Once a regional commercial and trade center, Polson, Montana is not a resort community. For years before European settlement, it was home two major Native American tribes.

Just as the area has seen quite a bit of change over the last four centuries, so are our lives. It can seem as if things are going one way for the duration of our lives and then boom, change happens. If you are having trouble adjusting or need help with any of life’s hurdles, Polson area mental health counselors are available to help with just a few clicks of the mouse.

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Dr. Jason Newcomb

Offering therapy in MT
License: LCPC
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCareer difficulties
21 years of experience

Hello, I am Jason! I believe my skills best match with people struggling adjusting, encountering stress or anxiety, needing encouragement, dealing with grief, or experiencing some depression. My approach is to build a trusting, honest relationship with you. I want to provide you compassion, acceptance, respect, and empathy while also being honest and real with you. I use an eclectic approach, primarily a mix of person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, and REBT. I also use a lot of encouragement and support. I provide links to articles and videos, personal feedback, and various worksheets to help give you insight, and build new skills. Although my focus is on our relationship and empathy, I am future-thinking. I think this helps with troubleshooting and goal-setting. Research has shown that having a solid therapeutic relationship often is supportive of a positive therapeutic outcome. If something isn’t working, let’s have a conversation about it. I can be flexible. I have many years of experience working with all kinds of people with different kinds of struggles. I'm licensed in Montana but now live on the East Coast. I work a day job and communicate with my clients primarily in the evenings. That is also when I am available for appointments, usually between 7 and 10 PM EST. I understand if that does not fit your schedule. I typically respond sooner than 24 hours. For this reason, it’s pretty challenging for me to respond to urgent messages. I am available for chat, phone, or video sessions. I typically do 1-hour appointments. I have availability mostly in the evenings. By partnering with me, I believe I can instill hope, restore confidence, and support you as you make the changes necessary to get you where you want to be. Just like having a gym membership doesn't make you fit, having a subscription here won't help you by itself. This will take work. It will take communication. Be an active participant in your mental health. You’re welcome to write messages or make appropriate appointments that fit your life’s routine. This is your service to use as you see fit. I look forward to working with you. Thank you for trusting me. You can do this, and I can help.

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Dr. Lyle Seavy

Offering therapy in MT
License: PhD ,LCPC,CCMHC
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
36 years of experience

Hello, I am Dr. Lyle Seavy LCPC licensed in the Great State of Montana and a board certified Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Board Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC). I am a Montana native but spent time around the country in the Army and three years as a therapist in Minnesota. I have been licensed in Montana since 1991 and was certified as a CCMHC in 1990. I have my PhD in Human Services and my Masters in Counseling. I have been trained in a variety of modalities but prefer to work in the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) space. If I am given the privilege of working with you I will spend time getting to know you, your fears, your goals, and the behaviors that you are trouble by. We will work together to set goals and utilize CBT to help you become mindful of your thoughts, behaviors and emotions so that over time you will be able to find the path you are looking for and come to the decision that you no longer need my help. My work with you will always be solution and goal focused and we will keep track of your success as we work. I look forward to having the privilege of being called your counselor. Dr. S

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Darcie Kelly

Offering therapy in MT
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseEating disordersDepression
18 years of experience

My name is Darcie Kelly, and I have over 16 years of experience as a clinical social worker. I am licensed in several states and have training in multiple evidence-based therapeutic modalities. This means that I can tailor your therapeutic experience to fit with your needs and preferences. I have experience helping clients recover from depression, anxiety, trauma, and other life interfering stressors. I take a direct approach to healing, and I enjoy meeting her clients where they are, and at in any point in considering making change. I earned my license as a Clinical Social Worker by first earning by BS in Psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington, and then my Master of Social Work from Walla Walla College in Missoula, Montana. I have also completed the non-terminal master's program in Applied Behavior Analysis at Montana State University, so much of my work fall under behavior change. I have used several evidence-based approaches to therapy including but not limited to, Solution focused and other Brief therapies, Cognitive Behavioral therapies that include Acceptance and Commitment therapy, and other forms such as Attachment Theory. I am also knowledgeable about sexual issues as they relate to traditional and nontraditional relationships. I am told I have a warm, endearing, relaxed, and inviting style to therapy that makes therapy feel welcoming, supportive and without judgment. I utilize both knowledge of brain science and psychotherapeutic approaches to provide a truly holistic and comprehensive approach to improving one’s mental health. When you join me, I will hold unconditional positive self-regard for you, and I will work to ensure that you feel supported and successful in achieving their goals.

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Yvette Nolting

Offering therapy in MT
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

Greetings. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor licensed in Montana. I have a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling with over 20 years of experience working as a therapist. I have treated clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, grief and bereavement, career difficulties, communication issues, trauma, and low self-esteem. I have found fulfillment in my role as a therapist and appreciate the privilege of serving others. My counseling style is attentive and interactive. I believe in treating each individual with dignity, respect, and compassion. My approach includes cognitive-behavioral and client centered counseling. I share my knowledge with you to help you make decisions that are balanced and well explored. If you are ready to start this journey to wellness, I am here to listen and support you.

