Alliance Behavioral Psychology – Orem

IMG_58671_20210506_075443.jpgBradley Edgington, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Professional Highlights:   Dr. Edgington received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from BYU. He has worked for many years in Utah County and provided services to those suffering with various mental health anomalies.

Specialties:  Dr. Edgington relies on a variety of therapeutic modalities to help those dealing with the challenges associated with depression, bipolar and anxiety disorders (i.e. panic, OCD, PTSD and phobias). He also enjoys helping those with anger problems, men’s issues and sexual addiction. Marital therapy is an important dimension of his practice given his belief that most marriages can be happy and successful. He also provides consulting services in the field of Physician Health and Well-Being for individuals and organizations.


Ryan Balagna, PhD, Licensed Psychologist  

Professional Highlights:  Dr. Balagna completed his pre-doctoral internship at Texas A&M University and graduated from BYU with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. He is a member of the Utah National Guard and has deployed overseas.

Specialties:  In therapy, Dr. Balagna emphasizes helping people make sense of their emotions and being informed by them to make healthy and deliberate choices. He helps people see how certain ways of feeling, thinking and behaving have developed and then works on developing a more intentional way of experiencing emotions and living. He tries to create a warm and empathic space while also challenging people to help them reach their goals. Dr. Balagna describes himself as a generalist who tends to see adults who are experiencing depression, bipolar, anxiety, anger and the effects of trauma. He also works with those who are struggling with addictions and masturbation/pornography. He has worked with diverse social and cultural backgrounds including LGBTQ+.

Julia Bernards, M.S., LAMFT, PhD Candidate

Professional Highlights: Julia is a Doctoral Candidate in Marriage and Family Therapy at Brigham Young University (BYU). She also received her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from BYU. She is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist.

Specialties: Julia works with individuals of all ages, couples and families. She uses a multi-systemic approach in therapy, examining both the systems within people and those which comprise the context in which they live. Julia integrates a number of models in therapy, including Interpersonal Neurobiology, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Family Systems and Mindfulness-based. She enjoys working with those experiencing depression, anxiety, family and marital conflict, compulsive behaviors, trauma/abuse, parenting issues, life transitions and child/adolescent issues.


Davis Kane, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Professional Highlights: Dr. Kane received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Brigham Young University and completed his pre-doctoral internship at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. Dr. Kane has conducted research on several topics among diverse communities including racial discrimination, well-being, stigma, and beliefs regarding mental health and illness.

Specialties: Dr. Kane works with adolescents and adults of diverse intersecting identities. He is particularly experienced in working with emerging adults. He works collaboratively and strives to align treatment with his clients’ cultural beliefs and values. Dr. Kane’s practice is also informed by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  He is especially drawn to work related to a person’s identity including gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, and religion. Dr. Kane has worked with individuals with a variety of clinical concerns including depression, generalized anxiety, OCD, panic disorder, sexual concerns, PTSD, and trauma.


Alex Julian, M.A., PhD Candidate in Counseling Psychology 

Professional Highlights: Alex is currently completing his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at BYU. Prior to moving to Utah, he received a M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College. He has experience working with adolescents in residential treatment and has also worked helping children and youth who experience Autism Spectrum Disorder, with social skill development.

Specialties: Alex works with adolescents and adults. He uses a combination of interpersonal methods, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Gestalt therapy in his approach. He seeks to help clients gain greater awareness of their patterns of social interaction to make positive changes in their lives. He has particular interest and proficiency in helping individuals who have experienced trauma. He also works with those who experience depression, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, and LGBTQ+-related concerns.

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Boone Christianson, M.S., LAMFT

Professional Highlights: Boone is a Provo native. He earned his B.A. in Anthropology at BYU and his master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Auburn University. He gained experience adapting services to cultures while studying non-profit development in various African countries, and his master’s thesis explored the experience of clergy in providing mental and relational help to congregants. He has worked with children and parents in community mental health, court-ordered clients undergoing supervised visitation, and with couples at the Auburn University Marriage and Family Therapy Center.

Specialties: Boone enjoys challenges. He has experience working with children, adolescents, and couples with various mental health and relational issues. He has received training in EMDR, Structural, Emotion-Focused, Cognitive-Behavioral, and Brief Therapy methods. He has worked with clients from various cultures and has substantial experience working with LGBTQ+ youth. Boone seeks to adapt therapy models to client needs and includes as many members of the family system as possible. He concentrates on increasing client insight, authenticity, and vulnerability.

MaddyMaddy Cope, BS, PhD Candidate in Counseling Psychology

Professional Highlights: Maddy is currently completing her Ph.D in Counseling Psychology at BYU. She previously earned a B.S. in psychology from BYU. She has experience working with adolescents who experience Autism Spectrum Disorder in residential treatment facilities. Maddy has also worked with the general college population at BYU’s Counseling Center. 

Specialties: Maddy works with adolescents and adults. She uses a cognitive behavioral therapy called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and takes into account interpersonal factors in therapy. She works to help clients achieve greater psychological flexibility in order to live a more rich and full life. She works with individuals who experience depression, anxiety, career concerns, compulsive behavior, and trauma/abuse. Maddy also works with LGBTQ+ individuals as well as individuals who would like to reduce pornography use or masturbation.

