Meet Our Team

Learn more about the licensed professionals here to guide you.

Melanie

I have been practicing since 2013 when I graduated with a master’s in social work from Northwest Nazarene University. Since that time, I have focused on gaining additional certifications that would benefit my clients. I am certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Gottman Therapy which focuses on enhancing relationships.

I have served in many roles which I am very proud of including acting as the Behavior Health consultant for the Idaho National Guard, serving on the Idaho Behavioral Health Planning Council and serving as a mediator for the Idaho Supreme Court for family and child custody. Serving the men and women of our Armed Services was an honor and I still focus on helping the Military, Veterans and first responders every opportunity I get. These experiences made me a better Therapist and gave me the skills to help those suffering with trauma, depression, anxiety and family relationships.

I am fortunate to lead an amazing team of Therapists that have numerous specialties that range from children, family and marriage, trauma, depression, anxiety and LGBTQ+ support. I am confident we can help you live a better life and gain the skills necessary to make you more resilient throughout your life.

My Philosophy

We are all going to face hard times throughout our lives, and sometimes a professional Therapist can make things better. We have experienced Therapists ready to help you navigate through those tough times and come out on the other side ready to face the uncertainties of life more prepared. I have dedicated my life to helping my clients deal with even the most traumatic situations and I am here to help you. –Mel

Kayla

Kayla is a therapist who specialized in trauma and works with a range of other mental health issues. She received her bachelor’s in psychology in 2018 at MSUM in her home state of Minnesota where she also gained experience working as behavioral technician with adolescents. She then graduated with her master’s in clinical mental health in 2022 at Capella University. Today, she continues to expand in her passion for helping adolescents and adults become more committed to making positive changes in their lives and relationships with others by providing tools and techniques so that they can reach their potential and ultimately no longer need therapy.

When humans being to experience trauma or severe life stressors, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. My goal as a therapist is to elicit healing for people who have experienced these emotions come to surface and help them recognize how to work through their stressful thought processes. I work with clients who include adolescent teens, adults, and families, to find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships so they can know themselves as peaceful, complete, whole, and safe.

My Philosophy

I have a deep understanding that no single approach is fitting for every individual and therefore have been trained in a range of modalities including Accelerated Resolution therapy, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Dialectic Behavioral therapy, and Solution-Focused therapy to treat anxiety, codependency, depression, and trauma recovery.

I know that your time and money is valuable, so I aim to be as structured and goal oriented as possible in order to ensure measurable success. The field of psychology is ever evolving. I focus on keeping up with the latest research through reading books, articles, and training with the world leaders in the field of psychotherapy. I am proud to say I’m a lifelong learner and see the benefits in my therapy sessions. I enjoy hearing how well my clients are doing and seeing their progress in treatment. I am glad you are here to take the next step in your own growth and on behalf of Psychological Preventative Health, welcome!

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Katie

Katie is a trauma-informed therapist who brings empathy, understanding, compassion, and a playful attitude to her work; creating safe spaces and trusting therapeutic relationships with her clients. Katie uses her range of knowledge and experiences to create an approach that fits each client to address their needs.

Katie’s experience ranges topics of trauma, traumatic stress, and PTSD. She also has an understanding working with attachment, play, anxiety, depression, body awareness, re-building safety and chronic illness concerns. Katie is trained in EMDR, ART, DBT, ACT, and conflict resolution. She has capacities as well with parent education, self-harm, suicide, and emotion/sensation literacy. 

Originally from Kentucky, Katie has lived in multiple locations (IL, MO, ID, AZ, MA, UT) across the country with family, to attend university, and serve a mission. She has earned her education from Brigham Young University-Idaho, University of Massachusetts-Boston, and University of Phoenix Utah ground location in Murray. Her education has been in Psychology (BS), Conflict Resolution (MA), and Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MS). She is currently completing a Traumatic Stress Certification through The Trauma Research Foundation. 

My Philosophy

I believe that each person holds the knowledge for their own healing; they are the professional on their life. My only role is to facilitate their growth and help them utilize different tools to find contentment and acceptance. I firmly believe in the phrase “In the end it will be okay and if it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” There is always space for hope. 

