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About Us

A Spot to Connect

We are a group of therapists whose passions involve working with children, teens, adults, and their families.

We Specialize In:

  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • School Refusal
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Marriage & Family Dynamics
  • Identity Formation
  • Perinatal & Postpartum Support
  • Grief & Loss
  • Weight & Body Image Challenges
  • Aftercare: Residential Treatment & Intensive Outpatient Programs

Want to Connect With Us But Don’t Know Where to Start?

Follow These Simple Steps:


Fill out a perspective interest form on the Services page that relates to your situation.


Once we receive the interest form, a Spot to Talk team member will reach out to you within 48 hours.


We will then schedule a complimentary 15-minute consultation.


After the consultation, if you decide to work with Spot to Talk, we will invite you to our secure Client Portal.

Meet the Spot to Talk Team

Our Therapists
Claire Wick


Owner & Clinical Director

Claire was born in London, raised in New York City, attended college and graduate school in San Diego, California, and recently moved to the Flathead Valley of Northwest Montana. Claire’s eclectic background has provided her with an opportunity to live amongst a variety of cultures and environments, naturally leading her to connect with individuals and families of all different backgrounds. As an only child growing up in NYC, Claire often found herself wanting to help others while also noticing that her friends and family often looked to her for advice. This innate desire to provide others with assistance eventually led Claire to enroll at the University of Southern California: School of Social Work, where she obtained her Master’s in Social Work degree.

After earning her Master’s degree, Claire pursued her desire to work with youth by providing mental health services in several different high schools within San Diego. Claire provided individual, group, and family therapeutic services while also assisting in the development of district-wide psychoeducational programs that focus on social skills, substance use, nicotine addiction, and physical violence. In 2017, Claire completed one of her biggest accomplishments yet and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Earning this title allowed Claire to continue serving San Diego youth, but also provided her with the ability to mentor graduate school students and assist them in developing their skills and acquiring the knowledge needed for a career in social work.

Following Claire’s work in the public school system, she moved to Northwest Montana to gain experience working in a youth residential treatment center. As a primary therapist for a group of highschool-aged students, Claire provided individual, family, and group therapeutic services for the students residing at a therapeutic boarding school.

As her career progressed, Claire began to notice that students who were graduating, moving to different schools, or leaving residential centers were leaving without mental health supports in place that truly met their needs. Claire noticed a lack of available mental health referral services for youth in both Montana and California, and it was then that she decided it was time to create something. She envisioned a platform that would provide virtual mental health services while keeping the comfort and personal feel of an in-person setting. A virtual space that would appeal to the younger generations while understanding their need for flexible schedules and privacy. Transportation challenges would be eliminated, and the anxiety that often accompanies an in-person visit would be reduced. Since the launch of Spot to Talk in May of 2020, Claire has continued to assess the local community’s needs in the Flathead Valley and has expanded Spot to Talk’s services to include more than just virtual services. Claire and the Spot to Talk team are excited to welcome you to our in-person offices in Bigfork and Downtown Kalispell.

Megan Goudie


Mental Health Therapist

Megan was born and raised on San Juan Island, Washington, a small island community nestled between mainland Washington and Vancouver Island, Canada. Megan quickly connected with the relationship between mental and physical health through her love for riding horses and playing soccer. After spending time in Oregon and northcentral Washington exploring her interests, she earned her bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation from Western Washington University. She then relocated to the Flathead Valley in the spring of 2017.

Megan earned her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Montana in 2019. She has spent time with DPHHS, Flathead Community Health Center, and has facilitated equine assisted therapy in the Flathead Valley. The bulk of her therapeutic experience has been on an in-patient psychiatric unit providing one-on-one, group, and family therapy, primarily to adolescents.

In her spare time, Megan loves being outside. When she is not working, she enjoys hiking, biking, climbing and skiing, however she has recently gained a new appreciation for slowing down and taking time to read, do macramé projects, and is working on finding a love for cooking.

Megan has a passion for providing holistic, trauma-informed care, empowering and advocating for clients, and believes there is a different approach that works for every person. She is looking forward to serving the statewide community through telehealth and the local Flathead Valley for in-person sessions.

Ellen Young smiling with her hair up and sunglasses on her head.

Ellen Young, LCSW

Mental Health Therapist

Ellen was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. The youngest of 5 children, and the only girl, Ellen learned early in her life how to speak up for what she thought was right. Her parents were community activists and instilled a strong value of social justice in their children. Ellen attended Our Lady of the Lake College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, initially majoring in nursing. After volunteering with disaster relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina, Ellen decided to take a leap of faith and leave nursing school. 

