Nina Woods
M.Ed., Ed.S., LCPC, NCC

Nina is an eclectic counselor with many years experience with individuals at all stages of life here in the valley. Following completion of her BS in Psychology, she raised a family, and ran a licensed home for Therapeutic Foster Care. They provided contractual services to the State of Washington and Northwest Children’s Home. As a licensed home they assisted a number of families with reunification services. 

While completing her Masters in Counseling and Human Services at the University of Idaho, she worked at an inpatient hospital, River Crest Hospital, providing inpatient mental health and chemical dependency treatment. She was then hired by Lewis Clark State College to manage The Center for New Directions, serving displaced homemakers, single parents, and adults in transition. This was an opportunity to learn and grow in providing and career development services, administrative services, and personal counseling. Nina received an award for excellence and the program was recognized State wide for excellence during my tenure as Coordinator.

Nina served 8 years on the Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses Counseling and Marriage and Family Regulatory Board. As a board member she approved Counselors and Therapists for practice in Idaho and assisted with complaints  and discipline for counselors operating outside of professional ethics and Idaho rules and law. She served as a Chair for 2 of the 8 years. 

Private practice is Nina's passion. She is experienced in:

  • Employee and Individual Assistance Services

  • Solution Focused and Problem Solving Services

  • Works with Individuals, Relationships, and Families

  • Employer Consultations

  • Behavioral Health Services

  • Mental Health Counseling

  • Educational Groups

  • Counselor Supervision for Licensure

  • Critical Incident Services

  • Assessment, Treatment and Case Management for substance use disorders

  • Cognitive Behavioral Counseling

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Ingrid Blinn

Ingrid received a B.A. in Education from Washington State University in 2001. She moved to Lewiston in 2002 when she began working with Young Life, a non-denominational Christian outreach to teenagers. Ingrid then worked with clients who have Developmental Disabilities as both a Vocational Specialist and Developmental Specialist. While pursuing her Masters in Professional Counseling she worked with adolescents at the Clarkston School District as the Prevention/Intervention Specialist.  In this role she provided education and intervention for students struggling with drugs, alcohol, self-harm, and to understand if they had family members or friends that struggled with addiction.  In 2010 she graduated from Liberty University with a Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling. While building her own private practice she worked with the Educational Opportunity Center in Clarkston by helping students get their GED's, driver's licenses, sign up for services at DSHS, and gain employment. She has been working in private practice at RiverPlace Counseling since 2009. She is now an Idaho licensed supervisor for new therapists. Ingrid is married to Eric and has three children, Cameron, Savannah, and Piper. She was a licensed foster care parent.

Ingrid does both Christian and non-faith based counseling. She works with individuals over the age of 15, adults, couples, and families.  She has experience working with clients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, bipolar, borderline personality disorder, OCD, PTSD, domestic violence, sexual abuse, sexual assaults, foster care and adoption situations, and through many of life's transitions. Ingrid has completed level 1 of the Gottman Relationship Counseling training. She utilizes a Cognitive Behavioral approach.  This means that she believes that we must learn new strategies in order to change and understand our behavior.  This strategy is based on the notion that the way people see themselves and the world influences how they feel and behave. If medication is needed she will collaborate with your PCP or Psychiatrist.

Ingrid is contracted with a variety of Employee Assistance Programs, Insurance programs, and provides therapy for the YWCA. Ingrid is a Nationally Board Certified Counselor, a member of the American Counseling Association, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Idaho, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate in Washington. Ingrid and her husband, Eric, own RiverPlace Counseling & Wellness, PLLC. 

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Kindra Hibbard

Kindra J. Hibbard, M.S., Ed.S is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the State of Idaho and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the State of Washington. Kindra is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and a member of the Idaho Mental Health Counselors Association (IMHCA). Kindra graduated from the University of Idaho with an Education Specialist degree in Human Services and Counseling, an Education Specialist degree in School Psychology, also from the University of Idaho, a Masters of Science in General Counseling and Higher Education from the University of LaVerne. Kindra has a special interest in working with children, adolescents, young adults, veterans and their families. Kindra is also experienced with other issues, including depression, anxiety, adjustment difficulties, and other unresolved emotional issues, and mental health issues.

Kindra uses a Cognitive Behavioral approach in therapy, which means that she utilizes a variety of strategies in order to change and understand behavior. This strategy is based on the notion that the way people see themselves and the world influences how they feel and behave. She works according to the client's individual needs and builds goals with the client based on those needs. Kindra served in the United States Army for five years. Kindra continues to be interested in supporting veterans, in regard to traumatic stress, and military families, who may be experiencing challenges, related to deployments, adjustment issues, and transitional and re-integration issues.