Kaylan Goodman

Carl Rogers once said “it’s an awfully risky thing to live”. As an associate clinical mental health counselor these words resonate with me to invoke purpose within my practices. Living is risky, we as humans experience so many obstacles, triumphs, and tribulations. We are also, however, highly resilient beings. In serving each client my hope is to be a support, a resource, and a safe place for every individual to be themselves. I’m a new Utah resident and have lived in many states throughout my lifetime. I received my A.S. in alcohol and substance abuse counseling from OSU-OKC, a B.S. in psychology from University of Central Oklahoma, and a M.S. in clinical mental health counseling from Mid-America Christian University. I look forward to serving this community and feel highly honored to be given the privilege of doing so.

Kaylan Goodman

Cecilia

Cecilia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and specializes in Adult & Geriatric Mental Health. She received her Bachelor of Social Work from Texas A&M University in 2011 and graduated with her Masters in Social Welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2014 with a specialty in Geriatric Mental Health and an emphasis in Military Social Work. Cecilia is also an Air Force Veteran, having served 4 years Active Duty.

Cecilia’s career began with working with foster children and their families in Los Angeles County but her path to working with older adults began when she worked for a non-profit organization providing in-home psychotherapy to low-income older adults with co-occurring mental illnesses in the North Hollywood area. That experience led her to continue working in the geriatric field working as a hospice social worker in Davis & Weber County for several years. While working in the field, Cecilia also provided therapy to those residing in Assisted Living Facilities and Skilled Nursing Facilities that needed brief mental health services, while also providing a community grief support group in Davis County.

Cecilia transitioned from working in hospice care to working with high-risk/vulnerable adults in Weber & Davis County providing mental health and case management services, along with working as a Trauma Social Worker in Emergency Departments in both Davis & Weber County. Cecilia is now working as a Psychiatric Social Worker in an Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatric Hospital in Salt Lake City. Cecilia’s experience working with children and adults covers a variety of issues including adjustment disorders, depression, anxiety, OCD, grief/loss, trauma, personality disorders, military life, self-harm/injury and suicide.

My Philosophy

I know the importance as a Therapist to achieve and maintain my own positive mental health. I am a firm believer in self-care; it is my belief that without managing my personal and work life balance, I would not be able to provide the best care possible to those I serve to help. On my free time, I enjoy spending time with my children and family. I love to travel, take road trips and explore new places! I love live music and finding new, unique places to eat. My therapeutic philosophy is an integrative and holistic approach. I tailor the therapeutic approach to the individual and uniqueness of each of my clients.

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Navigating the intricate landscape of one’s own mind can be daunting, particularly when others struggle to comprehend. As a trilingual individual with a multicultural background and perspective, I draw deeply from my firsthand experiences to understand the profound impact of societal structures on my client’s lives. My journey of adjusting to new cultural norms and grappling with discrimination has equipped me with a unique understanding of many individuals challenges. I am a first-generation graduate with a masters in social work from the advanced standing program at Weber State University in 2024.

Driven by personal experiences, I am deeply passionate about assisting others in overcoming obstacles through encouragement and empowerment. Having faced my mental health struggles, I discovered a profound desire to help those who similarly battle with these issues. In light of the increasing awareness of psychological illnesses, I am committed to creating a safe space for individuals to discuss and address their mental health needs.

MY PHILOSOPHY
Embracing a holistic approach to healing, I facilitate emotional processing, equip individuals with coping skills, and foster support networks. My expertise lies in various therapeutic modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-informed therapy, client-centered therapy, family structural therapy, play therapy, motivational interviewing, and empowerment techniques. Through these methods, I empower individuals, families, and groups to cultivate healthier communication patterns, foster self-discovery, manage mental illness, and effectively address issues such as trauma, domestic violence, and substance abuse.

With an unwavering commitment and genuine passion, I aim to support individuals facing adversity by offering authentic hope and steadfast assistance. Ultimately, I strive to foster greater cohesion and resilience within my clients; environments as they embark on their journey toward healing and resilience.

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Tara

Tara Gill graduated from Weber State University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. She worked at Your Community Connection (YCC) as part of her schooling at Weber State University. She worked with women and children who were victims of domestic violence. Tara also worked with those suffering from chronic mental illness. Tara is currently in the Master of Social Work program at Utah State University. During her education at Utah State, she has worked with those suffering from substance abuse, and other forms of addiction. Tara has always been drawn to the study of human behavior and enjoys working to help those in need.

Tara worked in youth corrections for a few years prior to joining the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS). She has worked at DCFS for nine years, five of which were in the Family Drug Court Program, and four in Child Protective Services.

