Phone: 801.382.9338
Fax: 801.383.0246

sandstone.psychology.utah@gmail.com 
www.sandstoneautismservices.org

Meet our Team

 

Luke Marvin, PhD Licensed Psychologist
 
 Luke Marvin, PhD Licensed Psychologist
 


                        

Availibility: Full

Background: Luke was born and raised in the Payson and Salem, UT areas as 4 of 11 children. He grew up on a small farm and could be found either playing a sport or roaming the orchards and hills near Payson canyon. He has been happily married for 15 years and has four young and energetic children who have ensured that he functions as their jungle gym each day. As an adventure enthusiast, he has discovered that connecting with others is the most meaningful adventure of all. 

Education and work experience: Luke earned a bachelor’s degree from Utah Valley University in psychology with a pre-medicine focus. He went on to complete a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Brigham Young University. He has worked in various mental health capacities throughout Utah County and has been in private practice for 7 years.   

Therapy Approach: Luke uses a generous mix of humor, warmth, compassion, and curiosity to connect with his clients. He views relationships as being the primary force of all healing and change. He incorporates the following research-supported third-wave cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approaches: Compassion-Focused (CFT), Acceptance and Commitment (ACT), and Dialectical Behavioral (DBT). He also uses Positive Psychology and Hope Theory practices. 

Populations and Areas of Specialty:

Individuals (ages 10+)

    • OCD
    • PTSD
    • Grief and Loss
    • ODD and Parent Training
    • Panic Disorder
    • Phobias
    • Depression
    • Postpartum Issues
    • Personality Disorders
    • Spiritual/Religious concerns
  • Couples
    • Premarital 
    • Discernment counseling
    • High conflict
    • Intimacy improvement
  • Group
    • Compassion-focused
    • Interpersonal process
    • Postpartum
  • Psychological Testing
    • ADHD
    • Psychological Evaluations (for diagnostic clarity and treatment planning)
    • Pre-surgery
    • Pre-mission

 


 

     Elizabeth Berman, CMHC
 
 Elizabeth Berman, CMHC
 
Availibility: Full
       

Background: Liz hales from Washington state. She moved to Utah two years ago and is enjoying the beauty it has to offer. She is the mother to three wonderful sons who bring much fun and laughter into her life. She loves the outdoors, cooking, and playing the piano.

Education and Work Experience: Liz is a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the State of Utah and Washington. She has over 20 years of experience working within the mental health field.  She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from BYU and her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Washington University.  She has worked in multiple inpatient and outpatient settings. 

Therapy Approach: Liz is compassionately committed to helping clients improve self-awareness and growing their capacity to enhance relationships and resiliency. She believes that the therapeutic process is relationship centered. She strives to cultivate a strong working relationship with her clients which characterized by mutual respect, authenticity, acceptance, and genuineness.  She utilizes an integration of empirically supported treatments in her work (AEDP, ACT, CBT, DBT, Existential, Interpersonal, and the Gottman method for couples).

Populations and Areas of Specialty:

  • Individuals (Ages 5+)
    • Trauma
    • Attachment Disorders
    • ADHD
    • Parent Training/Support
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Grief and Loss
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
  • Families
    • Relationship difficulties
    • Restoring connection
    • Divorce and other family transitions 
  • Couples
    • Intimacy and connection improvement
    • Communication strategies
    • Parent coaching 
  • Groups
    • Teen
    • DBT
    • Trauma Group with AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy)

 


 

 Rachel Terrazas, ACMHC
 
 Rachel Terrazas, ACMHC
 


Availability: Full

Background: Rachel was born in Murray, Utah, and spent her high school and college years living on the central coast of California. She has seven siblings, and she enjoys her 15 nieces and nephews who have stolen her heart. Rachel loves adventure and has spent some time living in Texas and Italy. Her current passions are spending quality time with good company, dancing, rock climbing, and anything to do with music (including beat saber).

Education and Work Experience: Rachel completed a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in criminal justice at California State University Long Beach. She later returned to school and completed a master’s in clinical mental health counseling at Walden University. She acquired an additional specialization in marriage and family therapy. She recently obtained training in eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR). She is passionate about pursuing additional specialized trainings. 

Therapy Approach: Rachel has a warm approach and focuses on creating a genuine relationship where her clients can share their struggles and find a supportive ally. She views the client as an expert and works collaboratively towards their healing and/or development. She takes a holistic approach and enjoys working with diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Rachel integrates a variety of empirically based therapeutic approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), compassion focused therapy (CFT), EMDR, interpersonal, experiential, Gestalt, EMDR, and play therapy.

Populations and Areas of Specialty: 

  • Individuals (ages 5+)
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • OCD and OCPD
    • Trauma - PTSD and CPTSD
    • Attachment Disorders
    • ODD
    • Grief and Loss
    • Addictions
    • Life transitions
    • General unhappiness
  • Couples
    • Premarital 
    • Conflict resolution
    • Intimacy improvement/Sex therapy
    • Life transitions
    • General unhappiness 
  • Families
    • Conflict resolution
    • Connection improvement
    • Life transitions 
  • Group
    • Psychoeducation
    • Support
    • Interpersonal Process

 


 

 Vaughn Worthen, PhD Licensed Psychologist
 
 Vaughn Worthen, PhD Licensed Psychologist
 

Availability: Full

Background: Vaughn has been happily married to the love of his life, Anita. They are the proud parents of four boys (all married) and they now enjoy 10 grandchildren. He enjoys photography, reading, spending time with family, and working in the yard/garden. He enjoys learning new things, is curious about how we make sense of things, and discovering the many good things in life.