Kindra is in the office during the evening hours. Kindra is a preferred provider on most local insurance panels.

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Mark Whitinger
M.A., M.Ed., LPC

Mark is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Idaho. He graduated from Washington State University with a Masters in Counseling Psychology, a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Washington State University. Mark is experienced in working with troubled teens and their families, as well as treating challenges like: PTSD, ADHD, ODD, bipolar, schizophrenia, and depressive disorders.

Mark works with teens, adults, couples, and families.  His approach is mainly cognitive behavioral (your thoughts and how you view yourself and others affect how you feel and behave), but believes in selecting the right approach (tool) for the right problem or challenge at hand (eclectic). For example, person-centered therapy is an approach that Mark believes passionately in.

Mark is a native of the Lewiston/Clarkston valley and glad to be giving back to the community where his roots were established. In the past, Mark's passion for the development of effective families and teams has motivated him to contribute to these organizations:  The American Society for Quality (Education Chair),  Institute for Cultural Affairs, Organizational Development Network, and the Northwest Facilitators Network.

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Traci A. Story, Ph.D.
Life Coach

Traci has her Ph.D. in Communication, Education, and Counseling/Psychology. She is a professional communication coach and consultant. She maintains a private practice in Lewiston, Idaho. Her areas of specialty include: public speaking, interpersonal relationships, effective communication strategies (listening, verbal, non verbal), leadership (executive and personal), conflict management, group/team building, personality traits, intercultural, political, organizational, public relations, event organizing, negotiation strategies, job skills - resume writing/interviewing/ presentations, anxiety management, teaching and learning strategies, study skills, technical writing, self discovery, women’s and teen issues, ownership/empowerment, family dynamics, life transitions (career, family, relationships, death, divorce, personal), financial well-being, time management, goal setting and prioritizing, health and wellness, 'quality of life', and spiritual fortitude. With over 25 years experience as a communication specialist and strategist, teaching university level communication courses and serving as a personal life/professional communication coach and counselor, her current focus is assisting clients (personal and professional) in being their 'best self' - discovering their talents, making difficult decisions and changes, and enhancing their effective communication skills. Her approach is interactive-solution-focused and faith-based. While utilizing a variety of strategies, techniques, and tools to add to a person's 'own toolbox', she encourages and empowers clients to use these strategies as needed -- in establishing their own increased genuine-authentic-purposeful self, in living a rich full life. Getting 'unstuck', if necessary, and living a life of forward motion - this might be 'Your Life'!

Her approach is to provide a comfortable safe environment of 'listening-in-support' - with practical feedback, clarity, and direct strategies to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion, understanding, and directness, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing in being their 'best self'.

She enjoys spending time with her family, horseback riding, spiritual growth, reading, hiking, exercise classes, and mutual-invigorating conversation.

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Jessica Triplett, M.A., LPC, NCC

Jessica is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Idaho, a National Certified Counselor, and also a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA). She received her Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies from Lewis-Clark State College. She then graduated from Washington State University with a Master of Arts in Education, with an emphasis in School Counseling. Jessica has served as a Community Sexual Assault Program Therapist, Advocate & Prevention/Education Specialist in Washington, providing services to survivors and their families of sexual assault. Alongside therapy, Jessica also served as a Designated Mental Health Professional (DMHP) providing crisis intervention services.

After working in a community setting, Jessica was a K-12 School Counselor and a Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Site Coordinator for a rural school, working primarily with high school students to prepare them for post-secondary education. She also served as an Idaho Drug Free Youth (IDFY) Chapter Advisor.

Jessica has experience in working with clients who are struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, anxiety, sexual assault, sexual abuse and many other issues. Jessica does both Christian and non-faith based counseling. She utilizes a Cognitive Behavioral approach, as well as Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) holds the belief that in order to obtain change, human behavior must first be understood. This approach is used to guide individuals to learn new strategies so that a more desired behavior can be developed and is based on the concept that the way people see themselves and the world influences how they feel and behave. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is goal-oriented, and holds the notion that exceptions to the problem must be explored to uncover the desired solution.

Jessica is contracted with a variety of Employee Assistance Programs, Insurance programs, and also provides therapy for the YWCA.

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Linda Schroeder Golding, L.I.C.S.W.

Linda is an Independent, Clinical Social Worker licensed in both Idaho and Washington. She has many years of experience working with individuals, children, and families in community mental health settings and hospitals, as well as in residential treatment. Linda is experienced in working with children, teens, and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, bereavement, and abuse. She is trained in Critical Incident Stress Management and has provided services to professional staff and first responders.

