Heather Tustison, LCPC, NCC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Marriage and Family Counselor
National Certified Counselor
Healthy, happy, and whole relationships in marriages and families across the lifespan.
Restoration of the hearts, minds, and souls for individuals, couples, and families.
I work with individuals, couples, and families. I specialize in marriage/couple issues, effective communication, pre-marital counseling, healthy relationships, addictions, anger and stress management and Christian counseling, while maintaining a private practice in Meridian, Idaho. I am the Clinical Director at Treasure Wellness and love the teaching, mentoring, and training aspect of supervision.
My fascination with counseling began while working in a private child/adolescent residential facility during my freshman year in college. I learned that I could make a difference in those children’s lives through open discussions encouraging them to overcome, rather than be victim of their circumstance.
I have been given a variety of opportunities to work with a vast diversity of populations, of which, I find myself grateful for my first stepping stone.
Since that first position, I have ventured into several areas of expertise. I have worked as a Marriage and Family Counselor, Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program Counselor for Chemical Dependency, Anger and Stress Management Prevention Interventionist, and Clinical Supervision.
In addition to counseling, I have presented at international, national, state, and local conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topics of Gestalt Counseling Techniques and Interventions, Couples Communication, Self Worth and Self Confidence, Anger and Stress Management, and Effective Communication Skills. I also enjoy working with graduate student interns from area universities as they pursue their degree in Counseling or Marriage and Family Therapy.
I'm a pretty real, down to earth kind of person, a bit rough around the edges, but genuine. My family is my loving husband of ten years, my two darling sons and our one furry kid, a Welsh Corgi (who sometimes joins me in the office when its theraputic...which is almost every day).
I believe our individual issues are influenced and impacted by the state of our relationships.
That's why I choose to specialize in working with couples using Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). EFT is a well-researched model that helps couples identify and address repetitive negative patterns that hurt, and replace them with skills for building a deeply satisfying, trusting connection. I find EFT to be one of the most effective methods to use in marriage and family counseling.
I am actively pursuing certification in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). Certification is rigorous and requires continued education, training, and supervision. I have completed over 200 post-licensure hours of additional training in EFT for couples (find me at www.iceeft.com).
Below is the technical stuff that may require a Counselor-to-English dictionary. Its here if you are interested.
My basic core beliefs are based in Gestalt, complimented by Contextual and Family Systems theories.
- Gestalt therapy is an existential/experiential form of psychotherapy that emphasizes personal responsibility, and that focuses upon the individual's experience in the present moment, the therapist-client relationship, the environmental and social contexts of a person's life, and the self-regulating adjustments people make as a result of their overall situation.
- Contextual therapy gives an ethical perspective emphasizing trust, loyalty, transgenerational indebtedness and entitlements as well as fairness in relationships between family members.
- Family Systems theory notes an individual is in constant relation to the larger system, therefore, where the system is changed, so will the individual, as well, where the individual is changed, the system will also be changed.
I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Counseling
Northwest Nazarene University
Bachelors of Science in Psychology
License, Certifications & Awards
Advanced Clinical Supervision - 2017
Idaho State University Supervisor of the Year - 2016
National Certified Counselor - 2016
Certified ACA Code of Ethics Trainer - 2015
Robert Rencken Emerging Professional Award - 2015
Idaho State University Supervisor of the Year - 2012
Idaho Counseling Association "Distinguished Service Medal of Honor" - 2011
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor - 2010
Registered Clinical Supervisor - 2010
Emotionally Focused Therapy Core Skills Training - 2019
Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship - 2018
Lay Minister License
Ministry Training and Leadership School - 2002
IAMFC Branch Development Committee - 2018-2019
American Counseling Association Branch Development Committee 2015-2018
IDASERVIC President 2015-2018
American Counseling Association Western Region Chair 2012-2015
Idaho Counseling Association President 2011-2013
Idaho Counseling Association Conference Chair 2009-11, & 17
Idaho Counseling Association Program Chair 2006-8
American Counseling Association
Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling
Association for Specialists in Group Work
Idaho Counseling Association
Idaho Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors
Idaho Association of Marriage and Family Counselors
Idaho Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling
Idaho Mental Health Counselors Association
Idaho School Counselors Association
Idaho Career Development Association
International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy