My Background and Clinical Approach

I earned my undergraduate degree at Bates College in Maine in 1997. After a winter in Jackson, Wyoming, I headed to Portland, Oregon. While in Portland, I worked at a group home for adolescent boys involved in the criminal justice system. Eventually, I missed the Rockies and returned to Jackson. I took a job at the community mental health center, working with adults managing chronic mental illnesses, and eventually found myself returning to school to earn my Masters in Social Work at the University of Wyoming in 2007.


One of my greatest clinical strengths is the variety of my work experience. Since graduating, I have lived all over the country, working in various community mental health and educational settings. In Worcester, Massachusetts, I was privileged to form trusting relationships with adolescents as a therapist in a public alternative inner city school system. While living in Seattle, I supported families to navigate complex relationships with children in their care as well as experiences of loss and poverty. Most recently, I worked for the Bozeman Public Schools under a federal grant to address adolescent trauma. In addition to raising my own children, the variety of my professional experiences has enriched my clinical skills, informed my approach, and enhanced my understanding of diverse perspectives. I have held behavioral health board approved clinical social work licenses in Wyoming, Massachusetts, Washington, Idaho and Montana. 


I maintain my professional mental health clinician license and stay current on evidence based therapy practices through training. These have included Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (by The Central Massachusetts Child Traumatic Stress Network in Fitchburg, MA), Cognitive Processing Therapy (by UW Medicine/Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress in Seattle, WA) and the Maternal Mental Health Intensive training (by Seleni Institute in New York, NY). In addition, I use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, The Recovery Model, and Attachment Regulation, and Competency (ARC) frameworks to inform my practice. I am certified through Postpartum Support International as a Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C) therapist. I am also a current member of the National Association of Social Workers. 


Most importantly, I assume a relational and strengths-based approach while working with clients. Every person brings themselves and their stories. Therefore, I adapt my approach for each individual. In order for my clinical skills to be effective, there needs to be trust and genuine connection in our professional relationship. I believe that clients have the ability to address and overcome their challenges. They often just need assistance in identifying and implementing skills to do so. Together, we can develop a treatment plan that will most effectively help you reach your goals. 

2621 West College Street, Bozeman, MT 59718

Kate Hestwood, LCSW

Tel: 406-415-4022