Elizabeth Geier, LCPC
Elizabeth Geier graduated from Regent University’s School of Psychology and Counseling in 2018 with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She moved to Great Falls from Wisconsin in 2017 and has been with the Center for Mental Health for over three years. She is certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and works with clients of all ages and stages in life. She enjoys the great outdoors – specifically hiking, camping, biking and fishing. Also, she enjoys international movies and TV shows, and she practices yoga on a consistent basis.
Jessica Gruber, LCPC, NCC
Jessica Gruber is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor through the National Board for Certified Counselors. She has been at the Center for Mental Health in Helena, Montana since 2014. She received both a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (from the University of Idaho) and a Master’s Degree in Counseling (from MidAmerica Nazarene University). She counsels adolescents, individuals, groups, and couples in a variety of life circumstances. Jessica’s therapeutic style is influenced by psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and mindfulness-based approaches to healing. Jessica is also trained in Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy and to facilitate SOSA Groups (Survivors of Suicide Attempt). In the past, Jessica would lead anger management groups and art therapy groups. A key component to her work is in developing a collaborative, compassionate, authentic, and safe therapeutic relationship with clients. She spends her free time with her family, dogs, hiking, running, and hunting.
Karlee Hamilton, DNP, PMHNP-BC, APRN
Karlee Hamilton was born and raised in Great Falls, MT. She has 13 years of psychiatric nursing experience working with children and adults with multiple etiologies including eating disorders, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, bipolar, and schizophrenia. She graduated in May 2020 with her Psychiatric/Mental Health Doctorate of Nursing Practice and is excited to begin seeing adult patients at the Center for Mental Health. She is an avid reader and enjoys being outdoors – hiking, fishing, and going for long walks. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and twin daughters.
DAVID HARWOOD M.D., DFAPA
David D. Harwood MD has served as a staff psychiatrist with PACT and outpatient services in the Helena office since 2016, after a twenty five year career in private practice. Based in Dallas, Texas, his clinical work is conducted via telepsychiatry. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Wake Forest University and has an MD degree from Emory University School of Medicine. He is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is competent to care for all aspects of psychiatric medicine.
Alex Holter, PCLC
Alex Holter has a Bachelor of Art in music, Associate of Art in psychology, and his Master of Science with emphasis in Clinical Psychology, research, sex therapy, and clinical counseling. Alex counsels all age groups and his therapeutic style is influenced by many approaches but considers himself client centered. He is an out transgender man and enjoys working with those in the LGBTQI+ community. Alex has a passion for helping people in his professional role to access evidence-based health care with a high focus to integrate the healing arts of music and other creative fine arts aimed at treating the whole person. He also works with suicide prevention, resiliency, trauma-based services, educating others on psychosocial issues, education on LGBTQI+ specific issues, and advocating for better mental health care access both nationally and globally. When not working or writing, Alex enjoys playing his violin and viola, reading, or enjoying the outdoors with his dog and family.
Derek Hook, LCSW
Derek Hook graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work in 2010 and Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2014. He worked at a community mental health center in Pierre, SD, before moving to Great Falls in June 2019. Derek provides outpatient therapy to adolescent, adults, and families that have a variety of needs and diagnosis. Derek uses Cognitive Based Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. During his free time Derek enjoys exploring what Montana has to offer.
Kyle Joyner, MSW, SWLC
Kyle Joyner graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Master’s in Social Work in 2016. Following which, he moved to Casper, WY and had been working as a mental health therapist with clients who were incarcerated and being released from the correctional system. In January 2020, he moved from Casper, WY to Helena, MT to work for the Center for Mental Health. He is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) and specializes in working with adults who are seeking treatment for trauma, depression, and anxiety. He enjoys the great outdoors, particularly hiking, biking, and evening walks. In addition, he is an avid reader and also enjoys cooking, working on jigsaw puzzles and practices meditation on a regular basis.
Dr. Eva LaRocque, MD
Dr. Eva LaRocque has worked at the Center since 2001 and her role as the Chief Medical Officer is to supervise staff doctors, APRNs, RNs, and LPNs. She completed her undergraduate degree at Montana State University, earned her medical degree at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque, and completed her residency program in psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin. She provides services to adult clients.