Tara has experience working with families that are impacted by domestic violence, abuse or neglect, substance abuse, and mental illness. She enjoys working with families, couples, adolescents, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

I believe that in order to help others, I must be at my best. I enjoy spending time with my family and kids. Laughing is good for the soul, so I try to laugh as often as possible and enjoy the small moments’ life offers. In order to keep my mental health on track, I take time out of my busy life for some mindfulness. I work hard to keep myself grounded and in the here and now. When life gets difficult, I turn to my family and my animals to calm the storm. They help rejuvenate me and help me regain a fresh perspective.

I love to spend time with friends and family. Cooking is one of my favorite hobbies. I’m a huge sports fan with football being my favorite and baseball my second favorite. My family has season tickets to the Ogden Raptors where we spend the summer with our baseball family. A fun fact about me is that I love animals and spending as much time with them as I can.

My Philosophy

“Life is a journey and sometimes there are bumps along the way. I believe that sometimes we all need someone to talk to. There are things that may come along that are hard to understand, or painful that you may need someone to help you with. As a strengths-based therapist, I will help you through your journey with skills and changes that can improve your life. “

Ashlie

Ashlie received her Bachelor of Social Work from Utah State University in 2018 and her Master of Social Work from Utah State University in their Advanced Standing Program in 2019.

Ashlie serves clients of all ages. Her passion is assisting individuals to improve their mental health, especially children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. Over the past few years, she has provided individual and group interventions to children and adolescents (ages 0-18). Ashlie worked for The Division of Child and Family Services, assisting with mental health crises among adults and adolescent clients from varying populations. While there, Ashlie also provided appropriate interventions to help stabilize clients and their families. She also has experience working for the non-profit, The Family Place, working as a high school social worker/therapist, and working with geriatric individuals and individuals with disabilities.

Through her work as a high school social worker, she gained extensive exposure to bullying and self-esteem issues. She led multiple “Girls Empowerment Groups,” and spent a substantial amount of time helping students as they started to navigate young adulthood, perfectionism, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, and family and relationship difficulties.

Self-care and mindfulness are some of tools I use in my daily life to help my mental health. I enjoy walking, spending time with the ones I love. As a therapist I make it a priority to take care of myself so I can best assist the needs of my clients.

I love traveling and exploring new places with people that I love. I enjoy going to Broadway musicals and watching college football with my family. You will often find me reading, spending time outdoors gardening, and walking my Goldendoodle in my spare time. Most of all, I love being a mom.

My Philosophy

“Through my work, I hope to help those impacted by mental illness to increase their daily functioning by assisting them in processing and resolving personal, social, and emotional conflicts. I believe each person has the power to create change within themselves and that every client is deserving of support and compassion. I strive to provide the help they need and approach therapeutic interventions with a strengths-based and trauma-sensitive approach. 

My therapy services utilize a range of treatment approaches to help those struggling with mental illness maximize their well-being. Treatment approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), mindfulness, psychoeducation, and elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), among others. Every client has their own needs and circumstances. I believe there is no “one size fits all,” when it comes to therapeutic approaches and will adapt to the specific needs of each individual.

PPH clinician Sandie

Sandie

Sandie Morlock graduated from Weber State University with her Bachelors of Social Work and then graduated from the University of Utah with her Masters of Social Work soon after. She then went on to serve teens at the Juvenile Justice System (JJS).  She helped juvenile teens develop healthy mental skills and reunite them with their families when worked through the system.

Over the past 16 years, Sandie has worked for the Department of Child and Family services (DCFS). She worked on the ongoing team for 14 years and then moved on to the CPS team for the last 2 years. She assisted with many forms of mental health crisis among adults and adolescent groups providing the necessary interventions to stabilize themselves and their families.

In her time working with DCFS, Sandie gained experience working with families that have been impacted by abuse or neglect, substance abuse, mental illness, and domestic violence. She also worked with couples to reaffirm and strengthen relationships providing any necessary resources available to them.

I believe in utilizing the bond between animals and human connection to heal their deepest traumas in the form of Equine Therapy. I also utilize my horses and animals as the self-care part of my life. My favorite part of my day is caring for and loving my horses. When I’m not with my animals, I love being outdoors camping, razor riding, boating, snowmobiling, or playing with my dogs. Most of all, I love being a mom and Grammy to my grandkids.

