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 involvement in a community that ensures opportunities for everyone to have physical and mental well being and fitness. We make responsible choices on behalf of the limited resources of our community in the spirit of ensuring 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. We provide individual, group, family, and couples counseling as well as psychological assessment and professional consultation.

sara boilen, psy.d.

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Dr. Sara Boilen is a licensed clinical psychologist (MT #1196). Sara offers therapy for children, adolescents, families, couples, and adults. She obtained her doctoral degree from The University of Denver but has called the Flathead Valley home for many years. Her graduate studies emphasized women's issues, child development, and psychological assessment. Her professional interests include connection through vulnerability, grief work, mindfulness, and development. Sara has helped individuals as they have overcome depression, anxiety, attachment related difficulties, childhood trauma, unfulfilling relationships, and other life challenges. She brings vibrancy, humor, tremendous compassion, and honesty to her work with people and favors a collaborative approach in her work; 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. While we will work together to address the symptoms that brought you or your loved one to our office, we will also work on understanding the root of your struggles as well as the aspects of your life that have kept you trapped. As your distress decreases and your awareness increases, we will free you up to move toward happiness and away from suffering. Mindfulness, coupled with the advances in our understanding of the brain, contributes to her integration of mindfulness, DBT, and ACT into her therapy practice. I do not believe in fixing people, but rather in helping them become the brightest versions of themselves. What does your brightest self look like? 

Sara is the founder and director of Sweetgrass Psychological Services.  

kara stansbury, LMFT, LCPC

Kara Stansbury, LCPC, LMFT 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. Kara has worked in a variety of settings including Wilderness Therapy, Residential Treatment, LGBT Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Treatment with adolescents, families, individuals and couples. Much of her work 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 prenatal-5 years old. 

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. At times, we all stray away from our true nature and need support along the way. Thank you in advance for having the courage to seek support in living the life you desire.

Kara joined Sweetgrass Psychological Services in 2017 as a fully licensed, independent therapist.

charley jones, m.s.w.

Charley Jones is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and EMDR therapy provider, who reigns 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 worked in a variety of settings including schools, 7 years in the Wilderness Therapy industry, medical settings including the Seattle Children's Hospital Adolescent Medicine Department and the Division of Endocrinology where he worked with youth managing Type 1 and 2 Diabetes, and as a Youth and Family Therapist for Summit Preparatory School.  He currently divides his professional time as a therapist for the Newman Center at Kalispell Regional Medical Center and Sweetgrass Psychological Associates. 

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 and growth for 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. 

In his free time Charley is passionate about forming a sense of community, enjoys sailing, mountain biking, hiking, road trips in his Volkswagen Westfalia, and continuing to work on his eco-home and family's hobby farm in his free time.   

Charley joined Sweetgrass Psychological Services in 2018 as a fully licensed, independent therapist.

priya loess, m.a.

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Priya Loess holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology and is a PH.D. candidate at the University of Montana. Priya brings a calming presence as she invites individuals to work on developing greater self-compassion, emotional regulation skills, and healing from traumatic experiences. She has worked with individuals who have suffered from sexual assault and domestic violence as well as discrimination. She weaves in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to her person-centered approach to therapy. Priya is in training and is an eager, self-aware learner who has joined Sweetgrass Psychological Services in the spirit of deepening her clinical understanding of her clients as well as her skill set as a clinician. She is eager to work with you and offers a reduced fee to assist in meeting the needs of the Whitefish community. 

Priya has been a clinical extern with Sweetgrass Psychological Services since 2016.