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.  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.

Molly has extensive specialized training in child-parent relational therapies including Theraplay, Child-Parent Relational Therapy (CPRT,) 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 graduate of the 2009 Leadership Academy of the Association for Play Therapy (APT).   In 2012, 2013 and 2017 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.

 

 

AmandaAmanda Neibaur is a Licensed Master’s 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 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.

 

 

Kate Woodward is a Licensed Master’s Social Worker currently working towards bKateecoming a Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist.  Kate graduated in 2016 with her masters in social work from the University of Southern California.  Kate is passionate about helping children and families heal and handle all that life throws their way. Her goal is to help each child and family learn skills to cope in the future situations. Play is such a natural way to teach these skills and help children be at ease, which is why Kate is so excited about using play therapy.

In free time, Kate and her husband love the beauty of the Treasure Valley. They love taking their dog for hikes and going floating down the river.
Kate is the newest therapist to join our team.  Therefore she has a few after school openings, but these will fill up quickly!

 

 

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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