My Philosophy

My equine-focused philosophy would be to help you as individuals process your life events or journey through connections that you can make with horses. This can allow for a more calming environment to facilitate trust and build a therapeutic relationship.

I want to be there to support you in seeing new perspectives and outcomes allowing you to process your journey in all the changes and struggles that may come forward in your life.

Karlinda

Karlinda graduated with her master’s degree from Arizona State University in 2022. She worked in public mental health for six+ years where she worked with youth, adults, and families to help address a variety of mental health needs.

Karlinda has experience working in substance use, and trauma. She also works with individuals, couples, families, blended families, and general life challenges. She has received training in the treatment of depression, anxiety, conduct, ADHD, and trauma. As well as family relationships, parenting, and Gottman Therapy Levels 1 & 2. She is also trained in sleep deprivation therapy, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART).

When I am faced with personal challenges, I try to look at each experience as an opportunity for learning and growth. I strive to be patient with myself as I recognize that I am a work in progress, and most importantly I remind myself that life is a journey not a destination.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband Scott, he is by far my favorite human! I also enjoy spending time with our children. Together we have fun doing triathlons, running, boating, whitewater rafting, hiking, and rock climbing. On a quiet night I enjoy a good movie, a bowl of ice cream and Scott’s amazing popcorn (he’s a popcorn master). I am an audio book junkie who loves power tools and finds a good DYI project is cleansing for my soul.

My therapeutic approach is simple, no one person is the same. We are all on our own journey and if I can meet someone where they are on their path and make things a little easier for them as they work to carry the load they have been given, then I count myself blessed. I love to see the look in someone’s eyes when they realize their personal power and the strength they have inside. I believe we all have the resiliency and power to become whomever we choose; we just need to be reminded at times.

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PPH clinician Laykn

Lakyn

Lakyn has her Master’s Degree in social work from Our Lady of The Lake University. Lakyn has chosen this career path because she loves serving others and wants to help them improve their lives. Lakyn has spent time working in addiction and recovery with women and children. She has love the time she spent with this population and has the desire to serve others, such as, working with military members and their families, young adults, teenagers, families, and many others as she wants to strive to help all reach thier goals in life. Lakyn has been trained in DBT and studied Gottman’s practices. She has the desire to specialize in military, trauma, addiction, abuse, mental health, and general life issues.

My Philosophy

I rely on my religious beliefs, exercise, baking, travel, and my family to help keep myself mentally healthy. I also love to write when I am stressed, as it helps me get my feelings out. Some of my hobbies are sports, reading, water activities, hiking, game nights, and trying new foods with my friends. I love to travel and have been to 27 states and around 7 countries, I love trying things that scare me in order to overcome my fears. My therapeutic approach is to first listen to my clients so that I can understand where they are at and after that, we will come up with a treatment plan together. I want my clients to be comfortable with me and know I am here to help them get where they want in life.

Elisa Valle

Elisa Valle is a Certified Social Worker (CSW) currently working on her Licensure. She graduated with her Masters Degree in Social Work from Boise State University’s online program. Elisa has her Bachelor’s Degree in both Sociology and Spanish from Sonoma State University in Northern California. 

She has experience working with at-risk foster youth while living in Northern California. Once she moved to Utah in 2019, she worked as a Caseworker for DCFS primarily with teenagers and individuals aging out of the system. After that, Elisa worked as the Shelter Manager at a 62-bed domestic violence shelter where she managed a team of 25 staff and worked with individuals who were actively fleeing domestic violence. During her practicum, Elisa worked as an intern therapist with children and families involved with DCFS and post-adoption. Currently, Elisa works full-time for Intermountain’s Employee Assistance Program as a clinician with individuals ages 6 and older in addition to couples and family therapy.

Elisa serves clients of all ages and specializes in working with children, adolescents, and individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, LGBTQAI+, faith-related concerns, blended families, relationship concerns, codependency, coping skills, family conflict, grief, parenting, self-esteem, women’s issues, self-harm, suicide, and more. Elisa works from a trauma-informed and client-centered approach, recognizing that everyone has a story contributing to who they are today and the decisions they make. She is skilled in the following: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), and Mindfulness. 

Elisa commits her social work career to helping marginalized and underrepresented populations. In her free time, she enjoys dancing hula to connect with her Hawaiian roots. She loves spending time with her two dogs, Boba and Ahi, by taking walks and going on hikes. Elisa loves spending any time she can with her friends and family.

