Alliance Behavioral Psychology – Orem



Bradley 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+.


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Jackie Nelson, PsyD, Psychology Resident

Professional Highlights: Dr. Nelson received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Antioch University, Seattle, where she also earned a masters in clinical psychology. She successfully completed her doctoral internship at Brigham Young University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. She has worked in therapeutic schools supporting children and adolescents, partial hospitalization programs helping adults with acute mental health concerns, and in primary care medical offices supporting the intersection of medical and mental health. In addition, Jackie has experience conducting psychological evaluations.    

Specialties: Jackie enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families. She incorporates cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), narrative therapy, solutions-focused therapy, and compassion-focused therapy into her practice. Jackie takes a holistic approach in her treatment of others, accounting for mental, physical, spiritual, and cultural well-being. She is an LGBTQI+ ally who recognizes the complexity of intersecting cultural identities. While she considers herself to be a generalist practitioner, specific areas of focus include: depression, anxiety, post-partum mental health, ADHD, eating disorders/body image concerns, chronic health concerns, grief and loss, personality disorders, gender and/or sexuality concerns, pornography usage, trauma history, family of origin concerns, relationship conflicts, marital and pre-marital concerns, and spiritual concerns. Jackie creates a warm and supportive therapeutic environment and will walk closely with you on your journey towards wellness.



Adam Scalese, PhD, Psychology Resident

Professional Highlights: Dr. Scalese received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Brigham Young University.  His dissertation explored the processes and outcomes of 12-step groups for individuals with problematic pornography use. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at Brigham Young University Counseling and Psychological Services.

Specialties: Dr. Scalese primarily works with adults, couples, and adolescents with a variety of concerns.  These include depression, anxiety, marital and relationship concerns, sexual concerns (pornography and masturbation), OCD, religious issues, diversity issues,  and identity development.  He is an LGBTQ ally.  He works collaboratively with each client to understand their concerns and the approach that is going to be most helpful.  He uses an integrative approach drawing from humanistic, interpersonal, gestalt, and cognitive behavioral theories.

Julia Bernards, M.S., PhD Candidate in Marriage and Family Therapy

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.



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.


Alliance Behavioral Psychology – Spanish Fork

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Luke 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 primarily with adults and is open to seeing adolescents on a case by case basis. 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.

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