Providers — Orem

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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.

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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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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.

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Davis Kane, PhD, Psychology Resident

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.

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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.

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