About Us

Access is an outpatient behavioral health clinic. We serve people of all communities and currently offer two locations in Boise and in Nampa. Our desire is to help improve the quality of daily life for our clients.

Access Behavioral Health Services is a for profit agency that serves the public without regard to race, creed, age, national origin, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status or inability to pay. The owners have been in the field of human services for a combined 30+ years. At Access we pride ourselves on providing best-practice client-centered services.

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We value our employees as they are the most important resource. Our employees are highly trained, supervised, and receive ongoing levels of support during their employment. We hire people from a wide range of backgrounds to meet the individualized needs of our patients. We are always seeking out new dynamic individuals to add to our treatment team. We strive to make Access Behavioral Health Services a welcoming place to work and we believe that is reflected in our employees attitudes towards their work.

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Chris M. Gakwa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner ABHS BoiseMental Health Clinic

Before I became a nurse I was a support worker taking care of patients with learning disabilities. Most of the patients I took care of would fight, bite, and scream at staff. However, when we were together we would laugh for hours and we developed an amazing relationship. I realized I had an aptitude for caring for people who were considered challenging and that’s when I decided to go to nursing school.

I graduated with my Bachelors in Nursing RN from Idaho State University in 2010 and worked at a psychiatric hospital as my first job as an RN. I later left psych nursing to work at a local hospital in town as a float nurse where I would take care of patients with various diseases. After working for several years and seeing the same population with psychiatric needs at the hospital l decided to go back to school to get my Masters in Psychiatric Nursing. I graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane in 2017 with a Masters in Psychiatric Nursing. I have now been practicing in Boise for a few years now and have experience in working with teens, adults & elderly.

As a provider I treat a person not a diagnosis. The best part of my job is when I get to make a positive impact on people and help them get their lives back on track, even if it is just to their baselines.

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Dr. Megan Gierhart
Licensed Clinical Psychologist ABHS BoiseMental Health Clinic

Dr. Megan Gierhart is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist.  She has a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois and a master’s degree in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Idaho.  She was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho where she earned an undergraduate degree from Idaho State University in Psychology.  Prior to Boise, Dr. Gierhart lived in Chicago where she worked at an outpatient mental health clinic and specialized in providing psychotherapy and parent counseling from an intrapsychic humanism philosophy to clients of various ages and background. Dr. Gierhart has a strong background working with young adults and college student populations.  She trained at several university counseling centers including the University of Notre Dame, DePaul University and the University of Idaho.  Dr. Gierhart specializes in psychological testing and evaluation and enjoys working with individuals of various ages and presenting concerns.  She also specializes in parent counseling and is passionate about teaching parents effective and healthy parenting techniques that fosters strong, positive parent-child relationships and healthy self-esteem.  Dr. Gierhart works from a humanistic orientation seeking to help others recognize and achieve their full potential and achieve greater inner well-being.  She utilizes client-centered conditions in her work with others communicating empathy, genuineness, and positive regard. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family.  She loves bike riding, camping and other outdoor activities that the great state of Idaho offers .

Jennifer Goodall
Licensed Master Social Worker/LMSW ABHSMental Health Clinic

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” There are so many amazing quotes from Maya Angelou but I believe this quote speaks to the importance of therapy and connection. My name is Jennifer Goodall and I’m a Licensed Master Social Worker pursuing my clinical license in social work. I am passionate about self-worth and I want to help others find and understand their own strengths and grow throughout the process.

I work with individuals, couples, and families to work on meeting goals utilizing a strengths-based perspective and a collaborative approach. As the aforementioned poet states, “I do my best because I’m counting on you counting on me” and I hope to have the privilege of being a therapist that others count on.