A Better Day Counseling

& Custom Life Coaching

Paula Sharp, LCSW

1414 W. Franklin Street

Boise, ID 83702

(208) 344-4343

Are you stressed out and don’t know what to do about it?

Tired of arguing with your loved ones?

Confused and frustrated about changes happening in your life?

Worried about what tomorrow may bring?

No doubt about it, Life can really throw us a curveball sometimes.

People seek counseling for many reasons, but the one thing they have in common is a desire to feel happier with their lives.

Sometimes it can help to have someone to talk with to help…

    • cope with major changes in life you’ve never experienced before
    • deal with life transitions such as relocations, change or loss of job, divorce, or grief and loss
    • solve problems regarding parenting teens or blended family issues
    • make sense of past events that still cause pain and problems in the present

But Why Talk to a Counselor?

Why not just talk with a friend or family member?

Friends and family can be wonderful sources of support and understanding, but sometimes it’s hard to burden them with our own burdens, sometimes we feel embarrassed, and sometimes we want to reserve the right to follow or not follow the advice we hear.

And sometimes, in spite of our best efforts, we find we’re just not getting the results we want trying to make things better on our own.

Most people have been trying to make changes on their own but find their own approach just isn’t working to their satisfaction; they feel stuck and frustrated.

A Fresh Perspective

Talking with a professional can give you a fresh and sometimes unexpected point of view, different from what you might get from friends or family. And you can benefit from years of learning and experience gained from working with many different people.

As a licensed clinical social worker, my approach to therapy focuses on your strengths and goals, and how your life, job, and environment support or thwart them.

My job is to help you understand your problems and to give you new skills and strategies with which to resolve them. You get to choose, you are the one in control.

Here are some FAQs:

1. What kinds of things do you help people with?

I specialize in helping people with Stress and Stress Related issues resulting from:

    • Life Transitions – especially Job Changes and Mid-life Transitions
    • Financial issues
    • Worry and Anxiety
    • Women's Issues
    • Relationship difficulties
    • Parenting challenges
    • Depression
    • Trauma and Abuse Survivor issues (including PTSD)
    • Grief and Loss
    • Self-care, Self-criticism, and Self-esteem issues
    • Spirituality

2. What services are offered at A Better Day Counseling?

    • Individual sessions with adults and self-motivated teenagers
    • Couples, Marriage, and Relationship therapy

3. What kinds of insurance do you accept?

I accept most of the major insurance plans, including:

    • Aetna
    • AmeriBen
    • Blue Cross
    • Regence Blue Shield
    • Idaho Physicians Network (IPN)(Includes MANY insurers so check your insurance card for the IPN logo)
    • Humana
    • LifeSynch
    • Medicare
    • PacificSource
    • TriCare

I also provide Employee Assistance Plan services for

    • Business Psychology Associates (BPA)
    • Reliant Behavioral Health (RBH)
    • APS Healthcare
    • Bensinger, DuPont & Associates
These sessions are paid for by employers and are at no cost to you. Check with your Human Resources office to see if your workplace offers this valuable benefit.

4. What approaches to therapy do you use?

It’s been my experience that there is a great deal of overlap in the many therapeutic modalities mental health providers use; it appears to be a case of “many paths leading to the same destination.” With few exceptions, therapists who have been in the field for awhile often use an eclectic blend of many approaches according to what their clinical judgment tells them about what the client needs and what is likely to be most appropriate.

The therapeutic tools I use at A Better Day include (but are not limited to):

    • Stress management & Relaxation skills training
    • Communication skills training
    • Marriage & Relationship therapy
    • Insight-oriented psychotherapy
    • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
    • Mindfulness training
    • Love & Logic Parenting skills training
    • Hypnotherapy
    • Regression therapy
    • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
    • Ego-state therapy
    • Cognitive-Behavioral therapy
    • Narrative therapy

5. What is an LCSW?

A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, or LCSW, is a professional who has completed a masters degree in social work from an accredited college or university, and then gone on to specialize in the clinical treatment of emotional, mental, and behavioral health.

An LCSW must complete at least 2 years post-graduate work in clinical social work practice under the supervision of another masters or doctoral level clinical social worker or other equivalent mental health practitioner before taking the clinical license test. An additional 20 hours per year of clinically applicable continuing education training is required to maintain the licensure.

6. Are you a counselor?

The short answer is yes…and, no.

A counselor can be anyone who counsels another person about anything. There are debt counselors, vocational counselors, camp counselors, guidance counselors…well, you get the idea.

There are also Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors (LCPCs) who are college educated, clinically trained, and state licensed similarly as social workers are.

So, yes, I counsel people, but I do it as an LCSW, not an LCPC. What we do may be similar, but we traveled different paths to get here.

At A Better Day Counseling, my goal and my Mission in life, is to do my best to help bring healing and emotional well-being to our world one person, one couple, one family at a time.

My Philosophy toward helping others is:

1st: To provide a safe, caring environment where people will be comfortable talking about their concerns and issues;

2nd: To work together to learn and practice new ways to make positive changes in their lives in order to resolve problems and increase satisfaction and well-being; and,

3rd: To foster a Balanced approach to living across the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual domains of life.

My Promises to You are:

    1. I will value and respect you for the unique person you are;
    2. I will honor your right to make your own choices and decisions;
    3. I will share my knowledge, skills, and experience with you to the best of my ability in order to present ideas and alternatives for approaching our work together;
    4. I will conduct myself with honesty and integrity at all times;
    5. I will be my authentic self – crazy sense of humor and all!

To contact me for more information or to schedule an appointment:

You are welcome to call my office at (208) 344-4343 during business hours Monday - Friday. Leave a message (as I don't answer the phone while in session) and I'll return your call as soon as I can.

Or, you may use the confidential contact form at any time to send me a message or ask a question. I check and return e-mails during the work week, and will be happy to reply to yours.

Brought to you by:

A Better Day Counseling Services & Paula Sharp, LCSW

Serving Boise, Eagle, Meridian and Treasure Valley, Idaho

Located at: 1414 W. Franklin St., Boise, ID 83702

(208) 344-4343

In the Heart of Boise, for Good!

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