About

You can reach me at 208.557.8603. My office is located on 6th Avenue next to Idaho State University in the University Historic District of Pocatello.

Terry Jeanne Kerler, MA, LPC

People say I am good-natured and easy to connect with. I have a broad knowledge base and am open minded. I have a passion for staying abreast of current events locally, nationally and internationally. There’s a lot to digest with what is happening in this troubled but beautiful world.

Earlier in life I worked in business and the high tech industry. I also studied mindfulness meditation. It soon became apparent to me how we all sometimes struggle with problems and challenges even if we have an established mindfulness practice.  I became interested in identifying other skills for working with life issues that complement mindfulness. This inquiry led me to study mindfulness informed psychotherapy, which is called Contemplative Psychotherapy.

Parallel to this investigation has been my interest in working with unresolved memories and traumatic memory. I continually train in the latest theory and techniques in helping people resolve difficult patterns in their lives. This has led to several differ professional designations, including Level 1 Certified Addiction Counselor (Colorado), Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and EMDR provider.

I am uniquely qualified to help.

I am uniquely qualified to teach mindfulness as part of the therapeutic process. I have spent years in academic training and professional workshops developing a thorough understanding of how mindfulness and psychotherapy can used to tackle the complex issues we face in this modern world. I have taught mindfulness and meditation in both individual and group settings. My personal practice includes many hours of meditation both alone and in retreat settings.

Generally speaking, mindfulness is what some would call an “autobiographical psychology.” When we are mindful, we are studying ourselves through what we experience.

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Many counselors say they use mindfulness in their sessions but the question is whether they have mastered this valuable skill themselves, or are they simply repeating by rote the concepts they have learned in articles and workshops. When you work with me you can be assured that I have great deal of experience and expertise in the mindfulness practices I use and teach in counseling sessions.

University Training

I acquired four years of graduate level counseling training from two schools of my choice, namely Naropa University Graduate School of Psychology and the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now Sophia University).  In contrast, most masters level counselors have only two years of graduate level training. On the other hand, a typical Ph.D. in Psychology takes 5 years to complete and requires research and a dissertation.  My four years of academic training, combined with considerable training outside academia, has been entirely focused on applications of mindfulness-informed psychotherapy and has given me the confidence to be the kind of psychotherapist I want to be.

Master of Arts in Contemplative Psychotherapy, Naropa University, 2011- 2014
Master’s Paper: Exploring the Dynamic Between Identity and Action (using the story of Hyakujo and a Fox to demonstrate the role of karma in our lives)
Graduate Level Counseling Training, Sophia University (formerly known as the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology), 2010 – 2011
Master of Science in Accounting, University of Virginia -1992
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Virginia – 1982

Certifications

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Int’l Association of Trauma Professionals, 2016
Certified Addiction Counselor I, State of Colorado, 2016 (inactive, in process of reinstatement)
Certified Mindfulness Instructor, Naropa University, 2014

Supplementary Training

EMDR Provider Training through the EMDR Institute, November 2016, February 2017, Ongoing
Clinical Trauma Training through the Int’l Association of Trauma Professionals, March-May 2016
Mindfulness & Psychotherapy with Ron Seigel through the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine, December 2015
Rethinking Trauma through the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine, July 2015
Introduction to Somatic Experiencing through the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute – March 2014, December 2014
Affect Regulation, Attachment and Trauma at Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute – Sept 2013 to April 2014
Embodied Listening: Mindful Focusing and Alexander Technique (20 contact hrs) – Jan 2014
Mindfulness Instructor Training at Naropa University – Oct 2013 to Jan 2014
Applied Existential Psychotherapy at Boulder Psychotherapy Institute – Apr 2013 to Oct 2013
Trauma Resiliency Model at the Trauma Resource Institute – Sept 2013
Dialectical Behavior Therapy training at Noeticus Training Institute – July 2013
Containment and Autonomic Regulation (CAR) at Love and Trauma Institute  – July 2013
Crisis Intervention/Prevention at Exempla West Pines – May 2013
Crisis Intervention/Prevention at Colorado Recovery – October 2012
Verbal De-escalation Skills at Arapahoe House – September 2012
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) through LivingWorks – August 2012
Rape Assistance and Awareness Program – July 2012

Professional and Volunteer History

Private Practice Clinician, Great Eastern Sun Counseling, in Boulder, Pocatello: March 2014 to Present
Community Mental Health Clinician: February 2015 to March 2017
Group Facilitator/Six Week Mindfulness Seminar: White Cloud Meditation Center in Pocatello, Idaho – July through August 2014
DUI and Relapse Prevention Groups (Co)Facilitator and Intern: Boulder Alcohol Education Center in Boulder, CO – Jul 2012 to May 2014
Dialectical Behavior Therapy Group Co-Facilitator/Summer Intern: Exempla West Pines in Wheat Ridge, CO – May 2013 to Aug 2013
Rape Crisis Hotline Advocate (Volunteer): Rape Crisis & Awareness Program in Denver, CO – June 2012 to May 2013
Practicum Student: Balsam House in Boulder, CO – Sept 2012 to Nov 2012
Milieu Volunteer: Chinook Clubhouse in Boulder, CO – Jan 2012 to June 2013
Certified Nurse Assistant: Pocatello Care & Rehabilitation in ID – Apr 2011 to Jul 2011
Psychosocial Rehabilitation Counselor: Human Supports in ID – Nov 2010 to Feb 2011
Hospice Volunteer: Boise VA Medical Center in ID – Jan 2010 to Nov 2010
Treasurer & Assistant Teacher (Volunteer): White Cloud Meditation Center in ID – May 2003 to Jul 2010
Treasurer & Accountant: Kanzeon Zen Center in Salt Lake City, UT – Oct 2001 to Apr 2003

Other Activities

Meditation and Mindfulness Instructor at White Cloud Meditation Center – ongoing
Djembe African drumming – ongoing
Secretary, Colorado Group Psychotherapy Society: – 2013/2014
American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) Annual Meeting & Conference – 2013, 2014

Articles and Presentations

Presentation: The Problem of Experiential Avoidance (How to Live Life Fully), White Cloud Zen Center, December 19, 2015
Article: An Empowered Approach to Hearing Loss, Idaho State Journal, July 19, 2015

Contact:
Terry Kerler, LPC
South 6th Avenue, Pocatello, ID 83201
208.557.8603
kerlert@greateasternsuncounseling.com

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