Shirley Butler

LCSW

About Me

Hi, I'm ShirIey, I am a 59 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!


Specialties

  • 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 , 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

Licensing

LCSW #BBH-LCSW-LIC-815 (Expires: 2022-12-31)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Shirley Butler. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written by K.I. on Aug 04, 2022 after therapy with Shirley for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

Shirley is amazing. I really appreciate the way she sees me and how she communicates. So grateful to have found this person to support me during the hardest year of my life. Highly recommend working with this beautiful soul.

Written by C.H. on Aug 02, 2022 after therapy with Shirley for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Shirley has been exactly what I needed and I have come strides with her empathetic assistance and knowledge.

Written by T.R. on Jun 30, 2022 after therapy with Shirley for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, relationship issues, coping with life changes, adhd, intimacy-related issues, career difficulties, grief, eating disorders, compassion fatigue, and bipolar disorder

Shirley is very warm, measured and understanding. She is a good listener but steps in when necessary to offer insights into why certain conflicts in my life are occurring and how I might act to resolve it. I feel like I can really trust her.

Written by J.A. on Apr 16, 2022 after therapy with Shirley for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

Shirley was fantastic…. She always seemed to understand and be able to articulate my thoughts/experiences even when less that perfect responses were provided by me. I would recommend her to anyone!

Written by B.O. on Apr 04, 2022 after therapy with Shirley for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and coping with life changes

Shirley Butler is compassion and listened to my concerns/ issues and offered practical solutions.

Written by C.H. on Mar 28, 2022 after therapy with Shirley for 5 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and anger management

My first session was really powerful. Shirley helped me when I needed it, and I look forward to the next visit...

Written by C.R. on Mar 10, 2022 after therapy with Shirley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Shirley has been such a wonderful therapist in my time of grief, she understands what I need, and listens so attentively! 10/10

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.

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