Cheryle Jones Andrews

Cheryle Jones Andrews

Cheryle Jones Andrews, M.Ed., LCPC, LMFT, has unique experiences as a school counselor and teacher that contribute to her work with individuals, couples, & their families. Cheryle specializes in Codependency and the role of spirituality in healing relationships; ADHD & its impact on families; working with the Adoption triad; and helping clients find strengths, realize potential, and fulfill their goals.

Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
  • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
  • EMDRIA Certified Therapist in EMDR
  • Certificate from The Meadows in Post-induction Therapy with Pia Mellody
  • Post-graduate Certificate in Therapy with Adoptive Families, Portland State University
  • Former School Counselor and Teacher
  • Lifetime Teaching Certificate in California


Private Practice

As your therapist I extend to you:

  • Kindness and respect
  • Support and encouragement on the journey
  • My professional expertise
  • Gentle confrontation
  • Consistency
  • Compassionate interest
  • Guidance in finding your inherent self-worth
  • Help to work out solutions according to your needs and your lifestyle

My commitment to you:

  • To seek ongoing training
  • To honor diversity
  • To build strong individuals and families
  • Consistent self-care to be the best therapist for you
  • Consultation with other professionals to serve you best
  • Discovering and developing your capacity for survival, growth and joy
  • To help you create a life of meaning and purpose

Ten things you can expect in your therapy:

  • You are comfortable in the environment.
  • You are honest with your counselor.
  • Your counselor understands your goals.
  • You have an opportunity to participate in the treatment planning.
  • You understand the treatment plan–your pathway to success.
  • You understand your role and the role of the therapist.
  • You have confidence in your counselor.
  • You are treated with respect.
  • Your questions are answered. There are no silly questions!
  • You make a commitment to your success, which includes working through the tough spots, following through on homework (if any), as well as keeping and being on time for your appointments.

What makes therapy successful?

Research points to the existence of four factors common to all forms of therapy, despite theoretical orientation (dynamic, cognitive, etc.), mode (individual, group, couples, family, etc.), dosage (frequency and number of sessions), or specialty (problem type, professional discipline, etc.).  In order of their relative contribution to change, these elements include:

  • Extra-therapeutic [40%]:  your activities outside the therapy session
  • Relationship [30%]:  the connections you make to your therapist
  • Placebo, hope, and/or expectancy [15%] that things will improve
  • Structure, model, and/or technique ([15%] used in therapy, such as cognitive, narrative, etc.

For more info/references: Escape from Babel (Norton, 1997)The Heart & Soul of Change (APA, 1999).

HeartMath – Reducing Stress and Creating Better Health

The wear and tear the body experiences in reaction to everyday tensions and pressures. Change, illness, injury or career and lifestyle changes, are common causes of stress. However, it’s the emotional pressure and tension we feel in response to the little everyday hassles —rush hour traffic, waiting in line and too many emails—that do the most damage.


Through Portland State University in Oregon in cooperation with the State of Oregon, I received the Postgraduate Training Certificate in Therapy with Adoptive Families, which has equipped me to work with all members of the Adoption Triad—the adopted person of any age, the birth parents, and the adoptive parents.   The 100-hour program provided a series of advanced, evidence-based courses for mental health professionals in the specialized theories and practices for treating adopted persons, for treating those who have histories of abuse and neglect, for strengthening their family systems, and for enhancing parental and children’s resiliencies.

Adoption therapists respect and acknowledge that each family is unique.  I encourage parents to draw on their strengths and abilities, at the same time I help children explore grief, loss, attachment and identity issues.  My philosophy is one of helping a family to move from just coping with life to living life joyously as a fully integrated family.

Adoption has a life-long effect on everyone involved brings unique rewards as well as challenges to families.  Sometimes families will need or want professional help when concerns or problems arise.

Timely intervention by a professional skilled in adoption issues often can prevent matters common to adoption from becoming more serious problems that might be more difficult to resolve.

