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Pediatric Mental Health

The pediatric mental health specialists at St. Luke’s Children’s provide compassionate expertise during times of psychiatric instability and work to restore your child or adolescent to his or her appropriate developmental path.

Our goal is to optimize wellness and functioning for patients managing depression, a mood or anxiety disorder, psychosis, ADHD, or another psychiatric condition. To support symptom and mood stabilization, we’ll connect you and your child to a personalized care team that also includes medication providers and your local primary care provider.

Highlights & Resources

  • Blog Post

    How Health Care Failed Jack Beattie

  • Article

    Substance Use Problems: Signs at Home

  • Article

    Mental Health Checkups

    Taking care of your mental health is vital to a healthy life.

  • Article

    Depression in Children and Teens

Providers

  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Amy Jo Amarello, PsyD is is a child psychologist and part of the Learning, Attention and Behavior (L.A.B.) evaluation program at St. Luke's Children's Center for Neurobehavioral Medicine. She provides psychological evaluation and consultation for children and adolescents struggling with developmental, learning, cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.

    Dr. Amarello specializes in diagnosis and treatment planning for children and adolescents who have a wide range of psychiatric and/or neurodevelopmental conditions, including depression, bipolar disorder, in-utero exposure to substances, and disruptive behavior disorders.

    Dr. Amarello trained in clinical psychology, school psychology, and neuropsychology. She earned her doctorate degree at the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. She completed her internship at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and her post-doctoral fellowship at Mediplex Rehab-Camden.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health

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    K. James Baker, LCPC provides counseling to children and families. He provides treatment for children and adolescents who struggle with emotional dysregulation, behavioral difficulties, anger management, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, autism spectrum disorder, Asperger’s, pervasive developmental delay, and other developmental disabilities, many of whom have co-occurring mental health challenges. He is experienced in applied behavioral analysis, cognitive behavioral therapy, and solution focused therapy modalities. He believes in a client-centered, strength-based approach to counseling, and works to ensure his clients and their loved ones receive personalized care. 

    James earned his bachelor’s degree in family sciences from Brigham Young University and his master’s degree in marital and family therapy from Loma Linda University.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Helene (Tori) Beauclaire, LCPC works with children, teens, and their families to address a variety of mental health issues, including, anxiety, depression, ADHD, grief and loss, trauma, and behavioral concerns. She is a registered play therapist and specializes in child-centered play therapy, sand tray therapy, and filial therapy. In addition, Tori has a special interest and advanced training in animal assisted play therapy.

    Tori's favorite quotation is "Toys are children's words and play is their language," from Garry L. Landreth's Play Therapy: the Art of the Relationship.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Jacqueline Bell, DO specializes in addressing the full range of emotional and behavioral difficulties affecting children and adolescents using the latest therapies and interventions. She has experience working with youths affected by a wide range of behavioral and emotional disturbances.

    Dr. Bell is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and American Osteopathic Association.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Beth Bolen, LCSW is a mental health therapist and advanced certified alcohol and drug counselor. She specializes in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and treatment of anxiety, depression, oppositional defiant disorder, PTSD, substance use, and family relational problems.  

    Beth earned her bachelor's degree in human services at Western Washington University and her master's degree in social work at Colorado State University.


  • Pediatric Mental Health

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    Luke Brewton, MD is a board certified child psychiatrist and specializes in treating anxiety disorders, depression, ADHD, and other mood and thought disorders in children, adolescents, and their families. He loves helping adolescents and their families communicate better with one another.

    Dr. Brewton earned his bachelor's degree in neuroscience from New York University and is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health

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  • Pediatric Mental Health

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    Jessica Carpenter, LCSW works with children and specializes in the integration of mental health services in a medical setting. She has experience with rural populations and has previously provided traditional counseling services for all ages.

    Jessica earned both her bachelor's degree in biology and her master's degree in social work from Northwest Nazarene University.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health
  • Pediatric Neuropsychology

    Biography

    Kathleen M. Deidrick, PhD provides neuropsychological evaluation and consultation to assist in diagnosis and intervention planning for infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents with neurocognitive and medical conditions. As a member of the cochlear implant team she completes pre-surgical evaluations.

    Dr. Deidrick works with a broad range of neurological, genetic, and other congenital and acquired medical conditions, including chromosomal abnormalities, congenital heart disease, moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, leukemia, extreme prematurity, and autism spectrum disorder.

    Dr. Deidrick completed her internship with the Wichita Collaborative Psychology Internship program and her post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Julie Dephue, LMFT is a marriage and family therapist providing counseling and treatment children and young adults struggling with behavior difficulties, anxiety, depression, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, and other developmental disabilities. She also provides parent skills training and family therapy to support children with developmental and mental health conditions.