Education and Work Experience: Vaughn received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University. He received his PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas. He has worked for the past 30 years at Brigham Young University as a psychologist and clinical professor. During that time, he has been involved in providing psychotherapy services, teaching classes, and supervising doctoral students.

Therapy Approach: Vaughn is focused on helping people make and discover meaning in their lives. He believes we help to create the realities we live in. He understands and uses evidence-based therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), and he works from a constructivist theoretical orientation. He recognizes that good listening and a therapeutic relationship are the essential components for change as well as helping people become curious about their problems rather than live in fear and threat.

Populations and Areas of Specialty: 

  • Individuals
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Grief and loss
  • Faith crisis and spirituality concerns
  • Early returned missionaries
  • Career issues
  • Maladaptive perfectionism
  • Positive psychology and building resilience (living more abundant fulfilling lives). 
  • Couples
  • All relationship issues
  • Premarital

 


 

Hayden Gillies, LAMFT
 
 Hayden Gillies, LAMFT
 


                           

Availability: Open

Background: Hayden is a Marriage and Family Therapist who was born and raised in Spanish Fork and still lives there with his wife. He is the fourth of five siblings and adores his six nieces and nephews. Hayden finds deep fulfillment in developing close relationships with others. He loves singing and performing, and in his free time he enjoys reading and playing board games with his family. 

Education and Work Experience: Hayden Gillies received a bachelor’s degree in Family Science and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, both from Utah Valley University. He has worked with the Foundation for Family Life of Utah to oversee an addiction recovery program and has performed evaluative interviews and taught fatherhood classes at the Salt Lake County Jail. He has had the pleasure of working the last two years at a mental health clinic that focuses on serving couples and families. 

Therapy Approach: Hayden is passionate about helping families, couples, and individuals. He believes that connection is vital to a healthy physical, social, and mental life, and he works hard to help his clients take necessary steps to achieve their goals. He is driven to help all those who may be struggling with anxiety, marital conflict, self-harm, and many other mental health and familial issues. Hayden is also highly familiar with, and adept at helping, challenges facing the LGBTQ+ community. Hayden uses several different evidence-based therapeutic methods, including Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), the Gottman method, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and client-centered approaches. He strives to use humor and genuine human connection to understand the needs of his clients more fully.  

Populations and Areas of Specialty:

  • Individuals (ages 16+)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD and complex trauma
  • LGBTQ+ Concerns 
  • Couples and Families
  • Interpersonal concerns
  • Trauma issues
  • Conflict resolution
  • Life Transitions
  • Systemic Adjustment
  • Communication Strategies

 


 

 Bo McCullough, ACMHC
 
 Bo McCullough, ACMHC
 

Availability: Open

Background: Bo is a native of Portland Oregon and hales from a small suburb where he grew up surrounded by trees and green. He enjoys running, writing, reading, and spending quality time with his wife, Megan. If it’s outside, he has likely done it at least once (save for skydiving). He enjoys the creative process and loves to implement it into finding ways to help others feel more whole and empowered.

Education: Bo graduated with a bachelor’s in psychology from Brigham Young University in 2020 and is currently working on completing his master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling, at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

Therapy Approach: Bo believes that healing and growth comes from authenticity, emotional vulnerability, accountability, healthy interpersonal relationships, and self-acceptance. He implements empirically established therapies from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Theory (ACT), along with Existential, and Family System approaches.

Populations and Areas of Specialty:

  • Individuals (ages 13+)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • OCD
  • Trauma
  • Personality Disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Sexual Concerns
  • Identity Exploration Outside Heteronormative Cultures
  • Spiritual/Religious Concerns
  • Life Transitions
  • Couples and Families
  • Conflict resolution
  • Interpersonal process
  • Psychoeducation 
  • Group 
  • Interpersonal Process
  • Mindfulness with Awareness
  • Compassion Focused Therapy, CFT (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, ACT (CBT)
  • Psychoeducation

 


 

 Kimberly Frye, LCSW
 
 Kimberly Frye, LCSW
 
 

Availability: Open

Background: Kimberly was born and raised in Utah county and loves all that Utah has to offer. Once a shy and introverted person, she developed more interpersonal courage from her relationships with her cross-country coach and team. She loves spending time outdoors and with her husband. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, running, swimming, playing the piano, and traveling. 

Education and Work Experience: Kimberly graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor’s degree in Family Consumer and Human Development. She went on to complete her master’s degree in Social Work and is currently a Certified Social Worker. She has worked in inpatient, outpatient, and school settings.  She is grateful for the experiences and opportunities these settings have given her to work with children, teens, and their families from a variety of cultures and circumstances. She is passionate about pursuing growth and connection.

Therapy Approach: Kimberly is passionate about helping clients develop awareness of themselves as they develop the ability to thrive in their own lives. She uses evidence-based approaches that are tailored to each individual client. She believes that acceptance, warmth, and curiosity are key to developing a healing relationship. Her greatest hope is for her clients to develop an acceptance and understanding of themselves as they become empowered.