IMG_58931_20210506_075403.jpgLisa Takara, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Professional Highlights: Dr. Takara received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from BYU and completed her pre-doctoral internship at Northern Illinois University. She is originally from Okinawa, Japan, and is also a licensed psychologist in Japan.

Specialties: Dr. Takara has an affirming client-centered approach—respecting and honoring the experiences of those she meets. She incorporates integrated techniques drawn from Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), and mindfulness to help clients gain needed skills to cope with their challenges. She recognizes clients’ multicultural identities and backgrounds including race, ethnicity, social background, sexual orientation, and religious/spiritual values. She primarily works with adults (over 18) who are struggling with depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, sexual concern, trauma, and diversity-related struggles. She also finds special meaning in working with women who are going through life transitions and postpartum depression.

Alliance Behavioral Psychology – Spanish Fork

IMG_3076Luke Marvin, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Professional Highlights: Dr. Marvin received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Brigham Young University. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at Utah Valley University Student Health Services. He has worked in various mental health capacities throughout Utah County.  

Specialties:   Dr. Marvin works primarily with adolescents and adults. He incorporates  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Positive Psychology, and Hope Theory into his practice. He enjoys helping individuals work through anxiety, depression, postpartum concerns, OCD, PTSD, grief, trauma, relationship conflicts, and spiritual concerns. Dr. Marvin is particularly passionate about helping others find, or restore, their inner resilience. He is certified in the QPR model of suicide prevention. He also provides psychological testing.


Jason McBride, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Professional Highlights: Dr. McBride received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Brigham Young University. His dissertation focused on incorporating spirituality into therapy assessment and outcomes. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at Wasatch Mental Health working with children, adolescents, and adults. In addition to his clinical work he works as a consultant on a research team at BYU.

Specialties: Dr. McBride has had experience working with children in the STRIDE program at Wasatch Mental Health implementing a positive reinforcement behavior program.  He has substantial testing experience having worked at the University Accessibility Center at BYU testing the student athletes with learning and attention disorders. He also provided psychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults at Wasatch Mental Health. His therapy approach is grounded in relational theory and includes elements of cognitive-behavior therapy, emotion focused therapy, mindfulness, and spiritually oriented treatments. He works with adults, adolescence, and children with a variety of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, and addiction.


Julie Carlisle, MS, Doctoral Candidate in Psychology

Professional Highlights: Julie is currently completing her Doctorate of Psychology degree from California Southern University. She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Phoenix. She has also  worked with adolescents as a special education teacher for 10 years and a school counselor for 20 years.

Specialties: Julie works with children, adolescents, and adults. She implements primarily Positive Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution Focused approaches in therapy. She enjoys helping individuals with depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, grief/loss, trauma, relationship problems, eating disorders, and academic and career concerns.


Adam McDonald, B.A., PhD Candidate in Counseling Psychology

Professional Highlights: Adam is currently completing his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Brigham Young University (BYU). He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from Southern Utah University. He previously worked at BYU’s Biofeedback Center helping clients learn and incorporate mindfulness and stress management techniques into their lives.

Specialties: Adam provides psychotherapy to individuals of all ages, groups, and couples. He practices primarily from an integrative evidence-based approach where he utilizes interpersonal, cognitive behavioral, and mindfulness-based treatments. He specializes in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, bipolar, LGBTQ+ concerns, and relationship issues. He particularly enjoys and appreciates working with clients with diverse social and cultural backgrounds.


Anthony Rose, B.A., Doctoral Candidate in Counseling Psychology

Professional Highlights: Anthony is currently completing a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at BYU. He previously earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada, with a minor in religious studies. He has experience working in mental health in a university setting and is currently seeing clients at a mental health clinic in Salt Lake Valley.

Specialties: Anthony works with both adults and adolescents. He incorporates Client-Centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Psychodynamic, and Existential perspectives into his practice. He is comfortable working with a wide range of diverse populations. He has additional training and interest in implementing spirituality-based interventions, when requested by the client, and is experienced in the treatment of addiction and substance use (pornography and alcohol) and LGBTQ+ issues. He is also interested in treating those who experience anxiety, OCD, phobias, panic-disorder, depression, and crisis of faith.

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Rachel Terrazas, B.A., Masters Candidate in Mental Health Counseling

Professional Highlights: Rachel Terrazas is currently completing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. She has also earned a B.A. in Journalism with a Criminal Justice minor from California State University Long Beach. She has worked in residential treatment with adolescent males and has also been involved with Equine Therapy (helping clients have a therapeutic interaction with horses).

Specialties: Rachel works with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She provides an integrative approach, with an emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She focuses on creating a warm and empathic environment where her clients can share their struggles and find a support and ally. She has a holistic view toward healing and enjoys working with diverse social and cultural backgrounds. She enjoys helping those who experience, depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, life transitions challenges, and general unhappiness.

Morgan Christensen, BS, PhD Candidate in Counseling Psychology

Professional Highlights: Morgan is currently completing a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at BYU. She previously earned a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from BYU and worked as an elementary school teacher for over four years. She has experience working in mental health in both university and private settings. She also has a variety of experience in psychological testing and interpretation.

Specialities: Morgan works primarily with adolescents and adults with a variety of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, and trauma. Her therapy approach is grounded in cognitive-behavior therapy, and includes elements of client-centered therapy, mindfulness, and developmentally oriented treatments. Morgan is passionate about working collaboratively with clients to help align treatment with clients’ personal beliefs and values.

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