spirituality in counseling, supervision, group work, and adult survivors of childhood trauma. I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and daughter; and my own spirituality for nourishment and balance in my life. We love to travel and visit with our friends and family. My experience here with Idaho State University so far has been remarkable. The degree to which the faculty is invested in student development is impressive. The departmental framework provides a backdrop of support while at the same time there is a culture of independent thinking and self-efficacy. There are opportunities to network with other students and faculty on a local, state, national and even international level. I have been significantly impacted by the process of this program thus far and have come to realize that there are exponential benefits to the amount of effort I put into each class, paper or presentation. Please feel free to send me an email if you have any questions about the program and I will do what I can to help you out. 4/2013.

Anna Elliott

Hello. My name is Anna Elliott and I am a third year doctoral student in the counselor education program at ISU. I am originally from Massachusetts and have spent my adult life living in the Northeast and Rocky Mountain regions of the country. After graduating college with a degree in psychology, I went on to be a field guide for three years in a Utah wilderness therapy program, which laid the foundation for who I am as a counselor and ignited my passion in working with at-risk adolescents. I continued my work with teens in residential, in-patient, and outpatient settings, before pursuing my masters degree. Through my work with adolescents and my internships in both college counseling and group practice placements, I developed a strong interest in working with trauma from a mindfulness based perspective. Additionally I have had the opportunity to work with eating disorders, domestic violence, and family systems. My scholarly interests mirror my clinical ones, in addition to identity development and group work. This program is rigorous, but intentionally designed to match your developmental level as a student. What I particularly appreciate about the department is the mentorship and availability of the professors, the collaborative and supportive relationships between our cohorts, and the opportunity to work closely with the masters students. I welcome any questions you might have about entering into our program, and am happy to speak to what a rich and worthwhile experience this has been for me.

Kirsten LaMantia

Hello and welcome. My name is Kirsten and I am a third year doctoral student. I like tattoos, pets, ukulele, and the great city of Chicago. As a counselor and educator, my interests include multicultural competency, LGBTQQIA advocacy, and domestic violence group and individual work. If you have any questions about ISU, Pocatello, or anything else, feel free to send me an email.

Beronica Salazar

Hi! I want to welcome you to the ISU Counseling Department website. I remember my own journey reading studentsí bio and wondering if I would be a good fit. I know this is a difficult decision and welcome you to contact me if you have any questions about my experience at the Meridian Campus.

I am a native from Texas, but have lived most of my adult life in Idaho. My husband, children and I have come to appreciate the different seasons. My family keeps me grounded and they have taught me the most meaningful things in life: ? (Of course, you didnít think I would give you the answer just like that :).

I earned my masterís degree in Marriage & Family Counseling from Northwest Nazarene University and my bachelorís degree from Boise State University. My clinical background includes working with trauma victims, couple/family, high risk youth/adults (due to suicide and/or substance use), and an array of other mental health issues. My bilingual skills have been a strong asset in serving monolingual Spanish speaking clients. I am enjoying my transition from a clinical counselor to counselor educator. I have been supported and provided with many opportunities within the program to expand my skills as an educator, supervisor, scholar and service. As my research interests evolve, I find myself connecting with gatekeeping, counselor development, supervision and advocacy with the counseling profession. Through my time at ISU, I have really enjoyed the atmosphere of learning and collaboration. I will be honest, there are days I wonder how I ended up here and reality sets in. Aside from the hard work, I am overjoyed to fulfill a lifelong dream. I hope you can achieve yours, too.

2nd Year Doctoral Cohort2nd Year Doctoral

Jade Letourneau, Blaine Reilly
(Meridian), Kristen Lister, Hailey Martinez, Jennifer Gess (Meridian)

Jennifer Gess

Hello and welcome to ISU Department on Counseling! My name is Jennifer Gess and Iím a doctoral student at the Meridian campus, just outside of Boise. My partner and I moved to Boise from our hometown Seattle for school, sunshine, and to enjoy the many outdoor activities the beautiful state of Idaho has to offer, such as hiking, trail running, kayaking, and skiing. I received my Masterís degree in Community Counseling from Seattle University and have worked with the LGBTQ population for several years now as a counselor, advocate and consultant. I look forward to expanding my passion of working with the LGBTQ community here in Idaho as a future counselor educator! Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about the program.

