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Who We Are

Families ETC is a not-for-profit community counseling center that offers affordable counseling to individuals and families.

Our mission is to provide supportive services to the underserved populations in our community. We hope to build connections with not only individual members of the community but also community agencies.

Our vision is one of a community that works together in all areas to help those in need who may not otherwise be able to help themselves.

Why Us?

Families ETC is also a training facility for advanced graduate students who are enrolled in a masters of counseling degree program. All counseling is supervised by licensed professional counselors who hold masters or doctoral degrees in counseling or psychology.

We work in collaboration with community partners to offer comprehensive services to those who live and work in the treasure valley. If we are able to augment services that you currently provide at your agency in any way, please give us a call.

Meet the Counselors

Michelle Fischer

Michelle Fischer

Helping people live a life of authenticity and inner peace is at the heart of my work. We all need a safe and supportive place to feel heard, move through challenges and develop insight. I am currently a Master's student at Northwest Nazarene University, studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in Grief, Trauma, and Crisis Counseling - with an added passion for working with individuals of the LGBTQ+ community. I meet my clients where they are and encourage them toward their goals with compassion, hope, and kindness. I work to facilitate a safe environment for sharing your unique story without fear or judgement.

Amy Hubach

Amy Hubach

I received my Bachelor's degree in Theology, certified as a Director of Christian Education with an emphasis in Youth and Family Ministry from Concordia University in Seward, NE. I am currently a student at Northwest Nazarene University working on my Masters degree in Clinical Counseling with an emphasis in grief, trauma, and crisis.  I am interested in working children, adolescents and adults and look forward to walking with them on the journey to health and healing.

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Tabitha Lower

Growing up can be fun, but comes with difficulties and new challenges children and teens are not able to fully understand yet. With art and play, we can begin to see the world through their eyes. Enabling children and teens with positive coping skills betters their chance of living a healthy adult life.

I have my Bachelor's in Psychology, and I am a current student at Northwest Nazarene University working on my Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. My emphasis areas are Play Therapy and Grief, Trauma, and Crisis. I love working with Children and Adolescents.

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Lynda Gray

I am currently enrolled as an intern in the Clinical Mental Health & School Counseling at Northwest Nazarene University with an emphasis in Trauma, Grief & Crisis and Play Therapy.  I place value in maintaining an emotional, physical and spiritual lifestyle while keeping a strong connection with family, friends, and community.

I am passionate about joining children, adults, couples, and families in all walks of life on their journey towards healing and a richer acceptance of themselves for a better tomorrow.

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Cory Martineau

I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Idaho. Currently, I am an intern earning my Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Norwest Nazarene University. My emphasis areas include Grief, Trauma, and Crisis, along with Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy. For over four years I have held several positions in the mental health field working with many individuals from diverse backgrounds. I am interested in continuing my work with children, adolescents, and adults in the counseling position. It is my goal as a counselor to give my clients the support, empathy, knowledge, and skills to acknowledge and be present with painful emotions, thoughts, and feelings while committing to a life guided by their values.

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Ryan Vigilant

Live is about connection. We want to connect with people we love, our family, our spirituality, our sense of self and purpose, or something that make us feel better. In our attempts to connect, we may adopt methods that do not serve us in ways that align with our visions of our true selves. We are left with a painful and suffering experience, knowing there are ways to feel different, though unclear on the direction to go.

What I promise is a therapeutic relationship where we can work on discovering ways to allow you to live with a purpose which connects to who you are — coming from a place of compassion and non-judgment we will uncover the direction where you want to go, allowing you the grace to use your strengths to experience life fully.

Currently, I am a clinical counseling intern with an emphasis on trauma, grief, and crisis counseling at Families ETC.  Whether you have experience with counseling in your past or inquiring about what options are available, I will ensure that you have a safe, confidential experience. I look forward to hearing from you and how we at Families ETC can assist. If you are interested or have questions regarding hypnotherapy, I would be happy to answer them and explore the possibility of integrating hypnosis into our work together.

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Martha Bartlow

Meeting people at their current place of healing and helping facilitate healthy growth is my greatest passion. Our lives are centered around connection, without connecting to ourselves and the world around us we are unable to live our lives to the fullest.
I hope to help others gain a better understanding of themselves, the people they surround themselves with and the world we live in. I love working with couples and families but find great satisfaction in individual work as well.
 I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Oregon State University. I am currently enrolled in Northwest Nazarene University’s Master of Science in Counseling program, specializing in, Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling. I am interested in providing a safe, confidential place for children, adolescents and adults to begin their journey of healing.
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Renee Johanson

I am passionate about helping people. I believe that the power of hope, the warmth of compassion, and the promise of safety can change lives.
Life is often challenging, and we all need help from time to time. If you find yourself in need of help navigating the challenges you face, I would be honored to walk your path with you, believe in you, and help you find your way.
I am a Clinical Counseling intern in the counseling Master’s of Counseling program at Northwest Nazarene University, and I emphasize in grief, trauma, and crisis related issues. If you are interested in counseling that integrates your mind and body, I am also trained in hypnotherapy.
Your life is your own unique and precious journey. If you’re struggling right now, I am here to help you.
I can easily accommodate evening appointments for your convenience, and I look forward to working with you.
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Layne Dillingham

Everyone experiences struggles that can be lonely or difficult, especially when they do not have a nonjudgmental space to work these out in. Counseling helps alleviate the discomfort or uneasiness many people feel as they navigate their uncertainties.

I am a student at Northwest Nazarene University, currently working on my master’s degree in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling. I am attracted to this work because my passion lies with both empowering people to meet their goals and strengthening the family unit. Empathy, compassion, and understanding are the attitudes I bring to each session. I specialize in work with couples and families as well as individuals with mental health concerns.