Life is challenging at times and finding support through life’s difficulties can be helpful.
Our mission at Sugar Pine Counseling is to assist others in managing their stress, overcoming trauma and working towards their unique wellness goals. You are the expert of your life. Counseling is a collaborative process where both the therapist and the client come to the table with their strengths in order to help you on your journey.
Types of Treatment
EMDR is a simple, non-invasive patient-therapist collaboration in which healing can happen effectively. This powerful short-term therapy is highly effective for a wide range of issues including: PTSD, negative thoughts about self or others, chronic pain, phobias, depression, panic attacks, eating disorders, poor self-image, stress, worry, performance anxiety, and recovery from sexual abuse and traumatic incidents.
Play Therapy is a treatment method used to engage younger clients through creative and imaginative play. We typically use Child Directed Play Therapy where we track and reflect behaviors, emotions, and statements from children through play. Play is the language of children and has been shown to have positive therapeutic results for kids ages 3 and up by increasing understanding of emotions and allowing expression of emotion in in an unstructured but therapeutically guided way.
Most therapy sessions include some form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help you understand how your thoughts, feelings, actions and self believes are all connected. As strengths-based practitioners, we will help you understand and use your internal and external strengths and resources.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that helps increase awareness of maladaptive behaviors and thinking patterns. DBT teaches skills to reduce faulty thinking and increase positive behavioral changes. Through DBT, self-destructive behaviors, intense emotional responses, and poor communication skills are targeted and challenged. Clients gain awareness and learn to accept themselves, cope with distress, and manage their emotions to help “build a life worth living”.
Mindfulness and body awareness has been heavily researched in the last few decades with great therapeutic outcomes. We offer teaching in mindfulness, guided meditation, and gentle movements if that is suitable for you in our unique healing journey.
We offer couples counseling for individuals in monogamous, open or polyamorous relationships.
Most sessions will be a combination of these modals. We do our best to provide you with education on the type of treatment you are receiving and it is always our goal to include you in your treatment decisions.
We accept several insurance providers in addition to private payments for sessions. Your copay or private payment in full is due at the time of service. We accept cash (exact, please), check, and credit card payments. Credit card payments are collected through Therapy Notes.
Our Rates are as follows:
$140 for 50-55 minute session
$120 for 45 minute session
$150 for 50-55 minute couples session
$15 for add on services (like play therapy or EMDR)
In-Network Insurance Provider for
– Blue Cross – Select Health – Aetna – Pacific Source – St Lukes –
We charge an $95 fee for any appointments canceled within a 24 hour period of your scheduled appointment. The fee is charged if the session is canceled for any reason with in the 24 hour window. Cancelations before 24 hours before your appointment are not changed a cancelation fee.
Counseling is strictly confidential. State Law requires the release of confidential information in the following three situations:
- Suspected abuse or neglect of a child, dependent adult, or developmentally disabled person be reported.
- Potential threat to harm yourself.
- Potential threat to others.
Telehealth is a great way for you to continue or start services with your counselor. Exciting research on Telehealth shows that is it JUST AS EFFECTIVE as face to face sessions!
Some of the benefits of Telehealth include: care during public health crisis or personal illness, accommodation for busy schedules, and it helps with transportation or mobility issues.
The therapists at Sugar Pine Counseling hold licenses to provide services to folks who are located in the state of Idaho at the time of session. There are some states that we are allowed to see clients in for short amounts of time, however this varies from state to state. Please talk to your therapist before starting services and as services continue about where you are located during the time of session.
TIPS FOR TELEHEALTH: Make sure you are in a quiet location where you can speak openly and freely during sessions to gain the most benefit from your counseling. Some clients find that they may need to go into a room on the other side of the house from others, go in the garage or even go in their car to ensure privacy. Make sure you have a good internet connection and have downloaded zoom. Your therapist will be in a private location as well to protect your confidentiality.
TYPES OF THERAPISTS
Generally speaking, most folks call any mental health service provider a “counselor” or a “therapist.” There are several different types of service providers that have varying levels of experience and schooling. Here are the common terms you might see when searching for a provider:
-Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) has passed a national certification test and has completed a Master’s program in Counseling in addition to clinical hours worked independently under regulatory policies. An LPC is still under supervision and is working toward full licensure of LCPC.
-Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) is a fully licensed Counselor. An LCPC has completed two years of post-graduate clinical work under the supervision of an LCSW or an LCPC. They have also passed a second national exam.
-Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) is a fully licensed individual who specializes in family work and couples. Their training is specialized in this area, however they are able to work with any issue broadly speaking.
-Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW) has completed a Master’s degree in Social Work and passed a standardized national licensing exam. Social Work provides a broad understanding of human development, behavior and social justice issues. Social Workers typically are able to draw from many viewpoints and theories to assist clients in thier learning and growth.
-Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) is a fully licensed social worker who has completed at least two years post-graduate work in clinical settings specifically with supervision from an LCSW or LCPC. They have also passed a second national licensing exam.
-Psychologist: has training in psychology as opposed to counseling or social work. They often also provide testing and diagnostics. LLPs are Master’s level psychologists, and a fully licensed psychologist must have a doctorate degree and pass a board examination.
-Psychiatrist: A psychiatrist is a Medical Doctor. They obtain a full Medical degree in general practice prior to specializing in psychology. They often provide testing, diagnosis and medications.
-Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner: Psych NP’s are advanced practice registered nurses who have completed graduate work such as a masters or a doctorate. They diagnose and treat mental disorders and prescribe medications.