About Bingham Memorial Mental Health and Counseling Services

Bingham Memorial’s mental health workers help to change people’s lives.

Mental health is how we think, feel, and act in order to face life’s situations and experiences. It is how we look at ourselves, our lives, and the people we know and care about. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, evaluate our options, and make choices. Like physical health, mental health is important at every stage of life. Everyone has mental health.

While it is easy for someone to recognize when an individual has a high fever, mental health problems can be more difficult to identify. Mental health problems can’t always be seen, but the symptoms can be recognized. Mental health problems can be diagnosed because mental health professionals have studied and documented the symptoms, such as: depression, anxiety, eating habits, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders.

Bingham Memorial’s mental health team work with people from all walks of life who need a little help, advice, and direction. They see children and adolescents, families, substance abuse issues, military, career, employment, retirement counseling, and so much more.

Our Mental Health Specialists

Bingham Memorial’s licensed clinical social worker as well as a psychologist work with people from all walks of life who need a little help, advice, and direction. In Blackfoot and Pocatello, they see children and adolescents, families, substance abuse issues, military, career, employment, retirement counseling and so much more. 

Our counselors are well-educated and highly-trained professionals who often apply real-life experiences when giving advice and forming meaningful bonds with clients. “Help” is the main product that professional counselors have to offer, according to the American Counseling Association. Furthermore, they don’t tell someone what to do, but rather help guide the person in understanding and discovering what could make his or her relationships or situation better, or how to explore new paths in life.

Our social workers and case managers are also assigned to patient care areas at Bingham Memorial, and are trained to help patients and family members deal with financial, social and emotional issues that relate to illness or hospitalization. Members of the department also work with patients and families to help cope with long-term illnesses and rehabilitation and are involved in discharge planning.

Additionally, our social workers assist patients with any psychosocial needs during a hospital stay. This may include stressors from being sick, family difficulties, or history of mental health difficulties. If patients need follow up after a stay in the hospital, an appointment can be arranged with our mental health counselor.

Our counselors are trained to provide a process that helps people change for the better. And when someone is dealing with a loss, relationship issues, child rearing anxieties, anger, depression or any of the numerous issues that all of us can face, that’s when it’s time to turn to a licensed professional counselor.

It’s estimated that one in four Americans is affected by mental health issues each year. If you think there are concerns in your life that could be helped by talking with a trained professional, you can reach out to one of our mental health specialists below. They are always welcoming new patients. To schedule an appointment or consultation, please call (208) 785-3800.

Meet Our Mental Health and Counseling Services Providers

  • Suicide Awareness
    December 07, 2022

    In order to create awareness and strengthen the fight against suicide, we wanted to shed some light on this serious subject that affects too many people.

  • The Lowdown on Depression
    April 22, 2020

    How much do you know about the common mental health disorder--depression? It's a serious medical condition that shouldn't be ignored, especially with everything going on with...

  • "Be Informed" with Jody Bilstrom, LCSW, & Dr. David Bilstrom
    July 31, 2020

    In this installment of Bingham Healthcare’s “Be Informed” webinar, Dr. David and Mrs. Jody Bilstrom, answered viewer’s questions live on Facebook about chronic and autoimmune...

  • SAD but True
    January 07, 2019

    Seasonal affective disorder is a bad case of the winter blues. Fortunately, there are simple things you can do to brighten your outlook.

  • Converse with Care
    February 10, 2023

    It’s OK to admit: Talking to a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease is no easy task. Here are some simple strategies that can help you communicate with a loved one who h...

  • Feeling Stressed?
    March 07, 2017

    Sometimes stress hits us like a freight train, and sometimes it sneaks up on us a little bit at a time. Not managing stress properly can have serious consequences. Here’s how...

  • How Much Screen Time is Too Much for Kids?
    January 11, 2022

    With screens virtually everywhere, controlling a child’s screen time can be challenging. To complicate matters, some screen time can be educational for children as well as su...

  • New Moms and Depression's Reach
    June 15, 2015

    Having a baby can be both thrilling and exhausting. But with the hormone adjustments, sudden changes to their bodies, lack of sleep, and additional responsibilities, new moms...

  • Counseling Awareness Month 2015
    April 22, 2015

    While April is most often associated with spring showers, it’s also a time to celebrate the outstanding efforts of our counselors as part of Counseling Awareness Month. We ar...

  • 5 Ways to Manage Stress this Holiday Season
    December 08, 2022

    Maintaining healthy habits, planning ahead, and taking a few minutes out of your day to focus on relaxation can help you manage your stress levels this holiday season. Here's...

  • Lack of Sexual Desire
    February 13, 2017

    Many, if not all, women will experience low—or perhaps a total lack of—sexual desire at some point in their lives.

  • New Leaf Geriatric Psychiatric Unit Now Open
    January 22, 2019

    Bingham Memorial Hospital (BMH) employees and community members turned out for a ribbon cutting for the Bingham Memorial New Leaf Geriatric Psychiatric Unit (New Leaf), which...