Populations and Areas of Specialty:

  • Individuals (ages 5+)
  • Anxiety and Perfectionism
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Eating Disorders
  • Life Transitions
  • Building Resilience and Environmental Support
  • Couples

  • Communciation
  • Parenting Strategies
  • Families
  • Communication
  • Life Transitions
  • Connection

 


 

 Julia Brim, PhD Resident
 
 Julia Brim, PhD Resident
 


Availability: Full

Background: Julia was born and raised in Spokane, Washington as the second of three girls. She received her B.A. degree from Brigham Young University (BYU) in German Literature and is currently working on her PhD in Counseling Psychology at BYU. In her spare time, Julia loves going on hikes with her dog Bowie, skiing (both on snow and water!), and travelling to new countries.

Education and Work Experience: Julia is currently in her fourth year of BYU’s Counselling Psychology PhD program. During her training, she has had the opportunity to work in the university counseling center as a therapist, the university accessibility center as a psychometrician, and in a private practice setting performing psychological evaluations.

Therapy Approach: Julia approaches therapy with an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy lens, which is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy. She works to help clients become more aware of, accepting of, and compassionate toward their emotional experiences in order to help them make decisions for a more value-driven, intentional life. She emphasizes the importance of the therapist-client relationship and strives to create a safe environment for her clients.

Populations and Areas of Specialty: 

  • Individuals (ages 16+)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • LGBTQ+ concerns
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Eating Concerns

 


 

 Nate Rhees, PhD Resident
 
 Nate Rhees, PhD Resident
 

Availability: Full

Background: Nate was born in northern California and has lived in a handful of states across the U.S. before coming to Utah. He loves spending time with his wife and playing robots or making messes in the kitchen with his two kids. In his free time, he may also be found fanatically researching recipes for a variety of foods, gardening, reading, or playing games with friends.

Education and Work Experience: Nate graduated with a B.S. in psychology from Brigham Young University. He is currently completing a PhD in Counseling Psychology, also at BYU. Nate has worked as a psychotherapist at his university’s counseling center and has also done assessment for a range of psychological disorders. 

Therapy Approach: Nate uses several types of cognitive behavioral therapies, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). He emphasizes developing a kind and compassionate relationship with his clients and strives to work with them collaboratively to help them achieve their goals. 

Populations and Areas of Specialty: 

  • Individuals (ages 16+)
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • OCD
    • Trauma
    • Perfectionism
    • Pornography/Masturbation Concerns
    • Career Concerns
    • Spiritual/Religious Concerns
    • LGBTQ+ Concerns
  • Group
    • General Process, Understanding Self and Others
    • Sexual Concerns
    • Psychoeducation 

 


 

 Daniel Melendez, ACMHC
 
Daniel Melendez, ACMHC 

Availability: Open

Background: Daniel was born and raised on the sunny shores of Southern California, and has spent a couple years living in Argentina and Colorado. He has been married for almost a decade and enjoys his relationship with his wife and three children. They can usually be found road tripping, camping, or enjoying a pizza (most likely all at the same time). A musician at heart, Daniel loves to play any musical instrument he can get his hands on and sing in his car at full volume.

Education and Work Experience: Daniel holds bachelor’s degrees in both Psychology and Social Work with a minor in Spanish from Utah Valley University. He later attended the University of Denver where he earned his Master’s in Counseling Psychology. Daniel has worked in various settings with students experiencing learning differences, including Autism and ADHD, as well as suicidality and end-of-life counseling. He also currently teaches Psychology at Utah Valley University.

Therapy Approach: Daniel focuses heavily on the strength and power of the therapeutic relationship to promote belonging, acceptance, and safety. His approach centers around understanding each individual as a whole person, gaining insights into our existence, and moving through these unique experiences with peace and love. He adopts a mixture of evidence-based Existential and Humanistic techniques to foster change, promote authenticity, and facilitate healing.

Populations and Areas of Specialty:

  • Individuals (ages 8+)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief and Loss
  • Chronic/Terminal Illness
  • ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Learning Differences
  • Spiritual/Religious Concerns
  • Personality Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Couples
  • Premarital 
  • Intimacy
  • Life Transitions
  • Conflict Resolutions

 


 

Bango Gancinia, PhD Psychology Resident
 
 Bango Gancinia, PhD Psychology Resident
 

Availability: Full

Background: Bango was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii. He grew up playing in the sugar cane fields of the Hamakua coast as well as participating in basketball, volleyball, and football. He and his partner are the parents of three energetic boys. During his free time, he enjoys playing music, fishing, cooking, camping, and spending time with his family.

Education and Work Experience: Bango earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Hawaii of Hilo in psychology. He later obtained a master’s degree in community counseling from Washington State University. He recently completed his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Brigham Young University. He has worked in community mental health, college counseling centers, and private practice. 

Therapy Approach: Bango’s work is guided by the principles of Trauma-Informed Therapy (safety, choice, collaboration, trustworthiness, and empowerment). He views humans as relational beings who are continually seeking connection throughout their lifespan. As such, Bango focuses on experiencing interpersonal connection with his clients by using authenticity, humor, and vulnerability. Bango uses an integration of evidence-based approaches (Interpersonal Process Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Gestalt, Relational Psychodynamic Theory, and Dialectical Behavioral Thearpy). 

