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Samantha Strickland, BS

Samantha Strickland, BS

Owner

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Samantha is the owner of Ability Health and Rehabilitation, LLC. Samantha graduated from Boise State University in December of 2009 with a Bachelors of Science. Samantha has worked in the healthcare/mental health field for 7 years and enjoys her work immensely.

Samantha’s goal in opening Ability is to provide quality mental health services for the community she calls home. Samantha hopes to help her clients reach their recovery and resiliency goals with an open honest approach to the struggles they face on a daily basis in this busy world.

In her off time Samantha enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her dogs, take pictures of the beautiful world we live in and reading books.


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    Melodie Galyen

    Melodie Galyen

    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

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    Melodie has a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Northwest Nazarene University with an emphasis in Grief, Trauma, and Crisis. Melodie uses a solution-focused approach based in cognitive-behavioral theory because thoughts, feelings, and behaviors all influence each other. She uses a variety of techniques based on the client’s needs and goals for therapy such as mindfulness training, cognitive restructuring, and behavioral homework.

    Melodie likes working with families, couples, and individuals. Her areas of interest are helping clients deal with issues of depression, anxiety, life transitions, grief and loss, trauma, and crisis. Melodie enjoys working with couples and is comfortable incorporating spirituality throughout counseling should the client desire.

    Every client comes to counseling with their own unique strengths, which they can use to create solutions and progress towards wellness. Melodie believes that counseling, although difficult, can help individuals, couples, and families reach their goals and move toward healthier relationships and habits.


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      Taryn Traughber, BA

      Taryn Traughber, BA

      Community Based Rehabilitation Services (CBRS)

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      Taryn Traughber obtained a BA in Psychology, from Bryn Mawr College in 2015 from which she graduated Magna Cum Laude. At Bryn Mawr Taryn minored in Neuroscience and concentrated her studies on both the philosophy of mind and the biological permutations and treatments of psychopathology. She is also interested in the life sciences and social activism, and reads avidly on both topics. Her hobbies include cooking, archery, rugby, and choir, and she is a huge fan of Fantasy and Science Fiction in almost any medium.


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        Nicky Watson

        Nicky Watson

        Community Based Rehabilitation Services / Case Manager (CBRS / CM)

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        My name is Nicky Watson, I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Certificate in Cultural Awareness Training from Boise State University. I have experience in office management, adoption, self-reliance assistance, research and analysis. I have worked with clients who a wide range of disabilities and cultural barriers and I enjoy helping others. I grew up in Idaho and I love the mountains, camping, fishing and being outdoors.


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          Steve Flick

          Steve Flick

          M.F.A., LCSW

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          Steve was born in Kansas but raised in California. He attended San Francisco State University, San Jose SU, Stanford, University of Montana, Humboldt State University and Boise State University, where he received his Master’s in Social work an then became a licensed clinical social worker. He has worked with sexually abused children, clients with psychiatric disorders, couples, families in crisis, adolescents, and the aged. He has written several books along the way: The Feeling Process: A workbook for Men; Teller’s Last Band (a novel); Speed writing: A workbook for college composition; The C.O. (a novel); and now Creative Writing for Counselors and their Clients. He has won fellowships from the federal government, IV-E Grant for at risk kids, and the Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Fellowship at Stanford University. He has been a counselor for fifteen years in Boise, Idaho and lives there with his wife Loretta who is a silversmith.


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            Heather Stanton, BA

            Heather Stanton, BA

            Community Based Rehabilitation Services / Case Manager (CBRS / CM)

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            Heather is a recent addition to the Ability Health and Rehabilitation, LLC team. Heather has joined us in the capacity of CBRS/CM for our Canyon County clients. Heather’s primary background is in youth education and she has worked in the Nampa/Caldwell school as a teacher for the past several years. Heather has a BA in education. In her spare time Heather enjoys creative activities such as painting, refinishing furniture, and working in her garden. Heather is active in her community and enjoys spending time with her children.


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              Lisa Marie Vestito-Arteaga

              Lisa Marie Vestito-Arteaga

              Intern

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              Lisa Marie graduated from Argosy University, Illinois online in 2015 with a Bachelors of Arts in General Psychology; focused on a specialized in counseling psychology concentration in Child, Adolescent, and Exceptional Children Psychology. She made the Dean’s List and the President’s List throughout her academic journey. Currently, she is enrolled at Cal Southern University, Irvine California online; pursuing a PsyD in Clinical Psychology. Lisa Marie is originally from Northern California and recently moved to Idaho in 2015. She is a mother of three children and enjoys spending time outdoors, swimming and reading fiction.


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                Cathy Elliott

                Cathy Elliott

                Office Manager / Receptionist

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                I was born in Montana, drifted to Western Washington with the family for 5 years. In high school we again moved to Eastern Washington. I recently located to the Boise area for a new adventure with my family. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, emphasis in English, Business, and History. I am currently working on my Master’s in Management and Leadership online. When not busy working or with family, I enjoy reading, genealogy research, and being online. I have been married 20 years to my husband. We have 2 teenage daughters, 13 and 15. We enjoy family game night, watching movies, camping, fishing, and going to church weekly. I am excited to be with Ability Health and see what the future brings.


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                  Sabah

                  Sabah

                  Arabic Interpreter - Owner of ATS Traslation Service