If you are interested in helping our programs in a volunteer capacity, contact us at 1-877-HERO-877 or email@example.com. If you are interested in becoming a Sons of Helaman Clinician, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application. You must be a licensed Master’s level therapist to apply.
Maurice W. Harker, LPC, CMHC
Founder and Director of the Sons of Helaman program.
If you would like an individual or marital therapy session with Maurice, contact 877-HERO-877.
He is the third of the nine sons of Ferrin and Wanda Harker. After having been raised primarily in South East Idaho, his family moved to Farmington, Utah, where he graduated from high school at Davis High in 1987. In high school, he excelled academically, athletically and musically. He served an LDS mission to Detroit, Michigan. He completed his Bachelor’s program at the University of Utah majoring in Psychology and minoring in Mathematics.
He married his wife, Nanette, shortly after graduation. At that time he became the adoptive father of his then 3 year old son, Nikolas, who had been born to his wife in a previous marriage.
Maurice spent three years working at Decker Lake Youth Center, Salt Lake City’s maximum security facility for teen-agers. He went on to work for the State of Utah as an Independent Living Specialist helping youth who had been in foster care to transition into adult living. Maurice teamed up with his wife to run a group home for girls with Utah Youth Village for a year, followed by a few years working in treatment foster care.
As he was finishing his Professional Counseling Master’s Degree program at the University of Utah, he took an internship counseling position at Davis Counseling Center in Farmington, Utah. Upon graduation he also started working as a counselor at LDS Family Services in Farmington, Utah. His daughter, Syrena, was adopted during graduate school.
In May of 2005, Maurice opened the private counseling agency Life Changing Services, while still working part time at LDS Family Services, primarily as the Pre-Mission Evaluation Specialist for northern Utah.
In September of 2005, Sons of Helaman was created due to the influx of young men struggling with sexual addiction issues. The development and expansion of this program has been a major focus since then. In his ongoing private practice at Life Changing Services, Maurice specializes in marriage therapy (especially if sexual misbehaviors are part of the problem). He trains adult men to overcome sexual addictions. He works to help heal the wives of sexual addicts. He works with individuals fighting anxiety and depression issues.
Jennifer Johnson, CMHC
Jennifer graduated from Utah State University with her bachelors degree in Family and Human Development in 1999. She graduated from the University of Phoenix with her masters degree in mental health counseling in 2011. Jennifer has worked at LDS Family Services, LifeStar in Bountiful and has been working with the W-O-R-T-H group at Life Changing Services since 2008.
Jennifer is an empathic, caring, results-oriented therapist who believes that all people possess the ability to overcome life’s obstacles. She has worked with a variety of concerns, including but not limited to, addiction, spouse addiction, grief, trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship concerns and life transitions.
She works in a collaborative manner with her clients to establish goals and develop insight to make real- life changes. She makes efforts to provide a non-judgmental space to establish a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship. Using a number of therapeutic techniques including client centered, cognitive and cognitive-behavioral strategies, Jennifer empowers clients to build upon existing strengths and develop new coping skills. Jennifer offers therapeutic services for adults and adolescents as groups or on an individual basis.
If you would like to make an appointment with Jennifer, contact her directly at 801-510-6997.
Mindy Lundgreen, MSW, LCSW
Mindy Lundgreen graduated from Weber State University with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Family Studies. She completed graduate school at the University of Utah earning a Master of Social Work degree with an emphasis in counseling. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and has been affiliated with Life Changing Services since 2007. Mindy spent most of her growing up years in Kaysville and also lived in Alabama and California. A wife and mother of five, she enjoys trail running, hiking, biking and most importantly, her family.
Personal life experience provides a strong level of empathy for all who are suffering. Mindy believes that the answers to life’s challenges lie within the core of each individual. She focuses on establishing and maintaining a caring, therapeutic relationship assuring a compassionate and safe environment. This facilitates the comfort to share life experiences, explore challenges, pain and frustrations in a healing and meaningful way.
