Phone: 801.382.9338
Fax: 801.383.0246

sandstone.psychology.utah@gmail.com

 

 
 

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 stives 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 influence 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

 

 

                        

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
     
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 to 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)

 


Background: Julie grew up in Spanish Fork, Utah. She continues to live in southern Utah County and enjoys waking up to the animals 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
 


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
 

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 Equine-Assisted EMDR Protocol. Brittani also has additional training in Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples and is pursuing certification.

Therapy Approach: Brittani uses a blended approach of experiential therapy, EMDR and trauma focused therapy, 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 3+)
    • Trauma/Dissociation
    • PTSD
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Attachment and relationship concerns        
  • Couples
    • Emotion Focused Therapy
    • Betrayal trauma
    • Premarital

 

 
 
 Rachel Terrazas, ACMHC
 


 

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

 

 
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

 


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

 

 
 Hayden Gillies, LAMFT
 


                           
 

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

 

 
 
 Jennifer Barnard, ACMHC


 

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

 

 
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 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

 

 
 
 Mark Primosch, MS, PhD Candidate


Background: Mark is an Arizona native. He enjoys backpacking in remote areas, mountain biking, bird watching, and wildlife photography. 

Education and Work Experience: Mark is currently a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at the University of Montana and holds a master’s degree in psychology. He has over 7 years of clinical experience. His clinical work focuses on both psychological assessment and therapy. In addition, Mark was previously a clinical research coordinator for several clinical trials examining depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer’s disease. He has co-authored several research articles and presented research on topics related to attachment theory, depression, serious mental illness, and traumatic brain injury. He serves as testing and evaluation coordinator.

Therapy Approach: Mark seeks to understand people based on their social factors and biological factors. He strongly believes that the client-therapist relationship can function as a powerful mechanism for change. He blends compassion, curiosity, humility, and authenticity in his work to help clients achieve their goals and live more meaning-filled lives. Mark draws upon therapies that are supported by research, such as dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and functional analytical psychotherapy.  

Populations and Area of Specialty:

  • Psychological Testing
    • Psychological Evaluation (diagnostic clarity and treatment planning)
    • Learning Disability
    • ADHD
    • Pre-surgery
    • Pre-mission 
  • Individuals (ages 5+)
    • Social and General Anxiety
    • Trauma
    • Bipolar Disorder
    • Borderline Personality Disorder
    • Substance misuse
 

Background: Maddy was born and raised in the Bay Area of California and is one of five siblings. She enjoys reading, playing soccer, and warm weather. She recently began playing pickleball with friends and family and spends her free time outdoors. 

 Education and Work Experience: Maddy graduated with a B.S. in psychology from Brigham Young University. She is currently completing a doctorate program in Counseling Psychology at the same university. During her training she has had the opportunity to work in the university counseling center as a therapist, the university accessibility center as an ADHD coordinator, and at private practices doing both evaluations and psychotherapy.  

Therapy Approach: Maddy uses a type of cognitive behavioral therapy called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and she is also mindful of interpersonal factors in therapy. She works to help clients achieve greater psychological flexibility in order to live a more rich and full life. Maddy also strives to create a safe environment for her clients through humor and authenticity.  

Populations and Areas of Specialty: 

  • Individuals (ages 16+)
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • OCD
    • PTSD
    • Pornography/Masturbation
    • Career concerns
    • LGBTQ+ concerns
  • Group
    • Sexual Trauma
    • General Process
    • Psychoeducation 

 

 
 
 Collette Merrill, Psychometrician
 
Background: Collette Merrill was born in a small town in Northern Utah but has lived in Utah County for 12 years and loves it here! She obtained her B.S. degree from Utah State University in Early Childhood Special Education.  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: She 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 Publishing as a Clinical Examiner during the standardization of the third edition of the Battelle Developmental Inventory. She now 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. 

 

                       
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. 

 

                                                               
 

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.   

                                                                 
Background: Angelica, more commonly known as “Jelly” grew up in Idaho and moved to Utah through her teenage years. She is fond of spending time with friends, hiking, jamming to music in the car, hammocking, and trying new foods. She is also into cooking, woodworking, up-cycling, and helping kids feel special. She is keen at “seeing you” and will help you with all your questions and scheduling needs.