Hi. My name is Kelsi Woodburn. I’m a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Idaho.

I want to tell you a story about my journey to becoming a counselor and how my experiences along the way have helped me develop my skills to be a good counselor for you.

In the Beginning
Since I was a kid, I was always the quiet person in the group watching everyone else interact. It wasn’t because I was an intentional loner but more because I was fascinated with the dynamics of relationships and watching that play out in people’s interactions and conversations. I would get one of two responses to being that quiet, observant kid: Adults would assume I was “wise beyond my years” or “mature” and my peers just thought I was “a snob” or “weird”. I was almost always the outsider, though that never really bothered me because it gave me a great perspective to do what came naturally to me: make sense of people’s interactions with one another.

I had no idea that this fascination could be a career until many years later.

I got married to a great guy that came complete with two boys from a previous marriage. (We are still married by the way.) As is typical of any family that is trying to blend, especially considering that my husband and I had very different parenting styles, we found ourselves struggling in our relationships with one another. I didn’t know what to do. I felt helpless and desperate. For some reason I decided to look for a counselor. I honestly don’t know where the idea came from as I had never been to a counselor before and wasn’t even sure what they did but figured that is what you do when you have relationship issues.

BEST DECISION OF MY LIFE.

It changed the course of my life. As we sat with a counselor that first time I was enamored with the role she played. She sat back, listened, and gave a summary of the dynamics she saw playing out in our relationships. Some of the words that came out of her mouth were verbatim what I had said to my husband but because it was coming from someone he was not emotionally invested in, he heard her.

I became keenly aware that what she was doing was my purpose in life. I wanted to be in her seat. Listening. Reading the dynamics of the relationship and packaging that in a way that helped people achieve the change they desired.

The Middle
Unfortunately, my husband and I went through some really difficult years in our marriage. It was during those years that I decided to invest in myself.

I did not go to college right out of high school, mostly because I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. Now that I had discovered my purpose in life was to be a counselor, I had to go to school and get a Master’s degree. It was a long 7 year journey to achieve my degree. I attended Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho which happened to have one of the better counseling programs in the Northwest.

Upon graduation, I started working in a community mental health agency. This was so good for me as I stretched my counseling legs and learned what concerns I was most affective at helping people with. I also received training in EMDR at this time and got certified as a hypnotherapist. This set me up well to work with people that have experienced trauma in their life. It has become a specialty area for me. I also learned that I work well with teens and parents and teaching parenting skills for all ages.

Fast forward a few years and a good dose of confidence in my ability to help people and Balanced Dynamics Counseling was born.

I LOVE WHAT I DO!
I was born to be a counselor. I also have an entrepreneurial spirit (which is another way of saying I don’t like playing by other people’s rules). I love having the freedom to counsel based on my client’s needs and not basing my counseling approach on what an agency or insurance company dictates.

The Journey Continues
So what happened with me and my husband? Over the years, we have learned how to love each other well. We have rebuilt trust in our marriage and added such depth in our relationship that I never could have imagined if you had asked me before. He supports my career and seems to think I’m a decent enough counselor that he sends referrals my way.

In our off time, we love to be finding excuses to take our little camper out and enjoy the outdoors. We love our 2 pups, Ruger and Daisy. And he puts up with all my crazy ideas for the future. I’m a bit of a dreamer but I’m also pretty practical which turns out to be a great combination because it means I can apply my practicality to my dreams and, POOF! Dreams come true! (With a lot of planning and hard work).

What About You?
My story is far from over. It and I and we are always evolving. Let me honor your story. I look forward to being a small part of your journey.

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Hi!  My name is Stacy Pineda and I am a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (LAMFT) in Idaho.

I know when it comes to choosing a clinician, it’s important to feel like they can relate to you and what you are experiencing.  I’d like to tell you a little bit of my story about how I became a therapist so that you can feel confident in the work we will do together.

Life Before Therapy….

As a kid, I was very involved in sports.  I played several including soccer, softball, basketball, volleyball, and dance for many years.  This became instrumental in teaching me the importance of communication and collaboration.  There was something so special about the relationships I developed with my coaches and teammates, knowing that they were always there cheering me on, working with me towards a common goal, and offering some gentle (and sometimes not so gentle) guidance on how I could improve.

When I graduated high school, I decided not to take the traditional route and go to college.  Instead, I wanted to experience a little bit of life before I decided what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.  Life took me to New England…Maine specifically, with my then long-time boyfriend.  I lived there, soaking up all New England had to offer (even the below freezing winters) for about three years.  It was there that I decided what I wanted more than anything was to become a mom and start my own little family.  Fast forward a few years and I had moved back to my hometown where my family was.  I realized my dream of starting a family and became pregnant with my son.

And then my world changed…

Shortly after my son was born, I became a single mom. I found myself wondering how in the world I was going to support both of us since I had never really settled on a career path.  Enter the man who would become my husband.  He believed in me before I ever did, encouraging me to go back to school and figure out what my passion was.  He changed my life in the best ways and always supported my dreams.  I enrolled in school, completed my Bachelor of Science in Sociology at Arizona State University.

While in school, we got married, suffered a miscarriage, and had two beautiful girls.  I had terrible postpartum depression with all of my pregnancies but it wasn’t until my youngest daughter was born that I was able to identify it as such.  I couldn’t understand how I could love these little humans so much and still feel so unbelievably sad and lonely at the same time.  My anxiety became almost intolerable and I eventually decided to see a therapist of my own.  I can’t tell you how much it helped me to have someone walk through that journey with me and didn’t judge me for the way I was feeling.  It was during this time I realized this is exactly what I wanted to do with my life.

I chased after my dreams…

I enrolled in a Masters of Arts program at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California.  It was a tough three year program, especially with young children, but I was determined and I loved (almost) every second of it.  I completed my internship at a non-profit agency where I worked with so many incredible people to help restore balance and peace in both their lives and relationships.

And here I am!!
Ready to help you along your journey

In my off-time, I enjoy spending as much time as possible with my family.  These years when they are young are so special.  Now it’s my turn to watch them find their passions in life, whether that be through their sporting events, the arts, the outdoors, or anything else they show an interest in.  In the summertime, my husband and I love to be on the water (lakes, rivers, oceans…they all make us happy).  You can usually find me dancing around my kitchen, listening to music and singing off-key while I’m cooking.

How can I support you?

Life has its ups and downs and we all need a little extra support at times.  I would love to walk alongside you on your journey and be that extra support for you.

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Linda Rogers-Perkins, LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have been counseling since 2003.

Over the years I have received training and experience working with first responders, people struggling with anxiety and/or depression, and those with substance abuse and addiction issues. I am pursuing training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to enhance my skills in working with and specializing in trauma recovery.

I believe life is not linear but cyclical with each experience helping or hindering our growth. Our past is a guide to our present and future. Pursuing therapy can bring up a myriad of feelings as we are more than the reason’s we pursue therapy. These reasons are critical to helping people tap into their strengths and resilience for healing.

I believe that unconditional positive regard and absolute acceptance is the foundation for your journey to health. I accomplish this using a variety of therapies such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Strengths Based Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused, and Person-Centered Counseling. At the end of the day, with a positive relationship with your counselor and different types of counseling approaches, the opportunity for growth is limitless. It is an honor to be a part of your journey.

I’m accepting new clients.

If you would like to make an appointment with me call
208-398-3067.