Mindy has worked with a broad spectrum of clients addressing issues of anxiety, depression and loss. She specializes in relationship issues and all women’s issues, including single parenting and divorce. Other specialties include female sex addiction recovery, trauma and unexpected life changes. She is experienced in parent coaching for a wide range of issues and is a certified Trauma Conversion Therapist addressing PTSD.
Mindy is a founder of “The Daughters of Light” program for adolescent girls which focuses on building self-worth and empowerment, enabling young women to stand strong amidst adversity and peer pressure. She also facilitates “Sisters of Promise,” a program helping women and young women heal who are challenged with sexual misbehavior and related issues.
If you would like to contact Mindy for scheduling or consultation, please call 801-989-1023 or go to www.mindytherapy.com
LDS Family Services – Clinician
Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists
National Association of Social Workers
Weber State University key speaker on women’s issues
Quality Improvement Committee Dept. of Child and Family Services
Golden Key International Honor Society Inductee
LDS mission in Hong Kong
Jeff Gregson graduated from the University of Utah with a BS in Sociology, minor in Psychology and a Certificate in Criminology. He then later graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2001 with a Masters degree in Counseling. Jeff is currently a member of the American Psychological Association, certified in the Teaching-Family model (parenting model used by many youth programs) and trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (method of therapy that promotes rapid change for many issues). He has also been trained to teach and run Aggression Replacement Training, a researched method for anger management.
Jeff has mainly worked with children, families and adolescents to help resolve issues related to oppositional behaviors, ADHD, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, sexual victims, perpetration and anger control.
Jeff’s career began 10 years ago at Youth Village, working as a caseworker and later with the Families First program, an intensive in-home preservation service. While working as a Families First Specialist, he worked as an out-patient child therapist at Weber Human Services, working with traumatized children.
Jeff opened his private practice in the summer of 2004 and has enjoyed working with adult and child clients alike. The focus of his practice has been helping adults and adolescents with overcoming depression and anxiety.
His experience and training can help you and your family make the changes you desire.
Jeff’s Website: www.jeffgregsontherapy.com
Jade received his bachelors degree in psychology and a masters degree in social work from the University of Utah. Since completing graduate school, Jade has worked with adolescents in an intensive outpatient program at the University of Utah, as well as helping adolescent girls in a residential program. Jade also does outpatient work with couples and families.
He has worked on the Resilient Youth: Stay Off Substances program/study at the University of Utah, where he also worked as an aftercare coordinator for the program.
Jade’s specialties include addiction (substance abuse treatment, pornography, gambling, etc.,) mood disorders, grief, loss, and trauma.
Additionally, Jade does extensive therapy with couples and families.
University of Utah, School of Social Work, Alumni Association
– Student of the Year
Psi Chi National Honor Society, University of Utah
– Outstanding Community Service Award
Mortar Board Honor Society. University of Utah Chapter
– Service above and beyond
Provo Canyon School
– Personal Commitment to Service Award (Service Before Self)
National Association of Social Work
Phi Kappa Phi
Golden Key International Honor Society
American Psychological Association, Student Affiliate
Psi Chi National Honor Society of Psychology
Phi Theta Kappa
National Dean’s List
Jade’s Website: www.jademangus.com
Cody Hawes, MSW, LCSW
Cody Hawes was born and raised in Hermiston, Oregon where his passions were sports, singing, activities with family, friends and the LDS church. He worked on the local farms until his graduation from High School and enrolled at Rick’s College in 1999. He attended Ricks for one year and was called to serve a mission in McAllen, Texas where he learned the Spanish language and increased his eagerness to serve people around him. After serving his mission, he went back to school at the transitioned BYU-Idaho where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in Spanish. He was actually named the “Man of The Year” for the BYU-Idaho college of Religion and Social Sciences. BYU-Idaho is where he met his beautiful wife Kristin while they were EFY counselors.