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Kasey Anderson

Offering therapy in MT
License: M.Ed,LCPC,BA Psychology
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
23 years of experience

My experience offers effective outpatient, individualized, and psychological care. I treat a number of mental health disorders, and provide a neutral ground to individuals, families, and couples. My focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. This is achieved by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan. I promise to be there for you every step of your journey. The goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life. Depression & Anxiety Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through counseling and treatment, I am here to help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life. Trauma & PTSD Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger after post traumatic events. The goal is to help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing. Relationships Relationship counseling can be beneficial to couples who are looking to strengthen their emotional connection in all stages of their relationship. Therapy sessions are held with couples and are a supportive place to discuss issues and solutions to better strengthen your relationship.

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Catherine Goss

Offering therapy in MT
License: M.S ,LAC,LCPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepression
15 years of experience

Hello. My name is Cat Goss. I have 15+ years of experience working with people in the mental health field. My approach is person centered, with a focus on active listening, unconditional positive regard, and motivational interviewing. I believe with validation and support people will build and keep control over their life. I also have experience treating addictions and co-occurring disorders.

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Donna Langston

Offering therapy in MT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
23 years of experience

Hi, I'd like to tell you a bit about myself and what I do. I've been a mental health therapist since 1996 where I started a private practice in a small town in Montana. I now enjoy counseling from my home just as you can. I've been in the helping profession since I was 23 and I'm now 61. I was educated and trained in many modalities including cognitive and behavioral therapy. This is the belief that how you see the world will then affect all aspects of your life. Over the years I've added integrative or holistic therapy which is the theory that the body and mind work together in all aspects of life. In counseling I believe it's helpful to learn about yourself on all levels. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. I've worked with people of all ages. My goal is for people to learn more about themselves so they can experience the life they desire. Everyone can benefit from professional therapeutic help at certain times in their life, there is no judgement but respect for your desire for self knowledge. Working with people is not just my career it's also my passion.

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Andrea Walker

Offering therapy in MT
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
21 years of experience

I am an adult, adolescent and family therapist with 20 years of experience. I am licensed in Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota and have additional certification in Interactive Play Therapy which allows for creative interventions when it is difficult to find the words to express yourself. I provide treatment for a variety of disorders and specialize in trauma therapy. My approach to treatment is providing personalized approaches including creative interventions to help individuals heal in a safe, warm, and collaborative environment. Many of my clients have uncertainty and confusion about how treatment will impact their futures. My goal is to help you navigate through those questions and help you find the best treatment approach for you and your needs. I have experience with a variety of challenge areas including the effects of abuse sustained in childhood, victims of psychological, sexual & physical abuse, victims of domestic violence, victims of neglect, adjustment issues, anxiety, depression, self-harm behaviors, behavior management, attachment issues, personality disorders, and persons affected by divorce. I provide several options for therapeutic techniques and interventions that assist you in moving through your treatment as smoothly as possible while finding ways to practice coping skills, communicate, and heal in a safe and calming environment. As online treatment has become more accessible over the last few years, I have developed and accessed many online tools and interventions that help bridge the gap between in person and online therapy. My approaches include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT & trauma focused), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), motivational interviewing, on-line sand tray and interactive play therapy techniques. I look forward to the opportunity to meet and work with you as you look towards the next steps in your journey!

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Joanna "Jo" Hadley

Offering therapy in MT
GriefParenting issuesSelf esteemCompassion fatigue
8 years of experience

Hi. My name is Jo. I am a licensed clinical social worker in Montana. Most recently, I have spent the last 6 years as a dialysis social worker. I am also a certified grief educator. I have been a social worker for the past 25 years and have worked with many different populations including families who have fostered and adopted youth, teen parents, and LGBTQ. I have experience in helping clients coping with grief and loss, relationship issues, motivation, and self esteem. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our conversation 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 you in that journey.

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Ann Truesdell

Offering therapy in MT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changes
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, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & 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 you in that journey.

How to find counseling in Polson

Finding the best therapist close by in Polson 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 Polson. 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 Polson, 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 Polson 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 Polson 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 Polson, elsewhere in Lake, 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 Polson area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Polson 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 Polson 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 Polson 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 Polson, 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 Polson 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 Polson 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 Polson 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 Polson 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 Polson 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 59860 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 Polson 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 Polson 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 Polson, 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.

Polson 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

To stay up to date with BetterHelp's initiatives through their social channels, you can follow them on PinterestLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and Facebook. For mental health tips, check out the BetterHelp YouTube channel.

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 contact@betterhelp.com.

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.

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