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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].

 

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.

 

Phyllis Eicher

I am a counseling intern at The College of Idaho.  Currently I am in my third year at Idaho State University studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  Originally from Illinois, I have a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Masters of Fine Arts of California Institute of the Arts.  I am a life long practitioner and teacher of the martial arts including Qi Gong, Tai Chi and Aikido.  I have been a Life Coach utilizing Design Theory and Neuro Linguistic Programming.  

 My therapeutic approach focuses on client strengths and the cultivation of self-awareness, exploration and acceptance. I am an compassionate, eclectic counselor.  My clinical interests include but are not limited to EMDR and trauma, anxiety depression and multi-cultural issues.   I am a LGBTQ+ safe space counselor.

 

Laura Adams

I am a third-year counseling intern at Northwest Nazarene University studying Clinical Mental Health with an emphasis in Trauma and EMDR training. As a native Idahoan, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Idaho in 2001. Since then, I’ve lived in Atlanta, GA, San Francisco, CA, and Tampa, FL. A decade ago, I joined the parent’s club, and it inspired me to return to my roots in Idaho.

Because every client is unique, I tailor my therapeutic approach to each person. With a deep appreciation for human suffering and radical respect for those who choose to seek help to discover or regain their zest for life, the support I offer includes strengths-based elements, acceptance, focus on meaning-making, self-compassion, encouragement, and relational resilience. I believe disconnection is one of the most prominent sources of suffering, whereas connection in growth-fostering relationships is powerfully healing. Our relationship can be one of these conduits.

The theory base I most frequently utilize includes Existentialism, Relational-Cultural theory (feministic), Adlerian theory, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy.

My clinical interests include, but are not limited to: anxiety, depression, LGBTQ, disordered eating & body image issues, trauma & crisis, sexual and domestic abuse, suicidal ideation, grief & loss, ADHD, obsessive compulsive disorder, career counseling, spirituality (including spiritual abuse), emotional & relational distress, and life transitions.