The staff at Coeur d’ Alene’s Cultivation Counseling is excited to welcome Ms. Darlene Pessein to their staff. Darlene is an excellent addition to Cultivation Counseling’s talented group of therapists and life coaches, and she boasts an impressive resume.

Graduating with her master’s in social work from Portland State University, Darlene went straight to work helping children and families in the heart of Portland, Oregon at a community mental health center and Lutheran Social Services. Later, Darlene practiced therapy in a private practice in Vancouver, Washington. In 1992 Darlene moved to Philadelphia where she practiced home-based family therapy, trained in sexual abuse assessment, and taught a graduate-level class at Widener University on trauma therapy.

Darlene has been a prominent fixture in the mental health community of the Coeur d’ Alene area since 1999. Starting as the program director at the acute youth unit at Kootenai Behavioral Hospital, Darlene then worked for local residential program, Innercept, as clinical director in 2004. Darlene continued on to work at Auburn Crest Hospice, and then Morning Star Boys Ranch in Spokane, Washington. Most recently, Darlene has combined her love of horses and her love of helping people by becoming a certified equine therapist and expert. Darlene plans on developing some up-coming “passion projects” through Cultivation Counseling. These projects may include a women’s support group as well as an equine therapy practice. Some of Darlene’s areas of expertise include eating disorders, mood disorders, as well as therapy with clients who have experienced trauma. When asked what she enjoys about working with this population of clients Darlene responds, “Having people move from a victim to a survivor, and helping people to move to the present moment is powerful to see.”