Meet The Team
Jeffrey K. Ellens, Ph.D.
Owner/Clinical Director, Lotus Counseling
I’ve often said, “While I take my work very seriously, I don’t take myself too seriously.” This basically means that I practice in an easy-going, down-to-earth style that leaves room for both serious discussion and humor. I work well with people from all backgrounds and with a spectrum of issues ranging from serious mental health illnesses to less pervasive adjustment problems. My areas of expertise include depression, anxiety disorders, relationship issues, performance problems (academic, vocational/occupational, athletic), and general life adjustments.
As a psychologist, my job is not to fix people or to help you become something more than they were before. In fact, rather than becoming a new or different person, I believe therapy simply helps people reconnect with the person they’ve always been – or, at least, to the person they’re capable of being! As both a therapist and a human being, I am humbly and passionately committed to helping my clients achieve this goal.
Frank Carter, MS, MSW, SWLC
Lotus Counseling Clinician
Being a father, husband, brother, son, and friend are the relationships I am most proud of and invested in my life. I have a highly sensitive and intuitive nature. I embrace the masculine and the feminine in my life and work. I value my open, empathic heart, and sense of humor. I am passionate about spending time in wild places. I build authentic therapeutic relationships with clients and use collaborative healing modalities, empowerment, and self-determination to help clients reach life and behavioral changes. I meet clients where they are as equal and imperfect human beings. I hold safe/supportive/non-judgmental space to process, heal, and grow.
Humans are the experts of their own life experiences. The core of my work is to collaborate with clients to meet personal challenges and to reach goals. I work with single teenage mothers/fathers, elderly populations, marginalized populations, men/women across the life spectrum, and married couples/parents. I work with humans facing grief, loss, trauma, depression, and anxiety wanting to better their relationship to Self, their loved ones, and the Earth.
I help clients to change unfavorable behaviors and transform negative emotions to lead more fulfilling lives. I use attachment theory to understand emotions and behaviors. I practice nature-based therapy, empathetic listening/reflection, mindfulness/meditation, internal family systems, and cognitive behavioral therapy to help my clients reach desired goals.
Megan Pagano PCLC
Lotus Counseling Clinician
Most issues become more manageable when we aren't facing them alone. There is potential for enormous growth through the power of a trusting relationship, and I would be honored to work toward this with you. My approach to counseling is a combination of compassion, realness, humor, and curiosity.
I will provide a nonjudgmental and relaxed environment where we can explore your perspectives, behaviors, emotional experiences, and sense of purpose. Counseling looks different for each individual. My priority is to support you in your self-understanding, development, and ambitions in a way that works for you.
I often utilize observations about the present moment and interactions with clients during session. These can serve as a basis for recognizing patterns of behavior and thought, in order to better understand any relationships you hope to improve. Mindfulness is also a powerful tool, and I work with clients to build skills and routines to make use of this. By forming an authentic, safe relationship and setting personalized goals, we can collaborate to address day-to-day struggles, deeper mental health concerns, relationships, or big existential questions.
Health insurance coverage (after deductibles are met) typically covers most, and sometimes all of the costs of your visits to Lotus Counseling, and the average client co-pay for appointments is $25
Lotus Counseling proudly accepts:
Blue Cross & Blue Shield
Montana Health Co-Op
Lotus Counseling also accepts most other insurance policies on an out-of-network basis, please email for more information on out of network coverage
We also accept cash only appointments, please contact for rates.
Intake forms will be provided via email upon scheduling an appointment.