Are you soaking up the gorgeous sun on a sandy beach in the beautiful town of Sandpoint?
Then you're a lucky person. Not everyone gets to live in such ideal circumstances. If you're not taking full advantage of the beauty and luxury Sandpoint has to offer, maybe you should ask yourself why.

If the answer has anything to do with mental wellness, then perhaps it's time to reach out for a little help. Please don't hesitate to contact a Standpoint-Area mental health professional to get the support you need to battle issues such as anxiety, depression, complicated relationships, trauma, loss, or anything in between.

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Erica Balch

Offering therapy in ID
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
8 years of experience

Greetings! I am a social worker by heart, which means I come bearing a wholistic approach. There are many facets that make each of us individual, which also means struggles can be complex. I am a learner, so I like to hear what has been helpful to you and see if I can meet you in that place and multiply your progress. I believe in the quote from Ross Greene "people do well if they can, and if they aren't, we should figure out why so we can help them." I also subscribe to the notion that our brain is always able to change because of its plasticity, which means we all have hope that we can keep growing! As for my background, I attended Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas for my undergrad in Social Work and Boise State for my Master's of Social Work. I live in North Idaho and love the outdoors and what nature has to offer. I also learned this from scuba diving; sometimes I forget to breathe when I'm nervous and I only learned that because I had a fantastic scuba buddy who was watching me closely and challenged me. We all need a great scuba buddy, I would like to walk alongside you in your learning to breathe again and help you find your ongoing natural scuba buddy outside of the professional environment who can continue to support and dive alongside you in all life's adventures!

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Stephen (Steve) Yates

Offering therapy in ID
License: MA, LMFT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
35 years of experience

I've been a therapist for a lot of years and have a lot of vary diverse experience ranging from individual, couple/relationship, inpatient and outpatient therapy and even training as a hostage negotiator. I've been a certified hypnotherapist, have a background in spiritual counseling as well. As such, I'm not limited to one approach to helping my clients but can offer multiple approaches that fits the individual the best. I have expertise in both mild and severe mental health related issues. While I don't believe that I have all of the answers, I am confident that I can provide ideas, methods, and approaches that are probably very new or different than what you have already currently experienced. My goal for therapy is to find what works best for you, in order to get you feeling and functioning better sooner rather than later.

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David Rice

Offering therapy in ID
License: MA, LCPC, NCC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefParenting issues
22 years of experience

My name is David Rice and I want to first say that because you are here you are already on the path to healing. My profession as a therapist is one that I take very seriously because I know that people are valuable, their lives are precious, and joy and contentment should be in each and every one of us. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor located in Idaho. I have twenty years experience providing clinical support to a diverse population over that amount of time. In 2001 I earned my Master's degree in Clinical Counseling from Adams State University, Alamosa, Colorado. I am also a National Certified Counselor. I have worked with all age groups and have experience working with a wide range of presenting issues including relationship conflicts, self image, grief and loss, trauma, motivation and anxiety. I would describe my approach as client-centered and solution-focused. I provide a compassionate, empathetic style, while also empowering and challenging clients to be their best selves. I use an integrated approach with clients, drawing from Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Solution focused therapy, Client-Centered Therapy and Rational Emotive Behavior therapy. I encourage clients to set realistic goals and objectives throughout the therapy process and I am committed to joining, supporting, and encouraging my clients in that process. 

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Dianne Smith

Offering therapy in ID
License: LMFT
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepression
43 years of experience

I am a licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed since 1981 and blessed in my journey to have been trusted enough to help others grow in their lives. I am a get to work type person and can be pretty direct in my approach in a what I hope is also a kind, understanding and caring approach. I believe in education, because knowledge is power and learning new skills to manage the bumps in the road of life is important. I try to see what might be most helpful for people based on their views and what they believe and their hopes and goals. I am well trained in trauma informed treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems and dialectical therapy. I believe those approaches provide both skills and understanding to help a person move forward when they seem to be stuck, which truly happens to us all. I look forward to seeing how we can partner to unstick you and help you move forward in this journey called life.

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Ronda Hain

Offering therapy in ID
License: MS, LMHC, CPRP
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
20 years of experience

As a therapist I have 20+ yrs. of experience in finding solutions to life's changes and challenges that often result in anxiety, depression and stress. I work collaboratively with individuals to build upon existing strengths to overcome obstacles. I want for others what they want for themselves; to be both content and happy in life. My approach to therapy is collaborative and straightforward with honest communication. I bring kindness, compassion, and humor to the counseling process and work from a strengths-based perspective to help you explore issues interfering with your happiness, relationships, or feeling good about yourself or your life. Depending on what you are looking for I'll draw from a variety of theories in our work together including: -Psychodynamic - Exploring how childhood experiences are affecting current relationships and behaviors. -Humanistic Perspective- This is a holistic perspective that attributes human characteristics and actions to free will and an innate drive for self-actualization. -Gottman Method - A research-supported therapy for conflict resolution. -Solution Focused Therapy - Helping you to begin to make changes in the direction you'd like your life to be going in. -Cognitive Behavioral Therapy- This is a solution-focused approach to treatment, oriented toward solving problems and learning skills, helping clients overcome their difficulties by changing their thinking, behavior, and emotional responses. I am so looking forward to meeting and working with you!

