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Shirley Butler

Offering therapy in MT
License: MSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

Hi, I'm ShirIey, I am a 61 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 as well as seeing clients in office. 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 practiced for three 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) and other adverse/disturbing experiences. What disturbs or traumatizes us is unique to the individual. 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!

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Tiffany Riley

Offering therapy in MT
License: MSC LCPC
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
22 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical professional counselor in Montana with 22 years of experience in the behavioral health field; 19 of which as a therapist. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Montana and my Master of Science degree from the University of Great Falls. The clients I work with present with a wide range of concerns including trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, familial issues, parenting challenges, interpersonal relationship troubles and academic issues. The ages of my clients ranged from 2-70 with diverse backgrounds. My approach to providing therapy focuses on what you choose to bring to sessions. Overall, I treat people with dignity and respect while offering unconditional positive regard, genuine concern, sensitivity, and compassion; just as I wish to be treated. I consider therapy a journey; one that is challenging yet fulfilling but it takes work and time to tackle issues. When individuals feel heard, validated, and supported, they choose to do the work and engage in therapy. People and their issues are like onions; they have many layers and a lot of those layers are protective. If you are ready to start your journey, I will gladly walk it with you, So, let us start peeling away the layers to get to the underlying issues causing you distress so you can begin to feel better and live your fullest life. I look forward to working with you.

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Angela Miller

Offering therapy in MT
License: MSW, NCC, LCPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
20 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Montana and have over 20 years of experience working as a Counselor to adults and children. I have experience working with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, substance use, and ADHD. I also have experience working with people from different cultures than my own. My counseling style is warm and accepting. I believe in treating everyone that contacts me with respect and sensitivity at all times while challenging patterns that might be problematic. My approach uses client centered and solution focused practices that will help us identify your strengths that can resolve the issues that are shared. I believe that it takes strength to take the first step needed to begin walking toward the changes that you would like to see in your life. I am ready to help and support you on this journey. I am looking forward to working with you!

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Lilian (Iona) Yabut

Offering therapy in MT
License: MA,LCPC,ATR
Stress, AnxietyLGBTBipolar disorderCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
9 years of experience

I offer over nine years of experience working with a diverse range of ages, cultures, and concerns, combining education with professional experience from Chicago hospitals and Montana communities. I specialize in supporting healthcare professionals; those going through divorce; and those who identify as lgbtq+. I provide a therapeutic relationship rooted in compassion, authenticity, and nonjudgement, so that you can feel safe to be vulnerable in our work toward healing, resolution, and positive change. Our relationship begins with a therapeutic alliance grounded in appreciation and respect for your unique history, needs, and goals. Our work includes finding the right balance, tempering the emotional with the practical; addressing unmet needs, unhealthy thought-patterns and perceptions; and employing mindfulness, self compassion, and coping strategies into our work. Finding the right therapist can be quite an undertaking, but if my background and approach resonate with what you are seeking, I would love to hear from you. I offer a space in which you can safely let your guard down, and a place to discover tools and perspectives for positive, sustainable change.

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Cody Harvey

Offering therapy in MT
License: LCPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changes
15 years of experience

My counseling style is warm and interactive. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, client centered, and existential counseling. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take a first step towards change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you. I have a wealth of life experience including working as an actor and earning a SAG card (now on honorary withdrawal), working as an advertising executive on Madison Avenue in New York City, and then finishing an undergrad degree in psychology on the same day that I started my graduate work. I graduated both programs with honors. I began working with adolescent clients as the therapist at Paris Gibson Alternative High School in Great Falls, Montana. I enjoy working with young people and find them responsive to my style of counseling which is non-judgmental and stresses treating all others with respect and dignity. After the alternative high school I worked for almost 5 years as the Clinical Director at Kairos Youth Services also in Great Falls. I have been in private practice for 5 years and most of my current client roster consists of adolescents and young adults.

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Dee McLellan-Sams

Offering therapy in MT
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesAnger managementDepression
25 years of experience

Hi, I am a Mental Health, Addiction and Anger Management Counselor. I have been working in this field for 25-years in Montana, Nevada and Alaska. I have managed programs for agencies in Montana, Nevada and Alaska and have been in private practice 8-years. I have great respect for all of my clients, no matter what issues are brought to counseling. I tailor my counseling to my client's specific needs. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I genuinely like and enjoy my clients and develop great counseling relationships. I usually utilize Cognitive Behavioral, Person Centered, Humanistic and Rational Emotive Therapies. I have experience working with individuals, couples, and families – adolescents and adults suffering from depression/mood disorders, anxiety, trauma/abuse, addiction and substance use, divorce, infidelity, family conflict, relationship issues, self-harming, suicidal ideations, and grief. If you are struggling with life issues and/or grief you do not have to struggle alone. I offer hope, help, care, and support.