After a few years of living in Layton where Kristin worked as a Special Education teacher and Cody as a youth sex offender counselor they decided to pursue a Masters degree in Social Work at Eastern Washington University. There, he became a mental health/sex offender therapist and worked for the departments of corrections in Washington and Oregon. Since moving back to Utah, he started working for Life Changing Services and the Sons of Helaman program and has worked as a part-time therapist for LDS family services. His specialties include Addiction Recovery, Marriage and Family therapy, and Mental Health Recovery.
Cody can be reached at (801) 721-0144 or email@example.com.
Brett Walker, CMHC
Brett grew up in Kaysville where he graduate from Davis High School and served a Spanish speaking Mission in Massachusetts. He graduated from Weber State University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice, minoring in sociology. During his undergraduate studies, Brett worked as a direct care staff with a youth program. This experience led Brett to obtaining a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix to become a Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Brett began working with a broad spectrum of clients that included adults, couples, adolescents and children with a variety of mental health disorders. Throughout Brett’s career he has worked with adults and adolescents dealing with unresolved trauma and abuse, sexual offenses, behavioral and emotional dysregulation, addictions, mood disorders and other psychiatric disorders. Brett has specialized experience working with pornography and sexual addictions facilitating multiple therapy groups and individual therapy for sexual addicts and their spouses. Brett loves the Utah landscape and enjoys exploring Utah’s outdoors with his three daughters. Brett enjoys fly-fishing, skiing, riding his motorcycle, golfing, scuba diving, camping, and UTV adventures.
Brett can be reached at (801) 915-3258 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ryan Christiansen, LCSW
Ryan runs the Sons of Helaman program in Washington County Utah.
Ryan is the oldest of four children. He graduated from Viewmont High School. He served an LDS mission in the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma mission. Although he did not serve a foreign language mission, he is bi-lingual Spanish speaking. He married his wife, Jamie, a year after his mission. They are the proud parents of six children: Cohen, Kaeden, Hanne, Ylena, Orsen and Presten. Ryan loves the outdoors, drawing, playing the piano and spending time with his family.
He completed his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Utah majoring in Psychology and while completing his Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Utah, he completed a first year internship at Salt Lake County Youth Services where he worked with troubled you in the Salt Lake area and a second year internship at Davis Behavioral Health in Layton, Utah where he worked with mentally ill adults on an outpatient basis. Upon graduation he worked for three years as a substance abuse and domestic violence counselor at ACES in Salt Lake City, Utah working with court ordered adults – both English and Spanish speaking. Ryan and his family moved to St. George in 2007 where he worked for over seven years as the Clinical Director and primary therapist at Cinnamon Hills Youth Crisis Center: a Residential Treatment Center for adolescents between the ages of 12-18.
Ryan currently works as the Clinical Director for Desert Solace, an adult Residential treatment home for adult men who struggle with pornography and other forms of sex addiction. Additionally, he owns and operates ABC Counseling Services, a private counseling agency in St. George Utah. He has extensive experience with adults and adolescents working with issues such as addictions (substance abuse, pornography, gambling, etc.), behavioral issues, domestic violence and family or marital problems.
Ryan can be contacted for therapy at (435) 773-2063 or email@example.com.
Dave Jensen, LPC, LSAC
My style and philosophy reflects an accepting, respectful, and non-judgmental focus in therapy. I firmly believe in, and place emphasis on, the separation of a client’s personal identity and his or her behavior. This philosophy has given my clients a more effective base to develop accurate self-concept and has instilled hope and motivation for positive change.
I have worked as a counselor for over 9 years and have gained a wide variety of experience and expertise treating cases involving depression, anxiety, developmental and psychosocial traumas, self-concept/self-esteem deficits, and both chemical and behavioral addictions.
As a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling and an Independently Licensed Therapist, I hold the credential of both a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor in the State of Utah. During my work as a counselor, I have worked with clients of various cultures and diversities in individual, couples, family, and group settings. In such, I have effectively employed multiple therapy models and techniques to develop self-understanding, facilitation of positive changes, and more appropriate decisions in the lives of my clients. I have also valued every opportunity to work with couples and families in solidifying family support, communication, and more fulfilling family relationships.
