Sara Smithson

  • Clinical Therapist

    M.S.W. Social Work - Smith College School for Social Work B.A. English - Vassar College

    "People are not problems. Problems are problems." - Michael White

  • Phone:

    (406) 758-8127
  • Where did you grow up?

    I grew up in the Adirondack mountain region of New York State.

  • Tell us about your family.

    My parents are still in New York and my younger brother is now in Los Angeles, so I sort of split the difference by moving to Montana. I probably have my parents to thank and blame for my pioneer spirit. When I was a toddler they moved into the mountains, cut down some trees, and built a house out of them. There are photos of three-year-old me happily hammering nails, sifting sand for concrete, and sweeping sawdust before I was old enough to realize these things are considered 'work.'

  • Share something about yourself that might surprise people.

    I have an odd talent for finding four-leaf clovers. I was a drama queen, of the performing arts type, in high school. Being an English major as an undergraduate nearly cured me of reading and writing! And I balance on one leg to tie my shoe, which given the odd looks people give me, is not the traditional manner.

  • Briefly describe your work experience.

    I've been working with children, teens, young adults, adults, and families in a variety of settings over the past ten years, primarily with therapeutic residential, wilderness therapy, outdoor experiential, and community outpatient programs. Clinical work with adolescents and families keeps me on my toes and frequently amazed.

  • If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?

    I love to travel and have been fortunate to have the opportunity to spend time in a number of beautiful and fascinating places, but through that I'm realizing that it's often who I'm with and who I meet that matter more than where I am.

  • What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

    I like to explore the outdoors via whatever mode seems most appropriate (or enjoyable!) at the moment: backpacking, paddling, biking, climbing, snowboarding, x-c skiing, snowshoeing, et cetera. I have a particular fascination with abandoned buildings and foreign grocery stores. I also enjoy creating artsy stuff and sending people strange packages in the mail. I adore music and am nearly incapable of driving without compulsively surfing the radio.

  • What draws you most to this type of work?

    It's a weird and wonderful thing to be born onto this crazy chunk of spinning rock, looping through the cosmos. In the humor and the heartbreak of existence I find the most meaning, and in the process of helping others understand and create their trajectories I tend to find my own.

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