About Counseling

Counseling does not mean you’re a failure, or that you’re unable to deal with your issues. Everybody had to learn to walk by repeatedly falling, right? And when you scraped your knee, there was a bandage applied. Counseling is a bandage for the brain.

At Southeastern Idaho Public Health, counseling is:
  • Part of a team-oriented, holistic approach to your individual care;
  • Offered either long-term or short term.
  • Offered in groups on an as needed basis;
  • Confidential
  • Offered in-person & through telehealth
  • Offered on a sliding fee scale based on household size & income.
Counseling Services Available
  • Medication for Opioid Use Disorder
  • General counseling for all ages in the following areas:
    • Addiction
    • ADHD
    • Anxiety
    • Cultural/Ethnic Concerns
    • Depression
    • Family Planning
    • LGBTQ+ Concerns
    • Group Therapy
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Infertility
    • Men’s Concerns
    • Transgender Concerns
    • PTSD
    • Sexual Disorders
    • End of Life Concerns
    • Divorce/Blended Family & More
About Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD)
  • Reduce the chances of an overdose related death.
  • Reduce opioid use and symptoms related to opioid use disorder.
  • Support people who choose to reduce or stop their opioid use, and more.
No one will be denied counseling due to the inability to pay. Our fees are based on income and family size using a sliding fee scale. SIPH accepts most methods of payments such as:
  • Private Insurance
  • Medicaid
  • Credit Card
  • Debit
  • Checks
  • Cash Flexible payment options are available

Meet our Provider, Chris Cole

Chris Cole, LPC, NCC
Our Provider: Chris Cole, LPC, NCC

I decided to become a counselor at SIPH for people who don’t have easy access to health care. I understand the discrimination of those seeking mental health help in rural areas. I am a licensed professional counselor and certified school counselor. My goal is to help you gain skills and knowledge for your life. As you do, my hope is you’ll know what your favorite version of yourself looks like, and you’ll have grace to understand you can’t be that person all the time. We welcome people of all ages! Please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment at 208.233.9080 if you feel you need a little extra support!

There is Help

Local Crisis Help

Pocatello Crisis Center
1001 N 7th Ave, Pocatello

Oneida Crisis Center
1312 2100 W, Malad City

Bingham Crisis Center
288 N Shilling Ave, Blackfoot

National Crisis Help

National resources to call or text: Suicide Prevention
988 Call or Text
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline - Call. Text. Chat. (

National Domestic Violence Help
800-799-7233 or text “Start” to 88788
Domestic Violence Support | National Domestic Violence Hotline (

Never Use Alone Hotline
Never Use Alone – No Judgment, No Shaming, No Preaching, Just LOVE!

You can always call 911 for help!

  • Crisis Text Line
    Crisis Text Line is a crisis-intervention hotline that conducts conversations exclusively by text message. Trained crisis counselors are available 24 hours a day.
  • CrisisNOW
    CrisisNOW provides a roadmap to safe, effective crisis care. Their goal is to keep people out of emergency rooms or jails by providing targeted services for people in distress.
  • Dial 2-1-1
    2-1-1 providers connect people with local services and resources. This web page lists specific resources for the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Direct Online and Phone Support Services for LGBTQ Youth
    This web page provides online and phone support services for LGBTQ youth and their caregivers.
  • Disaster Distress Helpline
    SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7 crisis counseling to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
  • Mental Health - Warm Lines
    Warmlines are confidential, peer-run listening lines staffed by people who have experienced mental health conditions themselves.
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline
    Staying at home during the COVID-19 crisis may not be the safest option for intimate partner violence survivors. This web page provides suggestions to make survivors feel safer during this uncertain time.
  • National Human Trafficking Hotline
    The National Human Trafficking Hotline connects survivors of sex and labor trafficking with services and supports to get help and stay safe.
  • National Human Trafficking Hotline Flyer
    Download the National Human Trafficking Hotline flyer (available in multiple languages) or add the National Hotline widget to your website or blog.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7 support for people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
  • Online/Phone Meeting Resources for Substance Use Disorder
    The Washington Area Intergroup Association provides a list of resources for online and phone Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline
    SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7 treatment referral and information service for individuals and families facing mental or substance use disorders. This service is available in English and Spanish.
  • The National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline
    The National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline is a confidential service that connects callers with local sexual assault service providers.
  • The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Helpline
    Learn about support programs for individuals and families struggling with substance use and addiction during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Trans Lifeline
    The Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer-support service for trans and questioning individuals in crisis. All operators are trans-identified.
  • TrevorChat
    A free, confidential, secure instant messaging service for LGBTQ youth that provides live help from trained volunteer counselors, open daily from 3–10pm ET / Noon–7pm PT.
  • Trevor Lifeline
    The only national 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ young people under 25, available at 1-866-488-7386.
  • TrevorText
    A free, confidential, secure service in which LGBTQ young people can text a trained Trevor counselor for support and crisis intervention, available Monday–Friday from 3–10pm ET / Noon–7pm PT by texting START to 678678.
  • ULifeline
    ULifeline is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center that provides college students with information about emotional health.

Our Mission

"Every day, in every way, empowering & improving health!"