Iona Yabut earned a B.A. in Art from Lawrence University and an M.A. in Art Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her clinical training began in Chicago Hospitals with homeless people with schizophrenia and HIV+ patients. Pre and post graduate school, Iona provided art therapy and psycho-emotional support to children and families at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital. She became a certified Child Life Specialist before leaving the workforce in 2003 to focus on family.
After moving to Montana, Iona served as a resource coordinator with the Park County Health Department. It was in this role that she first learned about the growing concern for the number of youth struggling with depression and the high suicide rate in Montana. This prompted her to pursue clinical professional licensure and begin work as a school-based therapist in Park County. During this time, Iona also facilitated art therapy groups for adults diagnosed with severe mental illness in Livingston.
Iona brings twenty years of experience in child development and family systems, including wisdom gained as a parent of six, to her work at Providence. Her practice is informed by Erik Erickson and developmental theory and she employs an integrative approach infused with music, drama/role playing and art therapy to promote deeper exploration, self awareness, and insight. With all clients, she strives to create trusting relationships in which clients feel safe and supported with each vulnerable step toward healing, resolution, or change.
Outside of the office, Iona can be found out and about with her family supporting a local coffee shop, performance, or sushi establishment. Iona is an active member of the Montana Art Therapy Association. She is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) and Registered Art Therapist (ATR).