Jan Matney, nCenter’s founder and Director, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and licensed neurofeedback practitioner. Jan has worked as a professional counselor since 1990. She has a holistic, solution-focused approach through which clients can unearth long-standing behavioral patterns and negative perceptions that hold them back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life. Using attachment theory, Jan works with children, couples and families to gain deeper connections. She is a collaborative and respectful guide, helping clients establish and realize personal goals. Jan’s work addresses autism, learning difficulties, depression, anxiety, ADD, brain injury and behavioral problems.
Jan is also a Senior Trainer for the international, non-profit, educational organization, More To Life (www.moretolife.org). She has trained for More To Life in the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa and New Zealand. She and her husband have three adult children and one grandchild.
Susan Jedd, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, has a background in child and adolescent counseling, play therapy, and parent-child relations. She is trained in attachment theory, specializing in helping parents understand their children and teens and create a family environment optimal for maturation and development. An ardent advocate for children, she is passionate about understanding the developing brain, the way children process emotion, and how we can best help children to reach their full potential. Susan works with learning difficulties, ADD, attention issues and behavioral problems. In addition to offering parenting support and guidance, Susan also works with adults to heal their own childhood issues.
After a tragic accident left her a widow and single mother to two young children, she became acutely aware of the special needs of grieving children. Using that experience, she became a certified grief counselor, specializing in child and adolescent grief. She helps children and families who have suffered a loss, not only from death but also from divorce and other traumas.
She now has two adult children, one in graduate school and the other in college.
Louise J. Hill began her counseling career as a teenager, when she was a camp counselor for brain damaged, emotionally disturbed, developmentally disabled, and aphasic children. Although she had minimal professional training at the time, she possessed an intuitive sense that enabled her to successfully work with these special children, providing support, encouragement, and understanding. As a young woman she became a Montessori teacher for children three to six years old. Later she answered calls on a hotline for adults of all ages who needed a listening ear and an empathetic heart. These experiences naturally led her to professional training and a private practice in counseling as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. In this, she engages her natural intuitive understanding as well as her deep care and belief in others to provide individually tailored counseling for children and adults of all ages.
Louise believes in the intrinsic worth of every person and their innate ability for healing and wholeness. With a psychodynamic orientation, she gently helps her clients to uncover and understand the cause and core of their concerns. And she guides them in processing these so that they can be free to experience and express their own unique individuality and potential. Among other modalities, she uses Sandtray Therapy to enhance this work as well as EMDR for overcoming trauma. She believes that with a safe, respectful, and valuing environment and the right person to guide them, people can realize the best part of themselves.
Ruth Story, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, has joined the nCenter in Belgrade. Ruth has been working as a professional counselor since 2009 after earning her Masters’ Degree from Montana State University, Bozeman. Prior to getting her counseling degree, Ruth worked as a preschool and middle school teacher, as well as working as a special education assistant in the Bozeman public schools. As a therapist, Ruth has a background in working with youth and families in both inpatient and outpatient settings. As an inpatient therapist, she worked with teen girls and their families, utilizing a family systems and mindfulness approach to assist clients to better understand and heal themselves as they reintegrated into their homes and families. Ruth also worked as a CSCT (Comprehensive School and Community Treatment) therapist in a school setting. Working with youth in grades 6-12, Ruth continued using family systems and mindfulness along with dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) to help clients attain better social skills, emotional regulation, and problem solving skills to better integrate within their family and community settings. Ruth joined the nCenter in order to expand her practice to include working with adults of all ages while continuing her work with children. Ruth has experience working with anxiety, depression, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder with both adults and children. Ruth uses a multi-faceted approach, taking into consideration the needs and history of the individual clients.
Ruth is married and has raised two sons, two step-daughters and a step-son. She enjoys reading, knitting, photography, running, hiking, mountain biking and other outdoor activities.
Ann Matney-Baggett graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in Philosophy in 2000. In 2004, she completed her training as a Rolfer, and received certification to practice structural integration from the Rolf Institute of Boulder, Colorado (www.rolf.org). She has been practicing Rolfing and bodywork in Bozeman ever since. She is currently in graduate school working on her counseling degree in mental health and rehabilitation. At the nCenter, Ann offers neurofeedback and counseling to clients.
She is married, and she and her husband have one child.