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Page Zieske

Offering therapy in MT
License: LCPC
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepression
23 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor bringing 23 years of experience with individuals of various ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. My approach is very laid back. I feel that I am very personable and easy to talk to. I have worked with individuals with all types of issues in both in-patient settings like prisons and hospitals to out-patient settings like one on one therapy in the community or in even providing in home services. I do not use one therapy approach. Each client and each situation is unique and you have to go with what is needed for that session. I am here to help you make the changes that you need, not make the changes for you. I look forward to meeting you! I am currently licensed in Kansas, Montana, and Idaho.

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Tiffany Neuman

Offering therapy in MT
License: LCPC
Family conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteemDepressionADHD
15 years of experience

I am a therapist licensed in Montana with over 15 years of experience working as a counselor. I have worked with clients from ages 5 to 96, with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, mood issues, and ADHD. I have also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. It is exciting to help clients heal, think differently, enjoy more positive emotions and create healthy habits.. My therapy style is warm and interactive. Taking the leap to lean on another human for support can be risky and anxiety provoking. I get it. The core of a helpful therapy is bringing no judgement, I will be respectful, sensitive, and compassionate. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and acceptance therapy. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific and current needs. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards change. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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Debra Thurman

Offering therapy in MT
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
25 years of experience

I am licensed in Montana was a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with 25+ years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients from a wide range of ages-12-90 although I prefer to work with adults. I work often with stress and anxiety, anger management, PTSD, OCD, grief and loss, end of life issue, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower and be a part of your journey.

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Maggie Shutey

Offering therapy in MT
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefEating disordersDepression
10 years of experience

I am licensed in Montana with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, coping with grief and loss, & eating disorders. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

How to find counseling in Plains

Finding the best therapist close by in Plains can feel challenging, but know that once you narrow your search for a counselor serving your area, you can find a therapist in your city that is accepting new clients and fits your goals. Whether you're struggling with depression, anxiety, marriage, family issues, or other emotional challenges, feel proud that you have begun your search to find the mental health care services that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Plains. Perhaps you're interested in narrowing your search for a psychotherapist that can offer psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), talk therapy, provide group therapy, marriage and family therapy for individuals or couples, or couples therapy. Each type of therapy can offer various benefits and address or treat different disorders. If you're still unsure or are new to counseling in Plains, feel free to contact the provider via email to find out which methods they practice.

It is also important to understand that mental health professionals in the United States are accredited to provide care, helping individuals and couples, with a variety of licenses. These include licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), and clinical psychologist or doctor of psychology (PsyD). Regardless of their licensure, they are trained to treat individuals and couples counseling, and sometimes children, in any type of therapy. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

Mental health professionals working through their own in- person therapy practice in Plains or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, or change in negative thinking patterns. They may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain. Verified providers can provide licensed marriage and couples therapy, tailor to individual needs, and create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor.

There are all kinds of therapists working with clients today across the United States and in the greater Plains area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find therapists, have in mind what type of therapy you'd like your provider to be most experienced with and choose an experienced provider with a practice located near you in the city of Plains, elsewhere in Sanders, or in the greater state of Montana.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy with a licensed counselor and BetterHelp serving the Plains area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Plains therapist?

The average price of an in-person therapy session in the US is $100 to $200 per hour. These prices may be higher in Plains due to a higher cost of living. The price also depends on the type of provider you are looking for. See the following average prices for various mental health providers without insurance:

  • Counseling with a psychiatrist: $150-$500
  • Counseling with therapists: $100-300
  • Therapy with a psychologist: $100

While many psychologists in Plains may not take health insurance, some in the state of Montana may work on a sliding scale, meaning they'll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With BetterHelp or clinicians throughout the state of Montana you can expect significantly more affordable options, with sessions ranging from $65 to $100 per week (billed every four weeks).

How is a licensed therapist on this online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Plains, Montana working on BetterHelp are licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited as a doctor of psychology (PhD / PsyD), licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW / LICSW), or licensed professional counselors (LPC). All of these psychology clinicians have a Masters Degree or a Doctorate Degree in their field of psychology sciences, and follow the APA Code of Ethics. They have been qualified and certified by their state's professional board after successfully completing the necessary education, exams, training and practice with a patient, and extensive experience in a healthcare clinic or treatment centers, in order to become a mental health provider. While their lived experience, expertise, careers, and background vary, they all possess at least 3 years and 1,000 hours of hands-on experience with adult and sometimes teen patients, and have the necessary therapist credentials to provide a safe space for long lasting emotional healing in therapy. 

Please note BetterHelp does not offer or provide care from psychiatrists to prescribe a drug as treatment, or perform psychological assessments.

