Meet the Tidwell Team

Boise's International Trauma Treatment Center

Kathy Tidwell, LCSW

President of the Board of Directors
Development Director

Kathy founded Tidwell Social Work in 2000 as a mental health clinic specializing in refugee trauma.  Since Tidwell transitioned to a 501C-3 organization in November of 2014, Kathy has been focused on establishing the clinic’s non-profit infrastructure.  Kathy actively organizes trainings and programs that facilitate the integration of refugees into our communities as our neighbors, colleagues and friends.  She has over twenty-six years of post graduate mental health and child welfare experience in Idaho.  Over the course of her career she has worked as a clinical social worker, clinical supervisor, manager, business owner and consultant.

Rama Deen, LCSW

Executive Director
Therapist / Counselor

Rama has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boise State University and is multilingual in African dialects. Over the last fourteen years, she has served vulnerable populations both in the United States and internationally.  Rama is an expert in the psychosocial complexities of refugee resettlement and effective therapy with traumatized populations. Rama works well with adults, adolescents, and children who have experienced trauma or are struggling with the demands of everyday life. She uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Narrative, Therapy, Play Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Linda Brock

Office Manager

Linda is often the first person who you will see and talk to at Tidwell Social Work. Linda coordinates transportation, appointments, and filing responsibilities. Linda is organized and thorough. In addition to basic office management duties, Linda has also taken on the responsibility of bookkeeping for the clinic. Before joining Tidwell Social Work, Linda worked in business office management for twelve years at a Funeral Chapel and has fifteen years of experience in the legal field.

Andrew Lynes

Marketing and Development Officer
Board Member

Andrew will graduate from Northwest Nazarene University with a Master’s Degree in Counseling in May of 2018. Andrew has been involved with refugee communities and mental health work for the last ten years. His history includes work as an interpreter supervisor, program director, marketing director, community-based rehabilitation provider, case manager, and public relations officer. Andrew is a member of the Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society and is a Credentialed Academic Associate in the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy.

Rachael Hall, LCPC

Clinical Supervisor
Therapist / Counselor

Rachael has an Master’s Degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her clinical skills focus on depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, adjustment disorders, parent-child conflict, and family issues. She has many years of experience treating survivors of trauma including sexual abuse, physical abuse and violence. Rachael uses a variety of interventions to help her clients achieve growth and healing including expressive art, play and sand therapies, cognitive/behavioral and EMDR, and psycho-education. She also specializes in animal and equine assisted therapy and is certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association.

Lydia Blackwell

Lydia Blackwell, LMSW

Community Building and Healing Coordinator
Therapist / Counselor

Lydia earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boise State University in May of 2017. She is a devoted community organizer in the Treasure Valley and has been practicing social work since 2014. Lydia is committed to working towards social and political justice for all individuals. Lydia recognizes that each individual has their own style and matches her counseling approach to her client’s needs. She often employs Art and Expressive Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) into her work. Lydia grew up in Texas and California and has now settled here in Boise, Idaho. She enjoys creating music, reading books, community organizing, and being in nature.

Kimi Eames

Kimi Eames, LCSW

Therapist / Counselor

It is a courageous act to seek out healing in the form of psychotherapy and allow someone to witness the journey. I honor whatever brought you to the place of looking for a therapist that will fit your needs. The journey toward healing can be difficult and confusing and my hope is to walk with clients offering strength, support and guidance when needed. I have worked as a therapist for 7 years, specializing in cross cultural and trauma therapy. My focus is treating depression, anxiety, and interpersonal difficulties. I have additional training and education in EMDR; mindfulness; trauma sensitive yoga skills; child parent psychotherapy; multi-cultural therapy; the trauma resilience model.

Beverly Hines, LPC

Therapist / Counselor

Beverly received her Master’s degree in Clinical/Counseling Psychology from California State University, San Bernardino.  She counsels children, teenagers, and adults in individual, couples (Gottman method), family, play therapy, and group therapy.  Her areas of experience include anxiety, depression, tantrums and oppositional defiant behavior, life-transition stress, couples issues, teen struggles, female sex and love addiction, physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, and war trauma.  Her primary approach to counseling is rooted in interpersonal psychotherapy, object relations, and attachment theory.  Beverly provides trauma informed care and utilizes EMDR (basic trained) as appropriate.

Shirlene Elledge, LCSW

Therapist / Counselor

Shirlene received her Master’s degree in Social Work and her Dispute Resolution Certificate from Boise State University. Her clinical specialties include trauma recovery, grief work, relationship healing, couples therapy, step-family and co-parenting issues, parent/child issues, PTSD, depression, and anxiety. Shirlene has over 25 years experience helping individuals and families through step- and biological parent education counseling. She is an EMDR therapist, has certification in the studies of Alderian Psychology, and is a Certified Professional Mediator. Shirlene utilizes Adlerian theory, EMDR, Cognitive/behavioral, Narrative, Gestalt and Psycho-education in therapy.

