Meet The Staff

Jodi Anderst, LCSW/Owner

Jodi Anderst is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is the owner of Monarch Behavioral Health in Meridian, Idaho.  Monarch Behavioral Health primarily specializes in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), but provides individual, couples, and family counseling as well. Jodi graduated from Idaho State University with her Bachelors of Social Work in 2000. She immediately went on to get her Masters of Social Work, and then graduated from Eastern Washington University. She has completed her two years post-masters clinical supervision, and is considered a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in her home state of Idaho (LSCW-32749). She is a certified PCIT Therapist and a PCIT Trainer, certified by the UC Davis CAARE Center in 2011.  Jodi is the first to develop a PCIT program, and PCIT training program, in Idaho.  She currently provides PCIT training and supervision at Monarch. Jodi has given numerous presentations to other community providers about PCIT, and she is available to visit any group or agency interested. In addition to PCIT, her therapeutic approach comes from a strengths-based perspective. Jodi utilizes cognitive behavioral and solution focused therapies, depending on the need of the individual or family.

Ashlee Seay, LPC

Ashlee Seay is a Licensed Professional Counselor who contracts with MBH to work with children, adolescents, and adults. Areas of work include: depression, anxiety, PTSD/trauma, crisis, relationship issues, boundary work, self-esteem/self-acceptance, life transitions, and general wellness. Ashlee works at providing an open, supportive, and safe environment, and has experience working with individuals from a variety of backgrounds and belief systems. Ashlee supports the Wellness model and strives to understand individuals as a whole, not simply through the labeling of a diagnosis. Each person’s needs are unique and treatment approaches are tailored accordingly. Ashlee utilizes a variety of evidence-based approaches including: Parent Child Interaction Therapy, person centered, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, play therapy, art therapy, and mindfulness techniques. Ashlee is a certified PCIT Therapist certified by the UC Davis CAARE Center.

Gina Sewell, LPC

Gina is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Idaho as well as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors. She received her Master's in Marriage and Family Counseling from Gonzaga University and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The College of Idaho. Gina is also a member of the American Counseling Association. She has training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Level 1), Emotionally Focused Therapy, and is currently receiving training in Parent Child Interaction Therapy. Gina contracts with MBH to provide counseling services for all ages, but works specifically from a Systems Theory perspective in an effort to involve all family members and the various roles they play within the family system. Gina additionally provides counseling to individuals, couples, and/or families experiencing a variety of issues ranging from depression and anxiety to sexuality, substance abuse, grief, trauma, relational issues, and has experience working with severe and persistent mental illnesses. 

Melodie Galyen, MS, LPC

Melodie received a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Northwest Nazarene University with an emphasis in Grief, Trauma, and Crisis. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Boise State University. Melodie practices from a systems theory perspective and uses a solution-focused approach based in cognitive behavioral theory because thoughts, feelings, and behaviors all influence each other. She uses a variety of techniques based on the client’s needs and goals for therapy such as mindfulness training, cognitive restructuring, and play therapy. She has completed Level 1 Training in the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy, and is currently receiving training in Parent Child Interaction Therapy. Melodie contracts with MBH to work with families, couples, teens, and adults. She has worked with refugees and enjoys working with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Her areas of practice include: helping clients cope with issues of depression, PTSD, anxiety, life transitions, relational conflict, sexuality, LGBTQ issues, spirituality, grief and loss, trauma, and crisis. Every client comes to counseling with their own unique strengths, which they can use to create solutions and make progress towards wellness. Melodie believes that counseling, although difficult, can help individuals, couples, and families reach their goals and move toward healthier relationships and habits. 

Maria "Keny" Pereda-Torp, LPC

Ms. Torp has an extensive background in working with children and families and is an excellent fit for many of our families as she has worked with both minority populations, and the dominant culture. She is fluent in Spanish and English, and has organized and led parent-education classes in both languages. Ms. Torp received her B.A. in Early Childhood Education and went on to receive her Master's. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Idaho, and a National certified counselor (NCC). Ms. Torp is a certified PCIT Therapist certified by the UC Davis CAARE Center, and contracts with MBH to provide counseling services.

David Routt, LPC, NCC

David received his Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northwest Nazarene University after his Bachelor's in Information Technology. David is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Idaho and a National Certified Counselor (NCC), as well as a member of the American Counseling Association, National Board for Certified Counselors, and the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy. He draws from many different counseling techniques and styles to ensure that whatever the issue, a plan can be made to help. David specializes in couples and family therapy and continues to further his knowledge in these areas. David is Level 1 trained in the Gottman Method of therapy, is a certified Logotherapist, and is a certified PCIT Therapist certified by the UC Davis CAARE Center in 2017. David contracts with MBH to work with all ages and issues, but is especially interested in working with couples, families, and children. 

Danielle Basaldua, Administrative Professional

Danielle has worked in the healthcare field as an administrative professional for 10 years. She has recently joined the Monarch Behavioral Health team; and has enjoyed getting to know our clients.  In her free time you can find her spending time with her family, and making fun memories with her daughter.  Her hobbies include photography, reading, doing crafts, and gardening.  Danielle has a very friendly, and welcoming personality, and always enjoys meeting new people.