Meet Our Team

Cultivation Counseling provides counseling and life coaching to individuals looking for opportunities to grow and change their lives. We are a dedicated group of professionals looking to use our therapeutic skills to help individuals change their lives. Our individual techniques vary, but as a group we are dedicated to helping you address the problems and concerns in your life. We believe fully in the individual’s ability to change and adapt.

Counseling and Therapy at a distance is a unique opportunity to not only help individuals therapeutically, but also to allow individuals to fit this time into their lives. Many individuals are very busy, and struggle with finding time to receive counseling. Often times, it is these same busy individuals that need someone to talk to. Cultivation Counseling strives to provide scheduling that meets the needs of the individual.

We are currently growing quickly and recruiting new therapists and life coaches to our practice. If you are interested in joining our unique team please contact us here.

Dan Hanks, M.Ed, LPC, Ed.S

Dan Hanks is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Idaho. Dan resides in Coeur d’Alene and graduated from the University of Idaho. Dan has extensive experience in education, psychotherapy, and counseling. Dan is a founder of Cultivation Counseling as well as Northwest College Support.

Dan’s therapeutic approach is primarily integral, utilizing elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client Centered Techniques, and Neuro Linguistic Programming. In his personal life, Dan enjoys a wide range of physical fitness activities and competes in the sport of triathlon.

Dan specializes inPsychotherapy, individual counseling, relationship counseling, dating counseling, stress management, self esteem improvement, life coaching, personal development, Asperger’s, Autism Spectrum Disorders, depression, anxiety, academic challenges,  parenting skills, ADHD management skills, behavior management education, developmental education, and school related challenges.

Darlene Pessein, LCSW


Darlene graduated from Portland State University with a BA in psychology and obtained her MSW in 1988.  Darlene has worked in a variety of settings, including outpatient clinics, residential programs, and inpatient hospitalization programs.  Darlene specializes in working with children, adolescents, and adults with mood disorders, trauma, self esteem and social skill issues, eating disorders, attachment issues, and learning problems.

Darlene is an avid horsewoman, competing in hunter/jumper and dressage, and recently obtained her EAGALA certification so that she can combine her love for horses and her passion for therapy by providing equine assisted therapy at a stable in Rathdrum, Idaho.

Darlene raises and trains German shepherds, and loves to spend time outdoors and being active.

Darlene specializes in: Individual counseling, psychotherapy, group therapy, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, grief and loss, trauma, PTSD, cognitive behavioral therapy and rational emotive behavioral therapy.

Trent Taggart, LMSW

Trent is a licensed Master Social Worker with 12 years experience working with adolescents in wilderness, residential, and outpatient settings. Trent received his Bachelor degree in Social Work from Lewis Clark State College and received his Master of Social Work from Boise State University.

Before joining the mental health field, Trent worked as a professional artist and trained horses. His hobbies and interests include drawing and painting, college football, fishing, gardening, and spending time in the outdoors of northern Idaho. To his wife’s chagrin, he also enjoys working on home “improvement” projects. Trent has been married for 21 years to his wife Donna. They are the parents of five children-one boy and four girls.

Trent Specializes in: Couples Counseling, Men’s Issues, Men’s Support Group Divorce, Anxiety & Depression, Relationship Issues, Life Transitions

Blake Poe – LCPC

Mr. Poe began his helping experience working as a volunteer and then trainer for the Moscow/Pullman Crisis Line.  For over a year he learned how to handle crisis, as well as train others to do the same.  From there Mr. Poe graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology.  Thereafter he was trained by Eastern State Hospital (for adult mentally ill patients) to be a Mental Health Technician.  He then worked brief stays at a foster home for sexually reactive children and then at the Anchor House (for male juveniles with behavior issues).  Thereafter Mr. Poe was employed as Senior Clinician at Tamarack Center (a psychiatric adolescent hospital) for over 3 years.  Mr. Poe then went to Juvenile Justice Services first as a Juvenile Detention Counselor, then Probation Officer, and finally as a Pre-Sentence Investigator and earned his Masters Degree in Counseling and Human Services.  Mr. Poe was employed at Kootenai County (Detention, Probation) for almost five years before moving to Children’s Mental Health for 3 years as a Mental Health Clinician and Designated Examiner.  Mr. Poe has worked in the private sector for over 13 years as a therapist, educator, and consultant.  He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with over 3000 hours of supervised experience along with numerous additional trainings, and experience.  Mr. Poe has a private office in Coeur d’Alene, ID where he treats clients for numerous mental health issues including:  Depression, anxiety, family issues, behavior issues,  and anger.  Mr. Poe has also maintained an Anger Management Educational Group for over 8 years through Kootenai County Juvenile Probation.   He’s a member of the American Counseling Association and the Idaho Juvenile Justice Association.     

Julie Krapfl, LMFT


Julie grew up in Northern California and Southern Idaho. She attended North Idaho College and earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in family studies from Arizona State University. Julie continued on at ASU to earn a masters in marriage and family therapy. While completing her masters degree, Julie practiced counseling through ASU’s counseling clinic and worked as a family consultant for Jewish Family and Children Services. For the past five years Julie has worked at Innercept, a residential program in Coeur d’ Alene, as a therapist and Adolescent Clinical Coordinator. Julie has a passion for counseling with couples, families, and children. Julie practices cognitive behavioral therapy, and also uses a systems-centered approach to therapy in order to address challenges and issues surround family systems. By teaching family members to focus on creating strong relationships within the family, Julie believes that individuals can reach a fuller and greater potential. In her spare time, Julie enjoys play softball and other recreational sports, camping, hiking, fishing, and spending time with her family.

Emily G. Estrada, LMSW


Emily is a LMSW and graduated with her Master’s in social work from Boise State University in 2015.

Emily has worked in a multitude of therapeutic settings ranging from in-home family therapy, community-based rehabilitation, adolescent mental health, elder memory care and domestic violence advocating.

Emily specializes in working with adolescents and adults in the realms of depression, anxiety disorders, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, communication skills, social skill building and art therapy.

Emily is a geek and avid gamer. She enjoys sandbox games such as Minecraft, cards games and writing short stories. She also enjoys drawing and painting and loves animals. Especially Corgis. She recently moved from Spokane to Coeur’ d Alene.

Zack Vaughan – MSW


Zack grew up in Sandpoint, Idaho and also lived in Boise for many years. He is now happy to call Coeur d’Alene home. Zack received his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Lewis and Clark State College. While working on his Bachelor’s degree, Zack worked at Panhandle Autism Society. Zack went on to earn a Master’s in Social Work from Boise State University, and while doing so gained experience working at Benewah Medical Center in the Substance Use Disorder Division. When working with clients, Zack is an advocate of Solution-Focused Therapy.

In his spare time, Zack enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time on the beautiful lakes north Idaho has to offer. Zack is also an avid golfer, and spent many years working at the famous Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course.