She completed her undergraduate degree in Behavioral Sciences, and a Child Life internship at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. Ellen passed her Child Life Specialist certification exam and started working at Mattel Children’s Hospital PRN, helping children and adolescents cope with the stress and anxiety of illness and treatment through developmentally-appropriate education and play. 

After working for a year, Ellen decided to take advantage of a tuition assistance program offered to military spouses and enrolled in graduate school at San Diego State University. She earned her Masters of Social Work in May of 2012. As a Navy wife, she was relocated several times over the course of ten years. Ellen has been working in healthcare for a total of 12 years, in both the hospital and community hospice setting. She has been with her current hospice agency for 4 years. 

Throughout her career, Ellen has helped patients and families navigate stress, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, grief, relationship issues and more. She is particularly skilled in helping people at all stages of life as they cope with the emotional toll of all types of illness and grief. The trauma of illness, death, and dying can cause tremendous anxiety and depression, and complicate so many areas of life. Ellen believes that everyone should have the emotional support and tools to help them navigate this very complex experience. She believes that therapy should be a supportive and judgment-free experience.

Ellen is happiest when she is near the water. She loves being at the beach, swimming, kayaking, boating, tubing, and fishing (although she’s admittedly not very good). She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, and, of course, football!


Mental Health Therapist

A native of Helena, Montana, ironically, Lisa has spent the majority of her adult life outside the state. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Fitness and Health Promotion from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Lisa worked in Corporate Fitness for several years before expanding her horizons with the arrival of 3 boys and her role as a Navy spouse. Lisa and her family have lived throughout the country and overseas in Okinawa Japan. In each community, Lisa worked with youth in various capacities, including several years as a girls’ camp director.

When the time was right, Lisa pursued her Master’s in Social Work from San Diego State University. As a mental health counselor, she has worked in outpatient psychiatry and other settings with a wide range of ages and challenges. In addition to her work at Spot to Talk, Lisa helps patients and families navigate end-of-life issues at Frontier Hospice.

Lisa enjoys many different activities in her pursuit of a balanced life including trail running, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, gardening, volunteering through her church and local Veteran’s Center and spending time with family and her new pup.

Although adept in various therapeutic modalities, Lisa has a particular interest in grief work and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to assist clients congruently with their spirituality and values.

At her core, Lisa has a deep compassion for those in paralyzing situations unable to find a way forward. She is motivated by a desire to empower and tenaciously pursues multiple paths to effect change. No circumstance is without hope and possibility for improvement.


Mental Health Therapist

Rachel grew up in Grand Haven, Michigan, a 5-minute walk from Lake Michigan. She graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. Rachel spent her undergraduate career exploring the overlap of her passion for history and humanity through her study of archaeology. She spent two field seasons in Belize on archaeological digs interpreting the human condition of the past.

Rachel took a break from school after undergrad and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah (the complete opposite of her lakeside hometown). Her love of animals led her to working as a veterinary technician for a few years where she witnessed the relationship between animals and people and the often unfulfilled need for support during difficult times.

Rachel recently relocated to Flathead Valley in pursuit of the dream combination of lakes and mountains. In her free time, Rachel enjoys baking, reading, playing farming video games, and being outside with her 3 dogs. She is still searching for her green thumb.

Time and experience led Rachel to reassess her long term career goals; her personal journey with grief and the support she received from therapy led her to pursue a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. Rachel graduated in June 2022 from Northwestern University. Rachel gained experience in the field through her internships at a family group practice with a focus on play therapy and later at a private practice with a focus on anxiety, depression, and life transitions on an individual level. Rachel is especially mindful of grief’s impact and hopes to further specialize in grief-related therapy. She is excited to join the team at Spot to Talk and to have the opportunity to support the people in our community!


Mental Health Therapist

Charles was born in Farmington, New Mexico and raised in a little bit of everywhere including Montana, Canada, Texas and Colorado. Throughout his upbringing Charles had the opportunity to build relationships with people from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds. Charles felt immense pride in individuals’ willingness to share their stories and experiences with him, and often found others seeking him out for support. This has led to an intrinsic desire to serve and support others.  After getting his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, he returned to the Flathead Valley to be closer to family.