Populations and Areas of Specialty: 

  • Individuals (Ages 5+)
  • PTSD and Complex/Historical Trauma
  • Socio-cultural Identity/Multicultural Concerns
  • Gender Affirmative Therapy
  • Substance Misuse
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sexual Concerns
  • Grief and Loss
  • Spiritual/ Religious Concerns
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder 
  • Couples and Families
  • Premarital
  • Conflict resolution
  • Interpersonal process
  • Intimacy Concerns
  • Communication strategies 
  • Group
  • Interpersonal Process
  • Psychoeducation 
  • Psychological Testing
  • Learning Disability
  • Psychological Evaluations (for diagnostic clarity and treatment planning)
  • ADHD

 


 

 Kaprena Moore, MSW Student
 
 Kaprena Moore, MSW Student
 

Availability: Full

Background: Kaprena grew up moving all over the country with her parents and her nine other “army brat” siblings. She loves soaking up the richness of different cultures and the unfamiliar. On any given night, after putting her two kiddos to bed, you might find Kaprena and Boone, her husband (also a therapist), discussing the strengths and limitations of CBT, dissecting a therapy podcast, writing a parenting blog post or debating attachment theory. Basically, total nerds! Kaprena also enjoys writing music on the piano, listening to audio books, spiking a volleyball, eating out with her sisters, and wrestling her kids. 

Education and Experience: Kaprena received a B.S. in Clinical/Professional Marriage and Family Studies and a minor in Spanish from Brigham Young University-Idaho. For the past 4 years Kaprena has worked as a relationship and parenting coach. She also created and directed the Rock n’ Roll music program at a residential treatment facility for teen girls in Southern Utah. As an intern, Kaprena worked with teen boys and their families with an emphasis on substance abuse. Kaprena is currently completing a Masters in Social Work from Utah Valley University. 

Therapy Approach: Kaprena believes that when people feel safe and heard their innate ability to heal can be fully utilized. She strongly prefers to work with individuals and their families in an effort to create a strong, therapeutic support system for every client. She practices Emotion Focused Therapy and operates with a trauma-informed lens. She has a passion for helping her clients reconnect with nature’s whole-body process of healing from trauma. Common tools Kaprena teaches her clients include DBT skills and mindfulness practices. She continually seeks feedback from her clients to develop a therapy approach that caters to her clients' individual needs.

Populations and Areas of Specialty:

  • Individuals (ages 5+)
    • Trauma
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • OCD
    • Attachment Disorder
    • Faith Crisis/Faith Transitions
    • Motherhood Concerns
    • Sexual Concerns
    • Addictions
  • Couples and Families
    • Marriage Prep
    • Attachment Issues
    • Parenting Struggles
    • General Family Therapy

 


 

 Adam McDonald, BS, PhD Candidate
 
 Adam McDonald, BS, PhD Candidate
 

Availability: Open

Background: Adam was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He is a sports and adventure enthusiast who loves to summit mountains in the surrounding areas. He and his marriage partner have two incredible, and adorable young children. Connecting with his family and those he works with in his profession bring him the most meaning and joy in life. 

Education and Work Experience: Adam received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from SUU and is currently completing a PhD in Counseling Psychology at BYU. He brings 5 years of clinical training and experience in therapy. He is passionate about group therapy, has co-created educational psychotherapy groups, and serves as group coordinator. 

Therapy Approach: Honoring and developing compassion for all lived experiences is the framework of Adam’s practice. He recognizes and values that all people come from a valuable and diverse heritage and background. As evidence suggests, Adam believes that the brain is wired to develop and heal in social contexts, particularly in compassionate ones. He integrates research supported therapies, including interpersonal psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approaches. 

Population and Areas of Specialty: 

  • Individuals (ages 13+)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • OCD
  • Trauma
  • Personality Disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • Substance use disorders
  • Sexual Concerns
  • Spiritual/Religious concerns
  • Life transitions 
  • Couples and Families
  • Conflict resolution
  • Interpersonal process
  • Psychoeducation 
  • Group 
  • Interpersonal Process
  • Compassion Focused Therapy, CFT (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, ACT (CBT)
  • Psychoeducation

 


 

 Carlton Baxter, CMHC Student
 
 Carlton Baxter, CMHC Student
 

Availability: Open

Background: Carlton was raised in the American Fork, UT area. He is the second oldest of five children. When not working in a therapy office or on school work, he enjoys watching movies, reading books, and playing games. He enjoys getting into deep conversations with others and continually learning something new.

Education and Work Experience: Carlton obtained his B.S. in Psychology at Utah Valley University. He is currently working towards a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Utah Valley University. Carlton has worked with special needs individuals and teenagers in day treatment and residential settings.

Therapy Approach: Carlton is learning to follow an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approach. He strives to use compassion, listening, and empathy to create relationships of trust with his clients. Carlton works collaboratively with his clients to create and move toward goals that align with the individual’s feelings, values, and beliefs.

Populations and Areas of Specialty:

  • Individuals (ages 16+)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • OCD
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Perfectionism
  • Career Concerns
  • Addiction

 


 

Availability: Full

Background: Brittani’s dedication to help others can be traced back to her childhood where she spent time working hard and loving and caring for horses. As she grew, she has taken great joy in combining her passions by working with horses, therapeutically, to create safety and connection for clients.

Education and Work Experience: Brittani earned her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, specializing in Equine-Assisted Mental Health. She is also EAGALA and O.K. Corral Certified, which means that she provides equine-assisted psychotherapy. She is an EMDR therapist with advanced training in Structural Dissociation of Personality and Equine-Assisted EMDR Protocol. Brittani has additional advanced training in Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples.

