Counseling

counseling

Our Work

In therapy we work to build a collaborative relationship with clients so we can address issues as a team and work towards resolution. We work on three levels. With thoughts, we address the way thinking patterns can keep us in unpleasant emotional states. With emotions, we make room for emotions to be felt and let go. With the body how body awareness can support healthy thought patterns, emotional stability, and general well being.

We offer counseling for individuals, couples, and families in person and online. Our work is strength based helping clients to see the ways they are capable of making positive changes in their lives.

We have experience with many issues including

  • Depression, and Anxiety

  • Trauma, Sexual Abuse, Child Abuse

  • Parenting, Divorce, Parent Child Bonding, Behavior Issues

  • Grief, Loss, and Anger

  • Personal Growth

We offer Becoming Safely Embodied Skills Group. (on hold until social distancing is over) Wednesdays at 12:30

This group teaches skills that include

1.)Meditation principles to build the capacity to observe oneself. 2.) Building connections on positive experiences rather than traumatic history. 3.) Helping intervene in thoughts/feelings/body sensations. 4.) Separating traumatic schemas from present experience. 5. ) Understanding the parallel life that trauma survivors live. 6.) The basics of working with parts of self. 7.) Harnessing habituated responses and exploring new choices. 8.) Exploring new ways of perceiving current life circumstances.

We also offer Authentic Movement group (on hold until social distancing is over) and individual sessions. Authentic Movement is a mindfulness based movement practice. It is done in a dance studio with individuals, and groups. In this practice, physical movement can create a bridge between the implicit and explicit memory. This can create the possibility to explore internal material, as well as the relationship between the inside and outside, seeing and being seen. As people commit to the process of Authentic Movement, slowly, many find that they begin to bring the formless into form, the unspoken begins to be spoken, and the unseen, begins to be visible.

We take most insurances and Medicaid.



Our Clinicians

Hillary Funk Welzenbach, LCPC-MT-1360

I have a masters degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Somatics from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Since graduation, I have studied

  • Hakomi which combines western psychology, systems theory, and body-centered techniques with mindfulness and nonviolence principles of Eastern Philosophy. https://hakomiinstitute.com/about/the-hakomi-method

  • Certifid in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy uses modifications at the basic sensorimotor level (rather than modifications at the conscious goal-oriented behavioral level) as a primary entry point in processing trauma, and aims to resolve the limitations in behavior thinking and feeling caused by trauma. https://www.sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org/about.html

  • Authentic Movement an expressive improvisational movement practice that allows a group of participants a type of free association of the body. http://disciplineofauthenticmovement.com/

  • EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), emphasizes disturbing memories as the cause of psychological distress and allevieates symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The goal of EMDR is to process distressing memories reducing their lingering effects and allowing clients to develop more adaptive coping skills. https://www.emdr.com/what-is-emdr/

  • Circle of Security is an attachement therapy model for caregivers and children that aims to increase caregivers appropriate responses to needs for soothing and exploration, increase caregivers ability to self reflect on their own and their childs behavior, and reflect on how thier own history affects their current caregiving. https://www.circleofsecurityinternational.com/

  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy is the gold standard of couples therapy at this time. https://iceeft.com/what-is-eft/


Alex Malich, LCSW LCSW-MT-24797

I have a masters degree in Social Work from the University of Montana. For nearly ten years I have worked with children, adolescents, and families in a variety of therapeutic environments including schools, wilderness therapy, and in home and outpatient settings. Since completing my masters program I have studied

  • Circle of Security is an attachment therapy model for caregivers and children that aims to increase caregivers appropriate responses to needs for soothing and exploration, increase caregivers ability to self reflect on their own and their child’s behavior, and reflect on how their own history affects their current caregiving. I am also certified to facilitate the 8-week circle of security parenting group. https://www.circleofsecurityinternational.com/

  • Trauma Resiliency Model explores the biology of fear and threat and the automatic, natural defensive responses that occur when faced with a life-threatening and/or dangerous situation. Most importantly, this model explores the concept of resiliency and how to restore balance to the body and the mind after traumatic experiences. https://www.traumaresourceinstitute.com/home

  • Mindful Schools Training helps provide counselors with the ability to offer practical mindfulness skills for children, adolescents, and adults to lower stress and return balance to the nervous system.

  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy is the gold standard for couples therapy at this time. https://iceeft.com/what-is-eft/

  • Currently in training for Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. https://www.sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org/about.html


Chelsea Choat Sheehan LCSW LCSW-MT-34560

I have a masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Montana. I am grounded in the theory of attachment and have 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families. Since completing my masters I have studied

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, -Level I An attachment based family therapy mode.



Laura Wathen SWLC-MT-31981

I have a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Montana. My first degree is a Bachelor’s of Fine Art Degree. I enjoy bringing creativity to my work with individuals and groups.

  • Mindfulness has been shown to help alleviate stress, depression and anxiety, and can help address persistent pain. Mindfulness is the basis of many modern therapeutic modalities. Mindfulness brings a wise, caring attention to the present moment so that we may hold our experience in non-judgmental awareness. I became a certified Mindfulness Instructor in 2017 from the Mindfulness Training Institute. https://www.mindfulnesstraininginstitute.com/

  • Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a body-based method for the healing of stress disorders including trauma. I am currently in the intermediate year of SE training. I have also received specialized SE training in addressing the trauma often associated with falls. https://traumahealing.org/about-us/

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a treatment model designed to desensitize traumatic memories and create more adaptive memory networks. I completed Basic Levels I and II in 2019 from the EMDR Institute. https://www.emdr.com/what-is-emdr/

  • Meditation and Yoga can be helpful for stress reduction, developing interoception, coping, compassion for oneself and others, and in developing oneself spiritually. I have been practicing meditation for over thirty years. I received my 200 hour yoga training as well.