Shirley Butler

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About Me

Hi, I'm ShirIey, I am a 57 year old Native American Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have over 20 years experience in the mental health field. I have worked in community mental health and I have worked in Tribal Behavioral Health. In both of these agencies I have worked as a crisis on-call therapist on rotation. Currently, I operate from a private practice which I established in 2013. Although I have spent a great deal of time living and working on the reservation, I have lived in many other cultures and I truly appreciate diversity. I have always been a very curious person so Social Work has been a great outlet for me to explore populations, cultures, and behaviors.

I obtained a Bachelor Degree in 1998 in Human Services Rehabilitation from Salish Kootenai College on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Pablo, MT. I have a Masters in Social Work from Walla Walla University in Missoula, MT in 2004. Once I received my MSW, I spent 3 thousand supervised clinical hours before I was able to sit for my clinical license exam. I have worked with diverse cultures and populations. I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) which has proven beneficial in the treatment of PTSD (Post- traumatic Stress). I prefer to spend time with each new client building a rapport and an alliance of trust and safety. I like to develop a plan of treatment that is tailored to the unique individual and with full collaboration.

I am a firm believer in the healing process of telling one's own story and areas an individual would like to examine since they are best at knowing the parts of self they believe need to be examined to help them to progress and grow in their desired direction.
I look forward to exploring with you!


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Abandonment , Codependency , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Forgiveness , Posttraumatic Stress , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 15

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LCSW #BBH-LCSW-LIC-815 (Expires: 2021-12-31)


Written by J.E. on Mar 08, 2021 after therapy with Shirley for 8 months

Shirley is very open and welcoming. I feel very comfortable and safe and supported.
She has offered a variety of learning and accountability tools and is always quick and detailed in her responses.

Written by J.O. on Oct 20, 2020 after therapy with Shirley for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and adhd

Shirley has been fantastic. She's offered me great different perspectives and ways of thinking that have helped me let go of negative thinking and geared me towards more positive thinking about myself and my future.

Written by A.L. on Jun 03, 2020 after therapy with Shirley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd

Shirley is absolutely amazing. Her knowledge and understand is more than I ever expected to find in a therapist. She is very direct but kind, and makes me feel understood and cared about. I look forward to the future and building a healthier and happier mind, equipped with proper adult tools for life.

Written by L.A. on Mar 30, 2020 after therapy with Shirley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, and bipolar disorder

I really like this service and my therapist. I like that I can communicate immediately what I feel and dont have to wait a week for the opportunity to say how I feel. The worksheets help and I can refer back.