Therapy Approach: Brittani uses a blended approach of experiential therapy, EMDR and trauma focused therapy, structural dissociation of personality, attachment theory, Emotion Focused Therapy, and equine-assisted psychotherapy to better serve her clients on their healing journey. Brittani seeks to understand each of her clients, and she feels honored to assist clients in discovering what keeps them from feeling connected to themselves and others.

Populations and Areas of Specialty:

  • Individuals (ages 10+)
    • Trauma
    • PTSD and CPTSD
    • Dissociative Disorders
    • Anxiety Disorders
    • Depression
    • Attachment and Relationship Concerns       
  • Couples
    • Emotion Focused Therapy
    • Betrayal trauma
    • Premarital

 


 

 
 
 Josh Smith, LSCW
 
 

Availability: Open

Background: Josh was born and raised in Provo but has been glad to call Payson home for the last five years. He is passionate about cooking and barbeque and is happiest though when gathered with family and friends and enjoying good food. Josh and his wife Elena have two children and love spending time together as a family along with their two dogs, parrot, and tortoise.

Education and Work Experience: Josh earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brigham Young University and completed a master’s degree in clinical social work at Michigan State University. Josh has worked in a variety of settings, including the Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic at Michigan State, two residential treatment programs, and private practice. Josh has extensive experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum and with learning difficulties.

Therapy Approach: Josh likes to use a relational approach in his therapy and believes in creating a strong relationship with his clients. He has found that many individuals struggle greatly in their relationship with themselves and that this impacts their relationships with others. Josh works with individuals to see themselves in a more compassionate light and to better their relationships with the people around them. Josh wants to help his clients to face their struggles with confidence and not to beat themselves up about their imperfections. Josh has training in EMDR and DBT and uses these modalities when appropriate. 

Populations and Areas of Specialty:

Individuals (ages 10+)

  •  Autism
  •  Learning Disabilities
  •  Anxiety
  •  Depression
  •  LGTBQ+
  •  OCD
  •  Trauma
  •  Attachment Disorder
  •  Grief and Loss
  •  Life skills
  •  Suicidal Ideation
  •  Spiritual/Religious concerns
  • Couples
  •  Marriage Counseling

Families

  •  Parent education for struggling kids
  •  Parent child relational problems

Group

  •  Autism
  •  Teens
  •  Parent Support group

 

 Clay Frandsen, PhD Licensed Psychologist
 Clay Frandsen, PhD Licensed Psychologist 
Availibility: Full
 

Background: Clay was born and raised in Utah, and he has spent a few years living in Texas and Mongolia. He feels fortunate to have loving parents, and he maintains strong ties with his parents and siblings. One of his greatest joys in life has been the opportunity to be a husband and a father, and he enjoys staying up way too late playing games with his children. He prides himself on being competitive in all racquet sports, though a few grey hairs and his wife’s delicious bundt cake have slowed him a bit in recent years.

Education and work experience: Clay earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah.  He studied psychology and family/consumer science. He went on to complete a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Brigham Young University. Clay has worked in an administrative capacity for both disability services and private practice over the last five years.  He has also specialized in psychological assessment and has completed hundreds of evaluations over the last few years. 

Therapy Approach: Clay strives to provide an environment of safety, security, and warmth where exploration and reconstruction can occur freely.  He integrates evidenced-based approaches to assist clients as they work out difficulties related to development and belonging.  Clay’s work is heavily influenced by attachment theory, constructivism, emotion-focused therapy, and compassion-focused therapy.

Populations and Areas of Speciality:

  • Psychological Testing
    • Psychological Evaluation (diagnostic clarity and treatment planning)
    • Learning Disability
    • ADHD
    • Pre-surgery
    • Pre-mission
  • Individuals (ages 12+)
    • OCD
    • PTSD
    • Emotional regulation difficulties
    • Interpersonal and familial difficulties
    • All anxiety-related disorders (OCD and PTSD are encompassed under these)
    • Depressive Disorders
    • Postpartum Issues
    • Spiritual/Religious concerns
  • Couples
    • Premarital 
    • Parenting difficulties
    • Attachment concerns (trust issues)
    • Intimacy improvement
  • Group
    • Experiential
    • Interpersonal process
    • OCD/anxiety

 


 

Julie Carlisle, PsyD Psychology Resident
 
 Julie Carlisle, PsyD Psychology Resident
 

Availability: Full

Background: Julie grew up in Spanish Fork, Utah. She continues to live in southern Utah County and enjoys waking up to the animals in her small farm outside of town. She is married, has 8 children in a blended family, and she also has 15 adorable grandchildren. You can find her spending time with family, boating, surfing, and being outdoors.

Education and Work Experience: Julie graduated with a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University in secondary education, dance, and special education. She later obtained a master's degree in counseling from the University of Phoenix. She is currently finishing up a doctoral degree in psychology from California Southern University. She has over 30 years of experience in counseling and therapy. 

Therapy Approach: Julie uses several different approaches in therapy with a strong emphasis on the client/therapist relationship and ensuring the client's comfort/safety. She utilizes various evidence-based models including CBT, EMDR, and empirically driven forms of Play Therapy.

