Rachel Payne, LPC

Alpine Roots Counseling is a private practice in Sheridan Wyoming, provided by a familiar therapist who has been working in our community for the last 8 years.  Rachel is a Wyoming native who earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Wyoming.

Rachel founded Alpine Roots Counseling so she could provide therapy in a meaningful and life changing way. After working in mental health for the last 12 years, Rachel’s professional and personal experiences have taught her how people work, how people are wounded and more importantly how people heal and overcome challenges so they can live their lives in the most meaningful way. As your therapist, she will work with you to understand your experiences, not just label “the problem”. Together you will explore the story, the opportunities and create your path to moving forward.

My Approach & Philosophy

Like any good road trip, we look ahead but we also look to past experiences as they shape who we are and the decisions we make. Should I turn right or left? Should I take the road I know, or venture to a new place. Do I stick with the way I always do things, or is it time to include “new” into my life? Therapy with Rachel will be unique to you, as you develop a vision of what it means to move forward. Rachel will help you to learn coping skills, different ways of thinking, how to develop stronger relationships and build self-confidence. Part of building requires a broad perspective of the past and future. The most significant changes happen when we fully invest and are willing to look inward as well as outward.


Rachel has a wide variety of experiences in her 12 years of work in the mental health field. To date she has worked with children, adolescents & adults.  Rachel has experience working in an adolescent residential treatment facility, an acute psychiatric facility, Comprehensive School and Community Treatment (CSCT) Program and Community Mental Health.

Rachel is an EMDR therapist who provides evidenced based trauma treatment.

Focus of Therapy

Alpine Roots Counseling treats the following:



Grief & Loss




Self Esteem

Mood Disorders

Stress related to current and on-going events


Therapy requires hard work, commitment and intention of  the client and therapist. As well as a positive and connected relationship. To discuss therapy in further detail and to see if you and Rachel are a good fit, Rachel offers a free, 30 minute consultation prior to starting therapy. Consultations offer the chance to meet, answer questions, set expectations for both persons involved and begin building a plan.

What's Next?

After the consultation, Rachel will email you (if possible) forms to fill out prior to the first appointment (Intake). Information requested included demographics, pertinent history, and current symptoms/difficulties you are experiencing. A 60 min intake will be scheduled, where we will review your forms and develop a plan. There is no “standard” of length of overall therapy and frequency of sessions, as these are based on each individual. Together we will determine what is the best fit for you.


Rachel provides individual therapy sessions to adults.


Consultation: Free

Rachel is a contracted provider with BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna and United Healthcare and as such, I accept the reimbursement rates set by these companies. The cost of individual therapy and intake appointment services are based on your personal contract with your insurance provider.

Depending on your current health insurance provider or employee benefit plan, it is possible for services to be covered in full or in part. Please contact your provider to verify how your plan compensates you for psychotherapy services.

I’d recommend asking these questions to your insurance provider to help determine your benefits:

  • Does my health insurance plan include mental health benefits?
  • Do I have a deductible? If so, what is it and have I met it yet?
  • Does my plan limit how many sessions per calendar year I can have? If so, what is the limit?
  • Do I need written approval from my primary care physician in order for services to be covered?


You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical and mental health care will cost. 

Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance, or who are not using insurance, an estimate of the expected charges for medical services, which includes mental health care.

– You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency healthcare services, which includes mental health care.

– You can also ask your healthcare provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule an item or service.

– If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill. 

– Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate.

For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises/consumers or call our office at 310-6833-9047. You will receive one if required with our intake paperwork.

COVID-19 Precautions

Please know that telehealth services are available for regular use and as an alternative to in- person sessions should you feel unwell. Given notice, Rachel can reschedule your appointment for telehealth, which is provided through a safe and secure platform. Please do not come to the office if you are feeling unwell or have possibly been exposed to Covid-19. Please feel free to wear your mask.

Contact Information


(307) 227-6305




1949 Sugarland Drive, Suite 221 (Shared with Fortis Therapy) Sheridan Wy 82801


Monday- Thursday: 9am to 5pm

Sessions by appointment only. After Hours available as contracted or individually scheduled