My Philosophy

I find my purpose in helping individuals connect with themselves in order to have better relationships with others and life satisfaction. I believe in self-care and self-awareness not only for my clients but also for myself as a clinician. Life is hard. Sometimes we need professionals to help us along the way and that’s okay.

PPH clinician Mike

Mike

Being born and raised in Denmark, Mike had various options for education and professional careers. One such option led him to be trained in the Danish military as a paramedic. He later trained to become a construction painter, salesperson, telephone interviewer, and other career options. Mike got admitted and completed a bachelor’s in theology and a master’s in diaconia at Aarhus university. During his master’s degree in Denmark, he learned that becoming a therapist was his life calling. Following the American dream, he applied, was accepted, and graduated from Texas State University with a Master of Arts – in Professional Counseling with a concentration as a clinical mental health counselor. 

Mike sees most clients from early adolescence to the elderly who require a listening ear. During his time in America, Mike worked for several NGOs where adolescent and low-income groups were the target groups for his services. These experiences have given Mike an extra soft spot for adolescents and men in counseling. Mike has noticed how the ever-present screen dependencies often catch young and older men in their thrall. This enchantment often creates a space where men do not deal with their issues and hide behind sports, games, and other activities. Creating a space where men can speak freely about areas of anxiety, depression, and guilt/shame is an essential mission of Mike. 

To specify, Mike works with most clients ages 8 and up. He deals with trauma, anxiety, depression, faith crisis, life transitions, loneliness, relationships, intimate partner violence (IVP), and many other areas.  

Finding internal motivation and stress outlets is one of the most critical actions to ensure mental health. Becoming a therapist and spending time with my family are two of my most enduring guidelines as I navigate the challenges of today. I enjoy many other activities.

My Philosophy 

We all love a great story! Many of us even know which stories insight and inspire motivation, changes, and a refreshed outlook on life. In contrast, other stories keep us from realizing changes and set us up for disappointing outcomes. My job is to go alongside you as you share your stories to help sift through and pull out those that can help you progress to the next stage of your life while coming to terms with other stories which cannot be changed. In other words, how to live with our choices or other people’s actions being forced upon us without those stories defining us. 

Marie

Marie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2019. She is working on her master’s degree in clinical Mental Health Counseling and is due to graduate in May 2024. She continues to pursue her passion of helping others and is honing her skills with a focus on trauma, grief, anxiety, and depression. Marie draws from an Existential and Person-Centered approach to care and treatment, which focuses on the here-and-now, ultimate concerns, and a strong counseling relationship between counselor and client.

Marie has had many roles in serving others. She has had a variety of healthcare related roles, which included Dialysis and Certified Nursing Assistant roles in multiple settings. She also has experience in drug probation. In her most recent role, she worked as a Direct Support Professional for Adults with Autism in a day program. She worked with this population, aiding them in Activities of Daily Living, building independence, exploring interests, and engaging in meaningful activities within the community.

My Philosophy

I believe that each individual is the expert of their own life, and that there is an innate ability to move towards growth. Sometimes growth is uncomfortable, and we need support to keep going and break down barriers. This is why I am here, to give support to those who are growing and to aid them in their progress towards becoming their best self. Together, we can do this.

PPH clinician Marie

Chris Schulze

I graduated from Weber State University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Zoology. Following this, I worked in law enforcement for several years before returning to graduate school. I’ve worked as a therapist since graduating with a master’s degree in Social Work from Utah State University in 2020.

I think we all want to find that balance in life; that wholeness and harmony we seek.  One of the best ways we can give that to ourselves is through therapy. As a therapist, I get to help people heal from their past, find meaning in their present situations, and develop hope for their future. It’s a wonderful process to be a part of.  

I have worked with clients experiencing trauma, anxiety, depression, anger concerns, family conflict, PTSD, financial and job stress, personality disorders, self-harm and suicide. 

My Philosophy

Whether it’s processing trauma or feelings of grief and loss, finding meaning in life and relationships, or just maintaining your mental health, my goal is to help facilitate that. My job is to provide you with a safe outlet and setting for exploring the concerns in your life. I’m both personally and professionally passionate about your overall wellness in life.