Populations and Areas of Speciality:

  • Individuals (ages 5+)
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • OCD
    • PTSD
    • Attachment Disorders
    • ODD
    • Grief and Loss 
  • Groups
    • Teen

 


 

 Laurie Elkins, LCSW
 
 Laurie Elkins, LCSW
 

Availability: Full

Background: Laurie thrives on spending time with her husband and their growing family. Some of her favorite moments have been exploring beautiful places, dancing, drawing and painting, dress designing, coaching as a personal trainer, and playing with her grandchildren. Experience has shown her that we discover our greatest strengths and resiliencies as we move through and beyond our personal and interpersonal challenges.

Education and Work Experience: Laurie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University. She is grateful for her training and experiences with all ages, at the Utah County Children’s Justice Center, with active-duty military members and their families, and with mental health clinics in our communities.

Therapy approach: Laurie welcomes clients with genuine regard. Her practice is focused on helping each individual come to know and accept themselves, and the people who matter most to them. She works to empower the client to live with more authentic freedom, deeper meaning and purpose, and improved relationships. Her standard of treatment is integrative. She practices evidence-based approaches as appropriate to the individual (i.e. CBT, ACT, EMDR, EFT, AEDP, DBT (skills only), Mindfulness, Sand tray, Art, and Spirituality).

Populations and Areas of Specialty:

  • Individuals (ages 19+)
    • Trauma
    • Anxiety
    • Bi-polar
    • Attachment
    • OCD
    • Grief and Loss
    • Chronic Illness
    • Military Issues 
  • Couples
    • All Marital Issues

 

 Jennifer Barnard, LCMHC
 
 Jennifer Barnard, LCMHC

Availability: Full

Background: Jenn grew up in a small casino town in Nevada. She is a wife and a mother to 5 children. Jenn loves nature, music, painting, and crocheting. She loves playing board and card games with her family and friends. 

Education and Work Experience: Jenn is a licensed Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the State of Utah. In recent years, she has worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Ohio. She received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and certificate in Criminology from the University of Utah and her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. She has worked in multiple residential treatment centers and as an in-home therapist. 

Therapy Approach: Jenn is committed to helping clients improve self-awareness, improve relationships, reduce trauma, and live a value-directed life. She believes that the therapeutic process is relationship centered. She believes that healing begins with feeling safe, accepted, and respected.  She utilizes an integration of empirically supported treatments in her work (ACT, CBT, EMDR, DBT, Interpersonal, Play Therapy, TFCBT, and Family Systems). 

Populations and Areas of Specialty: 

  • Individuals (Ages 5+)
    • Trauma and PTSD
    • Attachment Disorders
    • Anger Management
    • Self-Esteem
    • Life Transitions
    • Parent Training/Support
    • Grief and Loss
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Addiction 
  • Families
    • Relationship issues
    • Divorce and other family transitions 
    • Adoption 
  • Couples
    • Connection improvement
    • Communication strategies
    • Parenting issues
  • Groups
    • Substance use disorders
    • Life skills

 


 

 Jason Lefrandt, Phd Psychology Resident
 
 Jason Lefrandt, PhD Licensed Psychologist
 

Availability: Open

Background: Jason Lefrandt was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii as the middle child of five. He enjoys spending time with his wife and sons. They like going on hikes, playing sports, and traveling. He also enjoys working out at the gym, being outdoors, and reading psychology-related material.

Education and work experience: Jason earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology, master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, and doctoral degree in counseling psychology from Brigham Young University.  He gained therapeutic and evaluative experience in a variety of settings, including medical centers, state and federal prison, outpatient clinics, assessment centers, and private practices. He has conducted multicultural research, including traveling to American Samoa and New Zealand.

Therapy approach: Jason utilizes a variety of empirically based practices, including cognitive behavioral therapy and emotion focused therapy. He helps equip clients with a “toolbox,” or set of coping skills in times of high stress or problematic external situations. In addition, he recognizes empathy, understanding, and a safe space is vital for client growth.

Populations and Areas of Specialty:

  • Psychological Testing
    • ADD/ADHD
    • Autism
    • Learning disability
    • Psychiatric
  • Individuals (ages 12+)
    • Addictions, pornography, sexual compulsions
    • ADHD
    • Anxiety-related disorders
    • Attachment and relationship issues
    • Depression, mood disorders
    • Grief and loss
    • LGBTQ+
    • Perfectionism
    • Posttraumatic stress disorder/trauma
    • Spiritual/religious concerns
  • Couples
    • Communication issues
    • Emotionally focused therapy
    • Parenting difficulties
    • Premarital
    • Sexual concerns
  • Group
    • Anger management
    • Illness and management recovery
    • Process oriented
    • Pornography
    • Rational emotive behavior therapy
    • Relapse prevention

 


 

 Kristy Mathison, MFT Student
 
 Kristy Mathison, MFT Student
 

Availability: Full

Background: Kristy is a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern who was born and raised in Orem, and after spending some time living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Spain, and Las Vegas, she has returned to her roots in order to be closer to her favorite (and only) niece. Kristy is fluent in English, American Sign Language, and Spanish. In her free time she enjoys watercolor painting, attending plays, and listening to podcasts.                        

Education and Work Experience: Kristy Mathisen received a bachelor’s degree in DeafStudies and a minor in Spanish from Utah Valley University. Her first career is as a certified ASL Interpreter for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing. For the past 8 years, she has worked as an interpreter for schools, universities, agencies, and video relay service providers. Kristy is now pursuing a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at UVU with the goal of providing therapy services to the Deaf Community in ASL so that they won’t have to talk to a therapist through an interpreter. 

