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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

    Teen Substance Abuse: 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 a child psychologist 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

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    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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  • Pediatric Mental Health

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    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.


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  • Pediatric Mental Health

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    Kathleen M. Deidrick, PhD is a pediatric neuropsychologist. She 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
  • 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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  • 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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  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Elena Harlan Drewel, PhD 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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    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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  • Pediatric Mental Health

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    Miriam Hunter, LPC is a licensed clinical professional counselor with clinical interests in behavioral issues, parenting education, adjustment to diagnosis, school concerns, and family conflict. Prior to joining St. Luke's, she worked at the Arnold Palmer Hospital where she provided counseling to children and families in the hematology-oncology unit and outpatient clinic, and provided crisis intervention to patients in the emergency department. 

    Miriam earned her bachelor's degree in sociology from Linfield College and her master's degree in counseling psychology from Lewis and Clark College.

  • 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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  • 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

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    Sean Nixon, LCPC is a licensed clinical professional counselor and a licensed marriage and family therapist with clinical 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 two master's degrees from Northwest Nazarene University; has presented at state, regional, and national conferences; and has taken on many roles in professional counseling organizations.

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  • Pediatric Mental Health

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    Roger Olson, PsyD is a clinical child psychologist with experience in a wide variety of settings such as schools, prisons, hospitals, and clinics. He has a passion for helping individuals and families thrive and live healthy lives; and uses a strength-based approach to work collaboratively with others.

    Roger earned his bachelor's degree at Boise State University and his graduate degree in psychology at George Fox University.

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  • Mental Health

    Biography

    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

    Biography

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


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  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    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.
  • 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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