The list contains names and information for licensed mental health providers and mental health agencies in Missoula County only. It is not a complete list although more than 120 clinicians are being contacted about participating. The list is still growing and updated frequently. This is not a recommendation of any particular mental health professional over another.
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'License type' abbreviations: Ph.D - psychologist; LCSW - licensed clinical social worker; LCPC – licensed clinical professional counselor; LAC – licensed addictions counselor. All of these professions require at least a master’s degree and approximately two years of practice before being licensed by the state of Montana. All are commonly called mental health professionals, mental health providers, clinicians, mental health counselors, or therapists.
'Treats' abbreviations: Dep - depression; Anx - anxiety; PTSD - post traumatic stress disorder; Bipo - bipolar. Providers are not limited to those conditions. These conditions have been listed because the mental health assessment (posted on this site) addresses them. All mental health providers also address many other conditions including: divorce, grief, chemical dependency, behavioral addictions, relationship issues, eating disorders, abuse issues, etc.
'Accepts' abbreviations: Slide - sliding fee or reduced fee scale for those with limited income or no insurance; Medi - medicaid.
If you have not already done so, please take the mental health assessment. It addresses depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorder. Parents can also complete an assessment for teens. This may give you helpful information to share with a mental health provider. There will be recommendations for you at the end of the assessment.
Check with Human Resources at your workplace. If you have an employee assistance benefit (EAP) you may receive several free sessions with a qualified person who can then make a referral.
Get a recommendation from someone you know and trust—a friend, doctor, clergy, school counselor. Look for clinicians on the list who provide the service you need.
Check with your insurance company either on-line or by phone. They can tell you if a provider is in their Preferred Provider Network, or if they will cover costs by certain licensure types (i.e. LDPD, SCSW, Ph. D, etc).
Choose a provider in an area of town that is convenient for you. That will make it easier to keep appointments.
Call 2 or 3 people on the list and interview them on the phone. Let them know what your particular concerns are. Ask how they might handle the situation; how they provide treatment; what appointment times they have; how they handle billing, etc. It’s okay to ask. This is a service you will be paying for and you should feel as comfortable as possible. Let them know that you are looking around and that you may call back. (However, if you are calling in a crisis, you may not have the same amount of choices).
Don’t wait till the situation gets worse. If your instincts, or someone close to you, is telling you that this is the thing to do, then do it.
Call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital Emergency Department.
Call 1-800-273-TALK. This is the national hotline but the Missoula area is served by an agency in Great Falls.