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Lauren Yoder-Goeden, LCPC, CST, NCC

I'm Lauren Yoder-Goeden (She, Her, Hers), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, AASECT certified sex therapist, and owner of Balanced Rock Wellness, LLC. Though my background started in education, I soon found myself transitioning to school counseling and eventually found my best fit in clinical practice. 

While I continue to enjoy working with children and families, my clinical specialities currently lean more toward adult issues, specifically relationship distress (including but not limited to infidelity, divorce, and coparenting), sexual exploration and sexual concerns, self-valuation issues, mood and anxiety disorders, religious trauma, childhood trauma, parenting concerns, and general life phase difficulties.

I am passionate about working with underrepresented and marginalized individuals, specifically of the BIPOC, Queer, Trans, Kinky, and Poly/Non-Monogamous communities, though my door is open to any and all who would seek help and support. As an AASECT certified sex therapist, I seek to help clients gain healthy sexual perspectives in order to decrease shame and increase sexual knowledge, pleasure and wellbeing.

My main modalities in treatment are rooted in teaching self-compassion, self-acceptance, self-validation, and ultimately self-love. I focus on boundary setting, improved communication skills, and clarification of personal beliefs and values in order to help my clients live out their most congruent and healthy lives and relationships. 

When I'm not working I am spending all of my time enjoying my own brand of messy awesomeness with my partner and kids and probably more pets than is strictly necessary.

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Laura Morell, LCSW

My name is Laura Morell (She, Her, Hers). My background includes work in community-based services as a Certified Peer Support Specialist, work as a therapist/case manager at Intermountain Hospital, and volunteering for the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline. I was honored as a guest lecturer at Boise State, coordinated and co-facilitated Youth Support training throughout Idaho, and spearheaded the Idaho Project HEAL chapter formation.  

As a counselor, I wholeheartedly support transformational healing for all clients. I practice from a person-centered, trauma-informed viewpoint with the aim of empowering my clients to not only choose to change but to embrace their change. I walk alongside clients in their journey towards hope and healing, utilizing a strengths-based approach, motivational interviewing, narrative therapy, and key concepts of both Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

I work with clients from a wide range of backgrounds and ages, who struggle with unique life challenges. I am a LGBTQ+ ally with a sex-positive mindset. I work with clients facing depression, anxiety, trauma, chronic suicidality, mood disorders, personality disorders, body image/self-esteem/self-worth, grief, life stage transitions, and child/adolescent issues.

My greatest passion lies in the treatment of eating disorders. I am currently working on earning the  credential through the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband, two young children, and three dogs. We can be found outside off-roading in my husband’s purple Jeep or camping or kayaking/whitewater rafting.

Mariah Johns Garcia, LMSW

I am Mariah Johns Garcia (She, Her, Hers), Licensed Master Social Worker. I am passionate about providing a safe, caring, and thriving atmosphere for individuals of all ages to be able to explore and process trauma and life stressors. I strive to wholeheartedly and non-judgmentally support, validate, and empower individuals for where they are, while they develop into their fullest potential. I am a zealous supporter of people who are ready to begin their healing journey and who want to help themselves.

 

I practice from a person-centered, strengths-based, trauma-informed approach. Additionally, I utilize viewpoints from Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). I work with individuals, couples, and families from a wide range of backgrounds and ages. I am eager to engage in trauma work because I believe every person deserves to heal from the situations that have wounded them. My goal in trauma work is to help people identify and process their emotions, feelings, and thoughts related to traumatic experiences, so they develop the skills and insight to have more control over themselves, rather than trauma controlling them.

 

My personal time is spent with my partner, family, and friends. I find peace of mind through nature and all of the beautiful aspects of life. My life motto is, “life is what you make it”, so I strive to continuously uphold the motto. My love and compassion grows each day for all of humankind. Together, we can change our world for the better.

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Josh Brandt, LCSW

I’m Josh Brandt, (he/him/his), therapist and Licensed Master Social Worker. I graduated from Boston University and have been in the mental health field since 2016.

 

I approach the therapeutic process with a deep understanding of the impact systems have on the overall health and wellbeing of my clients. In addition to talk therapy, I assist clients with practical application and resource gathering to make sure that the time feels valuable on multiple fronts.

