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Our Counselors

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Natalie Davison Interim Director of Health & Wellness Center

My name is Natalie Davison (B.S, M.S, CRC), and I am a Rehabilitation Counselor. I am Director of Health & Wellness, and Accessibility & Learning Excellence. 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 a 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, Solution Focused Brief Therapy 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.

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Aman Gill Assistant Director, Counseling/Multicultural Counselor

My name is Aman Gill (LMHCA, LCP Intern, CHt) and I am the Multicultural Counselor and Assistant Director of Counseling at the College.  I hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, and a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree majoring in Psychology and minoring in Behavioral Science and Religion. I belong to the American Psychological Association as well as the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association. 

I have an integrative and holistic approach to counseling and draw on a variety of techniques from different orientations.  My experience has taught me that every individual and story is unique and that it is imperative to work together with my clients to find the right approach and solution that meets their needs.

I know firsthand the stressors students face during their college years, and the toll it can take on their mental health.  I also understand how important it is to seek and receive support during these times.  I recognize how difficult it can be to take those first steps, but I can assure you that you will be met with a safe and compassionate space to share.  We will work together with an understanding and embodiment of your worldview so you can receive the support and help that fits your individual needs. 

No issue or concern is too big or small.  Please do not hesitate to reach out.   I look forward to hearing from you.

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Heidi Murillo-Diaz Assistant Director of Accessibility & Learning Excellence

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 Idaho. 

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. 

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Mike Shines Director of Aquatics Strength Coach, Life Coach

I have worked and been involved in many areas of the fitness and wellness industry for over 50 years and have been employed at The College of Idaho since 1991. My positions as Director of Aquatics and Strength and Conditioning Coach for Rehabilitation give me opportunities to work with students, faculty, and staff on campus.

As a Life Coach, my life experiences have allowed me to believe in the importance of trying new things, taking calculated risks, and stepping out on your own to create your own identity. I also believe when you take the time to reach out for the first time and share your thoughts with another human being you trust, that has had those life experiences, you may gain insight. Insight will keep you from making the same mistakes so many of us did. By making it a habit, to reach out, you give yourself the opportunity to make your day better and perhaps improve someone else’s. So, remember to just reach out.

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Darma Koffer AmeriCorps Wellness Educator/Accessibility Case Manager

Hello! My name is Dharma (she/her) and I am the Wellness Educator & Accessibility Case Manager for the Counseling Center. I graduated from C of I in May '21 and am passionate about mental health, self-care, and disability advocacy. When I am not working, I enjoy backpacking, rock-climbing, and growing vegetables in my garden! Feel free to send me an email, Teams message, or drop by my office anytime!

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I am working toward a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Northwest Nazarene University. I am currently developing my clinical skills and collecting hours toward my licensure in the state of Idaho. I did my undergraduate studies at Seattle Pacific University where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with training in Music Therapy as well as a minor in Spanish/Latin American Studies. Since then, I have held various clerical roles in a large healthcare system and have developed much interest in and passion for physiological health as well as mental-emotional health. I was born and raised in the Treasure Valley and am really excited to become part of the community at The College of Idaho! In my free time, I love to hike, read, play music, do yoga, listen to podcasts, go camping/backpacking, and spend time with friends and family. I also love to travel and experience a variety of cultures and landscapes.

Simply put, being human can be extremely difficult. I want to be a part of normalizing the need for mental-emotional support during strenuous times and also celebrating the more joyous times. We are the way we are for so many reasons, and I want to help people in cultivating a better understanding of themselves, others, and the world. I want to hold a space where you can take a deep breath and process what’s going on in your life, validate your experiences, and develop skills or coping strategies to grow into yourself and empower you to take strides in your journey. I truly believe that we hold so much power within ourselves to grow – but sometimes we need help tapping into it. College can be quite a challenging time, and I was an undergraduate not so long ago myself. So I want to be your ally. Nothing is too trivial or too serious to bring into counseling, and coming to see us ultimately means showing up for yourself! You matter simply because you exist… period. Using a holistic and integrative approach, I will employ techniques or methods that will best suit you, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, relaxation, and psychoeducation.

If you are interested or even the slightest bit curious, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me and we can set a time to meet in person or remotely! I also will be in the Counseling Center most Tuesday and Friday afternoons if you ever want to pop by and just say hello.

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