Upon returning to the valley, Charles sought to begin his career in serving others and got that opportunity in working with homeless youth for a nonprofit organization. This started him down the path of seeking his Master’s in Social Work, which he hopes to obtain in May of 2022. When he is not working on school, you may find him skiing, fishing, or playing hockey.

Our Interns
Katie Lundbohm


Mental Health Intern

Katie is currently pursuing her Master’s in Counseling and plans to graduate in December of 2022.

She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2015 and as a homegrown flathead valley resident quickly found herself back home to be closer to family and enjoy a full ski season. It was during this time she worked at a therapeutic boarding school and was able to intertwine her desire to help others and her love of year-round Montana outdoor activities. From her experience she discovered a passion and enthusiasm for working with teenagers. Katie has also worked in the public-school setting doing school based mental health with teenagers as well as helping to facilitate a summer program for adolescents.

Her favorite part of working in this field is getting to cheer alongside others while helping them make progress towards their individual goals.

In her free time, you can find her skiing, fly fishing, hiking, crafting, or dreaming about owning goats. She is grateful for the opportunity to join the Spot to Talk team, and is eager to continue learning.

Lauren Martinez, LCPC Candidate

Mental Health Intern

Lauren is so excited to be earning her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and completing her internship with Spot to Talk. While spending her undergraduate years studying professional writing, she also volunteered at the YWCA in Missoula running a small group for teenage girls. Through this experience she found a passion for working with teens and young adults, and soon after began graduate school with the goal of becoming a licensed professional counselor in April of 2023.
When she isn’t in school or working, you can find Lauren running trails, spending time with her husband and friends, or petting a dog – pretty much any dog. Lauren is so grateful for the opportunity to live and work in Western Montana, and cannot wait to give back to the community through her career.

Rachel Winthrop, MSW Candidate

Mental Health Intern

Rachel is currently working toward her Master’s in Social Work and will graduate in August of 2023.

Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Rachel relocated to the Flathead Valley in pursuit of alpine lakes & beautiful powder days! Rachel is passionate about mental healthcare and helping young people discover their authentic selves.

She has spent the past 10 years working in a variety of roles within the nonprofit sector, most recently at the Nate Chute Foundation for suicide prevention in Whitefish.

Rachel is happiest when swimming in lakes, rafting on the Flathead River, skiing on the Big, or hanging out with her two dogs, Edward and Piper.


Mental Health Intern

Hannah was born on the Wind River Indian Reservation in central Wyoming before moving to a
small, rural town in northcentral Pennsylvania, where she spent most of her childhood. After graduating from high school, Hannah attended Penn State University where she received a
Bachelor of Science in Biobehavioral Health. During her time in college, Hannah got involved with a local non-profit that provided training in short-term counseling and crisis intervention skills and where she would accrue over 1,000 hours of volunteer experience. Through this experience, Hannah was offered an opportunity to apply for a position with a court-mandated
drug and alcohol education program that provided screening, assessment, counseling, and education to first-time offenders. Hannah was hired as the Lead Instructor of the program, and
it was through this and her volunteer experience that she found her true passion, and in many
ways, her purpose in life.

After traveling and living abroad for a few years, Hannah moved to Montana to be closer to her family and to enjoy the beauty and pace of small-town life. In 2017, Hannah began work as a Residential Counselor in one of the many therapeutic boarding schools across the state. As a direct care provider, Hannah worked closely with the students and was offered a unique
window into the therapeutic process that occurs outside of the clinical setting. The position also provided an opportunity for Hannah to use her training in the implementation of behavioral health interventions which acted in support of her students’ success and development.

During her time with the school, Hannah became aware of the lack of addiction treatment offered to the students. In advocating for the services, Hannah recognized a gap in addiction
treatment throughout the Flathead Valley. With a passion for addiction work and a dedication to improving the community’s access to treatment, Hannah decided to enroll in the Licensed Addiction Counseling (LAC) program through Montana State University.

Following graduation, Hannah sought to expand the scope of her practice by continuing her graduate studies at The University of Montana, where she is currently pursuing a Masters in Clinical Social Work.

In Hannah’s free time she enjoys skiing, hiking, fly fishing, solo canoeing, and pretty much any other activity that gets her outside. Hannah also loves music, spending time with her niece and family, and enjoying the company of her 15-year-old dachshund, who has been beside her since she was 18. Hannah approaches her work as a therapist in much the same way that she approaches life- with an endless curiosity to connect and understand others.