I love my work and look forward to meeting you and working together toward enhancing your life’s experience.
Dave can be reached at (801) 916-0701 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brandon L. Thalman, CMHC
Born and raised in Cache Valley, Brandon graduated from Mountain Crest High School where he was active in football and wrestling. Following high school he served an LDS mission in Seattle, Washington.
Brandon completed a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Utah State University in 2001. Upon graduation Brandon began working for the State of Utah in the Division of Juvenile Justice Services. Brandon was employed with the State for eight years working with juvenile offenders in the community, and in observation and assessment. During his employment with the State, Brandon earned his masters degree in Mental Health Counseling/School Counseling through the University of Phoenix in 2008. He completed his internship in a private agency and at the Bear River Health Department Division of Substance Abuse, where he is still currently employed. Brandon has been working with the Sons of Helaman since November 2011.
In 2001, Brandon married his best friend, Jessie Robbins, and together they have four children. Brandon and his family enjoy camping, hunting, fishing, and anything outdoors. He and his wife spend most of their free time chasing their kids to and from dance, soccer, piano, basketball, and church-related activities.
Brandon has found great joy and satisfaction in helping people overcome addictions and other problems, to regain the sense of peace and happiness they are longing for. Brandon has worked with all age groups in a variety of conditions. He is committed to helping young men become who they were foreordained to be.
If you have questions about the Sons of Helaman program or for private counseling services, Brandon can be reached at 435-713-5735 or by email at email@example.com.
Chris has taught seminary and institute for over 30 years. He was raised in Bountiful, Utah and has been married to the former Cynthia Kolts for over 30 years. They have 6 children, 5 children in laws, and their 9th grandchild is on the way. He served an LDS mission to Indiana and graduated from BYU, received a Masters in Social Work from the University of Utah and is a licensed L.C.S.W. He has been a clinician for over 20 years and has always specialized in working with youth. He spent 8 years working in New England and coordinated church education throughout New England, including University of Massachusetts, UCONN, Brown University, Yale, and the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Working for the Sons of Helaman for the last 3 years has been one of the highlights of his life as he has continued to witness the miracles of recovery over and over again and see countless young men fulfill their dreams of life without addiction, of serving a mission, and returning to marry the wife they have been fighting for long before they even knew her.
Chris and his wife have enjoyed working as Session Directors for E.F.Y. Since 2002 and have been able to work with amazing youth throughout the country and Canada.
Chris enjoys restoring things; his 50 year old house, a 52 Ford truck he drove in high school and foremost, the lives of noble and great young men who are haunted with addiction. He loves these young men with all his heart and and is determined to do all within his power to help them reach their goals.
Chris Beynon can be reached at 413-531-6252 and would be happy to help answer any question regarding this amazing program and is also available for private counseling.
Marshall owns and operates LifeWorks Counseling in Mapleton, Utah. To get to know him and his approach to counseling a bit better, please watch one of his brief videos at www.lifeworksutah.com/services.
Marshall grew up among the beautiful mountains and lakes of McCall, Idaho as the fourth of six kids. He served his mission among the wonderful people of Honduras and Belize and returned home and married the angelic Tammy Burton. They are the parents of three crazy, wonderful kids. Marshall loves God, his family, and the Chicago Cubs. He also enjoys acting, singing, and playing sports.
Marshall is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and specializes in treating adults, teens, and children for depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, anger issues, and substance abuse and dependence. He also helps couples have better marriages, and he trains parents to appropriately and effectively manage their children who struggle to behave appropriately.
