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.