North Valley Behavioral Health offers behavioral health services for all ages. Our goal is to restore one’s mental health to an optimal level, and to help alleviate any symptoms which may be affecting the quality of life, satisfaction and the ability to function. We offer comprehensive treatment options encompassing psychiatric medicine, clinical therapy and addiction counseling all in the same office.
Who could benefit from the program?
J. Douglas Muir, MD – Board Certified Psychiatrist and Medical Director
Dr. Muir is a board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. In evaluating each patient, his method is to develop a thorough understanding of an individual’s background, concerns, symptoms and goals, and to develop a collaborative treatment plan to help them achieve peak mental health.
Michael Edwards, MA, LCPC, LAC – Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Licensed Addiction Counselor
Michael Edwards is a licensed clinical professional counselor and a licensed addiction counselor; he is licensed in both mental health and addictions counseling. Mr. Edwards sees individuals age fourteen and older for anxiety, depression, stress management, PTSD, marriage counseling and couples/family counseling. He also sees individuals who may have a substance use disorder; alcohol, prescription drugs, marijuana and/or opiates. Research indicates that 35-50% of individuals experiencing mental health symptoms may also be misusing alcohol and drugs, and 50-75% of individuals with an addictive disorder may be experiencing mental health symptoms. Comprehensive treatment integrates both mental health and substance abuse assessment and treatment using evidence-based protocols, including Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
Joe Goffena, LCSW – Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Joe Goffena’s treatment goals are to support patients to feel better about themselves emotionally, and to believe in themselves so they may pursue and achieve an enhanced quality of life. His process begins with a patient assessment followed by a co-developed care plan which is applied through the use of adaptive coping skills, making changes to help feel better about oneself, and providing support and feedback. Together, Mr. Goffena helps his patients build on the strengths developed and skills learned.
Mr. Goffena’s special interest areas include depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and life transitions. Interventions often used include mindfulness, calm breathing/imagery, cognitive and behavior therapy, positive psychology, social learning theory, solution focused therapy and other evidence-based eclectic interventions.
April Schottelkorb, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC, Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor
April Schottelkorb is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. She worked as a counseling professor at Boise State University for 8 years and as a school counselor for three years in northwest Montana prior to joining North Valley Hospital. Dr. Schottelkorb earned her doctorate in counseling from the University of North Texas and master’s in counseling from the University of Montana. She is trained to work with individuals of all ages in clinical and school settings, but has significant expertise providing an evidence-based intervention for children called child-centered play therapy (CCPT). Dr. Schottelkorb has conducted research on the effectiveness of CCPT for children with trauma, anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and behavioral problems. Besides working with young children, Dr. Schottelkorb also provides talk therapy, expressive arts and sandtray therapy for older children and adults, and an evidence-based parenting intervention, Child-Parent Relationship Therapy, for parents.
Kyle Stansbury, LCSW – Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Kyle Stansbury provides behavioral health services for individuals age 13 and older. His approaches include cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, horticulture therapy, crisis management, mindfulness based stress reduction, relational therapy, vision fasting and rights of passage therapies and wilderness therapy. Mr. Stansbury’s professional experience includes Behavioral Health Specialist for students with emotional disabilities or acute needs, Clinical Therapist for adolescent and adults and Family Services Therapist.
My Stansbury’s office is located at North Valley Professional Center at 1675 Talbot Road in Columbia Falls.
Location and Scheduling an Appointment
North Valley Behavioral Health is located at 2004 Hospital Way in the North Valley Medical Office Village. The Medical Office Village is located across the parking lot on the south side of North Valley Hospital.
For the convenience of residents of Lincoln County and surrounding areas, behavioral health services are also available via telemedicine technology at North Country Medical Clinic in Eureka, MT. The first visit does occur with Dr. Muir at North Valley Behavioral Health in Whitefish, with follow-up care available using remote telemedicine in Eureka.
Telemedicine (teles-psychiatry / tele-behavioral health) is also available for students at the Columbia Falls High School and the Whitefish Middle School and High School. Tele-behavioral health is made possible through a grant awarded by the Montana Healthcare Foundation.
North Valley Behavioral Health provides a sliding fee scale to help those in need thereby making healthcare services more accessible and affordable.
To schedule an appointment, please call us at 406-862-1030.