Marriage & Family Therapist

Peggy Knodel, LMFT

Peggy Knodel, LMFT photo
​Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Portrait Health Centers are multi-specialty clinics that employ the most cutting-edge and proven assessment protocols and treatment options available, believing that an Effective Treatment Depends On An Accurate Diagnosis. Individuals should not have to “play doctor” by researching available treatments and then self-selecting which of these treatments has been scientifically validated and would be most appropriate for themselves or their family. At Portrait Health Centers, we provide a comprehensive and multi-specialty assessment to determine the underlying causes of your symptoms and incorporate an appropriate treatment plan.
Specialties: Including, but not limited to Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Trauma and PTSD, Marital and Premarital, Family Conflict, Anger Management, Communication Skills, Women’s Issues, Behavioral Issues, Infidelity, Divorce, Codependency, Relationship Issues, Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD), Emotional Disturbance, Coping Skills, Career Counseling, Child or Adolescent, Peer Relationships, Self Esteem and Spirituality

Preteens (age 11 and older), Adolescents, Adults, Couples, and Families

My approach as a therapist is person-centered. I believe it is important to listen and understand each client’s story from their unique perspective. A good relationship between therapist and client is essential to good therapy outcomes. I endeavor to create a connection with clients that is based on respect and trust. I value clients’ autonomy and their right to determine the best choices for their lives. I enjoy developing a course of therapy with clients which allows them greater empowerment and contentment.

I include a variety of therapeutic methods when working with clients. I tailor my methods to the client’s preference and ability since each client is unique and one method does not work for everyone. I typically use techniques from Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused, Emotionally Focused, Systemic, Narrative, and Play therapies.

I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology from UCLA and my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant University. I have over 30 years experience as a therapist in private practice and outpatient facility settings. I have nearly 10 years combined experience as a counselor educator and clinical supervisor. I am a lifelong learner and thrive on the exchange of ideas with students and colleagues.

I am a California native and recently moved to Idaho seeking a higher quality of life. I appreciate the beautiful country out here and the slower pace. I enjoy walking, gardening, reading, and hanging out with family which includes a few pets!
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Educational Therapy  Online / Phone / Skype Therapy
 Addiction / Drug Rehab  EMDR Therapy  Pet Therapy
 Adolescents  Family Conflict  Play Therapy
 Adoption  Gay or Lesbian Issues  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Anger Management  Gender Identity / Transgenderism  Premarital Counseling
 Anxiety and Panic  Gifted / Talented Issues  Problem Gambling
 Arts Therapy (Expressive)  Grief and Loss  Psychoanalysis
 Asperger's Syndrome  Group Therapy  Psychological Evaluation / Testing
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Herpes and STD Counseling  Psychopharmacology
 Bicultural Difficulties  Hypnotherapy  Relationship Issues
 Body Image Issues  Learning Disabilities  Religious Counseling
 Caregiver Issues  Life and Wellness Coaching  Self Esteem Issues
 Children's Counseling  Life Transitions  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Chronic Illness  Loneliness  Sexual Dysfunction
 Couples Therapy  Marriage & Family Therapy  Stress Management
 Depression  Marriage Counseling  Trauma and PTSD
 Divorce  Men's Issues  Women's Issues
 Domestic Violence  Neuropsychological Evaluation / Testing  Work and Career Issues
 Eating Disorders  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Payments Accepted
Cash, check, type of insurance, credit cards
1859 S. Topaz Way, Suite 100
MeridianID 83642
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