At Children’s Therapy Place our team of professionals will provide your child and family with individually tailored therapy to support your needs. Our counselors will work together with you and your child to:

  • Improve positive behaviors at home or in school
  • Develop self control and anger management
  • Strengthen social skills and self-esteem
  • Restabilize after a psychiatric crisis
  • Succeed in school
  • Decrease conflict with family members, teachers, and peers
  • Heal from traumatic effects of abuse
  • Recover from emotional distress

Counseling for children and young people may differ from counseling for adults and will depend on the child’s age, specific difficulties and they are in their development. Different methods may be used to encourage young children to be able to express their the emotions that can be difficult for them to put in to words. Some methods such as play and art (i.e. drawing, painting, drama) can be beneficial for developmentally younger clients. Older children may prefer talking therapy, or a mixture of both . Which evidenced-based approach used depends on each individual client to meet them where they are at emotionally.

Our skilled counselors can diagnose & counsel children ages 3 & older.


Nate Pearlman, MA, LCPC – Director of Mental Health
Location: Boise, Meridian & Nampa Offices
Nate Pearlman is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Idaho. Nate works with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Nate has over 29 years’ experience working with clients with Adjustment Disorders, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Major Depressive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, children in the foster-care system, clients who are suffering from current or past trauma, and family dynamic issues. Nate uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy, DBT-Informed Mindfulness Skills, collaborative and proactive solutions, that are strength-based, and solution focused. His approach to counseling is building a trusting, caring, and open session for the client to gain insight and growth. When Nate is not working, he loves to spend time with his wife, adult children, and his grandchildren. Nate and his wife are natives of Idaho, went to school together and were High School “sweethearts”! Nate enjoys hunting, fishing, and camping. For the past 7 years Nate has had the pleasure of coaching the Boise State Club Baseball Team.

Chris Deming, LMSW – Mental Health Counselor

Shelby Duarte, LMSW 
Location: Nampa Office & School-Based Locations
Shelby enjoys utilizing a wide range of therapies but mostly work with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Play Therapy techniques. She received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, ID. Shelby then headed over to Walla Walla, Washington to receive her master’s degree in Social Work from Walla Walla University. In her free time, Shelby really enjoys spending time hiking and being outdoors. Shelby also really enjoys learning about and collecting house plants!

Jasmine Melendez, LMSW
Location: Boise & Nampa Offices
Jasmine Melendez is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in the state of Idaho. She works with children, adolescents, and their families. She has experience providing mental health services for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, anxiety disorders, depression disorders, trauma and stress-related disorders, attention-defiant/hyperactivity disorder, and substance use disorder. Jasmine enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her cats. She likes art and music too, which she also incorporates in her practice.Her approach to counseling is client centered and strengths-based, focusing on building meaningful relationships and trust for the client to gain insight.
Jasmine Melendez tiene su maestría de trabajadora social con licencia (LMSW) en el estado de Idaho. Ella trabaja con niños, adolescentes y sus familias. Tiene experiencia dando servicios de salud mental a personas diagnosticadas con desorden del espectro autista; problemas con ansiedad, depresión, trauma, estrés, atención, hiperactividad, y problemas de uso con sustancias. Jasmine disfruta pasar tiempo con amigos, familiares y sus gatos. También le gusta el arte y la música, que también incorpora en su práctica. Su enfoque de consejería está centrado en el cliente y se basa en las fortalezas, centrándose en la construcción de relaciones significativas y confianza para que el cliente crezca su visión y conocimiento.

Hazuki Pike, LCPC
Location: Boise & Meridian Offices
Hazuki is a licensed clinical professional counselor and a certified school counselor in the state of Idaho. She received her masters degree in counseling at Boise State University. Hazuki has worked with children, adolescents and adults with various issues and challenges. She views individuals as a whole person and her approach to counseling is strength-based incorporating different therapy techniques and modalities. Hazuki also finished yoga teacher certification in March. She enjoys cooking, yoga, and time outdoors in her personal time

Martina Velic, M.Ed., LPC, CATP
Location: Meridian Office
Martina Velic was born in Serbia and lived there until the age of 13 and at that time moved to North Dakota with her family. She completed her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at North Dakota State University. She gained her title of Licensed Professional Counselor in July of 2019 in the state of Idaho and relocated to Boise in September 2019. She has five years of counseling experience, which includes therapy in outpatient and inpatient settings. Martina is passionate about helping kids find their strengths and giving praise and support as they learn cognitive and behavioral skills. In her free time, Martina spends a lot of time with family and friends. Her hobbies include photography, cooking, baking, and hiking with her dog, Dexter.

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Treatment Approaches

Play Therapy
PLAY THERAPY: therapeutic play that helps children act out their problems and express their feelings.


COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT): helps children become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking so that they can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way.  
INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING: helps a child deal with many personal topics in life such as anger, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, relationship challenges, school difficulties, and many more.  


GROUP COUNSELING: provides children with the opportunity to connect with others in a safe, confidential and supportive space.
FAMILY THERAPY: brings together family members to work through situation or relationship issues.


SCHOOL-BASED COUNSELING: for children and teens with behavioral and emotional difficulties. Providing services at school allows to quickly give the help students need within their academic environment.



Issues Addressed

     Family and step-family relationships



     Emotional problems

     Aggression or Behavioral problems

     Coping with past abuse (sexual or physical)

     Coping with mental health disorders (ADHD, Conduct              

     Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, Attachment Disorders etc.   

     Lack of self-control  

     Suicidal thoughts or attempts

    Anger Management


     Unusual fears

     Alcohol/Drugs Issues  


Call us at 208.323.8888 or contact us here to get started.


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