After raising a family, Linda received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at Lewis-Clark State College in 2004 and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boise State University in 2008.

Linda’s therapeutic orientation employs the techniques of narrative therapy, and elements of ego psychology. In addition, she is trained in Mindfulness and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She works within a strengths-based, person-centered focus with emphasis on self-determination and client independence.

Linda has worked extensively with the Lewiston School District, both in the classroom and in developing a fine arts curriculum in the elementary schools. As an artist herself, she recognizes the therapeutic value of working with art materials and often utilizes fine art as a therapeutic tool in working with both children and adults.

Linda served as a volunteer with The Willow Center in Lewiston, working with children who had experienced the loss of a loved one. As a Clinical Social Worker, Linda is experienced in working with clients to develop and utilize natural supports, and will coordinate with primary care providers, psychiatrists, and other professional service providers.

Linda is contracted with a variety of Employee Assistance Programs and insurance programs, and provides counseling services for a number of schools.

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Cheryl M. Allman, M.A., LPC

Cheryl is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Idaho with an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Walla Walla University. She is a member in good standing of the American Counseling Association. Cheryl has worked as a therapist at the Student Learning Center and Disability Services at Lewis Clark State College (LC) in Lewiston, ID.  Cheryl does both Christian and non-faith based counseling. She has counseled couples and individual adults of all ages. She also counsels children and youth and has a solid background in education. Cheryl has experience counseling clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, Bipolar Disorder, sexual abuse, sexual assault, and through many of life's transitions.

Cheryl views successful counseling as a collaborative process. She listens intently and helps clients clarify and explore the struggles that brought them to therapy. Cheryl’s education and experience aid her understanding of individual clients, and provide specific strategies to promote client insight into their distressing thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Cheryl’s therapeutic approach is an integration of several evidenced-based practices, including Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT). Cheryl uses interventions from each of these approaches to help clients learn new ways of coping with the stresses of life, heal from a painful past, and face the future from a position of strength. Cheryl uses play therapy when counseling children and is a TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention) Practitioner.

Cheryl received her B.A. in Education from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, and an M.A. in Teaching from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. Cheryl has 18 years of teaching experience in private and public middle/junior high schools. She was an administrative intern for one year and supervised student teachers for a semester at LC.

Cheryl has almost four decades of volunteer work in churches as a leader in children’s, youth and women’s ministries. Cheryl has been married for 29 years and has two grown sons.

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Muna Crook, M.S., LPC, LMFT, LMP

Muna is a licensed professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, and licensed massage practitioner, practicing in Idaho and Washington. Her journey with counseling started in 1994, when she completed a training with Stephen Ministries®, through her church in Santa Monica, CA, where she was trained (then trained other church members) in one-to-one caring communication, reflective listening and community-resource links. As she cared for church members who are going through a difficult time, Muna found that listening and caring skills came very naturally to her and loved the experience so much that she decided to go to graduate school for a Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy degree. Her choice was Fuller Theological Seminary because its School of Psychology has a rigorous and accredited program where her educational experience included valuable clinical supervision during both practicum and internship. As soon as Muna graduated, in June 1999, she moved to the Lewis-Clark Valley to join her husband. Muna worked at the Center for New Directions (CND) as a counselor from 2000 to 2011 and as a coordinator/counselor from 2011 to the present. Serving people of all ages and backgrounds, CND’s mission is to help individuals in transition to become personally and economically self-sufficient. In addition to leading various groups and classes such as anger management and parenting for divorcing parents, Muna completed training and was certified as a Career Development Facilitator. Furthermore, out of a passion for holistic healing, Muna successfully completed her education in massage therapy at the Moscow School of Massage in Moscow, Idaho.

With years of clinical experience and continuing education trainings, Muna utilizes her knowledge of Family Systems, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Attachment theory, Neuroscience research on how trauma affects brain and body, Cognitive Behavioral therapy and Solution Focused therapy to counsel and educate those who seek her assistance. She completed training in EMDR, levels I & II, and most recently (9/2014-5/2015), she completed Level I Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defenses and Traumatic Memory, in Berkeley, CA. She teaches various tools for emotional/physical stabilization, regulation and growth from Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Pat Ogden’s Sensorimotor Psychotherapy®, and Ann Weiser Cornell’s “Focusing.”

