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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.

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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. 

Carol Lowry, M.Ed, ACADC

Carol Lowry, M.Ed, ACADC has lived in Kootenai County since 2010. She is an Advanced Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and has been with Ascent Counseling since 2018. Ms. Lowry earned a Master Degree in Education, which allowed her to fulfill her passion for teaching Kindergarten through 6th Grade for 25 years. Through her own personal experience, she was later called to help people with Substance Use Disorders pursue honest life-improving changes, which brings her great joy. Realizing her passion to help others, through her counseling experience at Ascent, she decided to pursue two different certifications. In June 2022, Carol graduated from the Health Coach Institute and is now a Certified Health Coach and a Certified Life Coach, which makes it possible for her to help even more people overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.

A certified life coach can help with the following: (and more)

  • Repairing and Strengthening Relationships

  • Healthy Peer Relations

  • Healthy Boundary Establishment

  • Improving Leadership Skills

  • Educational Goals

  • Vocational Goals

  • Health and Fitness Goals

  • Improving Decision-Making

  • Grief and Loss

  • Strengthening your Spiritual Walk

  • Finding Greater Joy in Your Life

If you are interested in overcoming barriers that prevent you from reaching your goals, please ask about our Life Coaching Services.

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Christine Lorimer, M.A.,LPC

Christine Lorimer, M.A., LPC holds a master's degree in Counseling and Human Services. She has worked in the field of counseling and social services since 1995. She loves doing family systems, individual counseling, mental and behavioral health counseling, children's play therapy, crisis intervention, and treating substance use disorders. She is a trauma informed provider who has a passion for helping people. 

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