Healthcare Professionals & Educators Rising Strong™ - February 1-2, 2019

Healthcare Professionals & Educators Rising Strong™ - February 1-2, 2019


The physics of vulnerability is simple: If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall.

Rising Strong™ Workshop is a research-based program about what it takes for us to get back up, live a more wholehearted and satisfying life, rise strong and how owning our stories of struggle gives us the power to write daring new endings.

By participating in the Rising Strong™ Workshop with Rachael & Kory Ann, you will have the opportunity to explore how to live more bravely by showing up in the professional arenas of your life and rise strong to become the best, most authentic version of you.

Meet Vanessa the Newest Bridger Peaks Counseling Team Member

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The Bridger Peaks Counseling Team is excited to announce we have a new clinician joining our practice. Vanessa Clark, MSW, LCSW, will be accepting new clients starting October 1, 2018. If you are exploring therapeutic service, please don't hesitate to reach out to Vanessa at (406) 813-0239. She currently accepts BCBS of MT, Medicaid, Cigna and sliding scale direct payment.

Attached is information on Vanessa and her therapeutic framework:

As a licensed clinical social worker, I feel strongly that each individual has strengths within themselves that can assist them with coping through struggles and empower further personal and relational development.  My goal with clients is to journey with them, assisting with identification of those strengths and further resources to maximize quality of life and relationships.  I believe in the power of joining my clients and validating their experiences. 

My experience has been primarily with adjustment-based disorders including chronic illness and pain, end of life, grief and bereavement.  I have provided therapy and resource to those directly dealing as well as their caregivers, family members, and other support persons. I also have experience with school age children in addition to individuals impacted by multiple barriers.

As a therapist, I know the benefit of a safe, trusting relationship to explore, identify, and change areas of need in one’s personal life.  I welcome the opportunity and would be honored to further learn about you and your goals. 

Courageous Conversations: Uniting Parents, Educators & Healthcare Providers

Courageous Conversations: Uniting Parents, Educators & Healthcare Providers

We invite parents, educators, and healthcare providers to join us for an empowering day exploring the role of language and compassion on health outcomes and the well-being of special need families.

Keynote Speaker

Rachel Callander, world renowned speaker and author of "Super Power Baby Project", will teach about the implications of language on the health outcomes of special need children and how to move from a place of powerless to empowerment as parents and professionals.

In addition, there will be experiential learning opportunities for parents and professionals on emotional well-being, self-compassion, and a panel discussion to increase awareness around the unique challenges of raising a child with special needs.

Meet the Bridger Peaks Team: Tess Hill, PCLC

It is my privilege to walk alongside individuals who are going through struggle and brokenness and to join them in the pursuit of healing and growth. I believe that people are capable of great change and growth, and at times, change and growth is difficult to navigate alone.  My approach to counseling explores themes of attachment and relational wounds that inform a person’s present position in life and in relation to others. With gentleness, trust, and empathy I aim to foster a secure relationship that invites vulnerability and encourages the confidence to explore maladaptive patterns. My goal is to help reveal resources, understanding and compassion to areas of dysfunction.

Counseling functions as a relationship and is most effective when safety and security are cultivated. My goal is to offer a relationship unique to your personal goals of healing and change. I welcome the opportunity to get to know you and be a part of your life journey.

I am eager to work with any individual in which the counseling relationship is a good fit. I have found my strengths to be in working with relational conflicts, attachment injuries, histories of trauma, anxiety and depression. I have a MS in Mental Health Counseling from Montana State University. I am currently working towards my clinical counseling license, under the supervision of Rachael Dunkel, MS, LCPC, LAC, NBCC.

Join Bridger Peaks Counseling and Breathe Mind Body Therapy for Rising Strong™

Join a small group of  to explore what it takes to get back up after we have dared and fallen.  Together, we will learn ways to recognize we're emotionally hooked by a tough experience, identify ways we often offload hurt, and explore the stories we tell ourselves.  Through it all we discover what it takes to dare, fall, and get back up to try again.  We learn to own our stories and write brave new endings to them.  In doing so we Rise Strong!

Rising strong is a group format meeting Thursday evenings April 19, May 3, May 10 and May 17 with one full day retreat day on Saturday April 28.  Please join us on this brave journey toward Rising Strong™

To register go to



Sonia Williamson wrote a wonderful post about the impact of Instagram on our ability to live life authentically.  She asks questions about our ability to show up and be seen in this social media crazed world.  We'd love to hear your thoughts on vulnerability in the social media realm.

"You Are Not Alone"

Did you know that 1 in 7 women & 1 in 10 men suffer from postpartum depression?  In this moving post, Kimberly Truong, speaks about her journey through postpartum depression.  If you experiences symptoms, know that you are not alone and there is help available.  

The Daring Way™ Intensive Retreat

The Bridger Peaks Counseling & Recovery Services Team would like to invite you to The Daring Way™ Intensive Retreat scheduled for February 16-18, 2018.  The Daring Way™ intensive retreat gives you space to explore vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness in service of transforming the way you live, love, lead, and parent. It is 3-day experiential retreat designed to help you show up, be seen, and live brave™ in all aspects of your life.  

