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Jennifer Scott, M.Ed., LCPC, QSUDP

Jennifer Scott is a graduate of the University of Idaho, holding a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Human Services. Her work with adolescents, at-risk youth, adults, and families in crisis is extensive. She also enjoys working with couples who are experiencing difficulty within their marriage. She has advanced professional training in FST (Family Systems Trauma).  In addition to her educational and professional experience, Ms. Scott draws heavily from the resources of her own life, which is helpful in connecting with her clients.


Over the years, Ms. Scott has served as a volunteer for Kootenai County Juvenile Detention, Youth for Christ, homeless shelters, community outreach events, and as the overseer of Celebrate Recovery and other ministries that focus on personal growth. She has both personal and professional experience in the arena of addictions, and is an active prison ministry correspondent where she gives encouragement to inmates who desire change in their lives.


In addition to evidence-based therapeutic approaches, Ms. Scott’s draws heavily on faith-based principles in working with her clients. Her counseling style is supportive and compassionate, yet direct, as she takes her clients beyond their symptoms to identify the root issues that are contributing to their distress, dysfunction, hopelessness, and maladaptive behaviors. Ms. Scott enjoys working alongside her clients, as they experience freedom, healing, restoration, and growth in their lives and relationships.

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you pass through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. - ISAIAH 43:2


Kari Sheldon, M.A., LPC

Kari Sheldon, LPC is a graduate of Gonzaga University with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Kari spent 3 years working as a therapist for Spokane Public Schools and as a private practitioner, prior to joining our team at Ascent Counseling, in 2017.

Kari is passionate about mental wellness and physical fitness. She loves working with her clients to develop a healthy mind and body connection, through mindfulness and other emotional and cognitive behavioral approaches. CBT and DBT are Kari’s primary treatment approaches, which help her clients in getting to the root causes that contribute to unhealthy patterns of thoughts, toxic emotions, and destructive behaviors. Her treatment approach is highly effective for those who desire to work through stressors, deal with big transitions, navigate dysfunctional situations, overcome barriers to success, improve self-concept, improve relationships, and heal from many forms of harm.
One of Kari’s primary passions is inspiring and developing individuals to become the best that they can be, as she works with her clients to build confidence, improve emotional self-expression and communication, and improve connection in life and interpersonal relationships. Kari also loves supporting, encouraging, and providing tools for parents, in order to reduce stress in the home, foster healthier interactions, and strengthen relationships. 

Kari is a well-rounded therapist with a variety of skills and talents. She is kind, compassionate, and enthusiastic about her work. She routinely expresses the joy that she experiences, as she partners with those she loves to serve. 


Marie Phillipson, B.S PSYCH,SUDA,SUDP,NCAC1

Marie Phillipson holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. She is a Nationally Certified Substance Use Disorders Professional with more than 18 years of experience in addiction treatment. She is also a court approved evaluator and has strong knowledge and experience in treating co-occurring disorders. Ms. Phillipson is skilled in all aspects of substance use disorders treatment and specializes in trauma-informed care.


Ms. Phillipson is also an experienced Christian Counselor. She received her counseling certificate from Liberty University and is certified by the American Christian Counseling Association as a Certified Counselor. Marie loves to engage in the heart and soul of what she loves, which is helping her clients live their best lives through getting to the root issues associated with whatever challenges they are experiencing through compassionate inquiry and self-reflection. She believes that everyone deserves a life that includes purpose, satisfaction, and fulfillment.


Marie enjoys lake days with her family on Rockford Bay, traveling, and a good cheeseburger! 


Ecclesiastes 3:11 “He will make all things beautiful in His time.”


Courtney Haviken, LMSW 

Courtney Haviken is a graduate of the University of North Texas where she received her B.A. in Sociology. She went on to earn her Master of Social Work (with an emphasis in Behavioral Health) from California State University, San Marcos. Ms. Haviken has worked in the field of counseling since 2017 in long-term and short-term residential treatment centers, partial-hospitalization programs, and intensive outpatient programs where she has become skilled at helping individuals with complex psychiatric disorders, substance use disorders, eating disorders, gambling, sex and love addiction, codependency, drug and alcohol addiction, relational trauma, and family systems. Her treatment approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Role-Play Therapy.


Courtney is a strong Christian and has served in leadership roles within her church. She has been involved in Celebrate Recovery since 2008 and has served in pregnancy and crisis centers. She also loves swimming, skiing, music, art, and anything that involves enjoying the outdoors.


Courtney enjoys working with teenagers, adults, couples, and families. She describes her counseling style as client-centered, collaborative, empathetic, compassionate, and direct as she helps her clients work towards their treatment goals.


Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light -Matthew 11:28-30

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