Jade Letourneau

Greeting from ISUís Department of Counseling. My name is Jade Letourneau and I am a member of the 2016 cohort. I completed my masters in clinical mental health at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine. My clinical experience has primarily been with incarcerated men and women, providing both individual and group counseling, as well as risk assessments and crisis management. Through this work, I have developed clinical interests in crisis counseling, choice theory, and suicidality. My scholarly interests (at the moment) include career counseling, spirituality in counseling and counselor education, and professional counselor identity development. I had no connection to ISU when I applied to the counselor education doctoral program. I just knew I wanted to teach, mentor, and supervise counselors-in-training, as well as have the opportunity to conduct research. As I compared programs across the country, I found that ISU fit my wish list in every way. What specifically drew me to ISU was the strong counselor educator focus, the intentionally structured curriculum, the cohort model, the amount of co-teaching and supervising experience that was offered, and the response I received from faculty, in both my investigation and interview phases. The challenges are big, and so are the rewards. Moving from Portland, Maine to Pocatello has been a culture shift, but Idahoís amazing outdoors certainly help to ease the transition. Beauty and adventure (and mountains!) are around every corner. Please send me an email if I can answer any questions for you.

Kristen Lister

Hello! I want to extend a warm welcome to you from the ISU Department of Counseling. I am originally from Indiana, and made my way out west to Idaho over a decade ago. I was fortunate enough to attend the masterís-level counseling program here at ISU which was the best educational experience of my life. While in the program, I developed a keen interest in continuing on to get my Ph.D. in counselor education. I loved the support and guidance I received from the faculty and doctoral students at ISU and knew that my true passion was in teaching, training, and mentoring future counselors-in-training. After I graduated from the masterís program with an emphasis in Mental Health Counseling, and before I started the doctoral program, I spent two years working at ISUís student counseling centers in both Pocatello and Idaho Falls. I really enjoyed my clinical work with the students as well as getting the opportunity to teach a career planning class. The experiences I had there also helped to solidify my decision to enter the doctoral program so I was thrilled when I got accepted and excited to embark on this new educational journey. As I begin this program, my evolving areas of interest are group work, multicultural issues, scholarship, mentorship, creativity in counseling, and professional service. I appreciate both the flexibility and structure of this program and how it is carefully planned with student development in mind. While it is a challenging program, I am already reaping the rewards of those challenges in terms of my intellectual and emotional growth. I have also found an incredible support system coming into the doctoral program which includes fellow doctoral students and faculty, all of whom are invested in my success as a counselor educator. If you are interested in applying to the doctoral program at ISU, please feel free to contact me. I would love to hear from you!

Hailey Martinez

Hello. Welcome to the Department of Counseling here at Idaho State University. My name is Hailey Martinez and I am currently in my second year of pursuing a degree in counselor education and supervision. I am a native to this area and thankful for the opportunity to stay in this beautiful state to further my education. I completed my undergraduate studies here at ISU and received a B.S. in psychology and a B.A. in physical education. I entered the masterís of counseling program in our department in the clinical mental health track. Throughout my practicum, internship and post-degree experiences, I have worked with intellectually disabled sex offenders, as well as domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. Iíve facilitated adventure-based counseling activities with juvenile youth and adult populations. I currently work for a non-for-profit agency here in Pocatello where I run a sexual assault group, and instruct a hatha yoga class to staff and clients with emphasis on trauma work. My scholarly interests include group work, multicultural issues, advocacy, study-abroad, supervision, mindfulness, and helping relationships. As I continue to develop my counselor educator identity, I will simultaneously continue clinical work, as well as seek out opportunities to build upon my knowledge and training in yoga and mindfulness work. Wellness is a vital component to my overall wellbeing. A major component of my wellness is continuing to climb on rock faces, run river corridors, hike and ski in the mountains, ride my horses, and savor every moment of time I spend with my family and friends. I am humbled and honored to be a part of the departmentís family system here at ISU. Please, feel free to contact me at anytime with any thoughts or questions you have. I wish you many blessings of peace, love, and optimal health.

