About

Molly Gratton is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor.  She is a registered 03clinical supervisor through the state of Idaho.  Molly received her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1998 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Life with an emphasis in Juvenile Justice in 1993 from the University of Kansas.   Molly has served on the board of directors for the Idaho Play Therapy Association  since July 2008.  She served as the President from July 2009 through June 2015 and is currently serving on the board as Past President and Secretary.  She is the founder and owner of Molly and Me Counseling and Training Center.  With over 20 years of experience helping children and their families deal with issues such as trauma, attachment disruptions, loss and grief, divorce, behavioral problems, autism spectrum disorders, depression and anxiety, Molly is dedicated to enhancing and empowering the lives of the people with whom she works. Molly provides counseling services to children, adolescents and families as well as play therapy training and supervision services to professionals.  She has a special love for children who have autism and is certified in AutPlay working with children on the Autism Spectrum.

 

Molly has extensive specialized training in child-parent relational therapies including Theraplay, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), and Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI.)  Molly was trained under Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross, co-authors of “The Connected Child,” in Trust-Based Relational Interventions. “Utilizing Trust Based Parenting, in combination with Theraplay (a specialized play therapy modality,) has been a huge asset to my treatment approach with families. I value the power of the parent-child relationship. I am honored to assist families in strengthening this relationship, and I love being a witness to their growth and healing.”  A unique treatment plan is created for every child following an initial evaluation where history, symptomology and life stressors are reviewed. Children and adolescents can be seen individually and/or in family therapy. Parents may receive parent education and training on how to provide positive nurturing, structuring, engagement and discipline for their child(ren) while managing difficult and challenging behaviors.  At Molly and Me Counseling, it is believed children heal with their loving and nurturing support system in place.  Therefore, it is imperative that parents be a part of the healing journey.

 

Molly is a 2009 graduate of the Association for Play Therapy’s (APT) Leadership Academy.   In 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, and 2018 she served as a member of the APT Conference Program Committee;   Molly was a member of the Key Awards Committee for the years 2012 through 2015; she served as a member of the APT Public Awareness Task Force in 2013-2014, and in 2014 was a member of the APT State Branch President’s Training Task Force.

 

Molly is a mother to an active 12 year old son and has shared her home, family and love as a foster parent for over five years.  Anyone who knows Molly would know her happiest place on earth is with her family “doing Disney!!”

 

 

IMG_1611Amanda Neibaur is a Licensed Masters Social Worker currently working towards becoming a Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist. Amanda received her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2011 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2007 from Boise State University.  She is certified in AutPlay Therapy and effectively works with children on the autism spectrum.

 

She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and families in various settings in the Treasure Valley. These experiences include the Boise School District, Girl Scouts of America, the YMCA, Life’s Kitchen, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Wednesday’s Child and PATH Idaho. Her experiences in these agencies have helped shape her love for working with and promoting the well-being of children.

 

Amanda has provided counseling to children, adolescents and adults in addictions, foster care/adoptions, and in private practice for the last five years. She has helped children struggling with attachment issues, anxiety, depression, ADHD, defiance, adjustment disorder and more.

 

Her primary focus is addressing her clients’ social, emotional and behavioral needs within the context of their environment. Amanda works to inspire positive behavioral changes in her clients through play, creativity, mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral interventions. She is passionate about working with families and supports a holistic approach to helping children learn who they are, explore their dreams and develop an empowered self so that they can realize their true potential.  She believes in tailoring therapy to each individual child and working closely with parents to achieve goals.

 

She enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors and playing golf. The majority of her time is spent with her husband, playing with her two young children and entertaining family and friends.

 

Brandi Bechtel is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  She graduated from Walden University with a master’s degree in mental health counseling.  She has over five years of experience in the mental health field with three years of counseling experience with over seven years of experience in working with adolescents between ages 12 to 18 years old.IMG_5188

 

Brandi utilizes various forms of therapy in order to provide the best experience for the individual including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person/Client Centered, Self-Concept, Existentialism, Solution Focused, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and Feminism.  She is creative with her counseling practice and has been known to bring Aromatherapy into the counseling office and having individuals create a scent that is specifically for them.  This is to assist in putting the client at ease during their counseling session.  When working with adolescent groups, she has developed a creative form of therapy which implements art, play, music, metaphor, crafts, and literature to provide a safe and comfortable group environment.

