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Our Counselors

Cynthia Mauzerall, LCPC

My name is Cynthia Mauzerall and I have been a counselor at The College of Idaho since 2007. I have been a licensed clinical professional counselor in the state of Idaho since 2002.  In 1996, I graduated from Wake Forest University (B.A. Psychology) where I had the opportunity to compete in Division 1 Cross-Country and Track and Field.  My passion for health and wellness was also channeled into Wake’s Peer Health Educator program.  I also became a volunteer for a suicide and crisis hotline and that sparked an on-going involvement in suicide prevention.  I earned my master’s in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University in 1998.

I am a compassionate therapist who uses eclectic approaches to facilitate healing with clients from various ethnicities, backgrounds, and belief systems.  My hope is that you as a College of Idaho student come to realize your own unique purpose and place in the world.  If you choose to walk through the Counseling Center door, I feel proud that you began on a journey toward healing that takes courage to begin.   It is easy to settle for a less-than satisfying life.  I believe embarking on a therapeutic journey is a pronouncement to oneself that “I deserve more”.  Healing can take many forms, among my favorite modes of healing include person-centered, mindfulness-based stress-reduction, and cognitive-behavioral therapies.  A motto that speaks to me and guides my work as a counselor is “People will forget what you said; People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel."  -Maya Angelou

I can be reached at (208) 459-5561 or [email protected].

Brian Davies, LPC

I graduated from The College of Idaho in 2002 as a Gipson Scholar, with emphases in psychology and creative writing. I played varsity soccer throughout my time here, and my team won Regionals and qualified for the NAIA National Tournament in 2001.

In 2014, I received my Master of Counseling degree from Idaho State University, and I have counseled college students ever since. One of my greatest joys is seeing thoughtful people grow, find fulfillment, and broaden their perspectives.

I believe therapeutic change and healing occur when a counselor and client relate to one another with authenticity and compassion in an atmosphere free of judgment, and this is what I aim to provide in the counseling room. When people are struggling, their thinking and behavior often turn rigid and their emotions can become overwhelming and hard to manage. When I counsel, I help clients identify and clarify their thoughts, feelings, and values so they can be integrated into a more coherent and harmonious sense of self.

Developing a clearer understanding of yourself and your abilities is a vital step toward fulfilling your potential, therefore, facilitating self-discovery and self-awareness is a primary objective of my counseling. If you have questions about counseling or ever just want to chat, feel free to come by my office anytime! 

I can be reached at (208) 459-5066 or [email protected].

Natalie Davison

My name is Natalie Davison, and I am a Rehabilitation Counselor. Most students already know me as Director of Learning Support and Disability Services, but I am also a Counseling Intern in the Counseling Center this year! It is exciting to work with students at The College of Idaho as I pursue my licensure as a professional counselor. I have a Bachelor of Science in Disability and Community Services, and a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling. I have lived in Pennsylvania my whole life, until moving to Idaho in the Fall of 2018. I love spending time outdoors, cooking, winning board games, and enjoying a good cup of coffee.  

Counseling is a chance to be welcomed, understood, and accepted. As a Counselor, I hope to provide the space for students to make decisions, process events, reflect, and receive validation for their experiences and emotions. Sometimes, counseling can be a place to learn new things about the world or about yourself. I value forming trusting, helping relationships with students in which I can learn their strengths and empower them to reach their goals. Since every person is unique, I provide an eclectic, individualized counseling experience. I enjoy taking a narrative approach to counseling, in which a person can construct the story that defines their relationship to the world. I use many counseling theories and approaches to facilitate growth and understanding with students, including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Relational, and Adlerian Counseling.  

A way of being with clients: I kind of like the gardener metaphor. I’m the gardener and I help till the soil and water and fertilize the plants, and care for them. And I need to understand what the plant needs, what conditions that plant needs for it to actually grow and become its’ full potential. That’s what I see as one metaphor for being a counselor. I don’t know all the answers, but I’m a person who creates the conditions for the person to grow.  

My hours are in the evenings on weekdays. I’d love to meet you and hear your story. Please email me to set a meeting at [email protected] 

Talia Sierra, PA-C

I graduated from the College of Idaho in 2006 with a major in Biology and graduated from Idaho State University's Physician Assistant Program in 2008, graduating with a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies. I began providing psychiatric services with the College of Idaho in 2015 but have experience in psychiatric care since 2008. 

Participating in the care of my patients is a privilege which I truly enjoy. Connecting to patients in a meaningful way that improves their quality of life is one of the reasons I love my job. In my practice I strive to understand each person's individual needs and understanding what is important to them and their priorities. This helps me to treat them to the best of my ability by maximizing their quality of life. 

I work closely with the counselors at the Student Health and Wellness Center to provide a well-balanced approach to therapy.

Heidi Diaz, B.A, LMSW

Heidi is the First Generation College Student Group Facilitator at The College of Idaho. She graduated in the top 15 percent of all juniors and seniors at California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts degree in  Sociology. Heidi earned her Master's in Social Work from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. She is licensed to practice in Idado.

Heidi was born in Managua, Nicaragua. She immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of 6. She grew up in Pasadena, California. Through her professional experience in the mental health field, Heidi has learned that there is a great need for Spanish speaking mental health professionals which is why she decided to pursue a Master's in the health field. Heidi enjoys dancing, swimming and exploring new things.