"Independent Providers of Counseling, Psychological & Organizational Services"

1517 West Jefferson St | Boise, ID 83702 | (208) 385-0888

Write Path Classes

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

New Possibilities –
Recovery for Depression & Grief


Presented by Susan Reuling Furness
Meets Tuesdays 5:15pm – 7:00pm
August 29, 2017 – November 7, 2017 


A 10-week therapy group to help you overcome the blues, depression, worry, and grief, “New Possibilities” is a place where you can the address problems, AND find a positive direction for yourself regardless of your situation. Working with a journal, collage, music, and more, you soon will find you are in charge of your mood, your happiness, and your future. No special experience necessary. Balance the dark side with hope.

• Experience how gratitude reshapes your life. • Embrace the future. • Translate possibility and potential into reality!


Register a friend – deduct 10% from your registration cost.

Where: Jefferson Street Counseling and Consulting
When: 10 weeks beginning August 29, 2017
Time: Tuesdays 5:15pm – 7:00pm
Cost: $400 before August 18th and $440 after August 18th.
Registration: Please call the front desk at 385-0888 to register.


Picture This-
Healing with Photographs, Paper, & Pen


Presented By: Susan Reuling Furness
3 weeks starting September 11, 2017
Mondays 5:30pm-7:00pm


If a picture is worth a thousand words, there’s an entire library for healing in your mobile phone. When you combine your phone’s camera with paper and pen, your world opens to greater self-awareness and confidence. Learn how these tools serve as active meditation, which in turn will help ease stress and angst. Bring your phone or a digital tablet as we explore contemplative photography. 

The class requires no experience or expertise in photography.

Where: Jefferson Street Counseling and Consulting
Time: Mondays 5:30pm-7:00pm
When: September 11, 2017 – September 25, 2017
Cost: $90 if paid by September 1st or $120 if paid after September 1st.
Registration: Please call the front desk at 385-0888 to register.

Check out our website at www.writepath.org


THE NEXT STEP: Women’s Journaling Group


Presented by Susan Reuling Furness
Meets Wednesdays 9:00am-11:00am
September 13, 2017 – November 8, 2017 


Regardless of the source of your loss or change, your own words of wisdom help you navigate and discover a brighter tomorrow. Join other women as we untangle the confusion, upheaval, and mystery of riding and writing the winds of change. • Let go of the past.• Trust yourself through transition.• Find optimism about change and new life adventures.You do not need to be a “writer.” The group inspires the tools and encouragement for fun and a exploration. 

Where: Jefferson Street Counseling and Consulting
When: Wednesdays, September 13th – November 8th.
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
Cost: $360 before Sept. 1st, or $400 after Sept. 1st.
Registration: Please call the front desk at 385-0888 to register.

*Ask us about insurance reimbursement and senior discounts.
Payment Plans are available

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NAMI Family Support Group of loved ones living with mental illness

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Consulting, Events, Free Talks, General, Newsletters, Speaking Topics, Therapy, Uncategorized | 0 comments

NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Here you will gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances.

NAMI’s Family Support Group is unique because it follows a structured model, ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to be heard and to get what they need. By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you will gain hope and develop supportive relationships.

Free of Cost!


2nd Thursday of the month

7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

First United Methodist Church

2717 12th Avenue Road, Nampa



1st, 2nd, 3rd  and 4th


of the month

7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

El-Ada Bldg.

2250 S. Vista Ave., Boise


Starting 10/4/2016


1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month

7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Meridian Friends Church

1021 Pine Avenue


* Designed for adult loved ones of individuals living with mental illness (18+)

* Led by family members of individuals living with mental illness

* No medical therapy or medication is endorsed or recommended

* Safe and Confidential

For more information regarding this support group or other NAMI Boise programs, please contact NAMI Boise at

(208) 376-4304 or manager@namiboise.org

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Update To Late Cancellation Fee

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Consulting, General, Therapy, Uncategorized | 0 comments

A late cancellation fee will be charged for your scheduled appointment unless we receive 24 business hours notice. Monday appointments need to be cancelled no later than the previous Thursday by the end of that business day (6:00pm).

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No reminder calls starting June 1st, 2016

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Attention clients:

We will no longer be making reminder calls. You will receive a reminder email two days prior to your appointment. Please contact the front desk to update your email address.

