Heidi Peterson

Director of Student Counseling & Wellness



Dean of Students Center



[email protected]

It was a joy and an honor for me when I joined the Montana Western Student Counseling Team in August of 2017.

After receiving my BA in Psychology and Masters in Counseling at the University of Great Falls (now the University of Providence), my initial therapeutic work experience was with survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. Later, I worked with students at the College of Great Falls MSU, and in a private practice setting. Trained as a mediator, I also facilitate conflict-resolution and communication workshops.

Engaging in counseling with college students is deeply meaningful, as together we explore opportunities for healing, growth, and self-understanding. When faced with challenges such as trauma, grief, relationships, depression, anxiety, and loneliness, we work on building resilience, self-care, and healthy coping strategies. My therapeutic style is based on Person-Centered, Mindfulness, and Existential models.

When not visiting with Montana Western students, I also serve as a part-time Instructor of Psychology for the University of Providence; volunteer with the Beaverhead County Mental Health Local Advisory Council, helping to coordinate the mental health portion of Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training with local law enforcement and first responders; and have a small private practice here in Dillon. And, when not doing all of that, I enjoy spending time with loved ones, reading, cooking, knitting, traveling, and fishing!