Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Coe is a native Montanan. Her childhood was spent in the Great Falls area but she has made western Montana her home for the past 45 years. Early on in her career she was a classroom teacher, and became one of the first 911 dispatchers in Missoula. It was this experience that inspired her to learn all she could about the impact of trauma and loss. She earned her Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Montana and became a licensed clinician. She started at St. Patrick Hospital’s Employee Assistance Program, and has had a solo practice in Missoula for 25 years.
Coe’s counseling tools are both traditional and eclectic. Her foundational approach is Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, in which clients explore the dynamic between their thoughts and actions. She helps them think the unthinkable and speak the speakable so they may become more effective in managing their lives and relationships. Over the last several years she has added new approaches, including E.M.D.R., or Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, which has been proven particularly effective for victims of trauma and those diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She works primarily with adults, but also helps couples and older adolescents. Coe qualifies for most insurance reimbursements, but not Medicaid or Medicare.
Coe’s newest approach combines her passion for animals and her commitment to health and healing. At the age of 50, her dream of owning a horse came true when she rescued a buckskin mare named Olivia. Coe began her own journey of self-discovery, learning about confronting fears, and finding courage and confidence through the relationship—in other words, Olivia rescued Coe! After two years of intense training through Carrol College, and internships, Coe became an Equine Interaction, Education, and Mental Health Professional, allowing her to provide Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for others.
What are the benefits of using horses in therapy? Besides getting outdoors, horses provide us with a mirror of our inner landscape. Because they are prey animals they can teach us to use all our senses, just as they must do for survival. Because of their size they can teach us to be present, in our bodies, and assertive. The herd can teach us how to live in community. To quote Lydia Hibby, “Many pets are here on earth to help humans in the journey of life. Horses, with their primal nature as prey animals, daily make choices to override their fears, get past traumas, and put themselves in danger to be ONE with the humans who love them.”
Who could benefit from Equine Assisted Psychotherapy? Coe’s belief is that anyone could benefit, if there are no physical liabilities that would cause discomfort, or prevent them from being safe.
Coe specializes in treating depression, anxiety, trauma, and challenging life transitions and she will meet you in her traditional office setting at Red Willow or at the barn with her equine partners.
To contact Coe: 406-541-7324.