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Dr. Jacob Santhouse

A Colorado native, Jacob has always loved mountains. That said, he spent the last 11 years living, working, and finishing his formal education in downtown Chicago. He worked as a counselor in both community counseling and private practice settings. During his time in Chicago, the mountains never stopped calling, and in 2020, it was finally time to answer the call. So, Jacob, his wife Kathy, and their two children packed up and moved to Idaho to embark on some new adventures.

Jacob has worked with individuals, couples, and families on a wide range of issues. Working with young adults and adolescents has emerged as his primary interest and specialty. His focus includes anxiety, depression, life adjustment, lack of self-worth, relational issues, or negative feelings towards yourself.

As Jacob counsels, he has a relational and somewhat relaxed style. His goal is to create a safe space where you can be vulnerable, without any fear of judgment. For this approach, he uses a blend of Narrative and Person-Centered theories. These two theories form an approach that seeks to honor, respect, and empower you. Though it is focused on the positive, this approach also believes that joy and suffering are important parts of life.


Jacob earned his Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Governors State University and his Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Moody Theological Seminary. In addition to his academic credentials, Jacob is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Idaho and Illinois, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Colorado, and a registered Telehealth provider in Florida enabling him to offer online counseling in those four states.

In addition to his degrees and licensure, Jacob has also completed various specialized trainings. He completed the Emotionally Focused Therapy externship at the Chicago Center for EFT. He is also a Certified Traumatologist and completed extensive training on working with trauma from the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology. Finally, he has also been trained in Level 1 EMDR.

License Numbers:

ID: LCPC #7778

IL: LCPC #180.013074

CO: LPC.0017827

FL: TLHT – 1857

Olive Counseling LLC:

Olive Counseling LLC is a small online-only counseling practice that offers counseling in Idaho and Illinois. Our goal is to make counseling accessible. For all our services, we use a secure online platform called SimplePractice. This platform is used to schedule, conduct video sessions, and send/receive secure documents and messages. The messaging platform also gives you the ability to reach out at any time. We may not respond instantly, but we do our best to respond promptly.

Whether you cannot leave your house, can’t find a counselor in your area, or are unable/uncomfortable going to a physical office – online counseling can make it possible for counseling to fit into your life. Counseling gives you a safe place to explore uncomfortable parts of yourself, and when done online, you can do that from the comfort and safety of your own space. 

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