Blaine Reilly

Well if you took the time to scroll all the way down, then I will take the effort to write about myself and more importantly, about my excitement as a second year doctoral student here at the Meridian campus. So what to say? Well I am not entirely sure what exactly my foci will be. I can tell you that I am interested in group work, supervision (and its myriad forms), pedagogy, and qualitative research. A year from now, I can promise you that a clear focus and counselor educator identity will have emerged. In all likelihood I will be actively engaged in advocacy for the counseling profession; I will actively be involved in exciting research projects, and I will be up to my elbows (having fun of course) in supervision. I may not be able to shut up about Instructional Theory and incorporating various learning styles into curriculum and the classroom. I donít know. That is a year from now. What I can tell you is this. I am excited for the almost limitless (I cannot fly and will not fly on my own) possibilities for research, supervision, and teachingópossibilities made plausible due to the flexibility and support of ISU faculty and fellow doctoral students.

1st Year Doctoral Cohort1st Year Doctoral

Dominique Avery (Meridian), Alexia DeLeon, Heidi McKinley, Bryan Lamb, Tamara Tribitt, Kristen Langellier (Meridian)

Dominique Avery

Hello! Iím Dominique Avery.  I received my Masters of Counseling at ISU Meridian and I am excited to be continuing my education as part of the ISU Ph.D. program in Counselor Education. I first became interested in this fabulous field of counseling over 10 years ago when I started worked with children and adolescents in outdoor therapeutic settings. I worked in a Forest Schools program with at-risk children in the woodlands of England, lead wilderness therapy groups in the deserts of Idaho, and cared for teens in an adolescent shelter home here in Boise. Most recently, my clinical work has been with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. I became EMDR trained in 2014 and love the clinical work I do. My areas of scholarly interest include trauma, abuse, and integrating neurobiology into the field of counseling. 


I have lived in Boise for the last eight years and love the outdoor opportunities and close sense of community that my husband and I have found here. When I am not taking classes, teaching, or studying, you can usually find me running in the foothills, gardening, or hanging out with my husband, dog, and friends.  The counseling program at ISU has become a second home for me and I am honored to be part of a dynamic, diverse, and supportive department as I embark on this a challenging journey of academic and personal exploration. 

Alexia DeLeon

Greetings from the Counselor Education Department at Idaho State University! My name is Alexia DeLeon and I am a first year doctoral student. I moved here from Alamosa, Colorado, where I recently completed by master's degree in clinical/mental health counseling at Adams State University. Before that, I lived in San Angelo, Texas, where I completed my bachelor's degree in psychology at Angelo State University. I have been pleased with the move to Pocatello thus far, as everyone has been very supportive and welcoming. I am beyond stoked to be entering my first year as a doc student here at ISU! The counselor education department has set a humble tone that has far exceeded by expectations!

My clinical experiences mainly consist of working with the college-aged population. During my time at Adams State I had the privilege of working with several student athletes, which I enjoy a great deal. I have particular interests in motivational interviewing, as I would like to further work and study in the addictions field at some point in my career. I am also bilingual, with Spanish being my second language, and I am looking forward to working with Spanish speaking clients. I love the counseling field and consider it a blessing to join others on their different journeys in life. Some of my research interests include mindfulness, multicultural issues, animal assisted therapy and the effects of addictions within the family system. As you can see I have many interests and hope to narrow my focus during the next few years. My hobbies/self-care strategies include a nice round of golf, reading, spending time with loved ones and anything outdoors near water! I also love to travel and explore new areas.

I have a passion to teach and mentor others and am ecstatic to begin this new journey! Sending good vibes your way and again welcome! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the program and my experiences in Pocatello.

