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Mary Geiger

Offering therapy in MT
License: LCPC,LMFT,LAC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseAnger managementDepression
14 years of experience

I am currently a licensed Counselor in Montana specializing in mental health issues along with issues dealing with substance abuse and addictions. I have a private practice where I offer services to adults, adolescents, children, and families. I also work as a clinical director in a Department of Corrections setting providing substance abuse and mental health treatment for individuals with Felony DUI's. My expertise is in working with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and also in helping children deal with trauma. While I work in the corrections setting during the day, I have a private practice, where I work with families, couples, individuals including adults, teens and children. Living in rural Montana, I enjoy working with a wide variety of clients with various mental health concerns. My counseling style is empathetic in nature. I begin by getting to know my client and what will work best for them. The most frequent orientations that I utilize include cognitive-behavioral therapy, person centered, family systems, and mindfulness. I use an eclectic array of techniques that will be determined with the client and then utilized to develop a treatment plan unique to the client's concerns. I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and provide EMDR to clients that it is appropriate with through evaluation. Counseling is a process that can be very beneficial to help address various aspects of a person's life. I look forward to building a therapeutic relationship where we can work together to meet your needs. A little bit about me outside of Betterhelp. I enjoy being a grandmother to 3 grandchildren (and 1 on the way) and spending as much time with them as I can. I also am an avid traveler and have goals to visit as many countries as I can in the future. I enjoy planning my travels as much as I do the traveling part, so I am always planning for some future trip. If I can be outside, hiking and enjoying nature, I am, one of the many blessings of living in Montana.

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Elizabeth Hector

Offering therapy in MT
License: MSW,LCSW,MDIV
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
8 years of experience

I am a trauma therapist in Montana with ten years of pastoral experience prior to attending social work school. My background, while grounded in pastoral ministry, also comes from the liberal side, with a basis of acceptance and gentleness for all, regardless of gender, sexuality, race or creed. I have worked with all age groups in both careers, moving seamlessly from youth work to sitting gently with people facing chronic illness and end of life issues. I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and I'm working on training in Internal Family Systems. I've spent years working with co-occurring disorders and finding that most of my clientele were struggling with trauma issues. PTSD is one of the most common disorders to be complicated by substance use disorders. I've worked as well with Multi-Systemic Therapy, and have a passion for finding ways to allow my clients to regain control where chaos has taken over. For the last two years I've concentrated on teenagers in a group home setting - more trauma and more co-occurring disorders and more work to get families to engage as well. LCSW: 11 years. Ordained United Church of Christ: 28 years. Offering CBT, EMDR, client focused work in mood disorders, trauma and process addictions, also work with LGBT issues.

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Elizabeth DeFanti

Offering therapy in MT
License: LCPC,NCC,EdM, MA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepression
4 years of experience

Hello, my name is Elizabeth DeFanti. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC), with a Master of Arts and Master of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. I consider it a privilege to practice in the counseling profession and I have experience working with individuals with a wide range of concerns such as anxiety, depression, addiction and substance use, relationship issues, career path, and more. I believe my role as a clinician is to provide a safe haven, honoring you with respect, nonjudgment and compassion along your unique journey. Our shared space is collaborative and creative where you are the trusted expert in your life, and I a guide and consultant to assist you in achieving your desired goals. My therapeutic approach is client-centered and holistic in nature with attention to your mind, body and spirit. I draw on principles and techniques from various therapies depending on your particular needs, values and goals. My work is informed by Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) which places great importance on attachment, emotion and its regulation, experiencing, and both internal and interpersonal dynamics or “dances”. I also value Positive Psychology with its focus on strengths, resiliency and meaningful fulfillment. Mindfulness, self-compassion, distress tolerance, and breathing practices can help increase acceptance and presence in the here and now. The Multicultural Counseling perspective also influences my work. This means that I am aware of my own cultural identity and values. It also means that I make every effort to learn about your cultural identity and worldview, and to use culturally appropriate methods that are respectful of your values, beliefs and goals. It takes courage to seek counseling and I would be honored to work with you.

