Scott Sells


Scott Sells


Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker - 4314
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

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Livingston, Montana 59047

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My Approach to Helping

As a Healer I Believe:

That the power to parent has been stripped away from our parents today. Parents often come overwhelmed and exhausted. They leave with clear tools and hope

In concrete tools to solve the problem quickly and effectively with less reliance on traditional talk therapy.

Trauma involves not just the child but the entire family and the community. My recently published book shows parents the step-by-step tools to help heal deep wounds quickly but effectively.

My treatment model Family Systems Trauma-FST is a nationally recognized evidence-based model with published outcomes. Other treatments do not have this track record.

In clear and concrete contract to give clear direction to everyone in the family.

In the village or the support of extended family and friends.

That spiritual faith is closely tied to your family's mental and emotional health. So, when invited in, we will connect with God's healing power.

More Info About My Practice

Scott holds a Ph.D. in both Marriage and Family Therapy and Social Work from Florida State University. He has over 20 publications and has authored three books entitled: Treating the Traumatized Child: A Step-By-Step Family Systems Approach (Springer Publishing, 2017), Treating the Tough Adolescent: A Family-Based, Step-by-Step Guide (Guilford Press, 1998) and Parenting Your Out-of-Control Teenager: 7 Steps to Reestablish Authority and Reclaim Love (St. Martin?s Press, 2001).

Scott specializes in working with impossible or stuck cases whose families have not been successful with other counselors. Scott was a former Professor of Social Work at Savannah State University in Savannah, GA and Associate Professor at UNLV in Las Vegas, NV. He founded the Parenting with Love and Limits (PLL) model that is being used across the US and Europe.

Scott enjoys hiking in Montana, writing, spending quality time with God, and being a husband and parent to his twin boys: David and Jonathon.

Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist

What Other Parents Have Said:

"Your teen is living in a storm of hormones and temptations. You have to be the rock in the storm. I tried every other program and this one is the best by far."

"My advice is to take the bull by the horns and try this approach." Amy L- July 2016

"Dr. Sells approach is for all parents of teens and older children. It works and brings the whole family together while not focusing on the past but moving forward to having good relationships with your children.

It is hard to change behavior but this program takes an approach that involves your teen and finds the humor and joy of parenting again." Cheryl J- May 2015

"Her behavior improved beyond my greatest expectations. The program takes a real investment in time, patience and the determination to make a difference in your child's life. My daughter is now attending the Pre-Med program at a Major University with full academic and merit scholarships." EC February 2016

Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Home-Based Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Working with not just the traumatized child but the entire traumatized family. Also highly trained in extreme emotional and behavioral disorders and PTSD with children, adolescents, and their families

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Aggression and Violence
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Bullying
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Spirituality
  • Teen violence/dating violence

Types of Therapy

  • Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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