Cheryle Jones Andrews

Cheryle Jones Andrews

Cheryle Jones Andrews, M.Ed., LCPC, LMFT, brings experiences as a school counselor and teacher to her therapy practice with individuals, couples, & their families. Cheryle specializes in EMDR Therapy (insert link to EMDR Institute and to EMDRIA websites), in Codependency and the role of spirituality in healing relationships; ADHD and its impact on individuals and families; working with the Adoption triad; and helping clients find strengths, realize potential, and fulfill their goals. Cheryle is an EMDRIA Certified Therapist and as an Approved Consultant provides supervision to other clinician seeking to improve their skills in EMDR Therapy. She also is a Facilitator for EMDR Therapy Basic Trainings for new therapists through the EMDR Institute and HAP/Trauma Recovery, a nonprofit institute.


Licenses and Certifications


Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

EMDRIA Certified Therapist in EMDR

EMDRIA Approved Consultation

Facilitator for EMDR basic trainings through EMDR Institute and HAP/Trauma Recovery

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


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.


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


HeartMath – Reducing Stress and Creating Better Health


Stress is 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. Learning and practicing HeartMath skills regularly creates better health and reduces stress.




Through Portland State University in Oregon in cooperation with the State of Oregon, Cheryle received the Postgraduate Training Certificate in Therapy with Adoptive Families, which has equipped her 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 individuals who were adopted, 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.


Adoption has a life-long effect on everyone involved. It 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.


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 topics in which you are interested, please contact me with your ideas.




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, 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


EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist

EMDRIA Approved Consultant

Facilitator for EMDR trainings through EMDR Institute and HAP/Trauma Recovery

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