TALIA QUARTUCCIo

Talia attended Weber State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Gerontology and a minor in Family Studies in 2011. In 2013, she furthered her education and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Weber State. Talia completed her Master’s in Social Work from Utah State University in the Summer of 2023. Talia always could be empathic toward others and listen to their life experiences in their own words. Talia can read a room well and become attuned to the environment while looking ten steps ahead. Social work is just a natural skill in the family so it was not a surprise that Talia went down this path.

While pursuing her college education, Talia obtained her Certified Nursing Assistant certificate (CNA). She worked closely with the elderly population for five years in a nursing home setting. Talia later interned at the Division of Child and Family Services and is currently employed with the Division today. There, Talia gained experience as a caseworker, supervisor, and a child welfare administrator throughout her ten years combined. Talia directed an administration shelter for foster youth as part of her child welfare role for almost four years. Talia works closely with children, biological parents, foster families, proctor agencies, and kinship families to ensure exceptional service delivery to strengthen families in our community. Talia has worked alongside many community partners such as local school districts, Family Drug Court, Juvenile Justice Services, Utah Foster Care, Christmas Box International, and more.

Because Talia works closely with families, children, and teens, she has extensive knowledge of child welfare and congregate care. Talia works alongside youth and families experiencing trauma, neglect, developmental delays, suicide ideations, and more. She also has a level of understanding and compassion for the elderly and their caregivers, especially those experiencing dementia. Talia personally has a passion for establishing control over feelings of anger and/or anxiety, setting goals toward a healthy work-life balance, building or rebuilding healthy relationship foundations, and implementing valuable skills such as conflict resolution, boundary-setting, communication, and intimacy. Specifically, the modalities and theories Talia uses are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Attachment Theory, and Emotion-Focused Therapy.

My Philosophy

I believe that the client’s therapeutic experience should be a comfortable and positive one that’s consistent, realistic, and empowering. In my opinion, life experiences growing up, both positive and negative, typically have an impact on how we come to be in existence today. No one is ever perfect and life experiences sometimes hamper our progress. There is no finish line when it comes to improving our own well-being; it’s a lot of life-long work on the client’s part! A therapist should help a client understand their own self, beliefs, strengths, behaviors, goals, and progress over time. My goal is to provide a client with support and valuable tools to overcome life challenges from this moment forward. This can absolutely be achieved at a pace that’s most comfortable for the client.

ZAC

Zac Samson received his Bachelors in Social work from Brigham Young University Hawaii in 2013.  He worked in case management in several settings from residential group homes, working with families in wrap around services, and working with the intellectual disabilities population. Upon working in his career he returned to graduate school, graduated with his Masters in Social work from University of Southern California, with a concentration in Military Social work. 

Upon graduating Zac, worked with various populations with children (0-18) with early childhood trauma, families with cultural differences, addictions and the aging population. 

Zac serves clients of all ages and specializes in working with children, adults, adolescents, and individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, LGBTQAI+, faith transitioning, blended families, relationship concerns, codependency, coping skills, family conflict, grief, parenting, self-esteem, PTSD, self-harm, suicide, and more.

Zac also has compassion to serve our veterans as he has several family members who have served in the armed forces and has a concentration in military social work. 

MY PHILOSOPHY

I believe in respecting the rights, dignity and worth of individuals and families as they learn and grow, realizing their potential and importance of human relationships through integrity and service. I dedicate my time and talents to the service and welfare of others without discrimination. I strive to not allow my own personal values to affect my professional judgment that can influence the actions, behaviors and decisions of others. 

Shelby Voreis

Shelby Voreis received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Capella University in 2019 and her Master of Social Work from Capella University in 2023. Shelby spent several years working in the Adult Inpatient Psychiatric Unit at McKay-Dee Hospital developing skills related to crisis interventions, coping mechanisms and conflict resolution. Shelby has been passionate about mental health from a young age and is especially committed to serving individuals and couples looking to improve their view on sex and intimacy, LGBTQ+ individuals and those looking for help with faith deconstruction. 

Shelby has experience working with adolescents and adults who struggle with depression and anxiety and recognizes how debilitating these issues can be. She is skilled in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness, which are valuable in helping individuals as they manage day-to-day life and significant life transitions. 

Boundary setting and clear communication are two important aspects Shelby works with individuals to outline and refine. Through advocacy for self and future planning, Shelby hopes to help individuals recognize, shift and achieve a life of fulfillment and happiness. 

My Philosophy

Happiness is a rare commodity and one that I believe is achievable for everyone. Advocacy, self-reflection and behavior changes can make all the difference in understanding and striving for the best version of yourself and the life you want. While we can’t control those around us, I do believe that individual self-awareness, honesty and cooperation can facilitate meaningful connections and powerful problem-solving.

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ANTHONY RICHARDS

Anthony graduated with his Bachelors degree in Pre-clinical studies in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2019 from Brigham Young University-Idaho and then completed his Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University in 2023. He has worked within the mental health field for over 3 years. During this time, he has done behavioral therapy, specifically, working with teens, kids, and adults to gain effective coping skills for their mental health and assisting in helping his clients develop essential life skills. 

He has worked as a clinician conducting therapy sessions with couples, families, groups, and individuals. Anthony has experience working within substance abuse treatment and was the director of an Intensive Outpatient Program in Idaho. There, his focus was to help clients transition from their life of addiction and helping them explore new ways of living outside of their substance use. 

He specializes in Narrative Therapy which allows an individual (or family) to gain authority in the story of their own life. Other modalities that he specializes in include Cognitive Behavioral Family Therapy (CBFT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Solution Focused Therapy, Bowenian Family Therapy which allows individuals to decrease their anxiety and improve the relational dynamics they have around them. He also has experience treating anxiety, depression, those experiencing trauma, family conflicts, suicidal ideation, deficits in attention and hyperactivity, impulsivity, and compulsivity. 

My Philosophy 

It is important to be heard, validated, and understood. I solely believe that individuals are the experts of their own lives, but oftentimes need help navigating and exploring life’s issues and difficulties vocally in order to gain clarity of the path they feel like they need to go on in order to achieve where they need to be. It is essential to heal from past hurts and to move forward in order to gain peace, acceptance, hope and optimism. Life comes with several challenges, and being able to learn from those challenges and talk through them is the way we are able to grow.

Lori Wood

I graduated from Utah State University in 2014 with a master’s degree from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences (CHASS) in the field of Social Work. Since then, I have worked with aging adults, child and family services, and Veterans. I firmly believe that if you decide to achieve a goal that you entrench yourself into finding success along your path. I am proud of my achievements that I did later in my career and look forward to utilizing them as a therapist. 

As a defined social worker, I am committed to advocating for groups, individuals, and communities in creating opportunities to help people reduce barriers and stressors. Bridging the gap between socioeconomic lifestyles by educating the mainstream population about community resources and mental health services can help improve personal functioning and well-being. 

Mental health is a state of well-being based on our cognitive, psychological, and emotional well-being. Alterations to how we think, feel, and act is how we evaluate our
mental health needs. These altered states of functioning may be due to trauma, stress, anxiety, depression, or other associated mental health illnesses. By emphatic use of therapy, we can learn to identify and control how we deal with the changes of our mental functioning and adapt skills to maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

I like to engage in an eclectic therapy model using supportive and interpersonal approaches. Psychodymanic Therapy lets us look at the patterns we developed over our lifespan whereas Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) looks to identify the origin of the problem. In addition, I integrate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to gain a full understanding of the person and how they function.

My Philosophy

My philosophy is that we need to understand how the past and present coincide together as we navigate our mental health stages and look to increase our overall well- being. I firmly believe that we shouldn’t look at others to define “who you are or why.” Live your best self and find new ways to create your own self-awareness that represents your values and beliefs. Therapy can be that beginning to evaluate our life balance and I look forward to reaching successes with you as you control your mental health cares.

Lori Wood
John Wilson

john wilson

John’s passion and expertise is working with teensagers who struggle with concerns and issues related to depression, anxiety, life stress, attachment concerns, irritability, lack of motivation and family/relationship (friends, boyfriend/girlfriend) conflict. Whether the teen is involved in athletics and other curricular activities, or struggling with the motivation and energy to go to school, John will be a great fit. John has worked as a therapist at a high school for several years. He found the importance of teaching and coaching the skills of healthy boundaries, self-awareness, better life balance, healthier communication and finding self-worth can have on one’s life. His hope and goal is to implement emotional focused therapy, acceptance commitment therapy, solutions focused, CBT, and DBT to help empower his clients in becoming and getting back to being the best version of themselves, healing from their past, as well as taking control of their life and focusing on the things they enjoy and love to do.  

Although teens are John’s expertise, he also has years of experience helping young adults, individuals, single parents, and families. He also comes from a unique background in sales, business and finance where he graduated from Weber State in professional sales and did financial coaching for several years. He learned quickly how much he loved providing guidance, counsel and being a supportive foundation for individuals and families to become more resilient and self-sufficient. He decided to go back to school and get his Masters in Social Work to become a therapist.  

My Philosophy

I take a need based approach where I’m here to guide in what you need by showing compassion, intent listening, empathy, and building a strong client/therapeutic relationship

I believe therapy is the foundation of helping individuals, couples, groups, and families learn how to communicate, understand each other or oneself, reconnect to one’s past and learn to process and let go in a healthy manner, and have true human connection.

Liya Ferrante

Liya is a first year Master’s in Social Work (MSW) Student. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in family studies at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. During her undergraduate degree, she worked as a research assistant utilizing behavioral interventions to empower children with anxiety-based disorders. After graduating, she knew she wanted to continue empowering vulnerable populations. She worked for a local nonprofit, fighting for literacy and food security for school age children during the pandemic. She then began working as a Child Development Specialist at a residential treatment center for women and children, working to empower women and support reunification. After moving to Ogden in 2022, she knew she wanted to focus on mental health. She began teaching mindfulness and yoga as well as coordinating community resources for patients in the Intermountain Behavioral Health Units.

My Philosophy

I believe that in order to have happy and fulfilling lives, our basic needs must be met. I aim to support individuals in finding community resources to ensure that they are in a safe environment to grow. Life can be difficult to navigate, but no one should have to do it alon.

Liya Ferrante
Brooklyn Twomey

Brooklyn Twomey

Brooklyn received her Bachelors in Psychology in 2019 and her Masters in Education with a focus in School Counseling in 2021. Brooklyn will graduate with her Certification in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in May 2024. She continues to pursue her passion of helping others and growing as a therapist. 

Brooklyn enjoys working with clients of all ages. Her passion is to help individuals to improve their mental health, especially children and adolescents. Brooklyn has experience as a High School Counselor and currently works full time as a Junior High School Counselor. During her work as a School Counselor, she gained experience helping students with anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, perfectionism, self-esteem issues, and relationship difficulties. Brooklyn is also a military spouse and is familiar with the culture, frequent moves, the hardship of being away from family, and establishing new communities. Brooklyn incorporates several therapy techniques such as: solution focused brief therapy, mindfulness, acceptance commitment therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

In Brooklyn’s free time, she loves spending time with her husband, John, and two dogs, Roxy and Cocoa. Brooklyn is a member at a CrossFit gym and incorporates exercise into her daily routine. Any chance Brooklyn can be outside and enjoy the sunshine is a good day!

My Philosophy

I find my purpose in helping individuals become the best version of themselves. I believe building rapport with clients is one of the most important aspects of therapy to help them achieve their goals. I encourage self-care not only for my clients, but also for myself as a clinician. We must fill up our cup before we can pour into others.

Matt Feinauer

Matt received his Bachelor’s in Psychology from BYU in 2018 and his Masters in Clinical Social Work at the University of Utah in 2020 with a focus in substance abuse. 

Matt started his career working with individuals with substance abuse issues in an outpatient setting that ranged from teens to adults. From there he began working with first responders and military veterans focusing on trauma, ranging from childhood trauma to trauma within their careers. Treatment was inpatient and outpatient. During this time Matt gained a passion of helping others heal from trauma and is able to share the joy that comes from healing.

Through working with first responders he has gained experience doing couples therapy that emphasized helping families understand trauma and how to better support their loved ones that have experienced trauma. He also has experience helping others with depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, substance abuse, faith crisis, grief and loss, and self harm. The different therapeutic tools that Matt has experience in are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), EMDR, Mind Body Bridging (MBB), IFS, CPT. 

He is an avid outdoorsman. He has spent some time as a fly fishing guide. His passions include spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, and training his bird dog Davy.

My Philosophy

Matt believes mental health is a vital aspect of our overall well-being, and it’s essentialto prioritize it. Mental health encompasses our emotional, psychological, and social functioning, influencing how we think, feel and behave. Hope and resilience are key. Maintaining hope and fostering resilience can help individuals navigate mental health challenges and thrive. We as humans are designed to experience a wide range of emotions, which includes, stress, anxiety, sadness, grief, anger, happiness, and joy. It is how we respond to these emotions that makes the greatest difference for our long term well-being.

Matt Feinauer