 

People face challenges throughout their lives.  Sometimes the challenges can become overwhelming making it difficult to see the positive.  Brandi believes it is important for people to find a counselor that they are comfortable working with in dealing with their problems.  It is important for people to feel safe in the counseling environment and with the counselor in order for them to be successful in reaching the positive outcome the individual desires.  Everyone needs an individual to speak with who will be caring, compassionate, accepting and understanding.

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IMG_5189Bennett Munoz is a Licensed Masters Social Worker.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Boise State University 2016. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from Boise State University in 2017.  During her education, she worked with the Veteran population through her internships at Idaho State Veteran’s Home and the Boise VA Medical Center. She has experience working with client populations that range in across different across the life span and mental health struggles including; anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use, and persistent/severe mental illness.

 

Bennett works within a generalist approach; however leans towards Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person/Client Centered, Solution Focused, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness approaches.

 

Her favorite part of providing therapy is being able to encourage empowerment and foster resilience with the individuals and families that she has had the opportunity to work with. Bennett is very excited to be able to begin to develop a creative therapy style from her past experience and new experiences that is tailored towards children and their family’s needs.

 

Bennett enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending concerts, crafting, baking, and playing with her dog and cat.

 

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Trina Fischer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She graduated from Boise State University in 1998 with her Master’s in Social Work.  With over 20 years in practice Trina brings much clinical knowledge, expertise IMG_5395and passion for her work.  She has served on the board of directors for the Idaho Association for Play Therapy for five years.  She is currently serving as President Elect and will take office as President in July 2019.  Many people find it frightening to seek out counseling for the first time. They maybe feeling vulnerable, scared, depressed, anxious, or they just know that they need to make changes in their lives. Counseling is a process, a chance to make changes in your life.  “I see my job as helping You, Your child, or Your Family become healthier, and happier.  Let me help you begin that process towards making your life ‘different’.  Making the decision to change your life can be challenging, scary, but it also can be rewarding.”  Trina enjoys working with people challenged by Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, pre and post-Adoption issues, Women’s issues, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder as well as working with families through a variety of life transitions.

 

“One of the joys of my job is that I get to “play” while working with children. When I work with children, I utilize a variety of play therapy techniques to help them communicate, as well as learn coping techniques.  Playing, is how children learn new ideas, skills, or concepts.”

 

 

Maria T. Alvarado, known as Mayte, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor certified by the State of Idaho.  She has a Master of Science in Human Sexuality at Akamai University in Hawaii.  Mayte was born and raised in Mexico.  She worked in Mexico, until 2009, as a truama informed therapist with extensive experience working with sexual issues and abuse, and domestic violence. Mayte was also certified as a sex therapist in Mexico, focusing on sexual dysfunction and enriching the lives of her client’s families.  Mayte worked with several different clients, accumulating experience in different fields, including HIV and Hepatitis clients.  She helped her clients with the initial diagnosis and therapy, including group therapy and family support.  Additionally, Mayte worked in a hospital in the psychological department providing therapy to clients with cancer, amputations and other difficult illnesses. Other important work Mayte has been involved with is working with family victims of femicide in Cd. Juarez, Mexico.  She provided support to families, organized therapy for their kids and summer camps to help kids process their feelings and cope with the loss of their loved ones.   Upon moving to the US, in 2009, Mayte has shifted her professional practice toward play therapy.  She has found success in applying play techniques while working with all her clients.  Mayte found her passion working with children because she believes that the authentic process of interacting with families is therapeutic and the core of progress and change.

                                                                                                                                                                            

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RaIMG_3115chel Blick is a student intern at Molly and Me Counseling and Training Center.  Rachel is currently a Master of Social Work student at Northwest Nazarene University and is loving it!  Her passion in life is helping others, so naturally, social work was the natural road for Rachel to embark upon.  She realized she wanted to commit herself to the service of others when she was a counselor at a residential treatment facility in Billings, MT.   It was life-changing to see the hope, trust, and empowerment  she helped foster in adolescents. At Molly and Me Counseling, she offers case management services and group therapy, along with helping in whatever way she can to make sure the needs of our families are met. She strives to provide the best service to families that enter Molly and Me Counseling.  She shares, “I am incredibly thankful for this opportunity!”

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
If you are interested in counseling services for your child and/or family, appointments can be made by contacting the office at 208-576-6464.  If you are interested in receiving training in Play Therapy visit the Training Center link on this website.

 

 

 

 

****FAVORITE LINKS-PARTNERING AGENCIES****

www.a4pt.org

www.idahoplaytherapy.org

www.idahofederation.org

www.selfesteemshop.com

 

 

 

 

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