Luke LeBrun, PCLC, NCC
Luke LeBrun graduated from the University of Montana with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2019. Luke moved to Montana from South Dakota in 2016 and has been in Great Falls since 2019. Luke has been with the Center since June of 2019. Luke enjoys working with Native American people and their decedents and works primarily with adults at this time. Luke is a decedent of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa tribe in North Dakota. Luke typically uses trauma-focused and client-focused approaches to therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, solution focused brief therapy as well as the trauma/community resiliency model. Luke loves movies of just about all kinds, and loves being outside riding his bike, hiking, fishing or disk golfing.
Nancy G Stone MSW, SWLC, ACLC
Nancy G. Stone joined The Center for Mental Health on February 9th, 2021. She is a proud Bobcat who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Development with a Family Science concentration from the Montana State University in 2007. She completed her Internship work at Western Montana Mental Health in their Crisis Stabilization (Hope House) and was trained in Crisis and Suicide Intervention. She served on the Crisis and Suicide Hotline (Helpnet). She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Walla Walla University in Missoula, MT in 2011.
She moved to Grangeville, Idaho to finish her practicum with Camas Professional Counseling as a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist. Here she served Mental Health Clients of all ages providing Motivational Interviewing, DBT and REBT, Solution Focused and Mindfulness Therapies.
She worked as a Shelter Coordinator/Counselor for Violence Free Crisis Line and facilitated Battered Women’s Groups. Since then she has worked as a Medical Social Worker for Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Polson conducting discharge planning and receiving a Certification in Palliative Care.
She provided counseling for patients and family members, responded to emergency Mental Health in the hospital and E.R., was involved as a mandatory reporter working with CPS (both State and Tribal), and was a member of the Adult Protective Team. Most recently Nancy served as Addictions Therapist at Crossroads Correctional Facility in Shelby Montana and Rocky Mountain Treatment Center in Great Falls.
Nancy’s interests and therapeutic style consists of:
- Solution Focused Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
- Contingency Management (CM)
- Motivational Interviewing (MI )
- and the Matrix Model which consists of viewing all her clients with Unconditional Positive Regard.
She also believes in and facilitates Support Group Affiliation including, but not limited to 12 Step and Spiritual avenues to recovery. She encourages and practices self-care.
She enjoys the outdoors, good movies, support group participation and dates with her husband, spending time with family, friends, a proud grandmother of 13 and great grandmother of 2.
Deb Thurman, LCSW
Deb Thurman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She received her BA from the University of Montana (1992) and her MSW degree from Eastern Washington University (1994). Deb has worked in a variety of clinical placements including, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Texas and finally back home to Montana 15 years ago. She worked at the CMH for 8 years in various positions, including Outpatient Therapist, PACT Team Leader, and Assistant Director of Adult Services before leaving for almost 5 years to work with adolescents in a therapeutic group home setting and returning to the Center in April 2021. Deb is certified in Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), CIT trained, and works with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Supportive Therapy with a strong preference for working with adults with a history of depression, anxiety, and trauma/PTSD.
Peggy Wolstein, MSN, PMHNP-BC, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Peggy grew up in Montana and became a Registered Nurse in 1986, graduating with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing through the Montana State University, Northern. She furthered her degree in 2006, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing through Graceland University. In 2014, she graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a Master’s Degree in Nursing, specializing in Psychiatry. She has experience working at Acadia Healthcare in Butte, MT for 2 years with children ages 6-17; as well as experience working with adults ages 18-90 at the Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs, MT prior to joining the Center for Mental Health in November 2019.
Peggy has a diverse background of experience as an RN, working in pediatrics, oncology, surgery, orthopedics, medical-surgical nursing, ICU, home health, hospice, obstetrics, and labor and delivery prior to working in psychiatry.
Peggy is also a Veteran in the Navy and carries a profound interest in serving other Veterans as well. She has a keen understanding of how the military works over the last 19 years, both as enlisted, and currently as a Naval Officer; and has worked jointly with all branches of the military. Through the military, she has worked closely with Veterans with depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.