No one is judging you when you’re talking to a Counselor.
Working with a Counselor is a powerful and effective way to enact change in your life, build healthy boundaries, heal old wounds, improve relationships and learn skills for living with less stress and greater connection.
We accept and will bill your insurance for you. Self-pay clients are also welcomed and may receive a discounted rate.
We have empathy and can help your situation
You can break negative patterns and live a healthy, functional life. At Tidwell Social Work, you will find therapists with a broad range of specialties, including grief and trauma therapy, adolescent counseling, marriage and family therapy, and play therapy.
Our individual practitioners have vast specialties that targeted interventions to improve life for individuals, couples, families, children, and adolescents.
Our counselors can also help you build and strengthen a healthy personal identity, healthy relationships, fulfilling marriages, meaningful parent-child relationships, as well as a deeper sense of meaning and purpose in your life.
7285 Franklin Road
Boise, ID 83709
M-F 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Counselors at Tidwell Social Work can provide assistance with:
- Abusive Relationships
- Adult Children of Alcoholics
- Anger Management
- Anxiety or Fears
- Attention Deficit (ADHD)
- Child or Adolescent Issues
- Chronic Pain or Illness
- Conduct problems in children
- Coping Skills
- Couples Counseling
- Decision Making
- Eating Disorders
- Family Counseling
- Grief and Loss
- Goal Setting
- Life Coaching
- Life Transitions
- LGBTQ Concerns
- Marriage Counseling
- Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
- Pre-Marital Counseling
- Relationship Issues
- School-related Issues
- Self Esteem
- Sexual Abuse
- Stress Management
- Substance Abuse
- Trauma Recovery
- Work & Career Issues
Frequently Asked Questions
What is therapy like?
Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth.
There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions.
People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives. Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:
- Compassion, respect and understanding
- Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
- Real strategies for enacting positive change
- Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance
What usually happens in a counseling session?
Every session varies. Here are a few things you can expect in any session:
- You get to set the pace and tone
- You get to decide what to share and what not to share
- You will sit in a comfortable seat (you will not lie down on a couch)
- The counselor may use tools such as a dry erase board, worksheets, books, toys or other visual aids;
- The counselor will check in with you regularly in session to gauge how the session is going and to make sure it is heading in the direction it needs to go
- You may have to process some uncomfortable emotions – the counselor will help you with this
- You may be asked to do “homework” which could consist of practicing a new life skill, filling out a worksheet, journaling, reading a book, or other activities designed to make counseling/coaching more effective
- You will get out of it what you put into it – nothing in your life can or will change if you do nothing.
Is therapy right for me?
Participating in therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one’s life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the help of a counselor as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth.
Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can address issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress, gender identity issues, relationship problems, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.
Do I really need therapy?
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking additional support. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired.
You are taking responsibility by accepting where you are in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
How can therapy help me?
Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks.
Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution.
The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn.
Is medication a substitute for therapy?
In some cases, a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what’s best for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.
However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.