Stephanie Alvarez LAMFT, LPC, NCC, Coaching in Kuna, Idaho, 83634

Stephanie Alvarez


Stephanie Alvarez


Professions: Life Coach, Marriage & Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Secondary Credential: License Professional Counselor
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Fees: While the hourly rate for professional counseling sessions are $100, we do offer sliding scale fees and scholarships if we do not cover your insurance plan. Don't let your financial status affect your decision to not pursuit counseling services that may improve your situation(s).


260 W 4th St
Kuna, Idaho 83634

My Approach to Helping

I joined the military at 18, and retired after 23 years. I was a single parent for 7 yrs with 2 small children, remarried, and had 3 more children. So I understand the difficulties in blended families, as well as military and single parent families. I know the struggles various life stressors can create. I always told myself when bad things happen; that's okay because now I can help others with this.

Now as a grandma with 3 grandsons, I can look back where I could've used counseling. So I'm in awe of those willing to confront difficulties vs just accepting the status quo. By your deciding to enter the process of counseling, you have the potential to create lifelong rewards!

My way of giving/getting back at life challenges is to assist others with their obstacles. I desire to help people figure out their struggles & have a more rewarding, relaxing life. It's awesome to assist others overcome various challenges & improve relationships by dealing with obstacles, when they interfere with your goals.

I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC). I'm dual licensed: Licensed Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (LAMFT) & Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I blend your stated individual & applicable family goals, to meet your desired results. I specialize in how these internal states may interfere with your relationships. While we seek out satisfying, healthy relationships, our internal emotions can color how we view & react. I am EMDR & Theophostics trained.

More Info About My Practice

Methodist Counseling Center, as a not-for-profit agency, is committed to help people with various life struggles. We have a sliding scale fee with counseling offices throughout the Treasure Valley if you don't have insurance.

While my office is in Kuna, we have a lot of good restaurants to make your trip worth while and relaxing parks to enjoy ;) The drive to Kuna is well-worth your time and effort, as you're able to further process various thoughts and feelings while you are driving en-route. I have clients come from Mountain Home AFB, where you may take Black Creek Circle from I-84 and enjoy that peaceful drive. Clients from Boise and Caldwell enjoy the change in scenery :)

The psychotherapy provided by myself and the Methodist Counseling Center is professionally based, and adheres to the Christian values and ethics as related to compassion, acceptance, potential for change, and personal responsibility. You are never required to adhere to any religious beliefs in order to be seen. The level of spirituality/religion communicated during sessions is determined entirely by you as we greatly respect your perspective. So know this is an option you may include, if desired. Our aim is to meet you where you are, without imposing any particular value system on you. Your goals are entirely up to you and your feedback is strongly encouraged every step of the way.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

As I am dual-licensed, I am able to aptly blend your stated individual goals in light of your specific family relationships. We can identify personal goals that will achieve systemic changes in your various relationships. As individual and family counseling are from two different schools of thought, I can assist you in identifying areas that would be most helpful to address first. Interacting with others is a constantly evolving factor where some situations and relationships are more difficult than others. Do you need to consider some areas of the past, focus on adjusting current goals, or identify different future goals?

I can assist you more exclusively when the following areas may cause further obstacles: various sorts of addictions, trauma, grief & crisis, anxiety & depression, relationship issues, resentment & anger. I specialize in how these internal states may interfere with your relationships.

Additionally, I am EMDR & Theophostics trained to utilize when needed. Finally as a result of my 23 years active military experience as well as providing counseling services to military family members, I am able to assist individuals whose lives are complicated as a result of military service.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

In blending individual and applicable family goals, the process of counseling can help you in a variety of ways with intended and unintended results. The results are usually attributed to the amount of work you personally put into the process, as we aim toward the goals you desire. Granted there are some situations, relationships and people where you do not have any control over.

So in light of those limitations, we turn our focus on the area where you do have some sort of control. As we put our effort in this direction, we attempt to activate compounding advances, seeking self-improvements for your own personal benefit. So you may then be able try to gain control over your difficulties.

I am here to assist you where I can, much like a river guide highlighting various areas that may be a benefit to you as you travel along your life's journey, from a developmental life span perspective. It is very easy to get stuck along the way. Maybe you did not notice something, forgot, or just did not think something was important. Different aspects may be more significant than previously thought.

I am here to assist you, possibly help you think of facets you have not yet considered, or just be a sounding board. It can be something simple that you'd just like an objective individual to bounce ideas off, or it can be a complex relationship or personal concern. I look forward to meeting you, to see how I may benefit you.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Creative Arts Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I am retired military with 23 years active duty service. I provide counseling with different branches of the military and families from Gowen Field and Mountain Home AFB, where I understand the diverse stressors involved. I have 5 children and 3 grandchildren from my Navy son-in-law and daughter. I personally understand not only military family difficulties due to the military environment.

    I also understand typical family stressors where daily life variables that can make things complicated. It can be overwhelming with many potential sources of difficulties, such as chronic pain, PTSD, trauma, etc. Blended families with children involved have unique stressors. Extended families and children of all ages/backgrounds all present different types of opportunities where specific developmental life situations are involved. I am available to assist you.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trichotillomania
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Adlerian Psychology / Psychotherapy
  • Anger Management
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
  • Body Psychotherapy
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy (CDOI)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Collaborative Couple Therapy (CCT)
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Depth Therapy
  • Developmental Model of Couples Therapy
  • Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy (DNMS)
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Family Attachment Narrative Therapy
  • Family Constellations
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Filial Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Logotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Neuropsychology
  • Object Relations
  • Parent Work
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Play Therapy
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
  • Reality Therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Self-Acceptance Training
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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