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Elizabeth Miles

Offering therapy in ID
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseCoping with life changes
16 years of experience

I am licensed in Idaho, Washington and Oregon with 16 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, relationship issues, & trauma and abuse. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Camille Magalogo

Offering therapy in ID
Trauma and abuseGriefEating disordersDepressionADHD
23 years of experience

I am licensed in Idaho with 22 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with trauma and abuse, coping with grief and loss, eating disorders, & depression. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Marlo Robertson

Offering therapy in ID
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
12 years of experience

I am licensed in Idaho with 12 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Dr. James (Jimmy) Clifton

Offering therapy in ID
License: LCSW,Master of Science in Psychology,Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Counseling
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementDepressionCoping with life changes
35 years of experience

My name is Dr. James W. Clifton. I am licensed in the State of Indiana as a Mental Health Counselor and as a Clinical Social Worker. I am also licensed in Idaho (LCPC), Vermont (LCMHC), Utah (CMHC), New Mexico (PCMHC), New Hampshire as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. I have a Master of Science in Psychology from California Coast University, a PhD from Bethany Divinity College and Seminary where I studied various therapeutic modalities, and a Doctor of Arts in Theology and Chaplaincy from JJBIHL. I teach clients how to change their thinking, be responsible for their feelings, and make better choices. I look forward to working with you. I focus on the present and behaviors and not on the past and feelings. I do not work with anyone under the age of 25 or relationship issues, or family issues, or addiction issues of any kind.

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Jennifer Zaccone

Offering therapy in ID
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesIntimacy-related issuesAnger managementSelf esteem
8 years of experience

I am licensed in Idaho with 8 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy related issues, & anger management. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

How to find counseling in Sandpoint

Finding the best therapist close by in Sandpoint can feel challenging, but know that once you narrow your search for a counselor serving your area, you can find a therapist in your city that is accepting new clients and fits your goals. Whether you're struggling with depression, anxiety, marriage, family issues, or other emotional challenges, feel proud that you have begun your search to find the mental health care services that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Sandpoint. Perhaps you're interested in narrowing your search for a psychotherapist that can offer psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), talk therapy, provide group therapy, marriage and family therapy for individuals or couples, or couples therapy. Each type of therapy can offer various benefits and address or treat different disorders. If you're still unsure or are new to counseling in Sandpoint, feel free to contact the provider via email to find out which methods they practice.

It is also important to understand that mental health professionals in the United States are accredited to provide care, helping individuals and couples, with a variety of licenses. These include licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), and clinical psychologist or doctor of psychology (PsyD). Regardless of their licensure, they are trained to treat individuals and couples counseling, and sometimes children, in any type of therapy. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

Mental health professionals working through their own in- person therapy practice in Sandpoint or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, or change in negative thinking patterns. They may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain. Verified providers can provide licensed marriage and couples therapy, tailor to individual needs, and create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor.

There are all kinds of therapists working with clients today across the United States and in the greater Sandpoint area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find therapists, have in mind what type of therapy you'd like your provider to be most experienced with and choose an experienced provider with a practice located near you in the city of Sandpoint, elsewhere in Bonner, or in the greater state of Idaho.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy with a licensed counselor and BetterHelp serving the Sandpoint area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Sandpoint therapist?

The average price of an in-person therapy session in the US is $100 to $200 per hour. These prices may be higher in Sandpoint due to a higher cost of living. The price also depends on the type of provider you are looking for. See the following average prices for various mental health providers without insurance:

  • Counseling with a psychiatrist: $150-$500
  • Counseling with therapists: $100-300
  • Therapy with a psychologist: $100

While many psychologists in Sandpoint may not take health insurance, some in the state of Idaho may work on a sliding scale, meaning they'll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With BetterHelp or clinicians throughout the state of Idaho you can expect significantly more affordable options, with sessions ranging from $65 to $100 per week (billed every four weeks).

How is a licensed therapist on this online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Sandpoint, Idaho working on BetterHelp are licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited as a doctor of psychology (PhD / PsyD), licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW / LICSW), or licensed professional counselors (LPC). All of these psychology clinicians have a Masters Degree or a Doctorate Degree in their field of psychology sciences, and follow the APA Code of Ethics. They have been qualified and certified by their state's professional board after successfully completing the necessary education, exams, training and practice with a patient, and extensive experience in a healthcare clinic or treatment centers, in order to become a mental health provider. While their lived experience, expertise, careers, and background vary, they all possess at least 3 years and 1,000 hours of hands-on experience with adult and sometimes teen patients, and have the necessary therapist credentials to provide a safe space for long lasting emotional healing in therapy. 

Please note BetterHelp does not offer or provide care from psychiatrists to prescribe a drug as treatment, or perform psychological assessments.

