Counselors in Rexburg
Are you looking for a counselor in Rexburg?
People decide to look for counselors for many different reasons. Some have already seen a counselor in the past and are simply looking to “tune-up” the work they have already completed. Many have already seen a health care professional and received a diagnosis (such as anxiety, depression, or ADHD) and are seeking out counseling because their health care professional recommended it. Others may not yet have a name for the pain they are experiencing but can sense that something is wrong and wonder if a counselor can help.
Are you personally struggling and are curious if a counselor might be able to help? Are you concerned for a loved one’s wellbeing and looking into mental health resources in Rexburg? Are you trying to find a counselor in Rexburg because your son or daughter has recently moved to the area from another city or state? Whatever your reason for looking for a counselor, finding one in Rexburg has both unique challenges and opportunities associated with it. The rest of this page will help you understand why this is and how to navigate these challenges.
What are the challenges to finding a counselor in Rexburg.
Without question the number one challenge to finding a good counselor in the area is finding one whose case load is not already full. Rexburg is a small community and the fact that BYU-Idaho is located here means that 12,000 to 18,000 additional temporary residents move in and out of the area each year. As a result there is often a strain placed on the communities counseling resources. Thus, many of the counselors and marriage family therapists in the area often have wait lists.
Another barrier you might encounter when looking for a counselor in this area (or any rural area), is finding a counselor with the specialty you are looking for. The reason for this is that most counselors in rural areas have to be more of a generalist than a specialist. Think about it, if a counselor practices in an area with 20,000 residents and specializes in treating an uncommon issue such as trichotillomania, they would not have very many clients and eventually go out of business. Thus, most counselors in rural areas are forced to branch out into treating issues more common in the community.
Lastly, anyone who has lived in or visited Rexburg during the winter knows that the wind likes to blow, and that there is usually plenty of snow. This makes it green and beautiful in the summer but for those without a personal vehicle it can become a significant problem during the winter months. Finding a counselor close enough to walk to, a car to borrow, or identifying public transportation resources in the area can be a challenge for even for the most motivated psychotherapy client.
What to look for when choosing a Counselor in Rexburg
Before you can determine how to overcome these barriers you or your loved one must understand what to look for in a good counselor. After you have found a counselor who meets your criteria then you can go to work overcoming some of the obstacles mentioned above.
In our clinic it is common for us to tell new clients that finding a good counselor is kind of like dating—okay, okay, stay with me for a second while I explain. While it does happen, it is rare that the first person you go out with ends up being your one and only true love. You frequently have to date around before you find the right fit. It is the same for counselors—you have to find the right fit—and this may mean “firing” a counselor or two until you find the right one.
Although this might go without saying, whoever you are working with needs to be skilled and trained in helping you address whatever problems you wish to solve or change. Good psychotherapy should not just be a time of talking about your feelings (although there is plenty of that), it should be a time of coming to a better understanding of yourself and others, and gaining the skills needed to meet your goals and be well. If a counselor doesn’t have experience in treating a certain issue, it should cause you to pause and consider if they are a fit for your situation.
Another important consideration when choosing a counselor is finding one who will honor your healing beliefs while simultaneously maintaining your safety. Some people are adamant that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the only approach that will work for them; others might be firmly against using medications, while others are strongly in favor of them. Whatever your healing beliefs are, a good counselor will honor those beliefs, and when needed, respectfully note when such beliefs may inhibit your ability to meet your goals.
On a more practical note, you may want to consider what forms of payment various counselors accept. Not all counselors in Rexburg accept insurance companies’ payments, and many do not accept Medicaid or Medicare. So it would be wise to first consider counselors who will accept payment that works for you.
Finally, it is our belief that the probability of meeting your counseling goals significantly increases if you feel like your counselor authentically cares for you as an individual. Do not settle for a counselor that is anything other than kind, attentive, understanding, skilled, and respectful to you as a person.
Overcoming the challenges to finding a counselor in Rexburg
How to get in to see a counselor when everyone is full
The first thing to do is get on a wait-list. After you have done this, do not be silent. Call the agency once a week to keep yourself on the top of their mind. While it is not always true, it is occasionally the case that the “squeaky wheel gets the grease.” Do not be obnoxious—the office manager can help or hurt your cause—but by all means “squeak” and advocate for yourself. If you are a student at BYU-Idaho I would recommend that you get on the wait list at the BYU-I Counseling Center as well. However the caveat to this is to understand that although BYU-I’s services are free, they are brief so make sure to ask them if you will be able to receive an adequate number of sessions to meet your goals. If you are struggling with acute and chronic symptoms we often recommend engaging a counselor in the community so that they can continue to provide treatment as long as it is needed.
How to find a counselor in Rexburg who does not specialize in the issue you need to address
How do you find a counselor with a specialty in treating specific issues in small areas like Rexburg? I wish I could give you an easy answer to this question, but the truth is that each case is different. Because of this, let me suggest a perspective or attitude that I believe will help you find a specialist. First, DO NOT ASSUME ALL COUNSELORS ARE THE SAME. While almost all counselors in Rexburg are “generalists” they are still people, and people have unique gifts, favorite topics, talents, and experiences that can be useful in addressing different issues. For this reason we recommend that you schedule free consults with a counselor to learn more about them and how they might help. The other recommendation I would make is to avoid counselors who, for whatever reason, think they know everything—they don’t. No one does! A little bit of humility, and compassion in a counselor can go a long way in helping people address issues of all stripes.
How to get to your counselor during the winter.
Transportation during the winter months is a unique challenge and depends on where you live, your financial and relational resources, and the location of your counselor. Of course asking friends and family for help getting a ride to your appointment will likely be a must. However, if you are afraid that doing this may negatively affect you by risking your confidentiality (a lot of people do not want others to know they are seeing a counselor) then this can be difficult. We recommend that if you are part of a religious organization than speak to your bishop, priest, or pastor about your transportation issues. You might also consider using a local shuttle like RPM.
You may be considering counseling services but still have questions about it….
I am concerned what others might think of me if I do go to counseling…..
Counseling is confidential—period. We are committed to maintaining your confidentiality.
With this being said, we do not feel that there is any shame in seeing a counselor. Indeed, we believe that some of the most courageous people in the area are those who walk through our doors with the desire to heal.
Will counseling really help?
It depends. The outcome of counseling depends on the issues being addressed, how severe they are, how long they have been in play, the clients readiness to engage in the healing process, and the counselor’s skill in facilitating change. Because each situation is different we encourage you to schedule a free 15 minute consult with one of our counselors so you can meet them and get an idea of how they might help.
You can find a counselor in Rexburg that works for you.
Finding a counselor in Rexburg that works for you can be a difficult task during an already difficult time. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental, relational, or emotional issues and you are considering counseling, we are happy to either provide those services ourselves or refer you to someone we think can help. We understand that we are not a fit for everyone and that is why we offer a free 15-minute consult to interested clients so they can determine if we meet the criteria mentioned above.