Marshall can be reached directly: (385) 335-5837
Trampas J. Rowden (TJ), PhD, CMHC
I received Master and Doctoral Degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brigham Young University and Texas Tech University respectively. I began clinical work with individuals, couples, and families in 2000, and have since practiced in various settings including youth and adult outpatient, youth corrections, various out-of-home adolescent care settings, and private practice. I’m also an Arbinger Certified Facilitator, able to provide individual and group training in Arbinger’s Core at Work and Core in Families & Relationships. I have developed a strong interest in four areas of emphasis : (1) core principles of healing, growth, and success in our efforts to change, (2) developing character strengths and virtues central to any “good” we create in ourselves and with others, (3) the challenges and opportunities of “relationship” in our daily living, and (4) the reality that clients are the gatekeepers of change and true heroes in their own success stories. From personal and professional experience in these areas over time, I have learned that addressing our problems ultimately involves drawing on our strengths and the best that lies within us and our relationships. My work with others is anchored in this idea.
Based on the above, I have successfully assisted others in improving problem areas such as:
- Parent-Child Relational Problems
- Marital Conflict or Discord
- Adolescent “At Risk” Behaviors (i.e. substance use, sexual acting out, oppositional behaviors, self-harm, etc.)
- Anxiety/OCD-type Behaviors
- Trauma/Attachment Issues
Because the needs of those I work with vary, I provide five general levels of mental health services. Understanding differences between each level can help you in considering the best fit between your needs and my services. A good fit between “need” and “service,” increases the likelihood of positive outcomes and your success and satisfaction!
Originally from Arizona, I am the oldest of four siblings, and am married to Becky. I am also the proud Daddy of Haylea, James, Sterling, and Ellie! Personal interests and hobbies include: fly tying and fishing, camping, various sports, cycling (both road and mountain), reading, play-time with my kiddos, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Ben H. Smith, MMFT
Through his studies and dedication to the field of Sexual Addictions and Trauma, Ben contributes a comprehensive perspective on therapy for individuals, couples and teens in Spanish and English.
Ben earned his Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in August from Trevecca Nazarene University. He completed his internship in August, 2013 working with a wide range of clients, including individuals and couples. Previously Ben worked at Vanderbilt Medical Center as a Spanish Medical Interpreter for 4 years.
While working on his undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Spanish, he became fascinated with the Spanish language and the diversity of Latino cultures. He also served a Mission in Mexico City, where he grew to love and respect the people there.
Recently, Ben started his training with Patrick Carnes and associates and is a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist Candidate (CSAT). He will finish his certification by the end of 2014.
Ben resides outside of Nashville, Tennessee. His hobbies include spending time with family, rustic woodwork, riding horses, fishing and nature.
Ph- (615) 456-2242
Jeremy Leavitt MS, LMFT, CADCI
Jeremy Leavitt is a young and energetic therapist. He possesses a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy. He also has extensive training in addictions and has additional experience providing services as a substance abuse counselor for individuals of all ages. He also provides services for a number of other issues including couples, families, dual-diagnosis, depression and anxiety. He works especially well with youth and young adults. Jeremy has been happily married for 12 years and has two wonderful boys. He enjoys practicing and teaching Taekwondo in his off time. Jeremy has a 2nd degree black belt and has been teaching martial arts to youth and adults for approximately 14 years.
Greg Dunford, CMHC
Greg Dunford grew up in East Millcreek in Salt Lake City, Utah. After serving an LDS mission in Santiago, Chile, he attended Dixie College. In 1987, he married the love of his life, Julie, who is from Arizona, where they have lived for the majority of their marriage. They have 6 children from 7-26. His family is the joy of his life!
He completed his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Utah, with a major in Spanish and minor in Psychology, and worked for the LDS Church Seminary and Institute program (CES) for 20 years. He earned his Master’s degree in Counseling at Northern Arizona University and began counseling at LDS Family Services, and then started his private practice in 1998. He found great success using gospel principles to help clients overcome the challenges of:
- addiction: substance abuse, pornography, etc.
- eating disorders
- marriage and family issues
- suicidal tendencies
- sexual, physical, emotional abuse
- anger issues, etc.