How does working with a counselor in BetterHelp online therapy sessions work?

BetterHelp clinicians treat clients online across the United States (individuals and couples) through life transitions, inner child exploration, long term depression or anxiety, and more. An online mental health professional, including the therapists in Plains above, can work with young adults, children, adolescents, and adults virtually as an accredited licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) or licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). You do not have to commute to a an office as a psychotherapy client.

Through BetterHelp therapy, you can partake in video, phone, or live chat therapy sessions with your licensed therapist. You can work through various symptoms, use the in app journaling feature, and receive worksheets. You'll also find support groups or group therapy lead by a therapist in Plains helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety or depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address?

BetterHelp's verified Plains therapists specialize and have clinical experience in a wide range of mental health issues and modalities, helping clients to feel better and improve their lives every day. See below for examples.

Specialties on BetterHelp include:

You may also be struggling with relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy or with a sex therapist. In that case, you may choose to work with one of BetterHelp's experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists or licensed marriage family therapists (LMFT) who work with clients in relationships. You can also try a Plains therapy provider through BetterHelp's sister platform, ReGain, which is dedicated to couples and spouses worldwide. 

How do I know if online counseling is right for my family?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a therapist is the validation and active listening they can provide. Your friends and loved ones may also be available to listen, but you may feel that they may lack the skills to provide objective guidance. Counselors are trained to respond to various concerns, symptoms, and mental health conditions.

A psychologist in your city can support you toward a healthier emotional state, regardless of your mental health, life concerns, or healing needs. While supporting individuals in developing healthier habits, another good benefit of therapy is having an understanding, safe space with a non-judgmental party who can support you through challenging experiences.

Many people have sensitive topics that they may feel ashamed to discuss with their friends or partner. A Plains therapist can help you confront these concerns and open up through unique methods of support. There are also many types of therapy, such as art therapy, where you may find you can express yourself through creativity instead of words.

With a lot of people in MT, providers may be booked out with clients. Through the list of profiles above and others within BetterHelp's team, you may be able to find a psychologist within 24 to 48 hours. If you're searching to find a a nearby psychotherapist close to 59859 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a Plains counselor?

Before seeing your therapist, prep for your session by reading to understand the therapy process. You might write a list of questions you want to ask your psychotherapist, any emotional pain you may feel, and the ways in which you hope to improve. When you attend your session, let them know if you have any concerns about therapy or feel unsure about what to talk about. They may help guide you with open-ended therapeutic questions. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist if I feel fine? 

Some simply don't feel the need to see a psychologist. However, some people may avoid attending therapy due to stigma or preconceived notions of what therapy entails. Although psychologists often support people with mental health conditions, you do not need a diagnosis or condition to attend therapy. You can discuss grief, relationship concerns, stress, or life changes and ask for general feedback and advice. A Plains licensed clinical social worker may help you gain power over your life and emotions while you navigate day-to-day experiences.

Gaining a new perspective on yourself through various therapies might allow you to improve your self-esteem, work through relationships, and gain a better sense of your mental health goals. The success you may find through therapy can be dependent on your process.

People may also attend therapy for specific motives, such as bullying, an autism diagnosis, a desire to learn mindfulness meditation, personality concerns, trouble with office workers, specific phobias, and many other principles.

Is mental health care and therapy worth it? 

Therapy is effective and has the power to change individuals' lives. Each client is at a different stage of their emotional healing journey in life, as each human can be unique in their personality, expression, skills, and goals. A psychologist can target various symptoms, experiences, and personalities to help you feel your best and put you on the path to healing. Unlike advice from a friend, family, or non-professional, a mental health professional has an understanding of various disorders like ADHD and depression with many hours of experience in treating adults in their practice. For this reason, seeing an evidence based psychologist in Plains, Montana can be worth it. Over 41 million adults in the US attend therapy services each year, showing it's a popular option and is proven to be effective.

Plains has many clinicians who practice person or client-centered individual therapy in-person and through online therapy to assist clients in their healing journey. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with providers all over the United States and change therapists easily at any time. Many people struggling with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, body image issues, and more find therapists that are a good fit for them, feel supported, and gain further insight into their lives through internet-based therapy.

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions?

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to help you and them regarding ethical concerns. Mental health professionals are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. If you are concerned about sharing details about yourself, feel free to withhold personal information. Their job in the therapeutic relationship is to create a safe place, help you gain a deeper understanding of your mental health, and support you. You might consider changing counselors if you don't feel safe or respected.

Stay up to date with the leading online counseling platform

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Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to

If you’re ready to sign up for online therapy, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched within 24 to 48 hours.

If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, don't use this site's online services. If you are in life-threatening danger, call 911. If you require support for a crisis, reach out to the hotlines below:

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