“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
Counseling is a process by which you can talk openly about your struggles and receive input from a non-biased, empathetic, focused person who has been professionally trained. Our families and friends can be a great source of support but sometimes our struggles are beyond what we’ve been able to manage thus far or our support systems are scarce. Counseling requires taking a risk to share openly with a neutral person. However, that risk is often found to be worth it when you find that there are things you can do to improve your life.
By working with feelings, thoughts, and behaviors a therapist can help you to manage and overcome difficulties such as anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem problems, and more. Your improvement may also include problem solving strategies and emphasizing your strengths. Read more about the details of my practice on this site and take a first step towards feeling better.
My practice primarily serves and focuses on the perinatal/postpartum and maternal population and associated perinatal mood disorders. I also enjoy working with clients in other populations who want to address the following difficulties:
Relationship and Work Difficulties
I believe that people are capable of making changes in their life and that is why I do what I do. I approach counseling from a Cognitive Behavioral perspective which means that I help clients examine their thought processes and how those processes drive their behavior and outlook on life. I also believe that we all have the resources in ourselves to find solutions to our problems and I strive to help clients improve their lives from a Strength-Based orientation. Mindfulness has become a well-known practice in helping to manage anxiety, depression, stress, and chronic pain. I have seen the benefits of this work in myself and with my clients and will incorporate this approach in my work with you.
I am a Certified Perinatal Mental Health Professional (PMH-C) which means I have specialty training in mental health issues that affect women during and after pregnancy as well as in conjunction with infertility, miscarriage, and perinatal loss. I am a basic-trained EMDR therapist which means that I am able to work with trauma histories to bring past hurts to the present in order to "edit" them and re-file them without the attached high emotions, physical sensations, negative thoughts, and disturbing images.
LCPC - Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor - Montana
PMH-C - Certified Perinatal Mental Health Professional
LAC - Licensed Addiction Counselor - Montana
EMDR - Basic Trained
Postpartum Support International - Professional Member
I accept the following insurances and others* *
New West Health
* *Always contact your insurance carrier prior to your first session to verify your benefits and coverage.
Are you pregnant or recently were pregnant?
Do you have a history of mood disorders?
Are you struggling with sadness more than the “Baby Blues” or with more intense anxiety than normal?
Are you having intrusive thoughts that are disturbing to you?
Are you just not feeling how you thought you would during or after pregnancy?
Perinatal mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, and psychosis are a specialized group of illnesses that often go untreated. There is help and there are multiple ways of feeling better. A healthy mom and dad or partner is the best thing for raising a healthy baby. I look forward to working with you in your journey to wellness. I am also aware that not every pregnancy goes as planned and there are many issues of grief and shame that can accompany this time in life. Please take the important step of calling for a first appointment. You can also find support and more information through
Are you easily exhausted?
Do you have difficulty concentrating or your mind goes blank?
Do you worry about everyday things, a variety of topics, events, or activities more than most?
Does your worry or anxiety make it difficult to carry out day-to-day activities and interfere with relationships, work, and other important areas of life?
If you answer yes to these questions you may be experiencing clinical anxiety. There are many forms of anxiety that include GAD (generalized anxiety disorder), Social Phobia, Panic Disorder, and others. I have helped clients to reduce the symptoms of anxiety through careful listening, teaching and the practice of mindfulness techniques, cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, and solution focused therapy. If you would like to learn how to live a happier life through practicing new ways to manage your anxiety I would love to help you do that work. To learn more about anxiety disorders take a look at this website URL: http://www.adaa.org/
Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. I can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing with Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Mindfulness, and EMDR therapy. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporate elements from many different treatment approaches. I am basic-trained in EMDR and focus on singular (i.e. "simple" traumas). Complex trauma is best served by a Certified EMDR clinician. EMDR therapy can treat:
Sexual and/or Physical abuse
Body dysmorphic disorders
2475 Village Lane Suite 102, Billings, Montana 59102
Tues-Thurs: 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Closed Saturday, Sunday, Monday
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