Jeffrey A. Watson, M.Ed., LCPC, LMFT, NCC, FAPA is the Clinical Director of services provided by Life Management Associates, LLC. With his many years of clinical experience, Jeffrey has developed a variety of areas of expertise.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Jeffrey works with children, adolescents, and adults providing individual, family, couples, and group therapy. He specializes in the areas of attachment, trauma/abuse, family-of-origin issues, childhood disorders, adoption issues, parenting, depression/mood disorders, couples/relationships/divorce, and sexual intimacy.
As a Guardian ad Litem (GAL), Jeffrey has worked in cooperation with parents, attorneys, and judges in an effort to determine the “best interest” for minor children whose parents are unable to settle disputes involving their children. Jeffrey offers a variety of consultative services involving individual, couples, and family issues.
Jeffrey has been licensed in Montana as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since March 8, 2010, as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor since 1986 and credentialed as a National Certified Counselor through the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc (NBCC) since 1984. In 2008, he was awarded the Diplomate (DAPA) status in the American Psychotherapy Association (APA). The Diplomate designation is limited to a select group of professionals who, by virtue of their extensive training and expertise, have demonstrated their outstanding abilities in regard to their specialty. Jeffrey was awarded Fellow status with the American Psychotherapy Association (APA), in December 2010. The Fellow designation (FAPA) is reserved for those individuals who are able to meet the stringent requirements of the APA in the areas of knowledge, skill, education, training, and experience in the therapeutic process. He has been a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) since 1986 and is a founding member of the Montana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He received his Master of Education degree in Counselor Education, with a minor in Individual and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University in 1982.
Jeffrey offers a variety of supervisory and consultative services involving individual, couples, and family issues. His therapeutic approach is oriented towards the following theories: Family and Systems Theory, Structural and Strategic Family Therapy, Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused, Interpersonal, Psychodynamic, Crisis Interventional, and Dyadic Development Psychotherapy for the treatment of attachment and trauma.
Jeffrey is a founding member of Life Management Associates, LLC, formerly, Compass Professional Services LLC. The mission of Life Management Associates, LLC is to be the leader in providing the most comprehensive and the highest quality healthcare services to the members of the communities we serve. We provide professional mental health services through progressive, integrated care within a private practice setting. With compassion and excellence, LMA, LLC strives to promote wellness, relieve suffering, and restore health. Jeffrey has practiced counseling for over 35 years and has been practicing in the private practice setting for over 30 years.
In addition to the annual continuing education requirement for the Montana Board of Social Work Examiners and Professional Counselors, as well as the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), Jeffrey has also been trained by Daniel A. Hughes, Ph.D. in Dyadic Development Psychotherapy, specialized training to treat attachment and trauma. As well as specialized training in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, TF-CBT.
Jeffrey has special interest in providing; clinical supervision and training to therapists aspiring to develop clinical skills as individual, marriage and family therapists; Guardian ad Litem services; and developing, planning, and implementing professional training.