    Julie has experience with applied behavior analysis, cognitive behavior therapy, solution-focused therapy, structural family therapy, and behavior modification.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Mental Health

    Biography

    Millie Gaitan-Gonzalez, LCSW provides counseling services for children, adolescents, and adults in English and Spanish. Her focus is on cognitive behavioral therapy methods, and acceptance and commitment therapy methods to help individuals with trauma, depression, suicidality, self-injury, anxiety, and substance use disorders. She has experience working with immigrant and refugee individuals and in providing inpatient mental healthcare for adults.

    Millie earned her master’s degree in social work from Boise State University.  


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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Gretchen Gudmundsen, PhD oversees diagnostic assessment and therapeutic intervention for the St. Luke's Children's Day Treatment Center. She provides psychological evaluation and consultation to assist in diagnosis and intervention planning with children and adolescents with psychiatric conditions.

    Dr. Gudmundsen works with a broad range of youth with cognitive, emotional, and behavioral challenges, and has expertise in behavioral assessment and intervention with adolescents dealing with depression, bipolar disorder, and suicidal and self-harming tendencies.

    Dr. Gudmundsen earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Dartmouth College and her doctorate in child clinical psychology from the University of Denver. She completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital, then joined the faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences. She was also an attending clinical psychologist in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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  • Pediatric Mental Health

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    Travis Haase, LCPC earned his bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of Idaho and his master’s degree at Walden University. His current interests are in organic processing of behaviors and the development of chronic mental illness. He has clinical experience with individuals struggling with mental health disorders including, but not limited to, depression, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, ADHD, pragmatic communication disorder, autism spectrum disorders, anxiety, adjustment disorder, and psychotic disorders. He has experience in grief counseling and crisis management, with further education in cognitive behavioral therapy, desensitization, relaxation, and behavioral modification.


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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Neuropsychology

    Biography

    Elena Harlan Drewel, PhD is a pediatric neuropsychologist at St. Luke's Children's Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. She conducts diagnostic and treatment planning evaluations for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and is also a member of a multidisciplinary autism diagnostic team. 

    In addition, Dr. Harlan provides neuropsychological evaluation and consultation for children and adolescents who have spina-bifida myelomeningocele and specializes in the evaluation of preschool aged children who present with a variety of behavioral, emotional, and developmental concerns.

    Dr. Harlan earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology (child emphasis) at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of California-Los Angeles; and her post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Tamara Helfer, MD cares for children and adolescents with a wide range of psychiatric issues, including -- but not limited to – depression, anxiety, autism, and mood/psychotic disorders. 
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    Biography

    Brian Huck, LCSW specializes in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and working with male patients. He also uses acceptance commitment, dialectical behavioral, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing therapies and techniques. 

    Brian earned his bachelor's degree in psychology and his master's degree in social work from Boise State University.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Kama Hurley, MA, LCPC is a mental health therapist with clinical experience treating anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, adjustment and stress-related disorders. She has additional training in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), child-parent relational therapy (CPRT), and is a Love and Logic facilitator.

    Kama earned her bachelor's degree in psychology at Lewis-Clark State College and her master's degree in counseling at Boise State University.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health

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    Sarah Kaldor, LCPC is a mental health therapist working with youth at St. Luke's Children's Day Treatment Center. She is experienced with children, teens, and families with a variety of social, emotional, and behavioral concerns, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, and trauma.

    Sarah helps youths and their families who need more intensive therapeutic support than traditional outpatient therapy provides. She uses a collaborative approach, utilizing the family as an imperative component to the change process and supporting improvements in wellness. She views therapy from an attachment-focused and trauma-informed lens while using a variety of therapeutic interventions, including cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy, to improve overall stability and functioning.

    Sarah earned both her bachelor's degree in applied developmental psychology and her master's degree in mental health counseling from Eastern Washington University.

  • Pediatric Mental Health

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    Jane Krumm, LCSW is a mental health therapist and certified professional mediator. She specializes in caring for children and adolescents with ADHD, learning disabilities, and other special needs; and working with families in behavior management and children’s school success.

    Jane earned her bachelor's degree in psychology at Colorado State University and her master's degree in social work at the University of Denver.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Kerry Leavell, LCPC, MT-BC has special training in use of creative arts therapies, including music therapy, with individuals of all cognitive ability levels. She has particular interest in ADHD (and its unique presentation in girls), autism, and mood/anxiety disorders.

    Kerry earned her bachelor's degree in music performance at Wheaton College and her master's degree in expressive therapies and mental health counseling at Lesley University.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health

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    Carlie Mancini, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. Carlie has experience as a mental health nurse practitioner caring for patients with an array of mental health conditions including mood, anxiety, psychotic, and substance use disorders. She has worked as a registered nurse for St. Luke's in both inpatient and outpatients settings including the neurosurgery floor and epilepsy monitoring unit and most recently, pediatric neurology.

