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Alliance Behavioral Psychology – Orem
BradBradley 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 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 Julia Bernards, PhD, LMFT Professional Highlights: Julia earned her PhD 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 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.
Boone 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.
RisaLisa 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.
AliAli Anglen, BS, PhD Candidate in Counseling Psychology Professional Highlights: Ali is currently completing her PhD in Counseling Psychology at BYU. She previously earned a BS in Psychology from BYU-Hawaii. Specialties: Ali works with individuals of all ages. She uses an integrative approach in therapy, primarily combining techniques from Humanistic and Compassion Focused Therapies. She takes a collaborative therapeutic approach and aims to help clients increase their self-awareness and self-compassion in order to live a more intentional and empathetic life. She works with individuals who experience depression, anxiety, career concerns, compulsive behavior, and trauma/abuse. Ali also works with LGBTQ+ individuals and those from diverse backgrounds.
RavanRavan Giles, MS, Master’s Candidate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Professional Highlights: Ravan earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology from UVU and her Master’s Degree in Psychology from University of Phoenix. She is currently working toward her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at UVU. She has worked with family practice doctors as a care guide, helping with a wide range of care. She has always enjoyed helping others who are struggling. Specialties: Ravan enjoys working with individuals of all ages. She is passionate about the importance of mental health and developing a safe and understanding environment. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), helping with the different needs and concerns in life. Ravan enjoys working with a wide range of mental health issues and concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, and ADHD.
JeremyJeremy Bekker, MS, PhD Candidate in Clinical Psychology Professional Highlights: Jeremy is currently completing his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Brigham Young University. He previously completed a Master’s in psychology in 2022 and has experience working with a variety of populations through BYU’s comprehensive clinic and counseling center. Specialties: Jeremy works primarily with adults. His therapy style is rooted in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and integrates principles from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IT), and Existential Therapy. Jeremy has a special interest in helping LGBTQ+ clients, clients going through faith transitions, and clients with physical health difficulties. Jeremy’s therapy centers around helping the client find ways to live authentic, enjoyable, and meaningful lives within complex life circumstances.
DerekGheadshot Derek Griner, Group Therapy Specialist Derek Griner is a board certified (ABPP) counseling psychologist and meets the internationally accepted criteria of education, training, and experience to be endorsed as a certified group psychotherapist (CGP). He has worked in several settings and currently engages in individual, group, and couples therapy, teaching, research, and program development. Derek is committed to diversity issues and has conducted award-winning research in this domain. Recently, he has focused his research and clinical work on Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). With other Brigham Young University faculty members, graduate students, and an international team, Derek helped develop and publish a CFT group therapy protocol designed specifically to help individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, perfectionism, and many other mental health concerns.

Alliance Behavioral Psychology – Spanish Fork

JasonJason 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, adolescents, and children with a variety of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, and addiction.
AngelaAngela M. Kurle, MA, LCMHC Professional Highlights: Angela was previously employed as clinical director of a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP) at an eating disorder psychiatric treatment facility in Utah. She previously earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Psychology from the University of West Georgia, where she went on to teach a variety of college courses in the Psychology Department for seven years as a lecturer, as well as worked part time in the counseling center on campus. Additionally, Angela worked three years in Atlanta, Georgia, for the state, working with individuals with substance abuse issues.  Specialties: Angela works primarily with adults with a variety of mental health issues including grief/loss, anxiety, depression, addictions (eating disorders and substance use/abuse), career/vocation/academic concerns, life transitions, intra- and interpersonal relationship conflicts, communication issues, and complex trauma. Angela has worked with a variety of clients from diverse backgrounds and beliefs, including those who self-identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community. Angela seeks to create a safe and collaborative environment wherein a client feels seen and heard, gains insight and greater self-compassion, and has a greater capacity to heal and move forward in life.
ElenaElena A. Camp, BS, Master’s Candidate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Professional Highlights: Elena is currently completing her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Utah Valley University. She received her Bachelor’s degree at Utah Valley State College in Psychology with a focus in American Sign Language. Elena participated on a research team at BYU, examining the effects of social media on adolescents, in relation to celebrities. She has also worked and volunteered with individuals from diverse populations ranging from preschool age to adults who deal with anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism, and learning difficulties. Specialties: Elena’s therapy style is holistic and insight-oriented as she strives to establish a safe environment of compassion and curiosity. She understands the importance of embracing one’s imperfections and the complexities of life with compassion and understanding. Elena sees people with a variety of mental health issues, including problems related to mood, anxiety, stress, autism, and ADHD.
RachelRachel Arnold, MS, PhD Candidate in Clinical Psychology Professional Highlights: Rachel is a Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology at Brigham Young University (BYU), where she also received her MS. Specialties: Rachel works with individuals of all ages and is particularly interested in working with children, adolescents, and young adults. She integrates cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and compassion-focused therapy (CFT) models into her clinical work, with an aim to foster more adaptive ways of thinking, promote healthier behaviors, and increase experiences of compassion. Rachel believes that self-compassion can be an especially important aspect of healing for many people. She has worked with clients with various psychological concerns, including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, autism, and more. Rachel has experience in both individual therapy and group therapy.
AlexyssAlexyss Lange, MS, PhD Candidate in Clinical Psychology Professional Highlights: Alexyss is currently completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at BYU. Previously, she received her Bachelors of Science in psychology from Yale University in 2020 and her master’s degree in psychology from BYU in 2022. Her research is focused on exploring the behavioral impact of personality traits on romantic relationship functioning.  Specialties: Alexyss works primarily with adults with a variety of mental health difficulties including complex trauma, life transitions, anxiety, depression, and interpersonal concerns. She also takes a special interest in working with romantic couples to help them enhance and find happiness in their relationships. She takes a humanistic and interpersonal approach which allows her to support and empower clients to be the core component of change in their own lives. She also has experience working with individuals from diverse social and cultural backgrounds, and she is a LGBTQ+ ally. 
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