Click to learn more about The Daring Way™, Brené Brown or to register


Meet the Bridger Peaks Team: Caitlin Brandl

Introducing Caitlin Brandl, Mental Health Practicum Intern.  Caitlin will start with BPC&RC in February 2018!  

Read a little about Caitlin and her approach to counseling below:  

In this chaotic world, I believe we are all trying our hardest to do our best with the cards we are dealt. Humans are complex. Life is dynamic. It is full of ups, downs, twists, and turns. And sometimes we need some help navigating through the storm. It takes courage, persistence, and vulnerability to grow, change, and find meaning in our experiences. If you are considering therapy, I would be honored to walk alongside you on your journey.

I am driven by the belief that at our core, we are hard-wired for connection and a sense of belonging. To me, connection means that you feel seen, heard, valued, accepted, and energized from the relationship. I believe a trusting therapeutic relationship can help you heal, come alive, and cultivate resilience and hope. My goal is to help you discover your inner strengths, become more self-aware, learn new perspectives and skills, and make choices that lead to more fulfilling relationships, and a balanced, healthy life.

As a U.S. Coast Guard veteran who grew up in the Midwest and lived on both the East and West Coasts, I have a diverse background. I have worked with adults who have experienced all types of trauma, grief/loss, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, relationship and career stress, and difficult life transitions, including military and adjustment issues. I have two years’ experience providing career counseling services to people of all ages and backgrounds, helping them break down barriers to employment. The past two years, I have worked as an advocate with adult survivors of domestic and sexual violence dealing with crisis. Currently, I am a pre-licensed counselor finishing my MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with a specialization in Trauma and Crisis Counseling. I look forward to working with adults of all ages.

Trauma can be an isolating experience. To open up and be vulnerable, you must feel comfortable, safe, and accepted. My approach is down-to-earth and nonjudgmental. I will provide a safe place for you to be you. Unfiltered.




Want to be happy? Stop trying to be perfect.

Brené Brown shares about the impact of hustling for worthiness.  This article discusses the role of perfectionism as a shield used in an attempt to avoid "the pain of blame, judgment and shame."  Failing in its attempt to protect us, we are often left with the deeply painful experience of never being enough.  

Meet the Bridger Peaks Team: Kory Ann Rogers, PCLC

Where are you from? I was born in a little town- Salmon, Idaho, however, I grew up in a couple of different places, mainly Challis, Idaho and Rexburg, Idaho.

Why did you become a counselor? That is a loaded question! I will go with the short answer. I know how satisfying, happy, and fulfilling life can be. I realized at a young age that helping others was something I was good at and enjoyed, so this came naturally for me.

What is your philosophy to healing?  I believe every person has the ability to heal within them.  I also think that there are times in our lives that become more than we can handle alone and we need someone to help us find those answers. That’s counseling! This quote says a lot to my thoughts on this topic, “A healer is not someone that you go to for healing, a healer is someone that triggers within you your own ability to heal yourself.” -Unknown

How do you define self-care? Important! So important. We often are so busy helping and caring for others, we forget to care for ourselves. It is like giving out of a water bucket. Everyone needs water from us, and we want to help, so we keep giving until there is nothing left to give, but we keep trying anyway and we wonder why we feel stressed, anxious, and upset. If we take time to care for ourselves, or refill our bucket, we can continue to be a benefit to those important to us while feeling good ourselves.

Why do you think so many people are uncomfortable asking for help? Our society holds personal strength and independence in high regard. When we need help, if we ask, many see it as showing a sign of weakness. There are times we would rather suffer in pain than be seen by others as weak, when in fact, those that ask for help are acting in courage.

What is your go-to self-care ‘tool’ or ‘practice’? I would like to say something about going to the spa, that sounds relaxing and self-care-like! However, in truth, my husband is my go-to.  After spending time with him I feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the next thing.

What do you do for fun? Besides spending time with my husband, spending time with my kids is so fun! We love to do things from traveling together, to just hanging out. If no one is around I love to read, read, and read some more.

What are your favorite books? There are so many! After thinking about my top few, they all seem to surround self-empowerment through hard times. Vikor Frankl’s Man Search for Meaning is one of those.  Sometimes I get to a place where my brain doesn’t want to learn anymore, so when I am not reading books that surround psychological things, I like books that have no learning to them, but still a bit of psychological mystery, and naturally, some romance.

What is your favorite book to recommend? Victor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning.

What is your favorite quote or mantra and why? “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” –Lao Tzu. Cliché, yet so true in this work. The progress may be small and slow, but it is still progress moving you toward your goal. “People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, ‘Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.’ I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” –Carl Rogers. Love people for who they are. Do not judge them, accept them and don’t try to change and control them.

 What is your favorite meal to cook? Oh, gosh…This is supposed to be an easy question. The fact of the matter is…I like to cook a lot of things so I don’t have a favorite meal to cook. I don’t like the monotony of daily cooking, but I do like to make meals for my family as well as bake for them. Oh, and my favorite thing to eat is fish when it is cooked right.

 Is there anything else we should know about you? I like food and treats…too much. I love to laugh!  My family brings me true joy. I love people and getting to know them and their stories.