The Board

Trina Fisher – President

Trina is a native born Idahoan who grew up engaging in many of the outdoor activities our lovely state has to offer, camping, fishing, hiking and of course downhill & cross-country Skiing.  She attended NNU in the early 90’s where she majored in Social work and Interned with Family and Children’s services.  She then completed her MSW at BSU in 1998 and interned with Ada County Juvenile Court Services.  She worked Family and Children’s services for DHW from 1993-1996.  After completing her MSW, she worked at Ada County Juvenile Court services, both as a Juvenile Probation Officer & later as an individual & group Counselor.  She moved on to work for a Community Mental Health Medicaid clinic, Affinity, where she worked as a counselor and first learned about Play Therapy at a training put on by ID APT.  When she finished her clinical supervision, she worked for Personal Solutions, and later Tidwell Social Work services where she continued working with a number of children, while she continued to pursue more Play Therapy trainings around Idaho.  In 2008, she went into private practice and have shared space with another colleague, Lisa Johnson. Over the next couple of years, while she worked at building up her practice she has been fortunate to work with children and their families using play therapy training & techniques that she has acquired along her work journey. She continued to engage in play therapy trainings and consultations with other play therapy professionals especially with ID APT.  In, 2013, she joined the ID APT board for a number of reasons, aside from being asked to join, she realized that professional associations need people to put the time into running them, that and she is passionate about working with children, families, and helping people deal with issues across the life span.

Contact:

Trina Fischer, LCSW
Phone: (208)850-7958
Email: trinafisherlcsw@hotmail.com


Caren Cox – Treasurer

Caren completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Idaho in Family and Consumer Sciences, and received her Master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, in Mental Health Counseling.  Although Caren works with a diverse clientele, she has a special interest in working with children and adolescents, and has received additional training in Play Therapy as well as neuropsychology and biofeedback.  Much of her research focus is geared towards the treatment of ADHD in children and adults.  ​Caren has also completed additional training in trauma and the treatment of PTSD in children as well as adults.   Caren has been on the Idaho Association for Play Therapy Board of Directors since 2016. She is a current member of the American Counseling Association, Idaho Counseling Association, Idaho Mental Health Counseling Association, as well as the National and Idaho Association for Play Therapy. Caren currently sees children, adolescents and adults for individual counseling, as well as skills-building groups for children and adults.

Contact:

Caren Cox Counseling
220 East 5th St, Suite 105
Moscow, ID 83843
Phone: (208) 669-2224
email: carencoxcounseling@gmail.com


Kami Cornwall – Secretary

Kami is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Idaho and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington. She received her Master’s degree from Washington State University in 2014 and after working in her private practice for a year, joined Paradise Creek Counseling where she has enjoyed working with both children and adults to improve overall mental health.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and enjoys implementing art and creativity in play therapy for both young and old.  She is certified in AutPlay therapy which is geared specifically toward people with challenges associated with Autism.

Contact:
Kami Cornwall LCPC  LMHC
Paradise Creek Counseling and Consulting
530 S. Asbury Suite 4
Moscow ID 83843
Phone:  208-882-2566  office


Sherie Ann Flagg, LCSW, RPT-S

Sherie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensed in the state of Idaho and Utah. She is also a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S). Sherie is trained in EMDR. She is a Certified Daring Way Facilitator, spreading the work of Brene Brown. She is a registered supervisor in the state of Idaho. Sherie owns ‘Inner Light Counseling, LLC, a private practice in Soda Springs, Idaho. She received her Masters of Social Work from Utah State University. Sherie loves helping children, teens, and adults work through trauma, anxiety, depression, and interpersonal relationships, beginning with the relationship with Self. She believes in the infinite worth of every soul. She help healing of complex trauma and works from a trauma informed lens. She uses sand tray, art, and experiential interventions from a Jungian Analytical framework.

Contact:
Sherie Ann Flagg, LCSW, RPT-S, CDWF
Inner Light Counseling, LLC
61 E 1st South
Soda Springs, ID 83276
Phone:  208-425-6932
email: innerlightcounselingllc@gmail.com


Carmen Stites – LPC

Carmen is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her Bachelors in Child Development in 2011 from Brigham Young University-Idaho. Her career choice at the time was to become a Child Life Specialist after having her own medical history throughout her childhood through adulthood and wanted to help the next generation though their own experiences. In 2014-2015 she realized that a master’s degree would be required for her to accomplish many of her goals. She graduated from Idaho State University in May of 2017. She is currently working on becoming a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and becoming a Register Play Therapist. Within her own life experiences she has seen the power of play for herself and believes that play is for all ages. She enjoys working with all ages and incorporate play, art and sandtray in many of her sessions. She has been at Rehabilitative Health Services in Idaho Falls for the past two years. She enjoys spending time with her family, her dog, friends and reading.

Contact:

Carmen Stites, LPC
Rehabilitative Health Services 1675 Curlew Dr,
Ammon, ID 83406
Phone: (208) 523-5319
Office Email: carmens@rhscares.com


Michael Whitehead – PhD, LMFT, RPT-S

Michael is a classically trained Marriage and Family Therapist. He has a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in HDFS with a specialization in Couple and Family Therapy from Michigan State University; a Master of Science (MS) in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Marriage, Family, and Human Development both from Brigham Young University. His therapeutic approach is informed by the most current research based interventions and theories. His goal is to provide my clients with skills and insights they need so they can continue to move forward in a healthy relationship with each other. His areas of specialization include child directed family therapy, developmentally appropriate parenting practices, handling marital conflict, and the process of finding one’s self. In addition to his clinical practice, he also teaches in the Marriage and Family Therapy department at Northcentral University (online). He also periodically writes articles, present workshops, or provide trainings on a range of topics from Play Therapy to the proper treatment of Oppositional Defiant Disorder and ADHD.

Contact:

Michael Whitehead, PhD
Aspen Grove Family Therapy
Twin Falls, ID 83301
Phone: 208-258-7681
email: michael@aspengrovetherapy.com


Sean Nixon – LCPC, LMFT, RPT-S

Sean Nixon, LCPC is a licensed clinical professional counselor and a licensed marriage and family therapist with training in family systems, child trauma, neurocounseling, and play therapy. His interests include early life trauma, anxiety, co-occurring diagnoses, family conflict, and behavioral issues. Sean has worked as a school counselor, in clinical settings, and in private practice. He believes that everyone can thrive when given the tools and support they need. Sean earned his bachelor’s degree in liberal arts as well as two master’s degrees from Northwest Nazarene University. His first master’s was in school counseling and the second was in marriage and family counseling. He is also a trained play therapist. Sean has presented at state, regional, and national conferences, and has taken on many roles in professional counseling organizations.

Favorite Therapy Toy: Strategy games.