Janet Cardoza started her career in outpatient drug and alcohol treatment with the Nelson Institute. She has a very passionate interest in adults who have survived relationship trauma in their families. Next, she obtained a Masters in Community Counseling from Idaho State University. Her internships were with children and families at Warm Springs Counseling Center and with teens at Marion Pritchett School for pregnant and parenting teens. Janet worked from 1995 to the present in Boise School District as an elementary counselor serving two north end schools. She was also employed for several years by an employee assistance counseling center. Her Idaho license is an LCP-C which allows private practice and supervision of counselors obtaining licenses.
Janet’s approach to counseling is very strengths based regardless of client. She believes we are each experts on ourselves and benefit from a “fellow traveler” to guide and support. Counseling is a journey a client and counselor take together regardless of age. Inspiring theorists have been Violet Oaklander, Gary Landreth, Alfred Adler, Richard Glasser, Alice Miller, Tian Dayton, Martin Seligman and Brene Brown among many. The greatest of her teachers have been her marriage of 36 years and her three grown children. Janet was awarded The Elementary Counselor of the Year by the Boise School District and The Counselor Supervisor of the Year by Boise State University.
Born in Bahrain, in the Persian Gulf, Janet traveled the world up until the age of seventeen. She lived in Sydney, Australia, Beirut, Lebanon and Bordeaux, France. This experience in global citizenship was a perfect preparation for the journey of counseling. Putting herself in the “culture” of others came very naturally. Celebrating diversity and compassion for all is a vital piece of Janet’s approach with clients. A naturally active person, Janet loves horses, biking, hiking, travel, art and sewing.
Janet was an elementary counselor for decades which provided great experience in presenting/teaching. She led groups for thirty years, and would love to do presentations and workshops in the future. Some areas of specialty are children, teens, adult survivors of trauma (including the mental illness or addiction of a loved one), couples, clients with anxiety and depression, school problems and career issues.