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Tammi Green

Offering therapy in MT
License: LCPC
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsGriefParenting issuesDepression
3 years of experience

My name is Tammi Green. I graduated with a Bachelors degree in Counseling and Crisis Trauma from Liberty University and a Masters in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University. I use an eclectic approach to counseling to match the best method possible to the person and situations they are facing. This includes cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, client-centered, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, emotional coaching, and Christian based approaches. I have experience with working with all age groups from 0 to 80+ that have faced a variety of struggles from attachment disorders, ADHD and ADD, Autism, suicidal ideation, transition struggles, family counseling, low self-esteem, anger, ODD, substance use, prison transition, anxiety, trauma, depression, PTSD, emotional identification, parenting, care givers and burn out, behavioral issues, and people and families facing health issues. I am very much a person centered therapist meaning each person’s struggles are unique to them and I match my treatments to that person not a theory.

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Rachel Grafton

Offering therapy in MT
License: LCPC,MA,NCC
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsParenting issues
20 years of experience

Over the last 20 years, I have worked in a variety of settings that focused on serving others, working to help them set goals, face issues, and move on to be the best of themselves. I graduated with my master's degree in Applied Psychology: Mental Health Counseling from Eastern Washington University. I have worked in public mental health on both East and West Coasts, currently I am providing direct care and tele-med services in Eastern Montana. I utilize many evidenced based practices, focusing mainly on strength based and reality models. I believe that therapy requires a team approach and offer alternative perspectives and support and coping with issues that seem overwhelming or too difficult to face alone. I see each person as an expert on themselves and more than just a label. I have worked with Individuals, Couples, and teens, covering mood issues, grief and loss, transitioning, relationships, to name a few. With me, what you see is what you get. I believe that truly useful therapy begins with the relationship of its team and that is built with genuine communication and trust. Change doesn't happen without discomfort, one does not need to face that alone.

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Angela Whitecrane Widdicombe

Offering therapy in MT
License: LCSW,LMFT,LAC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
16 years of experience

Can you imagine feeling better about yourself? I have worked as a clinical setting as a social worker for 27 years. I’ve helped foster children, homeless Veterans and with a clinic for addiction. I am a licensed clinical social worker, a licensed addiction counselor and a marriage and family therapist. My passion has been to help those struggling to understand themselves. I understand the impact of poverty, trauma, violence and/or addiction. Are you the family member of someone struggling or struggling yourself to find peace. My greatest strength lies in connection and relationship. I believe listening and truly hearing people is important.

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Suzanne Call

Offering therapy in MT
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesADHD
10 years of experience

I am licensed in Montana with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, & parenting issues. 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. I work here on this platform only part-time and do have some limited hours, evenings and some hours on Saturdays. I hope that there is a time that can work for you; message me and let me know what your needs are and I will do my best to help you out.

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Camelia Thomas

Offering therapy in MT
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesAnger managementCoping with life changes
8 years of experience

I graduated from the University of Wyoming and I am licensed in Montana with 6 years of professional experience post licensure. However, I have worked in the Mental Health field fulfilling different roles for over 10 years. My work is my passion and my commitment to you is to show up fully prepared and keep an open mind as I support you in finding your own path and writing your own story. I have experience in helping clients navigate life successfully in spite of their traumatic experiences. Other areas of expertise include: family conflicts, parenting issues, depression, anxiety, ADHD and anger management. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for taking this risk and giving it a try.

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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!

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Lily Gervais

Offering therapy in MT
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
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, coping with addictions, family conflicts, & trauma and abuse. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. 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 Whitefish

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Whitefish 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 Whitefish 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 Whitefish 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 Whitefish, 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 Whitefish 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 Whitefish 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 Whitefish 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 Whitefish 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 Whitefish 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 59937 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 Whitefish 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 Whitefish 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 Whitefish, 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.

Whitefish 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.

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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