Grace Jo, LCSW

Therapist / Counselor

Grace received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Boise State University and earned a Bachelors Degree in Painting/Printmaking from Cornish College of the Arts. She is an experienced individual and family therapist for children and adults of various cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Her therapy has been helpful for treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, trauma and abuse victims, severe mental illness, relational and family problems. Grace utilizes integrative therapy approach that is customized based on individual needs. Her theoretical background includes Insight-oriented, Cognitive-Behavioral, Expressive, Art, Play and Sand therapies.

Amy Byron-Sadiki, LMSW

Therapist / Counselor

Amy graduated from the University of Michigan where she completed her Master of Social Work and was a Hartford Fellow in Geriatric Social Work. She brings over a decade of social work experience to her clinical practice having worked in a broad range of fields including medical social work, child protection, mental health and international social work.  Amy has worked with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, the United Nations Development Program, and has a certificate in Forced Migration from the University of Oxford Refugee Studies Centre. Amy is passionate about providing cross-cultural services to marginalized individuals and families.

Samuel Clemens, BS, CPSS

CBRS & CM Program Administrator
Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPSS)

Samuel graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a Bachelors degree in International Studies and a minor in Multi-Languages. In addition to English, Sam is fluent in Portuguese. Sam is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Social Work from Northwest Nazarene University and will graduate in 2020. Samuel is an active member of the Music Theatre of Idaho and has performed in dozens of productions throughout the state. Outside the theater and work, Sam is a published writer, loves downhill mountain biking, and is terrible at playing Smash Bros on the Wii.

Kapka Smith, LMSW

Community Based Rehabilitation Provider (CBRS)
Case Manager (CM)

Kapka is a Licensed Master of Social Work. Kapka was born and raised in Bulgaria and moved to USA in 2000. She has worked with refugee population for over 4 years now and feels very blessed to see many of her dreams come true. Kapka is passionate about her work and community service. She was blessed to live and travel in many countries, learn and speak several languages, and enjoy friends from everywhere around the world. Kapka loves her clients, visiting each one of them, making them smile and seeing their lives change.

Anthony Garabai, BS

Community Based Rehabilitation Provider (CBRS)
Case Manager (CM)

Anthony received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University. Prior to his education he worked as a mental health aide in California; treating a wide range of diagnoses, including psychotic disorders, mood disorders, addictive disorders and personality disorders. Post education, Anthony worked as a house manager and intake specialist serving formerly incarcerated citizens and helping them transition back into society for two years in New Mexico.

PTSD Refugee Boise

Sally Mwangi, BS, CPSS

Peer Support Program Supervisor (PSS)
Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPSS)

After Sally graduated from Boise State University, she began working with refugee women as a Community Based Rehabilitation Specialist (formerly known as PSR). Sally now performs Peer Support Services that makes a difference in clients’ lives by collaborating culturally relevant solutions to crises and problems resulting from mental health and community barriers. In addition to Peer Support Services, Sally has been involved in facilitating community training events focused on issues relating to the resettlement experience of newly American refugees in the Treasure Valley.

Aeyanna Juste, M.A., CPRP, CPSS

Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPSS)
Community Based Rehabilitation Provider (CBRS)
Case Manager (CM)

Aeyanna has a Master’s degree from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. Aeyanna has worked in the mental health and human services field for over 15 years. She has lived and worked with individuals in cross-cultural settings, is passionate about working with refugees, and has previous experience working with people with disabilities, the elderly, women, and vulnerable populations. She is a life-long artist who integrates her artistic sensitivity, life experience, and formal education to assist and serve others in their own self-healing and self-empowerment through a transpersonal lens.

Yasir Al Taie, BS, CPSS

Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPSS)
Case Manager (CM)

Yasir earned a Bachelor’s degree in 2001 and enjoys working with and being around people. Yasir is originally from Iraq and speaks both Arabic and English. Yasir moved to Idaho 3 years ago and says that he loves Idaho and enjoys the outdoors. Yasir plans to go back to school and get Master’s degree in Social Work.

Black Social Worker Boise

Joseph Achana, MS

Community-Based Rehabilitation Provider (CBRS)
Case Manager (CM)

Joseph originally comes from Ghana in West Africa where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies Education from the University of Education. After graduating, Joseph practiced as a professional teacher for four years. He has also obtained a Master’s degree in Community Mental Health Social Work from Northwest Nazarene University. Joseph is an experienced CBRS provider who skillfully helps his clients develop the skills needed to be successful in their life. For fun, Joseph enjoys playing soccer, fishing, and inter-cultural activities.

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