Shirley O’Neil

Shirley O’Neil, M.Ed., LCPC is a licensed clinical professional counselor as well as a certified school counselor. She spent many years in the schools working with both students and parents on social as well as academic problems. She has background and expertise in working with both men and women on an array of personal issues. Shirley specializes in individual (adult, adolescent and child) issues, couples counseling, parenting concerns and family therapy. She works with individuals, couples, groups and families. Within a nurturing and encouraging counseling relationship, Shirley wants to help individuals and families to overcome obstacles that prevent them from living a fulfilling and authentic life. She is the mother of 5 children and is active in the community.

Services Provided

As a professional therapist, I will abide by all the ethical standards of a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor as well as the American Counseling Association.  We will work together in an atmosphere of respect with utmost regard for confidentiality to explore and problem solve issues that are important to you.  Your values will always be honored by me as we work together.

I work with individuals (adults, teens, and children) as well as couples and families.  I work with individuals and families on issues including:

  • Parenting
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Stress management
  • Family dynamics
  • Family Matters Child-Centered Custody from a Developmental, Therapeutic Approach- click here to learn more!
  • Grief and loss
  • Trauma
  • Marital problems
  • Goal setting
  • Work related issues
  • School, College, and Career Planning
  • Personal growth
  • Parenting workshops and groups

As the mother of 5 children, Shirley is intimately aware of developmental, adolescent and family concerns and takes a creative approach in dealing with these issues.


  • B.A. Psychology, Stanford University, 1982
  • M.Ed. School/Community Counseling, Albertson College of Idaho, 1994

Employment History

  • 2010-present: Mental Health Counselor, Jefferson Street Counseling & Consulting
  • 2010-present: Co-founder of Step Ahead Idaho- a non-profit organization intended to assist, advise and direct Idaho’s youth to further their education beyond high school
  • 2001-2007: School Counselor, St. Joseph’s School, Boise, Idaho
  • 2010-2017: Riverstone School Counselor Consultant

Professional Memberships

  • Member of American Counseling Association
  • Idaho Mental Health Counselors Association
  • Idaho School Counselors Association
  • Idaho Counseling Association

Committees, Awards, Board Experience

  • Step Ahead Idaho Co-founder, board member
  • Idaho Shakespeare Festival board member
  • YMCA philanthropy committee board member
  • YMCA “Just for Kids” campaign chair
  • YMCA recipient of “Service to Youth” award
  • Bishop Kelly Alumni board member
  • Bishop Kelly High School Improvement Planning committee member
  • Stanford Club of Idaho President/Treasurer
  • North Junior High School Parent Advisory to Counselors committee member
  • Boise High School Brave Parent board member (past)
  • Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation member (past)
  • Boise School District Strategic Planning member