How does working with a counselor in BetterHelp online therapy sessions work?

BetterHelp clinicians treat clients online across the United States (individuals and couples) through life transitions, inner child exploration, long term depression or anxiety, and more. An online mental health professional, including the therapists in Sandpoint above, can work with young adults, children, adolescents, and adults virtually as an accredited licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) or licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). You do not have to commute to a an office as a psychotherapy client.

Through BetterHelp therapy, you can partake in video, phone, or live chat therapy sessions with your licensed therapist. You can work through various symptoms, use the in app journaling feature, and receive worksheets. You'll also find support groups or group therapy lead by a therapist in Sandpoint helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety or depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address?

BetterHelp's verified Sandpoint therapists specialize and have clinical experience in a wide range of mental health issues and modalities, helping clients to feel better and improve their lives every day. See below for examples.

Specialties on BetterHelp include:

You may also be struggling with relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy or with a sex therapist. In that case, you may choose to work with one of BetterHelp's experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists or licensed marriage family therapists (LMFT) who work with clients in relationships. You can also try a Sandpoint therapy provider through BetterHelp's sister platform, ReGain, which is dedicated to couples and spouses worldwide. 

How do I know if online counseling is right for my family?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a therapist is the validation and active listening they can provide. Your friends and loved ones may also be available to listen, but you may feel that they may lack the skills to provide objective guidance. Counselors are trained to respond to various concerns, symptoms, and mental health conditions.

A psychologist in your city can support you toward a healthier emotional state, regardless of your mental health, life concerns, or healing needs. While supporting individuals in developing healthier habits, another good benefit of therapy is having an understanding, safe space with a non-judgmental party who can support you through challenging experiences.

Many people have sensitive topics that they may feel ashamed to discuss with their friends or partner. A Sandpoint therapist can help you confront these concerns and open up through unique methods of support. There are also many types of therapy, such as art therapy, where you may find you can express yourself through creativity instead of words.

With a lot of people in ID, providers may be booked out with clients. Through the list of profiles above and others within BetterHelp's team, you may be able to find a psychologist within 24 to 48 hours. If you're searching to find a a nearby psychotherapist close to 83864 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a Sandpoint counselor?

Before seeing your therapist, prep for your session by reading to understand the therapy process. You might write a list of questions you want to ask your psychotherapist, any emotional pain you may feel, and the ways in which you hope to improve. When you attend your session, let them know if you have any concerns about therapy or feel unsure about what to talk about. They may help guide you with open-ended therapeutic questions. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist if I feel fine? 

Some simply don't feel the need to see a psychologist. However, some people may avoid attending therapy due to stigma or preconceived notions of what therapy entails. Although psychologists often support people with mental health conditions, you do not need a diagnosis or condition to attend therapy. You can discuss grief, relationship concerns, stress, or life changes and ask for general feedback and advice. A Sandpoint licensed clinical social worker may help you gain power over your life and emotions while you navigate day-to-day experiences.

Gaining a new perspective on yourself through various therapies might allow you to improve your self-esteem, work through relationships, and gain a better sense of your mental health goals. The success you may find through therapy can be dependent on your process.

People may also attend therapy for specific motives, such as bullying, an autism diagnosis, a desire to learn mindfulness meditation, personality concerns, trouble with office workers, specific phobias, and many other principles.

Is mental health care and therapy worth it? 

Therapy is effective and has the power to change individuals' lives. Each client is at a different stage of their emotional healing journey in life, as each human can be unique in their personality, expression, skills, and goals. A psychologist can target various symptoms, experiences, and personalities to help you feel your best and put you on the path to healing. Unlike advice from a friend, family, or non-professional, a mental health professional has an understanding of various disorders like ADHD and depression with many hours of experience in treating adults in their practice. For this reason, seeing an evidence based psychologist in Sandpoint, Idaho can be worth it. Over 41 million adults in the US attend therapy services each year, showing it's a popular option and is proven to be effective.

Sandpoint has many clinicians who practice person or client-centered individual therapy in-person and through online therapy to assist clients in their healing journey. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with providers all over the United States and change therapists easily at any time. Many people struggling with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, body image issues, and more find therapists that are a good fit for them, feel supported, and gain further insight into their lives through internet-based therapy.

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions?

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to help you and them regarding ethical concerns. Mental health professionals are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. If you are concerned about sharing details about yourself, feel free to withhold personal information. Their job in the therapeutic relationship is to create a safe place, help you gain a deeper understanding of your mental health, and support you. You might consider changing counselors if you don't feel safe or respected.

Stay up to date with the leading online counseling platform

To stay up to date with BetterHelp's initiatives through their social channels, you can follow them on PinterestLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and Facebook. For mental health tips, check out the BetterHelp YouTube channel.

Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

If you’re ready to sign up for online therapy, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched within 24 to 48 hours.

If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, don't use this site's online services. If you are in life-threatening danger, call 911. If you require support for a crisis, reach out to the hotlines below:

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