Kelli Berg opens counseling service downtown

By: 
Charlie Denison
Reporter

Lewistown native Kelli Berg is back in her hometown, where she is proud to offer services as a Counselor Intern for Roots Counseling, LLC. Her office is located on the second floor of the Brooks Building.
Photo by Charlie Denison

New counselor intern Kelli Berg can’t believe she’s this lucky.

Daughter of Bill and Nancy Berg, Kelli has returned to her hometown, where she is pursuing her dream: starting her own business as a mental health counselor.

“I think it’s so cool that this profession exists,” she said “For an hour or two a week you can come in here and tell me whatever it is you want to tell me. There’s not really a space for that in any other part of your life”

This is Kelli’s second time coming back to Lewistown. For about three years, she worked for Lewistown’s Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch. She came home a second time to assist her mother, whose health was declining.

“I came back to help out and realized I wanted to stay here,” Kelli said, “so I decided to jump in and start my own business.”

Kelli said she’s always felt a great sense of community in Lewistown but – when her mom had health issues – she saw it on another level.

“I was blown away by the people of this town,” Kelli said. “It’s a great place to live and I’m happy to be back…I never thought I’d say that in high school (laughs).”

Of course, a lot has changed since Kelli was a cross country and basketball standout at Fergus. Upon graduation, Kelli went to Montana State University, where she got a liberal arts degree. After her experience with YBGR and AWARE (Anaconda Work and Residential Enterprises) – two programs that specialize in children with special needs – Kelli was ready to go back to school to study mental health counseling at the University of Montana in Missoula.

“I loved studying the material so much it didn’t feel hard to me,” she said. “I get really excited about counseling.”

Being here and having her own practice – Roots Counseling, LLC – feels amazing to Kelli. She feels grateful to have this opportunity and looks forward to meeting clients of all ages. For Kelli, it’s a “privilege” to help others and she’s glad to provide support.

“Sometimes just having one person who can sit there and listen without passing judgment is all you need,” Kelli said. “Sometimes that’s all it takes to help work through your struggles. It’s an honor to be that person.”

Kelli works with all kinds of issues. She did her internship at the Student Advocacy Resource Center, where she worked with a number of sexual assault and trauma survivors. She also did an internship focusing on intimate relationships and the importance of communication.

“I’m here to help you work through what you’re struggling with,” she said. ““Life gets hard sometimes and it’s not always easy to navigate.”

Berg said she especially enjoys working with children, be it mood management, emotional regulation or other behavioral concerns.

“Kids are definitely my area of expertise,” she said, “but I have experience with age 5 and up.”

No matter what the issue, Kelli said she is happy to help.

“I just want to help people realize they can get through whatever is thrown at them,” Kelli said. “I want to help them uncover that resilience and know they are strong enough to overcome the obstacles.”

Kelli’s office is located on the second floor of the Brooks Building, Suite 3. For more information, call her at (406) 366-1756.

“Sometimes making that first phone call is the hardest part,” she said. “I want you to know I provide free initial consultations. You can come in here and tell me what’s going on. If I don’t think I’m the best fit for you, I’ll help you find someone who is the best fit.”

 

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