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Jill Thorngren, PhD, LCPC, LMFT, BCC, Clinical Supervisor, Corporate Trainer

Hi! I’m Jill Thorngren and I look forward to meeting and learning more about you. My greatest teachers are my clients and from them I learn over and over that life, love, and relationships are BOTH/AND…Both rewarding and challenging. Both are incredibly frustrating and unbelievably joyous. Both exhausting and exhilarating. I love supporting others through their challenges and helping them find and reap the rewards of authentic living.

I’ve had 20+ (gulp!) years of experience working with individual, couple, and family clients. I began my studies at Idaho State University while working at an adolescent group home where I learned the importance of understanding family systems. These young people came from backgrounds that influenced them significantly. It was then that I changed my emphasis to family and relationship counseling. (I also learned to not let clients entice you out onto a rooftop and then lock you there and videotape you!) I earned both my master’s and PhD degrees from ISU and moved to Bozeman in 1999 to lead the Marriage and Family Counseling Program at Montana State. I loved and continue to love teaching and supervising. Again, I learn the most from others and my students are no exception.

I had many opportunities at MSU, including one to advance my leadership and administrative skills. I stepped away from full-time teaching and practice to take a role as associate dean and from there I took a position as founding Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences at South Dakota State University.  My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful 10-year stint in Brookings, South Dakota and I learned a great deal about leadership and relationships at an executive level. I maintained a small private practice throughout that time and returned to Bozeman and a full-time practice in June 2021. I have incorporated my leadership experience and certification as an executive coach into my practice and am enjoying part-time teaching again as well.

I love working from a relational systems perspective and helping others figure out what they need and want and how best to achieve their goals.  I believe we are each capable of moving mountains, or at least having healthier, happier relationships – which is more rewarding. The first step is looking within and finding our own strengths to navigate the challenges we face.

I’m excited to work with you and help you develop the relationships you desire. I believe counseling isn’t about changing who we are, but rather becoming more of who we already are within ourselves and within our relationships. I use an interpersonal approach to explore and help you better understand the ‘templates’ you bring to relationships, your expectations and beliefs about yourself and others, and the connections between your emotions and core needs. I’ve developed an integrated approach to couple’s work called Responsibility Centered Relationships. It is an empowering model that helps each partner take responsibility for identifying and communicating their needs and wants and getting the relationship they hope for by changing the ways they approach themselves and their partner.

You can find out more by visiting my website at

P.S. Fun is one of our basic life needs. My fun includes hanging out with my husband, Greg, and our c0ckapoochi (AKA mutt) dog, and the cat who rules the house. We enjoy spending time with Greg’s family and at my family’s farm and ranch in Idaho. I am also in hot pursuit of the ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe!