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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.
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
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.