In 2007, Greg took an early retirement from CES to pursue what he felt was a calling to use gospel principles to help people heal their lives in a more specific setting. He didn’t know exactly what form that was to take, but after a season of patient preparation, he and his wife became the “Ma & Pa” of the High Bar Ranch, helping young men prepare for their missions in the beautiful White Mountains of Arizona. He has also worked as a program director at a facility for struggling young women, and as a Field Director for the Arivaca Boys Ranch doing everything from Equine therapy and all kinds of outdoor activities, to teaching Arbinger (which essentially teaches a Christ-like way of being). Greg has a gift in connecting with the youth. His ability to communicate, motivate and inspire people are among his greatest strengths. The people he works with know he cares about them.
Greg has traveled extensively and lived abroad in: Europe, North, South and Central America, South Pacific, and study abroad in Puebla, Mexico & in the Middle East. When he was 17 his family lived in a kibbutz in Israel where his father was the director for the BYU study abroad program. He loves playing basketball and tennis, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, and playing with his kids. Spending time with his family is his favorite thing!
Greg is thrilled to be involved with the Son’s of Helaman Program as it is an extremely effective application of gospel principles in healing lives. He gained an initial testimony of the program as his own family started to apply the principles themselves. It proved to be a huge benefit individually and as a family!
Visit his website at: gregdunfordcounseling.com
Michael Evan Blair
Michael Evan Blair is totally tuned to the teenage lifestyle and has successfully worked and played with this group from scout leadership days in the mountains and on the lakes and at the Maverick and the movies and in heart to heart coaching and counseling for many years. I am kind of the grandpa coach dude and we usually have fun and learn practical tools and knowledge to get to the difference that makes the difference at many levels. Just for the record I do have a mug shot, have never been incarcerated, have one wife of 42 years, enjoy 8 children and 22 grandchildren, love to fish and ATV ride and shoot hoops and watch games when sports games seem to matter, and I am a Christ believer and proud to be a Mormon. Sons of Helaman is the best program for trouble teens available and so I am determined to join the troops and be part of winning the war happening to all of us. We will learn, laugh, cry and grow into victorious and productive Warriors! Video conference coaching or counseling available anywhere in the world. Free 10 min phone call!
Visit his website at: http://sanpetecounseling.com
Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Purcell, LCSW
Andrew was born and raised in the Uintah Basin. He served his Mission in the Michigan Detroit Mission, spending 18 months in the inner city. After returning, Andrew met and married his wife, Jessica, another Basin native. He graduated from Utah State University with his Bachelor’s degree in Family and Human Development in 2007. He earned his Master’s degree in Social Work in 2011.
Andrew has worked with youth for most of his career. For five years he worked at a residential treatment center as a youth counselor for young men. He also worked for Child Protection Services for four years. After completing school, Andrew worked in private counseling assisting with a variety of challenges.
Andrew continues to live in the Basin with his wife and two children. Andrew enjoys hunting, particularly archery hunting and pheasant hunting, fishing and has recently discovered his talents for remodeling after purchasing a small ranch with an older home that required updating. Andrew now has some horses and some hunting dogs he is training. Andrew enjoys traveling and has been to Europe twice. Andrew is a die-hard Jazz fan and is attempting to convert his children to his interests.
Christopher Vassel, MAMFT, LMFT
Christopher has a passion for helping people overcome those obstacles that preventing them from reaching their potential. He has a private practice in St Peters, MO, a suburb 30 minutes outside of St Louis. He has specialized training in helping individuals work through pornography, and/or gaming addictions (computer, smartphone and/or console based video games).
He works primarily with adolescents, couples and families with a variety of issues including, but not limited to infidelity, trust and communication problems, parenting, step/ blended families, delinquency, behavioral problems, depression and anxiety. In therapy he using various techniques and interventions that help his clients build off of their current and past positive behaviors and thought patterns to design and live a healthier and happier life. He is also an independent Love and Logic Facilitator.