The type (e.g., individual, family, group) and duration of therapy will vary depending on many variables, including the kinds of problems being addressed. Some families build a relationship with a therapist over years, “checking in” for help as needed. Other families might find they need a therapist’s help only once or twice.

Sometimes the difficulty a child is experiencing is very obviously connected to adoption, but sometimes the connection is not readily apparent. On the other hand, issues that seem to be related to adoption, after investigation, turn out not to be related to adoption at all. Clinicians with adoption knowledge and experience are best suited to help families identify connections between problems and adoption and to plan effective treatment strategies.

Trainings and Presentations to the Public

I have  presented to the public as well as to professionals on a variety of subjects.  If you have additional topics in which you are interested, please contact me with your ideas.

  • The Core Symptoms of Codependency
  • Adoption Myths and Realities
  • Grief and Loss in Adoption
  • Talking To Your Child About Adoption
  • Transracial and Transnational Adoption
  • The Birth Parents
  • Openness in Adoption
  • Enhancing My Child’s Self Acceptance:  Supporting Transracial Families Through the Schooling Experience
  • AD/HD 101: The Basics
  • Adult ADHD
  • Gifted Students and Social-Emotional Issues
  • Taming the Tiger:  Your Angry Child
  • What Would You Choose…Values and Your Life
  • Transitioning from Elementary to Junior High School
  • SPIN and SLIDE:  Coping with Your Adult ADHD


A competent clinician will tell you several exceptions to confidentiality before they start the therapy session. It is crucial that you understand the exceptions before you start therapy so you can make informed decisions about what you do and do not reveal to your therapist. Keep in mind that these exceptions to confidentiality are designed to protect lives. These exceptions are:

  • If you threaten to harm others, your therapist probably has a “duty to warn,” those others. This may involve your therapist calling the police to contact those people.
  • If your therapist has a reasonable suspicion that a child (in some states an elderly person, also) has been abused or neglected the therapist has a responsibility to report this to the proper authorities. In some states, a report from a child of harm by an adult can trigger a report to the authorities.
  • If you threaten to harm yourself, your therapist has a duty to protect you from yourself. This may include calling family or friends to help ensure your safety. It can even mean committing you involuntarily to a psychiatric facility for a period of time.
  • Your records (and those of your children) can be subpoenaed at a later time. This is most likely the case with divorce and custody proceedings and can be particularly difficult in domestic abuse cases.
  • And of course, any time you sign a valid release, your therapist can share or receive information with the party to whom the release is addressed. The release you sign instructs them to do so.

Employment History

  • 2002-present:  Private Counseling Practice, Jefferson St. Counseling & Consulting
  • 2001-2002:  Private Counseling Practice 8th St. Counseling & Consulting
  • 1996-2001:  School Counselor, South Junior High School, Boise School District
  • 1994-1996:  Employability Specialist/Instructor, College of Technology, Boise State University
  • 1993-1994:  Counseling Intern, Counseling and Testing Center, Boise State University
  • 1992-1993:  Graduate Assistant, Albertson College of Idaho
  • 1985-1991:  Director of Resources/Administrative Assistant, Snake River Mission Area, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
  • 1981-85:  Preschool Teacher/Swimming Instructor, Guided Discovery, YMCA,  Boise
  • 1975-77:  Teacher, English and Reading, Fairmont Junior High School, Boise
  • 1972-75:  Teacher, Latin, English, Reading, Fallbrook High School, Fallbrook, California


  • B.A. Classics/Latin, San Diego State College, San Diego, CA, 1972
  • M.Ed. School and Community Counseling, College of Idaho, 1993

Post-graduate Training

  • EMDR Level I
  • EMDR Level II
  • EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist
  • Post-Induction Therapy Training (for Codependency), Pia Mellody
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Therapy with Adoptive Families, Portland State University, 2002

Professional Memberships

  • EMDR International Association
  • Idaho Counseling Association
  • American Counseling Association
  • Idaho Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Idaho Association of Mental Health Counselors