I am a licensed psychologist in Helena, MT. I am the owner of Montana Counseling and Assessment, PLLC and a faculty member at Carroll College. I have been working to support children, adolescents, and their families for more than 17 years. Throughout this time, I have worked in settings ranging from maximum security youth corrections to chronic illness clinics and public high schools. I completed two M.S. degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling Psychology before eventually earning my Ph.D. at Colorado State University.
My therapeutic “style” is characterized by warmth, genuineness, and strengths-based intervention. I recognize that many children and families may be hesitant to participate in counseling, so I strive to provide an engaging, welcoming, and collaborative environment that allows clients to feel both comfortable and encouraged in facing their life challenges. When possible, I also work to incorporate a client’s personal interests (e.g., art, music, sports) into our work together, so that counseling becomes not only a source of personal growth but also an experience worth looking forward to. I frequently work with individuals and families affected by trauma, emotional difficulties, behavioral issues, and autism spectrum disorders, and have received specialized evidence-based training related to each of these challenges.
On a personal note, I grew up in Helena, and have returned here after years away because I so greatly appreciate the wonderful community of people that reside here. I spend most of my free time in the Montana outdoors with my wife and two children, who constantly remind me how important it is to ensure a positive future for our kids.
Please feel free to download my CV in order to learn more about my education, experiences, and specialties.