In the Chair With…

Dustin Lehman, MMFT, LCPC, LMFT


I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). I am currently seeing clients in Billings and provide a variety of services including therapy for individuals, couples, children and families as well as skill development in communication, coping, and establishing/maintaining boundaries.

I received my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California where I worked with children, teens and adults from various contexts in life.

I believe we all have an innate need to be in relationship. It is the very foundation of what it is to be human. We need to experience love, reciprocity and fulfillment. A healthy relationship considers the needs of the other, is focused on patience and kindness, maintains honesty and trustworthiness and is nurturing. A healthy relationship is an ever-growing pursuit of love, acceptance, forgiveness, responsibility, reliability, connection, intimacy and faithfulness. It does not welcome jealousy, arrogance, judgment, selfishness, a temper or a record of wrongdoing. It always protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres.

From 2010 to 2013 I did pro bono work at Faith Chapel, in the Pastoral Care department in Billings, providing a variety of services including assessments, meeting with individuals and families and assisted in lay counselor training.

I integrate my knowledge as a mental health practitioner and my experience as a teacher and mentor to create a safe and supportive environment for therapy. I am a partner at Northwest Counseling Center, LLC, and the owner/operator of Montana Therapy Center and I’m fortunate to work alongside several, seasoned therapists. In the past, I have led the Northwest Counseling Center’s community based, Men’s Anger Management program, “Living Without Violence for Men” as well as co-facilitated the same program at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility in Billings. I have run process and support groups for teens and adults and currently am developing workshop seminars for married couples, teens with sexual purity issues, and individuals with spiritual struggles or distress.

Services I provide:

• Therapy for individuals, couples, children, and families.
• Psychoeducation courses for social and emotional development
• Spiritual direction
• Singleness and Sexuality
• Premarital counseling
• Anger Management
• Adolescent sex addiction (Non-criminal)
• Skill development in communication, coping, and establishing/maintaining boundaries.
• Support and Process groups



David Russell, MA, MMFT, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Sometimes life is hard, and the healthiest thing you can do is allow others to journey with you. All of us need connections with safe people who offer non-judgmental grace, wisdom that leads to growth, and understand that everyone changes at their own pace.

After 20 years of church-based ministry to adolescents (13-26-year-olds) and their families, I am transitioning to therapy. That’s right; I am one of those weird ducks that loves the energy of working with teenagers! I am attending Fuller Theological Seminary and finishing my MSMFT or masters in marriage, couple, and family therapy. I also have a master’s of cross-cultural studies and was a chaplain and Young Life missionary in Tanzania.

My wife and I have two boys, one in college in Montana and one in high school. We call Billings home, but our family all live on the East Coast. We have two small dogs that I spoil rotten much to the chagrin of my wife, and our happy places are mountain streams or the ocean. My fantasy life would include sailing around the globe while offering telehealth from my boat.

While I am not working, I enjoy my hammock, walking around the Rose Bowl, and watching great films. I also dig elaborate pranks on my friends and family. So if you see me on April first, be forewarned!



Jessi Claassen, MS

Clinical Trainee

I am a student of Grand Canyon University pursuing my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in Christian counseling. I have a background in working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual exploitation, and human trafficking. It is my belief that trauma is a result of love and/or trust being violated in relationships which comes to inform the way that we view ourselves. My heart and goal is to help others heal mentally, emotionally, and spiritually from what those relational violations have told them to believe about their
identity. I am sensitive to the vulnerability that counseling requires and am honored to get to work alongside others to bring restoration. Everyone deserves to live in freedom, knowing the truth about who they are, and it is my goal to help them process through whatever roadblocks are preventing them from living free of mental distress. Pursuing therapy is one of the most courageous and transformative decisions that a person can make. It signifies strength and a willingness to grow. If someone you know is experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, sexual abuse, marital problems, relationship issues, addiction, or needs career counseling or spiritual counsel, I would love to meet with them.

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