Bryan Lamb

Greeting! My name is Bryan Lamb and I am a first year doctoral student in the ISU Department of Counseling. I was born and raised in the state of Texas where I completed by bachelor's degree at Texas A&M University in College Station before completing my master's degree at Texas State University in San Marcos. Most recently I lived in the city of Austin, Texas until relocating to pursue a Ph.D. at ISU.

After completing my bachelor's degree I worked for a non-profit organization where I first gained exposure to the field of counseling. During that time I discovered my interest in a career in counseling and decided to enroll in a graduate program. I quickly became interested in counselor education as I realized the joy of studying and practicing counseling as well as the variety of experiences and interactions offered in counselor education.

I am excited about the opportunities in my future here at ISU and while living in the beautiful state of Idaho. I look forward to exploring my interests in counseling and counselor education as well as engaging in a variety of outdoor recreation. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about ISU, the Counselor Education and Counseling program, or my experiences so far!

Kristen Langellier

Hey there! I'm Kristen Langellier, and I am a first year doctoral student at the ISU Meridian campus. I'm stoked to begin this phase of my education and career, and to be a part of the 2017 cohort! My family and I recently relocated to Boise from Springfield, Illinois. I am enjoying the Boise area, it is a beautiful place!

I recently completed my master's degree in counseling from the University of Illinois in Springfield, Illinois. During my master's work, I had the privilege of working with clients at another university, and with a wide variety of folks in groups. My exact focus for my work as a doctoral student is still in progress; I am excited to explore my interests and find my voice as a counselor educator. My interests include: gender studies, social justice, feminism, LGBT studies, multicultural counseling, mindfulness, meditation, yoga, wellness, running, crafting, painting, and music (lost of music!). When I am not on campus, you can find me hanging out with my husband and our two children, running around Boise's various trails (or in the street), at coffee shops, or in record stores. Feel free to contact me with any questions you have about the program and good luck on your journey!

Heidi McKinley

Hello! My name is Heidi McKinley and I am incredibly excited to begin my first year at ISU pursuing a degree in Counselor Education! I am originally from Jackson, Wyoming and spent the last fifteen years in Bozeman, Montana. I completed my bachelor's degree in Family and Consumer Science and my master's degree in Marriage and Family Counseling, both at Montana State University. My clinical experience includes working with adults, children, couples, families and groups at a sliding fee community clinic. During my time there, I was fortunate enough to work with first year counseling students in helping teach their first counseling skills class. It was then that I truly began to understand my love for teaching and supervision, in conjunction with counseling. My scholarly interests include (but are not limited to and evolve often): couples work, family systems, group work, supervisory alliance, advocacy and wellness. When I am not in school I love hiking, skydiving, camping, running, gardening, traveling to new places and spending time with my family and friends. I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to enter into this program and anticipate thoroughly enjoying working so closely with each of the cohort members, professors and graduate students!

Tamara Tribitt

Hello, everyone! I'm Tami and I am very excited to be joing the ISU family as a first-year doctoral student. I have spent the majority of my life in Montana and look forward to starting a new adventure in Idaho.

After graduating from Montana State University with a M.Ed. in School Counseling in 2004, I stayed in the Bozeman area working as a school counselor for 10 years. I had the pleasure of working with students K-12. In the last few years of my time as a school counselor, I was an adjunct instructor at MSU in the graduate counseling department. Then in 2013-2014 school year, I made adjunct instructor my full time gig! I taught classes in the community health program as well as the graduate counseling program at MSU. I found that I love, love, love me some counselor education! It is very serendipitous that I am now an ISU doctoral student!

I haven't had an opportunity to fully cultivate my interests in the counselor education world but I will say that I truly enjoy counselor development-particularly gender-related topics. I also am passionate about advocacy, talking about comprehensive school counseling programs (I could talk for days on that!), families, emotional intelligence...the list goes on and on. I look forward to narrowing my focus in my time here.

I am eager to work with you, so feel free to contact me if there is anything you need help with.

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