Boise counseling that’s meant to give you the gift of mental freedom.

People enter therapy for many reasons, from anxiety, stress, or depression to trauma and bereavement.

Still others are curious to discover more about themselves and keen to enrich their relationships and inner lives. Whatever your circumstances, therapy can be the first step in an empowering journey of self-awareness and transformational change!

Learn how we can help you!

Through therapy at Calm Waters, you will discover freedom, be transformed, and take your life and relationships to the next level. 

Case Management

Targeted service coordination is a program aimed at assisting adult clients to access community resources through linking and coordinating services to meet their basic needs and increase stability in their lives.


Working with your therapist, you will engage in a supportive, collaborative process that will allow you to explore your experiences, behaviors, and beliefs.


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.

Meet your therapist

Know who you’re meeting before you meet them!

David Martin smiles for the camera in his photos for Calm Waters Counseling.

David Martin


Two women talking

We are a family

and want you to join!

Our office strives to make you feel as comfortable as possible when you visit our office. We work together to help you find the freedom that you always wanted! 


Most frequent questions and answers

A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communications and listening skills
  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual.  In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session.  Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development.  Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).

It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process.  The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life.  Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process – such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.

People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy.   Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well.  Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks.  Therapy can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods.  Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life.   In short, people seeking psychotherapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives.

Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you’re at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.

It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.  Working with your medical doctor you can determine what’s best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.

To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them.  Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers.  Some helpful questions you can ask them:

  • What are my mental health benefits?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
  • How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?

I am on the panels of various Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) and as well as the following health insurance plans:

  • Medicaid
  • Blue Cross of Idaho
  • Molina Healthcare of Idaho
  • Regence BlueShield of Idaho
  • Optum/United Health Care

If you do not see your insurance listed above, please contact me because I may be in network with your insurance company even though it is not listed.

Although I will be confirming your benefits and eligibility, I advise that you be aware of your own mental health coverage. You should call the toll-free member services phone number on the back of your insurance card, choosing the option about benefits and ask the following questions:

  • Does my plan cover outpatient mental health?
  • Do I have to meet a deductible? If so, what is the deductible and how much has been met?
  • Is there a waiting period?
  • Is there a maximum number of sessions per year that my health insurance covers?
  • What is my co-payment (or co-insurance) per session?
  • Do outpatient mental health services have to be pre-authorized? Can I have a preauthorization number or does the therapist have to call for it?
  • Do I require a referral from my primary care physician for outpatient mental health services?

I reserve a limited number of appointments for reduced-fee clients, and I will do my best to work out something or refer you to someone who can help you. If you have insurance but would not like to use it, I can work with you to come up with a payment plan that works.

Cash, debit card, or check accepted for payment at each session.

Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist’s office.   Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone.  This is called “Informed Consent”.  Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.

However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:

* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.

* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threated to harm another person.

  • What are my mental health benefits?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
  • How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?

5223 W. Overland Rd.

Boise, ID 83705

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Phone : 208.331.4592

Fax : 208.344.0838

Our Hours

MON-FRI 9:00 – 5:00