who we are

Sweetgrass Psychological Services is a Whitefish based practice 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? 

priya loess, m.a.

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.