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5 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Hypnosis

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It sounds like the work of sorcerers and scam artists, but hypnosis can play a very real role in protecting and promoting health.

This isn’t the “You are getting very sleepy…” hypnosis you’re used to seeing in pop culture references, but a clinical procedure used in conjunction with other therapies and treatments, according to the American Psychological Association. Hypnosis for health benefits “should be conducted only by properly trained and credentialed health care professionals (e.g. psychologists) who also have been trained in the use of hypnosis and who are working within the limits of their professional expertise,” according to the APA’s website.

The “state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention” brought on by hypnosis may help us use our minds more powerfully, according to the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. And harnessing the powers of the mind has inspired researchers and clinicians in various fields to explore the use of hypnosis in a number of health outcomes.

Medical hypnosis, sometimes called hypnotherapy, uses verbal repetition and/or mental imagery (facilitated by a hypnotherapist or one’s self) to induce a “trance-like state” of increased focus. It’s typically described as feeling calm and relaxing and usually opens people up to the power of suggestion, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Once disregarded as a parlor trick, hypnosis is increasingly believed to improve many of those outcomes. The American Medical Association approved hypnosis as a therapy in 1958, and the APA followed suit three years later, according to Harvard Medical School. That’s not to say it’s a panacea: In fact, more research is needed to prove lasting benefits of hypnosis for certain facets of health, such as weight loss or smoking cessation. But more promising results exist in other areas of study. Here are a few of the science-backed benefits of hypnosis to consider.

Hypnosis can help improve deep sleep.
 In previous studies of the effects of hypnosis on sleep, study participants were simply asked to report back on how well (or poorly!) they felt they slept after hypnosis. But in a recent study, Swiss researchers were able to measure its effects by monitoring brain activity in a group of healthy, young women as they took a 90-minute nap after listening to a hypnotic suggestion tape. The women who were deemed the most susceptible to hypnosis spent 80 percent more time in slow-wave sleep (the deep, restorative phase of our shut-eye) after listening to the hypnosis tape than they did after listening to a neutral spoken text. “[T]he results may be of major importance for patients with sleep problems and for older adults,” lead researcher Maren Cordi of the University of Zurich said in a statement. “In contrast to many sleep-inducing drugs, hypnosis has no adverse side effects.”

It can ease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
 In a 2003 study, 71 percent of 204 irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) patients reported improved symptoms after 12 weekly hour-long hypnosis sessions, the APA reported. Of those who reported improvements, 81 percent continued to feel better up to six years after the hypnosis treatment had ended, according to the study. In a 2012 study, 85 percent of IBS patients who reported improvement after hypnosis still felt better up to seven years later. “The conclusion is that hypnotherapy could reduce both the consumption of healthcare and the cost to society, and that hypnosis therefore belongs in the arsenal of treatments for IBS,” researcher Magnus Simrén said in a statement.

Hypnosis can quell hot flashes.
 Among postmenopausal women who reported at least 50 hot flashes a week, five weekly hypnosis sessions cut hot flashes by 74 percent 12 weeks later, a 2013 study found. Meanwhile, women who did not receive hypnosis but instead had weekly sessions with a clinician only experienced a 17 percent drop in hot flashes.

It can ease pain.
 Hypnosis is perhaps most well-researched in the context of managing pain. Two meta-analyses of existing pain and hypnosis research, published in 2000 and 2009, deemed hypnosis effective at lowering pain associated with a number of conditions, including fibromyalgia, arthritis and cancer, but noted that few psychologists were using it, and those who were had little standardization in administering hypnotherapy.

Hypnosis can calm nerves.
 Because of its ability to harness the powers of the mind, hypnosis is often employed to relieve anxieties related to other medical procedures, like surgery, scans or even giving birth, called state anxiety. “The mechanism may be similar to the placebo effect — in which patients’ expectations play a major role in how they feel,” Melinda Beck wrote for the Wall Street Journal in 2012. “Hypnosis, in turn, can help patients adjust those expectations to minimize pain, fear and disability.” More research is needed to determine if hypnosis might alleviate generalized anxiety disorder or what’s called trait anxiety, or anxiety relating to personality rather than a specific event, according to a 2010 review of the research. Preliminary studies have started to examine hypnosis in depression treatment as well, but more research is needed.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/02/hypnosis-health-benefits_n_5523210.html

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