    Carlie earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Lewis-Clark State College and her master's degree in nursing from the University of Southern Indiana. As a Boise native, Carlie is honored to be providing quality, patient-centered care to the children and families of the community she knows and loves.

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  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Patricia Martelle, LCSW is operations manager of the St. Luke's Children's Day Treatment Center. She supports the holistic approach to behavioral health services for youth based on a philosophy of systems of care that emphasizes teaming and collaboration across the systems a child is involved in. She advocates for youth and parents with the belief that their voices are instrumental in creating lasting solutions.

    Pat earned her first master's degree in social work from Louisiana State University School of Social Work, and her second master's degree in public health from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

  • Pediatric Mental Health

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    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.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health

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    Roger Olson, PsyD is a clinical child psychologist and part of the Learning, Attention and Behavior (L.A.B.) evaluation program at St. Luke's Children's Center for Neurobehavioral Medicine. He conducts psychological evaluations for children and adolescents with learning, attention, behavioral, and/or emotional difficulties.

    Dr. Olson works collaboratively with children, teens, and parents from a strength-based perspective and helps families feel respected throughout the evaluation process. He also provides mindfulness-based parent education workshops focused on building resilience and developing optimal parent-child attachment.

    Dr. Olson has experience in a wide variety of settings, such as schools, prisons, hospitals, and clinics. He earned his bachelor's degree at Boise State University and his graduate degree in psychology at George Fox University.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Mental Health

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    Samuel Pullen, DO specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness in children and adolescents. His interests include treatment of children with ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, and sleep disorders. He serves as department chair and Eastern Idaho regional medical director over adult and child mental health services.

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  • Pediatric Mental Health

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    Jena Schildhauer, LCSW is experienced working with children and their families to address behavioral and mental health concerns. She has worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient hospitalization, residential treatment, and community-based counseling. She has extensive experience working with children impacted by trauma, severe behavioral problems, attachment disorders, ADHD, anxiety, and depression.

    Jena earned her master's degree in social work from Northwest Nazarene University.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Neuropsychology

    Biography

    Mikaela Sebree, PhD is director of neuro- and behavioral psychology at St. Luke's Children's. She provides neuropsychological evaluation and consultation for infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents with neurocognitive and medical conditions.

    Dr. Sebree performs clinical assessments and pre-surgical evaluations to assist in diagnosis and intervention planning. She works with a broad range of neurological, genetic, and other congenital and acquired medical conditions including epilepsy, brain tumors, leukemia, neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis, stroke, and extreme prematurity. She also specializes in the assessment and management of concussion in children and adolescents.

    Dr. Sebree earned her graduate degree at the University of Texas, and completed her internship at Children's Hospital Colorado. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Boston Children's Hospital in association with Harvard Medical School.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health

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    Joe Seiders, LCSW is a mental health therapist working with children, teens, and their families. He is experienced working with people who have special needs, have come from hard places, or may have experienced trauma. Joe strives to improve the quality of life of those he works with.

    Joe's areas of expertise include working with trauma, depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, oppositional defiant disorder, reactive attachment, autism, learning disabilities, gender identity issues, adoption, and sexual abuse. He uses a strengths-based, solution-focused attachment-centered, and trauma-informed perspectives.

    Joe earned his master's degree in social work from Boise State University.

  • Pediatric Mental Health

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    Christopher Streeter, MD has broad experience in individual, family, and systems-based neurobehavioral issues with particular expertise in complex mood, anxiety, and disruptive behavior disorders. He completed his general psychiatry residency at Naval Medical Center in San Diego and his child and adolescent fellowship at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu.

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  • Mental Health

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    Jacob Wilson, LCSW provides long-term therapeutic and counseling services for adults and children based on comprehensive assessments and treatment plans. He is part of the team-care model working directly with physicians in our primary care clinics. He is certified in critical incident stress debriefing, and is available to address potential behavioral health issues that arise during a patient's visit, with the aim of early identification, quick resolution, long-term prevention, and wellness for as many patients as possible.

    Jacob earned his master's degree in social work from the University of Nevada, Reno.


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  • Mental Health

    Biography

    Brhe Zolber, LCPC is passionate about working with children, teenagers, and their families. She uses strengths-based, client-centered approaches while also incorporating creative and play therapies.

    Brhe earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Boise State University and her master's degree in clinical counseling with an emphasis in grief, trauma, and crisis from Northwest Nazarene University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and doing anything outdoors.

    Favorite Books:

    • Children's book: Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae
    • Parenting book: The Whole Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

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    Accepting new patients