Welcome to New Leaf Counseling. My name is Michael Kuffel and I am a mental health counselor. Whether you are visiting this website to learn about my practice, for personal information, or because you are seeking therapy help, I welcome you and am grateful for your visit.

Please take your time to learn about my practice and the services I offer. Please contact me if you would like to schedule an appointment. I would like to gain the privilege of personally helping you through your concerns or difficulties. I look forward to meeting you.




Trauma recovery

When traumatic or very negative events occur, information processing in the brain may be interrupted or incomplete. Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy targets these “unprocessed” parts of the traumatic memory and re-processes them until the problem is resolved and no longer causing significant distress.


Adult mental health

Counseling provides a safe and secure place where concerns and problems are discussed freely. Treatment is collaborative, relational, and ethical.


Relationship counseling

Using a treatment method called Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), I help couples with diverse experiences resolve interpersonal distress by facilitating a safe environment in which partners can create new ways of building connection and closeness.


Gender & SExuality

Despite its social prevalence, sex, sexuality, and gender are still often difficult constructs to talk about, especially when these are causing personal or relational distress. Counseling seeks to offer a safe and non-judgmental place to address those questions and concerns.



I am a licensed clincial professional counselor (LCPC), clinical supervisor, and doctorate researcher in downtown Boise. As a counselor, I provide authentic, compassionate, and ethical support for adults. As a professor and supervisor, I guide emerging professionals in becoming self-aware and ethically-competent helpers. As a doctoral student, I am currently researching pedagogical strategies for attending to the working alliance between students and professors. 

I bring specialized training in Eye-movement desensitization/reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Emotionally-focused therapy (EFT) for relationships, and working with LGBTQIAP+ clients. I believe in the transforming power of emotion and secure attachment for facilitating the processes of change, development, and healing. In whatever context, I am strongly committed to empowering and supporting others to know themselves more fully, to have relationships with deeper intimacy, and to know the richness and beauty of life in all its abundance.  



Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Counselor Education and Supervision
Oregon State University (2014-Present; in progress)

Master of Arts (M.A.), Mental Health Counseling 
Trinity International University (2010 – 2013)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bible/Biblical Studies
Moody Bible Institute (2006 – 2010) 



Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
State of Idaho, License LCPC-7348
(2013 – Present)

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) 
State of Washington, License LH60640951
(2013 - Present)



Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC)
National Board of Certified Counselors (2016 - Present)

Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS)
Center for Credentialing & Education (2016 - Present)