Whether you are new to counseling or have been to counseling before, it can be a confusing, and difficult decision. Below are a number of questions that you may be asking.
Q: Does seeing a counselor mean I am crazy?
A: Not at all. When we face difficulties, whether it be emotional, relational, financial, spiritual, vocational, or anything else, it is helpful to have an objective voice to bring clarity to the situation. Counseling is just that; helping the person understand the situation and plan the course for the future.
Q: How long will I need to be in counseling?
A: Although you may have heard of some people being in counseling for years, Selah Counseling's approach is to provide you with the tools needed to make healthy decisions as soon as possible. Often this means that after just a few weekly sessions the person has clarity and confidence to move ahead without further counseling. Some may wish to return every few months for a "check-up", but that is totally up to the individual.
Q: Who is the counselor?
A: Robert Wheeler is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Idaho, license number LPC-5835. He and his wife have owned and operated a mental health agency in Coeur d'Alene since 2006. Prior to that, he was in full-time ministry as a pastor since 1984. His approach is to apply truth and wisdom, with heartfelt compassion to meet the needs of each individual who comes to him.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: It depends on what kind of counseling you are looking for. Selah Counseling is a preferred provider with a number of insurance companies. If you will be using your insurance there is likely a co-pay for each visit. Also, whether or not you have reached your deductible will also determine your out of pocket cost. If your employer offers an EAP (Employee Assistance Program) usually the cost is $0 for a limited number of session.
Marriage counseling and Pre-Marriage Counseling are not covered by insurance, so any fees will be out of pocket. Please see the Price List page for a full description of the prices.
Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A: Selah Counseling accepts credit and debit cards, checks and cash.
Q: How soon can I schedule an appointment?
A: Appointments are usually available the same week you call. Sometimes same day appointments are available.
Q: What does Selah mean?
A: Selah (pronounced "say-la") is a Hebrew word meaning to pause, take time out to reflect, and to prepare for what lies ahead. It carries with it the idea of reflecting on the past while anticipating and preparing for the future. Psalm 32:7 says "You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance, Selah". (English Standard Version)