Alana Brunner earned her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology & Sociology from The College of Idaho in 2003 and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Boise State University in 2008. During her graduate coursework at Boise State University, she completed a one-year internship at Saint Alphonsus Behavioral Health, an inpatient psychiatric hospital for children and adults in Boise, Idaho. She later served as the Lead Counselor at the facility for nearly 5 years.
Alana is endorsed as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor(LCPC-4699), the highest level of independent counseling licensure in Idaho; and has held this credential since 2011. Additionally, she is both a National Certified Counselor and Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (NCC/CCMHC-275357) through the National Board of Certified Counselors.
Alana maintains a private practice in Boise, Idaho working with children, adolescents, and adults. She has specialized experience working in inpatient and outpatient settings where a variety of issues are addressed. In addition to her practice, she serves as an Adjunct Professor for the Counselor Education Department at Boise State University and works as a Psychiatric Clinician in the Emergency Department at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.
She has solid and grounded experience helping those with chronic mental health issues as well as those struggling with situational anxiety and/or depression. Given her extensive experience at both Saint Alphonsus Behavioral Health and in the Emergency Department, she has a very good understanding of when a client may need a higher level of care. Alana can assist her clients with steps to seek inpatient care and provide support for any emotional complications that may arise.
Her foundational approach to counseling is an evidenced-based practice called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Her aim is to work collaboratively with clients to identify core values through the evaluation of automatic thoughts and beliefs and address how they may be contributing and/or interfering in one’s daily life. Alana’s belief is that as automatic thoughts are addressed they can be reorganized, allowing for positive changes in behavior and in the way we feel.
Alana is an active member of both the American Counseling Association and the Idaho Mental Health Counselor’s Association.
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