Our Team

Idaho Licensed Professional

Stephanie Sternes 

Founder/ Clinical Director

LAMFT-6458

LPC-S- 6458

NCC -70739


I completed my studies in Marriage and Family Counseling at Northwest Nazarene University. I have worked as a resource specialist, teacher, and small claims mediator. I am a a wife and mother with 6 children ages 10 to 37.

 

I work with individuals, couples, families, and groups to problem solve and uncover new areas of positive engagement. Sometimes people get stuck in what they are doing. We tend to do the same things looking for different results.

 

I enjoy working with people to help them clarify their goals and move forward with plans to help achieve what they are after.

 

I have a particular interest in helping people regain relationships. With couples it is incorporating the past and the future. Today's families are complicated; navigating step families, parent child, couple's and in-law relationships are not things they teach us in school. Knowledgeable support can be key.

 

My approach to counseling is through power of choice and a realistic look at strengths and options. I believe that you are the expert of your own life and with clarity more options are available to you.

 

stephanie.sternes@claritycounselingconnections.org

 

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Our Interns

Heidi Stark

3rd Year Intern

Level 2

I am an MFT Intern, currently finishing my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Touro University Worldwide Online, and will graduate November 2019.

 

I have a Bachelor’s of Science degree with an emphasis in Psychology & Sociology from Eastern Oregon University. I am also trained and certified as a Grief and Bereavement Counselor. 

 

My emphasis is in Trauma, having been an Advocate for those in crisis, domestic violence survivors, and elder abuse situations. My desire is to raise the awareness of Domestic Violence locally with my focus in marriage and family therapy as well as working with the community's Senior population.

 

I also provide client sessions in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy to help with trauma, anxiety or depression.

 

I have a blended family consisting of 10 children between my husband and I, and in a previous life, I was a computer and network technician for 15 years, a web designer, and software coder.

 

heidi.stark@claritycounselingconnections.org

 

 208-274-3844

 

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If you want to make an appointment, please go to the "contact us" portal.

Barbara Dern

3rd Year Intern

Level 1

Clinical Counseling Intern

 

Barbara Dern has a passion for working with children. She has been working with children with developmental and learning disabilities since 2006.

 

Barbara has worked in various capacities throughout the state of Idaho, including residential treatment.

 

Throughout most of her career she has specialized in working with challenging behaviors. Barbara received her Bachelor's in psychology from the University of California, Riverside in 2005.

 

She is currently pursuing her Master's in counseling from Northwest Nazarene University. 

Wendi Densley

3rd Year Intern

Level 3

 

I’m in the final semester of my graduate program at Northwest Nazarene University. In December of 2019, I’ll graduate with a Master’s Degree in School Counseling with an emphasis in Play Therapy and Grief & Trauma and I’ll be a licensed professional counselor (LPC). I have worked as an elementary education teacher, youth pastor, and most recently a middle school counselor. I am a wife and mother of 2 boys, ages 6 and 8. I’ve lived in Idaho most of my life, minus a two year stint where my husband and I called Texas home. 

 

I enjoy working with individuals, couples, families, and groups. I specifically love using play therapy to help adolescents and children express themselves in ways beyond just using words.

 

Beyond play therapy, I place high significance in meeting individuals, couples, and families where they are. To quote one of my boy’s favorite authors Dr. Seuss, “A person is a person no matter how small.” My role as a counselor is to equip individuals, couples, and families to successfully reach their goals, whatever those may be.

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