Muna approaches her work as a sacred and fertile ground for healing and growth. She is client-centered, respects and values the wisdom, resilience, ability and knowledge each individual brings to the counseling relationship. Muna is bilingual and bi-cultural; she is familiar with many spiritual paths and appreciates diversity. She welcomes clients of all ages, ethnic and religious backgrounds and sexual orientation. Whether you seek her as a counselor or a massage therapist, she is fully present with a very holistic mind-body-spirit perspective on health and healing. She is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and the American Association of Massage Therapy, and she is a provider for various insurance companies and programs.

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Mark Stevens, M.Ed., LPC

Mark Stevens is a professional counselor with forty years of educational and school/community counseling experience.  Mark has a Master’s Degree from the College of Idaho in both General and School Counseling.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington State University in the Biological Sciences and Education.  Mark has taught at the secondary and postsecondary level. He is also certified as an Emergency Medical Technician in both Washington and Idaho.  He has been active as a volunteer pre-hospital health provider for the past 40 years.  He is a professional adult educator in Emergency Medical Services. 

Mark has worked as a counselor in southwestern Idaho, Eastern Washington, and the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley.    Mark is an Idaho Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Nationally Board Certified as a counselor (NCC).  His counseling experience is two-fold.  For years he worked in the public schools as a school counselor.  He worked with at-risk youth for several years within the high school setting.  Mark has been recognized as a competent counselor and educator.  He has been utilized by Washington State University, University of Idaho, College of Idaho, and Northwest Nazarene University as a community/school counseling supervisor and a counseling practicum supervisor. Mark also worked with Boise State University as a student teacher master supervisor.

Mark’s background in EMS lead him to counsel Emergency Medical Personnel, Fire Fighters and Law Enforcement Officers.  He is known for his effective debriefing style.

Mark is an eclectic counselor with preference towards cognitive behavioral therapy and solution-focused therapy.  He successfully applies those therapy styles in his work with adolescents. 

Mark primarily works with older adolescents (high school age) and college students with adjustment concerns and/or emergency providers attempting to resolve overwhelming experiences.

Mark is a member of the American Counseling Association and American School Counselor’s Association.

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Christine Meyer, M.S., LPC

Christine is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Idaho. She has a Masters Degree in Marriage, Family Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling from San Francisco State University, with specialized training in working with people with disabilities and with Deaf clients.  She has near-native fluency in American Sign Language (ASL), and over 30 years of experience as a Sign Language interpreter.

Christine values accessibility and has spent her career focusing on providing services for all clients, regardless of their status or situation.  She has experience working with Deaf clients, people with disabilities, and people with chronic and persistent mental illnesses.  She has experience treating depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, Borderline Personality Disorder, conduct disorder, trauma and PTSD, ADHD, and autism.  She works with adults and children and their families.  She uses an eclectic approach—play and art therapy, Rogerian client-based counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, addiction and recovery, mindfulness, and the concepts of her favorite theorist, Alfred Adler.

Christine’s philosophy as a counselor is that the client, rather than the therapist, is the expert.  Her role is to build relationships, rapport, and trust with her clients; after that’s accomplished, the method she uses becomes immaterial, although she knows how to use the tools of her trade.  She believes in leading her clients towards the skills they need to improve their lives and to get better emotionally, mentally, and psychologically.  She believes that it’s her responsibility to adapt to the needs of her clients, not the other way around.

Christine is married and has two children, ages 15 and 18, with severe intellectual disabilities.  Her family has a certified family home and she and her husband are guardians of their oldest child.  This gives her a unique insight into the struggles that special families face, which makes her an advocate for individuals and families impacted by disability.

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Dan Cornell

Counseling Intern

Dan received a B.S. in Youth Ministry, with a minor in Psychology from Nyack College in 1992.  He has served as a fulltime Pastor at three churches since then, presently with CrossPoint Alliance Church here in the Valley.  While serving as a Pastor, he has had numerous opportunities to work with youth, adults, families, and couples in a counseling capacity.  He is finishing his Master’s degree from Crown College by completing his internship hours.  Dan is married to Heidi and has three children, Kayla, Ben, and Nick (as well as a son-in-law Jordan).

Dan does both Christian and non-faith based counseling.  He works with children ages 10 and up, adults, couples and families.  He is trained in marriage enrichment as well as preparing couples for marriage.  He uses a Cognitive Behavioral approach and is open to using other approaches as they seem beneficial.  He believes that how we think plays a large part in how we feel and behave.  If medication is needed he will collaborate with your PCP or Psychiatrist.

Dan is a member of the American Counseling Association and is under the direct supervision of Ingrid Blinn, who along with her husband Eric, owns RiverPlace Counseling & Wellness, PLLC.  For the duration of his internship process, visits with Dan will cost a flat fee of $20 per session.

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