Summer Fletcher, LPC
Summer Fletcher is a wife (married for 19 years) and mother of two children who loves constantly learning and spending time with family, friends, and her dog. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Professional Counseling with a Continued Advanced Degree in Marriage, Family, Addiction and Recovery. Summer is also trained in Therapeutic Holy Yoga and has earned a specialized certification entitled Neuroscience for Clinical Practice. Summer has been working at LifeSong since 2012, and currently supervises other therapists. Prior to her time at LifeSong, she worked with children and families in the adoption system, where her experience led her to help create a shelter for abused and neglected children in Idaho. Summer's educational endeavors and trainings allow her to participate in public speaking and trainings, with a specific focus on parenting themes.
At LifeSong Counseling Center, Summer's primary focus is working with individuals and families struggling with the management of emotions and body sensations pertaining to trauma, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, body image issues, and grief and loss. As an Attachment Therapist, Summer uses an eclectic approach that includes a variety of regulatory strategies, play therapy, yoga, as well as teaching modalities regarding brain and body development. Some of her favorite interventions originate from Dr. Dan Siegel’s work regarding understanding the brain in simple language for children, teens and adults. In addition, she teaches the research driven parenting model, TBRI, to her families. Other modalities include Theraplay, sand tray, body awareness strategies, mindfulness skills, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Marilyn Murray’s Parts interventions, and Gestalt experientials and boundary strategies.
The core of what Summer does in the counseling room comes from a deep belief that God is the ultimate Healer and Counselor, and, as part of her journey, she feels called to help others. Summer utilizes her own successes and failures coupled with God’s redemption of those experiences in her practice as a clinician. One of her favorite quotes comes from Maya Angelou. Ms. Angelou said "I did what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better." For Summer, this sums up her work. She believes that there is no place for judgment in the counseling room, but rather an intrinsic understanding that we all are imperfect, broken people who do the best we can. Her goal is to help clients know themselves and God in a restorative way so that they can walk into freedom, propelled to love themselves and others more deeply.