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., LMFT, 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 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.

wp-1622609769474.jpgDavis Kane, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

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

Specialties: Davis works with adolescents and adults of diverse intersecting identities. He works collaboratively and strives to align treatment with his clients’ cultural beliefs and values. Davis’ practice is also informed by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT). He is especially drawn to work related to a person’s identity including gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, and religion. Davis is a straight LGBTQ+ affirming ally and a member of the LGBTQ+-Affirmative Guild of Utah. He has worked with individuals with a variety of clinical concerns including depression, insomnia, generalized anxiety, OCD, panic disorder, bipolar disorders, sexual concerns, PTSD, and trauma.

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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.

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.


Maddy Cope, BS, PhD Candidate in Counseling Psychology

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.  Maddy currently works with 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.

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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.

IMG_9925Anthony Rose, B.A., Doctoral Candidate in Counseling Psychology

Professional Highlights: Anthony is currently completing his 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 4 years of clinical experience working in both a university setting and private practice.

Specialties: Anthony works with both adults and adolescents. He is interested in treating those who experience depression, anxiety/social phobia, insomnia, pornography/masturbation struggles, religious concerns, and borderline personality disorder. He incorporates Client-Centered, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Emotionally Focused (EFT), Psychodynamic, and Existential perspectives in his practice. He is comfortable working with a wide range of diverse populations, including LGBTQ+. He has additional training and interest in couples counseling, implementing spirituality-based interventions, when requested by the client, and has assessment training with intelligence, personality, and ADHD testing.

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.

Specialties: Morgan works primarily with 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.

Derek Bartlett, MS, PhD Candidate in Clinical Psychology

Professional Highlights: Derek is currently working on his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Brigham Young University. Derek’s research is focused on investigating the interaction of stress and mental health.

Specialties: In therapy, Derek takes the biopsychosocial approach which puts psychological difficulties in the context of our bodies and the challenges that come with our physical limitations. He emphasizes a collaborative relationship with those he works with. Together they identify strategies and interventions to work towards wholeness and well-being. Derek tends to work with adults who are experiencing depression, anxiety, OCD, and stress. He has also worked with individuals from diverse ethnic backgrounds as well as those in the LGBTQ+ community. 

Angela 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.

Lauren Linford, MS, PhD Candidate

Professional Highlights: Lauren Linford is a doctoral student pursuing a PhD in the clinical psychology program at Brigham Young University. She earned a master’s degree in psychology in 2020 and has experience working as a therapist in diverse settings and with a variety of populations, including delivering therapy services in Spanish.

Specialties: Lauren works primarily with adults. Her therapy style is heavily rooted in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and integrates some principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Therapy (IT). She has a special interest in women’s health, particularly during pregnancy and the post-partum period. Lauren has clinical and research expertise in mindfulness and self-compassion and is passionate about applying mindfulness in therapy.

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