Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Kerry is a third generation native Montanan. She grew up in the Bitterroot Valley, has lived in Oregon, Colorado, southern California, and currently lives at the mouth of Pettey Creek by the beautiful Clark Fork River. She has held a number of professional jobs in her early career but made the decision to return to school in 1990 to earn her Bachelor’s of Science (1992) and her Master’s degree in Counselor Education (1996), both from the University of Montana (U of M). She began a private practice in the fall of 1996 and was hired at the U of M as the therapist for the Student Assault Resource Center (SARC) in the fall of 1998. The following year Kerry transferred to the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) which is part of the Curry Health Center at the U of M. She continues working as a therapist for CAPS 20 hours a week and also maintains her private practice at the Red Willow Center.
In 2009 Kerry earned her Doctorate of Education through the Counseling and Supervision department at the University of Montana. Her dissertation focused on the lived experience of SARC advocates and how being an advocate impacted their lives. SARC is an organization which is close to Kerry’s heart. While obtaining her master’s degree she was trained as, and volunteered in the capacity of, a SARC advocate. She was also fortunate to be the graduate intern for SARC during her last year of her master’s work. Upon being employed at CAPS, Kerry was the clinical liaison between CAPS and SARC, providing support to the SARC coordinator, participating in training incoming advocates and adding a clinical eye to the SARC program.
Kerry’s approach to healing is eclectic, with a foundation set in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Additionally, she is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which has been proven effective for people suffering from the effects of traumatic experiences. Kerry works individually with adults (those over the age of 18) and with couples. Her experience includes working with those suffering from: depression, anxiety, bereavement, relationship challenges and sexual assault, domestic violence and PTSD.
Holding a deep belief that giving back to the community we belong to is important, Kerry has served as a member on a number of nonprofit boards. In the past she was President of the Board for Tamarack Bereavement Center and she has also served as a member of the Multidisciplinary Team for the First STEP Resource Center. First STEP is a Children’s Advocacy Center serving children, families and adults who have witnessed or have been victims of sexual assault or domestic violence. Currently, she serves on the Advisory Board for First STEP and she provides suicide, childhood sexual assault, and mental health trainings to the YWCA and SARC advocates.
Kerry holds a strong belief that our bodies and minds seek health and wellness. While considering the challenges people are dealing with, she also looks for a person’s strengths and focuses on how these strengths have served a person well in the past. Drawing on these strengths, insights from past experiences, and encouraging new coping skills helps the body and spirit to find balance and a sense of wellness.
Contact Kerry: 406 239 5494