Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Advanced Certified Drug/Alcohol Counselor
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Who needs counseling?
Counseling can be for anyone that can benefit from extra support in coping. Counseling provides support for those experiencing difficulties in life transitions, unexpected life events, stress, loss/grief, traumatic events experienced in the past or recently, or any challenges that affect a person's ability to cope successfully in a life area. This includes someone with a diagnosed mental illness, without a diagnosed mental illness, or someone that isn't sure how significant what he/she is experiencing is.
How much does it cost?
I offer a free 15-minute telephone consultation and will answer any additional questions you might have.
What concerns are addressed in counseling?
Concerns can include (but certainly not limited to): school/job stress, depression, anxiety, communication issues, loneliness, emotional intimacy, anger issues, low self-esteem, trust issues, relationship problems, sleep disruption, stress management, family or personal crises, interpersonal conflict with someone important to you, alcohol or drug use, addiction issues, suicidal thoughts, self-harm behaviors, concern about someone important to you, issues related to gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, culture, and other developmental issues.
How do I make an appointment?
Contact the receptionist at (208)856-8776 to schedule an appointment with me. If you reach the voicemail, please leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible Monday through Thursday.
What can I expect when I come in for an appointment?
Monday - Thursday during business hours, the receptionist will greet you, and she will offer you tea, coffee, or water. If you have completed the intake paperwork, she will begin processing this and entering any insurance billing information you have. If you have not completed the intake paperwork, you will need to arrive at least 20 minutes before your appointment to complete this. While I have met with people before all of this was filled out, some forms are required before a session, and it does limit my ability to have complete information about you. Insurance providers expect an assessment at the first session, and this is difficult without completed intake paperwork.
Will my sessions be confidential?
Yes. All conversation and even the fact that you have seen a counselor is kept strictly confidential. With few exceptions, I do not communicate with others without your written consent. The exceptions include information you provide that you plan to hurt yourself or others requiring others to be involved to ensure safety, a court order, or an audit of specific paperwork required by those with an insurance provider to prove services were given. We will review these exceptions during our first session and answer any questions you have. Even with each of the exceptions, your privacy and confidentiality are protected as much as possible.
What services are offered?
Individual counseling, couple's counseling, and family counseling to address mental wellness and substance abuse/addiction issues. Crisis support can be provided on a limited basis, depending on immediate availability. Referral options can be provided, as needed.
What if I call after office hours?
If it is an emergency, you can call 911 for immediate assistance. If it is not an emergency you may leave a message and someone will contact you within 24 hours Monday through Friday.
Where are you located?
View my location on a map by clicking here.
Do you prescribe medication?
No. Only psychiatrists, medical doctors, physicians assistants, or nurse practitioners can prescribe medication.
How long and how often are the counseling sessions?
Counseling sessions are normally scheduled on a weekly or bi-weekly basis depending upon the nature of the concern. Sessions are typically 50-55 minutes long. We will monitor your progress and determine when counseling will be completed.
Why talk to a stranger about my personal business?
As a counselor, our time is focused solely on you. Friends or family members can offer advice that may be colored by biases, preconceptions, or their own needs. Counselors help you decide what you want to do, provide evidenced-based strategies, and help you gain insight in processing emotions that others may find uncomfortable
Won't it be difficult, awkward, or embarrassing?
This may be true, especially in the beginning. I understand that it is normal to feel uncomfortable and cautious during the first meeting. I will do my best to create an accepting environment that helps you feel more at ease. As we build a trusting relationship, you will find that it becomes easier to be relaxed and open.
Is counseling only for "crazy" people?
No. Counseling is used to help with any of life's challenges or to assist in personal growth. Life experiences can be difficult, especially events we are not prepared to face. Counseling helps with this process and offers emotional support to get through challenges successfully.
If I begin counseling, how should I try to gain the most from it?
Once you decide to do counseling, the process of positive change has begun. In terms of benefiting from counseling I encourage you to:
What if I am feeling suicidal?
If you are having thoughts of self-harm or suicide, please call 1-800-273-8255 for free, confidential, anonymous crisis intervention and emotional support with the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline. If you need immediate assistance, call 911.
Can I decide to see a different counselor?
Yes. I want you to have a positive counseling experience I encourage you to be very open about what is helpful to you so that we can effectively address your goal(s). Counseling is focused on what helps you. In some cases, this can mean trying a different counselor. I can even assist in helping to refer you to someone that might be a better match.
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