Christopher was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey about an hour outside of Manhattan, NY. He grew up in Sandy, Utah and served and LDS mission in the Munich Germany/ Austria mission from 2001-2003. He married his wife, Kris, in 2005 and they have three children together. He graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Sociology in 2009. He then moved to Springfield, Missouri for graduate school. He attended Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, enrolling in their PsyD/MA dual program however left the PsyD program after receiving his Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy after receiving an offer to join a private practice in a suburb of St Louis, Missouri in January of 2013.
Christopher can be reached for therapy at (636)486-6266 or emailed at email@example.com
You can also learn more about him at http://www.archwaystl.com
Rodney Limb Med., LCPC, LMFT
I have served as professional counselor now over 24 years with a wide variety of expertise and experience and some experience with most everything. Half of what I do is marriage repair and half mental health work. Many years working with sexual addictions, ten years suicide intervention and crises trauma recovery has helped prepared me to be able to help with today’s complicated issues. Even though I have already successfully helped many individuals and groups in overcoming sexual and other addiction issues I appreciate the great value of the focused step by step program the “Sons of Helaman” offers young men in preparing for mission and/or marriage. As a new affiliate with the Sons of Helaman program I am so excited to assist young men learn the skills of mastery over the natural man and learn to “bridle” the passions toward true fulfillment and enjoyment of the best pleasures life has to offer. Steven Covey, a great mentor said to the effect; “the greatest of life’s adventures is to learn how the spirit directs one’s own life in doing good.” Because of the opportunities of experience I have had serving in various callings I feel responsible to help promote the values of obedience to God’s laws and enjoying the peace of visiting his Holy Temple.
I continue to enjoy the improvement of my marriage over 30 years with 8 children and now 2 grandchildren. As the Clinical Director of Advanced Counseling and Communicating Love I have been in private practice over 20 years. My first book with more to come is just out in 2016 called: “The Perfect Marriage- Not by accident.”
I may be contacted for services at 208-887-6283. Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
See also www.RodLimb.com and www.CommunicatingLove.com
David Durtschi MA NCC
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and Nationally Certified Counselor and graduate of the University of Colorado, Denver. I’ve served the people in Parker Colorado since 2014 helping them develop better communication, overcome addictions and create the lives they want. Before that, I worked with drug and alcohol addiction through Salvation Army and couples and individuals through Noeticus Counseling Center. I have a passion for helping people take control of their lives.
Why I became a Counselor
I worked for years as a massage therapist. Anytime a client met with me for more than three visits, I would hear their life story. I would listen quietly as they shared their personal experiences. I knew massage would help their stress temporarily; however, the source of the stress was deeper. In order to fully recover, they would have to learn new coping skills for their life situation. I knew at that time I didn’t have the tools necessary to help them see their life in a new way and make the necessary changes.
This really hit home when one of my good friends, who was also a client, revealed that she had been raped two years previously. This is a person who lit up a room when she walked in. She was always smiling. I had no idea that something this awful had happened to her. I wanted to help her but didn’t know what to do. This inspired me to go back to school so I could help those like my friend.
David Durtschi MA NCC
Life Counseling and Wellness Center
12760 Stroh Ranch way Suite 201
Parker, CO 80134
I believe in miracles! I see them everywhere I look. One of the greatest miracles I know of is the human capacity to grow and change. Growth is difficult. Change can be painful. Despite these painful and difficult circumstances, we persist. Every day, men and women all over the world change and overcome adversity.
My journey in becoming a therapist began many years ago. In all honesty, I did not wake up one morning, in my youth, and exclaim, “Eureka!” I’m going to be a therapist. Rather, life experiences and some profound promptings led me to where I am, today.
My undergraduate degree is in pharmacy. I received this degree from the University of Utah. About ten years into my practice as a pharmacist I experienced some of those “life experiences” that gave me a different outlook and new perspectives. I felt the need to grow, progress and make important changes in my life.
