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+.
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: 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.
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.
Maddy 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.
Lisa 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.