 

My areas of interest and training include ADHD/ASD and general neurodivergence, depression, anxiety, trauma, identity struggles, and life stage transitions. My foundational framework for the work I do centers in helping my clients find purpose and meaning in their lives, identification of values and matching up actions with those values, and processing how early experiences are impacting current functioning. I work with  ages twelve and up. I am an open and affirming provider who welcomes humans from all walks of life through my doors without fear of judgment or insensitivity.

 

Outside of my therapy room, I like to spend time with my wife and daughter. I enjoy philosophy and studying the deeper questions of life and the universe as well as keeping active by cycling and hiking.

Skip Goddard, LCPC

Greetings!  I'm C. Skip Goddard (He, Him, His), a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with nearly two decades of experience. Formally trained as a Transpersonal Psychotherapist, I make use of meditation, guided visualization, hypnotherapy, dream work, art, music, journaling, and mindfulness practices informed by ancient wisdom traditions in order to help clients explore their spiritual self and create meaning in their life and encourage a compassionate connection to their inherent strengths and consciousness. I bring to therapy a very person centered approach based in unconditional positive regard, non-judgement, compassion and authentic connection. 

 

I hold experience in working successfully with every demographic or any presenting issue, and I specialize in working with trauma, mood disorders, depression and anxiety, chronic psychotic disorders, Bipolar, dissociative disorders, bereavement, existential challenges, identity and life transitions, couples and families, crisis intervention, substance use disorders, psychedelic therapies and integration,  anger and adjustment issues, or just working with people to expand insight and awareness into their own experience of being through an exploration of what it is to be conscious and alive right NOW. 

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my two sons, snowboarding, backpacking, meditating or drinking coffee with my  sprawling cactus collection. 

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Amanda Christensen, LMSW

I am Amanda Christensen (She, Her, Hers), Licensed Master Social Worker. I chose the path of becoming a therapist with a central objective: to create a safe and inclusive environment for individuals, regardless of their life narratives. It is a profound privilege for me to accompany my clients on their journey, supporting them through the challenges they face and rejoicing in their triumphs. My utmost aspiration is to offer these essential elements in the therapeutic process: validation, empowerment, self-discovery, and humor!

 

When engaging with clients, my primary focus lies in adopting a person centered approach. Additionally, I frequently incorporate somatic awareness, trauma-informed practices, and strength-based methods. I have observed that each individual possesses unique qualities and requires a therapeutic experience customized to address their distinct needs and preferences.

 

I have experience in working with teenagers facing challenges related to anxiety and depression, in addition to assisting young adults in their healing journey from generational trauma, managing life transitions, and addressing relationship issues. I hold the Gottman Level 1 certification and enjoy supporting couples as they navigate difficulties in the realms of intimacy and communication.

 

Outside of work, I usually hang out with my family and two furry golden retrievers. I love going on adventures with my friends, recreationally reading, and taking care of my growing indoor plant collection.

Rocio Molinar,
Practice Administrator

Hola! My name is Rocio Molinar, Practice Administrator for Balanced Rock Wellness. I was born and raised in West Texas. I've been living in Idaho for 2 years, and I absolutely LOVE it.

 

I’ve been in the medical field for over 10 years and have worked with different specialties like psychology, pediatric oncology, and orthopedics. I have met many different people and learned so much from each and every one, but most importantly they have all put a smile on my face one way or another.

 

My family and I love helping others, especially those in need. We have traveled to Mexico to feed the poor, and donate toys and clothing to orphanages. It’s life changing seeing kiddos smile!

 

Apart from helping others I also enjoy spending time with my children and granddaughter.

Living in Idaho I’ve learned to enjoy camping, kayaking, tubing, and anything outdoors, though I have yet to gain appreciation for the snow! I also LOVE traveling! So far my best travel experience has been Puerto Rico, and my dream destination is Japan.

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Jaxx Goeden, Office Pup

Jaxx is a five pound, five year old chihuahua blend who hails from the Idaho Humane Society. He is small but very curious (as well as very nervous, like most small dogs.)

You can find him around the Balanced Rock Wellness office in sessions with Lauren Yoder-Goeden or else in the admin office with De Anna. He may bark if startled, but warms up quickly and loves to say hello to new people and may even snuggle up to you on the couch in the admin office if you have business there.

When he's not at work, he likes to be at home with his family, terrorizing the cat more often than not, or snuggling up with both  his human and canine siblings. 

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