Therapy Providers


Alliance Behavioral Psychology is dedicated to assisting those they treat in gaining the knowledge, skills and tools necessary for achieving their therapeutic goals. We believe the ability to accomplish these goals is directly tied to the alliance between therapist and patient.

The goal of Alliance Behavioral Psychology is to help individuals appropriately address problems and seek solutions which will lead to greater health and well being. If we are unable to make an appropriate referral to a provider within our office, we will do our best to provide assistance in making a suitable referral to other qualified professionals.

Our Providers in 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.


Heather Hoyal, PhD, Licensed Psychologist.

Professional Highlights:   Dr. Hoyal received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Brigham Young University. Her pre-doctoral internship was at Metro State College of Denver, Counseling Center.
Specialties:  Dr. Hoyal enjoys working with individuals who experience Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and “existential” anxiety; Mindfulness and meditation; She has had success in helping many women with concerns through-out life, including body image/relationship with food, dating and the challenges of being single, pre and post-partum depression, the complex challenges of modern parenting including single motherhood; Couple’s therapy and, when necessary, divorce adjustment. She uses a number of different therapeutic approaches including mindfulness and meditation.


Ryan Balagna, PhD, Licensed Psychologist.

Professional Highlights:   Dr. Balagna received a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Brigham Young University. He completed a pre-doctoral internship at Texas A&M University. In addition to working at Alliance Behavioral Psychology, Dr. Balagna is a psychologist and captain in the Army Reserve and an Adjunct Faculty member at Utah Valley University.
Specialties:   In therapy, Dr. Balagna takes an interpersonal approach. He focuses on seeing adults who are experiencing depression, bipolar, anxiety, anger and the effects of trauma. He also works with those who are struggling with masturbation, pornography and other addictions. In addition, Dr. Balagna also does evaluations for fitness-for-duty and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Learning Disorders.


Marty Erickson, PhD, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Professional Highlights:   Dr. Erickson received a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Iowa State University. In addition to his work at Alliance Behavioral Psychology Dr. Erickson works at the BYU Counseling Center. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor.
Specialties:  Dr. Erickson works with individuals, couples, and families. He especially enjoys working with: depression and anxiety, religious issues, faith transitions & crises, marriage/couples therapy, premarital therapy, men’s issues, compulsive pornography use & sexual addictions, compulsive behavior, eating issues and negative body image (women and men), healing from trauma/abuse, single adult issues, family therapy, and issues related to multiculturalism/diversity (race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.). And he is a straight LGBTQ ally. Dr. Erickson utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused, and Family Systems therapies.


Mich Suyama, PhD, Licensed Psychologist.  

Professional Highlights:   Dr. Suyama received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from BYU. He did his pre-doctoral internship at Wasatch Mental Health in both adult and child outpatient settings. He holds an Ed.S/M.Ed. Specialists and Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from University of Florida.
Specialties:  Dr. Suyama utilizes various approaches to therapy including Interpersonal, Acceptance & Commitment, Cognitive Behavioral and Family Systems Theory. He has many years of experience working with adolescents and adults in individual, couples, and family therapy modalities. He has worked with individuals with the following concerns: depression/bipolar disorder, anxiety, trauma-abuse/post-traumatic stress disorder, parenting and family dynamics issues, child/adolescent issues, relationship difficulties, addictions, life stage challenges/adjustment, religious and spirituality issues, and career/vocational counseling.


Our Providers in Spanish Fork:



Luke Marvin, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Professional Highlights:   Dr. Marvin received his Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology from BYU. 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 primarily 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 and postpartum depression, 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.


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Peter Sanders, PhD, Psychology Resident                                                           

Professional Highlights: Dr. Sanders received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from BYU. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at Utah Valley University Student Health Services. He has published studies examining the outcomes of treatment in top psychotherapy journals.

Specialties: Dr. Sanders works primarily with late adolescents and adults.  He uses an integration of Relational Psychodynamic, Behavioral, and Development approaches. He specializes in treating depression, anxiety disorders, OCD, trauma, personality disorders, academic struggles, faith crises, and relationship concerns. Dr. Sanders helps clients acknowledge and validate their emotional experience while facilitating change in the way they interact with the world.


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Julia Bernards, M.S., MFT

Professional Highlights: Julia received her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from BYU. She is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Specialties: Julia works with children, adolescents, adults, 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.



Adam Scalese, B.S., Psychology Intern

Professional Highlights:  Adam is a doctoral candidate in BYU’s Counseling Psychology program. He will graduate in 2019. He has worked in both university counseling center and outpatient community settings.

Specialties:  Adam provides therapy for couples and adolescents. He utilizes various approaches to therapy; relational approach, existential, solutions-focused, and REBT. He specializes in treating depression, anxiety disorders, OCD, trauma, relationship concerns, LGBT issues, and academic concerns. He further has experience in working with and researching pornography, masturbation, and sexuality concerns. He also provides evaluations for ADHD.






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