Therapy Approach: Kristy values diversity and is passionate about serving minorities and underserved communities. She empowers her clients through witnessing, accepting, and validating their unique lived experiences. Kristy recognizes the impact that privilege and oppression have on individuals, couples, and families, and she works hard to encourage and enable her clients to become who they want to be. She is motivated to help all those who experience depression, suicidal ideation, trauma, interpersonal conflict, and many other mental health and relationship issues. Kristy is highly familiar with the needs and concerns of people with disabilities, and is particularly poised to help them achieve their goals. Kristy uses multiple evidence-based therapeutic methods, including SFBT, CBT, EFT, attachment theory, and the Gottman Method.                          

Populations and Areas of Specialty:

  • Individuals (ages 5+)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD and complex trauma
  • Suicidal ideation and self-harm
  • Coping methods
  • Grief and loss
  • Spiritual/Religious concerns
  • Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing
  • Disability
  • Addictions
  • Dating and Courtship
  • Couples
  • Premarital
  • Connection Improvement
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Discernment counseling
  • Communication strategies
  • Betrayal trauma
  • Families
  • Interpersonal concerns
  • Life transitions
  • Groups
  • Psychoeducation
  • Life skills


 

 Steve Smith, PhD. Licensed Psychologist
 
 Steve Smith, PhD. Licensed Psychologist
 

Availability: Full

Background: Steve was born and raised in Provo and is happy to call Utah County home.  He loves doing anything outdoors, especially backpacking and fishing.  When not at work, Steve can be found exploring the canyons and trails of Southern Utah with his family.  Steve and his wife Klyss have three children and five grandchildren.  His greatest accomplishment is that he can still make Klyss laugh after 41 years of marriage.   

Education and work experience Steve Smith currently works part time for Sandstone Psychology. He has worked full time at Counseling and Psychological Services at BYU for the past 30 years and was director from 2011 to 2021. He has maintained a small private practice for the past 34 years. He received his bachelor’s degree in Special Education and his master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance from BYU. He received his doctorate in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Prior to coming to BYU, Steve worked in counseling centers at the University of Minnesota and University of Utah.  In addition to counseling and therapy, he served as an adjunct faculty member in the Counseling Psychology Doctoral program for 12 years.  

Therapy Approach: Steve has extensive training and experience in empirically supported treatments, specifically Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy.  During his doctoral training, Steve completed courses at the University of Minnesota’s Marriage and Family Therapy program and has practiced couple’s therapy for 35 years. During therapy, Steve strives to create an atmosphere of warmth, understanding, and empathy. He believes that change takes place when clients feel safe and free to examine their thinking and learn to treat themselves with compassion and understanding.

Populations and Areas of Specialty:

  • Individuals (ages 5+)
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • LGTBQ+
    • OCD
    • PTSD
    • Attachment Disorder
    • Faith Crisis/Faith Transitions
    • Grief and Loss
  • Couples
    • Premarital
    • Marriage Counseling
    • Intimacy Improvement
  • Group
    • Compassion Focused Therapy
    • LGTBQ+

 


 

 Allison Miller, CSW
 
Allison Miller, CSW
 

Availability: Full

Background: Allison was born and raised in Orem, UT. She ventured to warmer weather for a few years, then returned to her hometown to pursue her education, as a single mother of two. Recently, she remarried, moved to Genola, and is enjoying the peace and quiet of the small town with her family. She is a converted dog lover, enjoys playing board games, and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Education and Work Experience: Allison earned her bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in family studies from Utah Valley University. She continued her education at the University of Utah, where she completed her master’s degree in Social Work, with a clinical focus in mental health. She has completed training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and is currently working on Gottman Method Training. She has work experience in school settings, residential treatment, and outpatient services.

Therapy Approach: Allison believes the therapeutic relationship to be extremely valuable in the client’s growth and strives to work in a collaborative way with her clients. She draws from an attachment theory perspective, is trauma-informed and client-centered. Her passion is helping others find their inner strength to get through their dark moments in life. She uses an integrative therapeutic approach rooted in her client’s needs. She utilizes a mix of evidence-based modalities such as CBT, EMDR, Mindfulness, IFS, and Somatic Experience.

Populations and Areas of Specialty:

  • Individuals (ages 8+)
  • Trauma - PTSD and CPTSD
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Emotion Identification and Regulation
  • LGBTQ+ Concerns
  • Couples
  • Premarital Counseling
  • All Relationship Issues

  • Communication and Conflict Resolution
  • Connection
  • Parenting Concerns
 

 

 Davis Kane, Phd Licensed Psychologist
 
 Davis Kane, Phd Licensed Psychologist
 

Availability: Full

Background: Davis was born and raised in Hawai'i, on the island of O'ahu. He and his partner are the parents of two children. Outside of his professional roles, he enjoys exploring nature, cooking, powerlifting, and singing his favorite tunes during his commutes to and from the office. 

Education and Work Experience: Davis received his doctoral degree in counseling psychology from Brigham Young University and completed a pre-doctoral internship at the University of Hawaii – Mānoa. He is a member of several professional organizations including the LGBTQ+-Affirmative Therapist Guild of Utah.

Therapy approach: Davis’ work is guided by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Compassion-Focused Therapy. Davis works collaboratively with his clients in helping them to deal with difficult internal and interpersonal experiences in workable ways and living a life that is guided by core values and beliefs. Davis also strives to create a therapeutic space that is safe, empathic, affirming, and compassionate. 

