Meet Our Team

Dr. Debbie Nunez, CADC, NCAC II
CEO

Debbie has developed a client centered, trauma informed therapeutic process over her twenty years of experience. She earned her PhD from Florida Christian University in 2000. As the prior owner of Mind Over Matter in Orlando, Florida Debbie has specialized in treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. Debbie’s practice also addressed education of local churches in the areas of mental health issues and domestic violence. She has worked with a varying denomination of churches in development of counseling programs and educational workshops. Debbie is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Idaho and recently attained her NCACII (National Certified Addiction Counselor). Debbie has worked in a variety of counseling arenas to include private practice, correctional, court, hospital, day treatment, and residential treatment programs.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13

George Smiledge LPC
Clinician

George returned to this area after graduating with a masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Tarleton State University, Texas; a member of the Texas A&M University system.   George has been married for 23 years and has a blended family of seven children and 10 grandchildren.  George is a veteran of the United States Air Force and was deployed to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm giving him insight into the needs of military members and their families to manage symptoms of trauma and PTSD.  George helped establish the Crisis Treatment Center, Residential Program in Waco, Texas allowing him experience with crisis and relapse management.  George also has a heart for working with blended families as well as helping clients manage symptoms of ADHD and support of their success. 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11

Barbara Brinton, LCSW
Clinician

“Barb” is originally from Virginia but has lived in beautiful North Idaho for 18 years. She is widowed and has 3 children. She has many years of experience in working with families and individuals, including children, adolescents, and adults. She enjoys variety in the types of clients and the issues she works with, and in how she works with them. While she uses an integrative therapy approach which includes CBT, elements of DBT, Narrative therapy techniques, etc. for virtually all age groups, she is also a registered play therapist who uses the power of play as a medium to address the issues her young clients present with, since play is a child’s work and their means of communicating with and understanding the world around them. She says that you can never take her anywhere without her buying more toys to add to her ever-increasing collection of play therapy tools 😊.  She is also fully trained as an EMDR therapist and uses this invaluable evidenced-based tool to address the traumas and other issues her clients may present with.  She looks forward to meeting you.

 

“Life Does Not Have to Be Perfect to Be Wonderful.”                         – Author unknown 

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