who we are
Sweetgrass Psychological Services provides quality psychological care to the people of the Flathead Valley and beyond. We believe that mental health does not end with the individual and so we are committed to supporting a community that ensures opportunities for physical and mental well being and fitness. We make responsible choices on behalf of the limited resources of our community and the environment as we ensure that everyone receives the quality care they deserve. We are devoted to helping children, families, individuals and couples find their way toward greater mental health. To this end, we provide individual, group, family, and couples therapy as well as psychological assessment and professional consultation. Our providers are diverse in their approaches to helping individuals become the brightest versions of themselves. The fit between you and your therapist is an important one and at Sweetgrass, we strive to meet your needs with our diverse offering of expertise, personalities and approaches to the growth process.
Sara Boilen, Psy.D. Chief Psychologist and Founder
Dr. Sara Boilen earned her doctoral degree from The University of Denver. There, she focused on women's issues, child development, and psychological assessment. Her professional interests include relationships, grief, trauma, and assessment. Sara brings vibrancy, humor, compassion, and honesty to her work with people as she employs a collaborative approach; empowering her clients to find their inner strength and courage. Sara's practice - rooted in rigorous clinical training - follows a pragmatic approach, honoring the wisdom of the client and the power of healing relationships. That is, while her work is informed by empirically-based practices, she takes time to figure out what each client needs. Sara aims to reduce suffering, while helping her clients work on understanding the root of their struggles. Mindfulness, coupled with the advances in our understanding of the brain, contributes to her integration of mindfulness, DBT, and ACT into her therapy practice. Sara does not believe in fixing people, but rather in helping them become the brightest versions of themselves.
Sara Boilen, PsyD founded Sweetgrass Psychological Services in 2013 in response to the growing need for quality, affordable, and approachable psychological services in the Flathead Valley and surrounding areas.
Charley Jones, LCSW, Therapist
Charley Jones is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and EMDR therapy provider, who hails from Washington State and has called the Flathead Valley home for the past 3 years. Charley finished his graduate degree at the University of Washington, graduating with honors while also being awarded the Leadership in Education and Adolescent Health Fellowship.
Charley has experience working with youth, young adults, and families who are overcoming struggles with anxiety, depression, past trauma, athletic pressures, high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder, chronic disease, low self esteem, executive functioning challenges, organizational skills and goal-setting, and more. He believes that every person is unique and has inherent strengths that can struggle to shine due to many unique challenges and pressures that youth and adults face today, and utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Experiential activity, and EMDR to support the therapeutic process with clients. Charley values the therapeutic relationship and "team" that is formed between the therapist and client, and sees himself serving as a "guide" to one's own self-discovery.
Charley joined Sweetgrass Psychological Services in 2018 as a fully licensed, independent therapist.
Kara Stansbury, LCPC, LMFT, Therapist
Kara Stansbury earned her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Appalachian State University in 2012. She is dually licensed in Montana as a Clinical Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist. Much of her professional experiences has been devoted to helping families heal from depression/anxiety, divorce/separation, grief, addiction, trauma, and communication issues. Kara is also trained as an Academic Coach for adolescents and a Parent Educator for parents with children ages 0-5.
Kara got her start in therapy as a backcountry guide for at-risk adolescents. She see’s herself fulfilling a similar role as a therapist; guiding you to a healthier and more balanced life, marriage or family. She brings a calm, thoughtful, and knowledgeable presence to sessions and uses evidence based approaches like Family Systems Theory, DBT, CBT, and Mindfulness to help you achieve the changes you are seeking. Kara believes that we all stray away from our true nature and need support along the way. She is honored by your courage in seeking support in living the life you desire.
Kara joined Sweetgrass Psychological Services in 2017 as a fully licensed, independent therapist. Kara is currently on maternity leave.
Michelle Matzke, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Michelle Matzke is a licensed psychologist in the state of Montana and in the state of Ohio. She obtained her doctorate in psychology from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky in 2011. Dr. Matzke completed an APA-accredited doctoral internship at Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health, a community mental health center in Canton, Ohio. Following this, Dr. Matzke completed her post-doctoral training at Daily Behavioral Health in Cleveland, Ohio where she specialized in assessing and treating Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, and family systems issues.
Dr. Matzke is passionate about helping children, adults, and families connect in authentic ways as they work toward shared goals. She works from a collaborative approach and incorporates Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Family Systems Theory into therapy.
Dr. Matzke joined Sweetgrass Psychological Services as a fully licensed, independent psychologist in 2018.
Jordan Scotti, Ph.D., Psychology Resident
Jordan Scotti, Ph.D. earned her doctorate in School Psychology from the University of Montana in 2014. Prior to obtaining her doctoral degree, she was the founder of Best Place Tutoring, in Whitefish, MT, which she ran from 2006-2009. Jordan has worked as the School Psychologist for the Whitefish Middle and High Schools since 2015. There, she serves children and their families by providing assessment and therapeutic services.
Jordan works with children, families, and individuals as they pursue a deeper understanding of themselves and their loved ones through psychological assessment and therapy. Jordan has a strong appreciation for the importance of self-awareness and confidence and strives to provide her clients with a safe space to explore a deeper self-understanding.
Jordan joined Sweetgrass Psychological Services as a psychology resident to complete her post-doctoral fellowship in 2017. She is on track to become fully licensed as a psychologist in the state of Montana in 2019.
Jen Fugatt, Office Manager and Scheduler
Jen retired from her career as a Physical Therapist and left her home in Florida to pursue new adventures in Northwest Montana. Fortunately for Sweetgrass, Jen found her way to our doors in 2017, when she became our office manager. Jen is not only the voice on the other end of the phone, and the one who responds to your emails and referrals, she is the backbone of Sweetgrass. Her organization, spirited wisdom, and her compassionate stance help keep Sweetgrass running. Jen cares about the community in which she is embedded and demonstrates this care by assisting new and existing clients find their fit at Sweetgrass.
Jen is heavily involved in the greater community - serving on the Board of the Montana Wilderness Association and participating as an active Soroptimist. She also staffs the Violence Free Crisis Line for the Abbie Shelter.
Heidi Houser, Bookkeeper and Biller
Heidi is a self-taught expert in many fields. Sweetgrass Psychological Services is lucky to have Heidi applying her accounting, management, and business talents to the clients we serve. As the oldest team member, Heidi literally keeps the lights on at Sweetgrass. She manages all of the financial aspects of Sweetgrass including bookkeeping and billing. Heidi is who to talk to if you have questions about insurance or your bill. She works tirelessly to ensure that our clients have the access they need to mental health services by working collaboratively with the providers and insurance companies.
Heidi can also be seen volunteering and serving the Alpine Theater Project in Whitefish, an organization with whom she has been involved for the past eight years.
all photographs were taken by Daniel McKay. For information about him, please visit: https://www.danielmckayphotography.com