Populations and Areas of Specialty:

  • Psychological Testing
  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Individuals (ages 17+)
  • LGBTQ+
  • BIPOC
  • Sexual concerns and compulsions 
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Suicidality
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Family and relationship issues
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder/trauma
  • Spiritual/religious concerns
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Avoidant Personality Disorder
  • Group
  • General Process 
  • LGBTQ+
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Sexual compulsions 
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

 


 

 Abigail Kott, MFT Student
 Abigail Kott, MFT Student
 

Availability: Full

Background: Abbey was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois as an only child. She enjoyed taking trips to Chicago and swimming in Lake Michigan. She lived in Tennessee for four years and enjoyed the country music scene and delicious barbeque. Since she has moved to Utah, Abbey spends her free time hiking, reading, running and hanging with friends. 

Education and Experience: Abbey obtained her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Belmont University, located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. She is currently attending Utah Valley University and working towards obtaining her masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. 

Therapy Approach: Abbey believes that the ability for an individual, couple and family to feel seen and heard within therapy is of the utmost importance. She provides an empathetic stance to create a safe space for clients to heal and grow throughout their therapeutic journey. She believes that growth and healing derives from self-awareness and acceptance, emotional vulnerability and curiosity of one's self. Abbey strives to assist and empower her clients to flourish and thrive as their authentic self. Abbey utilizes multiple evidence-based therapeutic models, including Gottman Method, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Structural Family Therapy and Attachment Theory.

 


 

 Ruby Nelson, Psychiatric
 
 Ruby Nelson, Psychiatric NP
 

Availability: Open

Background: Ruby lives in Salem with her husband LaMar, a few alpacas, goats, chickens, and a dog. She is a Utah native who spent about 10 years pining for Utah while living in Southern California, Miami, Florida, and Panama City, Panama. She has 2 children, 4 step-children and 3 grandchildren. She loves art, hiking, biking, and homesteading.

Education and Experience: Ruby has been an RN since 1978 and received her MSN in December 2021 from Frontier Nursing University in Versailles, Kentucky. She is currently enrolled in a Doctorate of Nursing program there. She became a board certified Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in January. She recently trained at Davis Behavioral Health, Provo Canyon Behavioral Hospital, and Provo Pediatrics.

Populations and Areas of Specialty:

Individuals (ages 13+)

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD/ADD
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Mood Disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Addiction
  • OCD
  • Trauma

 

                       Audrey Nixon, Office Manager
 
 Audrey Nixon, Office Manager
 


Background: Audrey was raised in Payson and has spent the last 20 years in Salem raising her 4 kids. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family hunting, camping, and exploring Utah. She can be found getting into a creative craft, reading a good book, or learning a new skill. She serves as the office manager (aka clinic-glue-person) and is here to eagerly help with all of your scheduling and billing needs. 

 


 

 Megan Devenish, Office Support Specialist
 Megan Devenish, Office Support Specialist
 

                                                             
 

Background: Megan was raised in the small town of Goshen, Utah. She is married to her high school sweetheart. She is also the mother and professional taxi driver for three wonderful children who keep her on her toes. She loves to spend her free time camping, reading, and planning her next vacation. She has been working in the medical field for 20 years. She loves getting to know clients and has a knack for helping them feel comfortable and welcome in the office.   

 Jory Kaiser
 
 Jory Kaiser, Office Support

 
Background: Jory grew up most of his life in Woodland Hills. His wife recently gave birth to a tiny baby and that baby has kept them both on their toes ever since. He enjoys being a father and spending time with his lovely wife. He graduated from BYU with a bachelor’s in Family Services and a minor in Psychology. He recently started a master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy and is excited to start working with and helping those in need. In a rare moment of free time, he can be found playing video games, Magic: The Gathering card game, and Dungeons and Dragons. He is here to help you with anything you need!

 

 Kassidy Rindlisbacher, Office Support
 
 Kassidy Rindlisbacher, Office Support
 
Background: Kassidy moved to Payson, Utah at the beginning of this year and has really been enjoying it! She and her husband have only been married for a short time, but enjoy spending as much time with each other and their 1-year old puppy, Bella! Kassidy loves reading, singing, and spending her free time playing her Nintendo 64 and watching funny YouTube videos with friends. She is the newest addition to the Sandstone Psychology Office Squad and is loving every minute of it!

 

 Collette Merrill
 
 

Collette Merrill, MS, Supervisor of Testing Services

 
Background: Collette Merrill was born in a small town in Northern Utah but has lived in Utah County since 2009 and loves it here! Collette loves all things British and spends a fair amount of time listening to bands from the early 2000's indie scene. In her spare time, Collette loves to spend time with her husband and four children, run, hike, read, and Google every question that comes into her mind.

 

Education and Work Experience: Collette obtained her B.S. degree from Utah State University in Early Childhood Special Education. She began her career teaching in a preschool for children with autism and severe disabilities in Washington County School District. After moving to Utah County, she taught children with disabilities in the Nebo School District before obtaining her M.S. degree in Special Education from Brigham Young University. Collette has always enjoyed assessment as part of her teaching duties and has worked for Riverside Insights since 2018 as a Clinical Examiner during the standardization of various educational standardized assessments. At Sandstone, she enjoys traveling to various schools as a psychometrician, providing educational assessment services. As a former teacher, she knows how important it is for an examiner to understand the school climate and she aims to provide services and recommendations that will be relevant to hard-working school professionals.