I attended graduate school and received my Masters of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at California Lutheran University. As an Intern, I worked in a variety of settings. I had the privilege of working with adolescents and couples at the Child and Adolescent Psychological Services (C.A.P.S) Center. I taught Drug Diversion classes to first time drug offenders at the Intervention Institute and concluded my internship at Anacapa Psychiatric Hospital. These diverse experiences taught me a great deal about life. I learned that life is hard, but there is hope.
I have completed the required training and supervision to certify as a CSAT (Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist). This training has given me the tools necessary to work with those who are affected by sexual addiction. My focus with the Sons of Helaman Program is to help individuals deal with the issues and trauma that result from living with this devastating and powerful disease.
I love working with young people. I have been blessed with many such opportunities. After serving my mission in Oregon, I returned home and, in time, was sealed for time and eternity to my wonderful eternal companion. My life has been richly blessed by my association with the youth. I love to see them grow spiritually and choose the right.
My vision of the counseling process comes from a belief that all of us, at times, encounter experiences that we are unable to handle on our own. These brief times are but a small moment in the course of our existence. How we handle these small moments can make a big difference in the direction and quality of our lives. This, to me, is the essence of being a therapist. My goal is to help others learn, grow and develop the tools and skills necessary to triumph during these difficult times.
California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #34291
California Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor #1066
Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) #2013T‐1536
Branden Henline, PhD, LMFT, CFLE
Dr. Branden Henline has established a multifaceted career as a family therapy educator, researcher, therapist, supervisor, and clinic owner. He holds a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Tech University and is a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). He is a professional member and Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) with the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). Dr. Henline is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in both Utah and Arizona and has maintained an active clinical practice since Fall 2000. As a therapist, he has worked with families and children, adolescents, couples, and individuals on issues related to parenting, behavioral problems, self-harm, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, trauma, conflict resolution, infidelity, pornography, addiction recovery, intimacy development, and strengthening marriage and family relationships. Dr. Henline has built his career on training other therapists. He is the founding program director for the family therapy training programs at Northcentral University (NCU) and now works as the Director of Clinical Field Placements at NCU. He still maintains an active clinical practice and enjoys supervising and mentoring other therapists. Dr. Henline is married and he and his wife have four children together. The Henlines currently live in Lehi, Utah and enjoy spending any time they can outside, including hiking, mountain biking, cycling, snowshoeing, camping and exploring the abundance of natural beauty in the western U.S. In addition to English, Dr. Henline speaks, reads and writes Thai, having served a mission in the Bangkok Thailand Mission. He loves to cook and enjoy meals from many different cultures. He can be contacted for services at (928) 830-8501 or email@example.com; see also www.draperfamilies.com or www.prescottvalleyfamilies.com.
Peter Benson, LAMFT
Peter Benson (Pete) is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy from BYU-Idaho and he maintains a national certification as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. He earned his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA where he received rigorous clinical training in working with a diverse clientele of individuals, couples and families. During his clinical training, Pete developed a commitment to creating a safe and validating environment in the therapy room as well as to serving individuals who deal with discrimination and prejudice on a daily basis. He has a passion for helping couples create a safe and secure relationship and for helping parents create a secure and structured environment in which children can develop and excel.
Pete was introduced to the Sons of Helaman program in 2016. During his training, he saw the power of group therapy in fighting this addiction and learned about the wily ways of Satan. He is eager to fight alongside you in the war against Satan. He is committed to help you understand the tactics that Satan uses. He is confident that with personal commitment, some support from parents and/or a bishop, and some hard work that you can create your own personalized battle plan that will allow you to conquer this addiction and realize the power within you that Satan is trying to diminish.
Peter Benson was born and raised in Orem, Utah. He served a full time mission in the Copenhagen, Denmark Mission. While at BYU-Idaho, he met and married the girl of his dreams. He currently resides in Orem with his wife and their five beautiful daughters.
Pete currently works with Draper Center for Couples and Families. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, 801-999-0580, or www.draperfamilies.com
Jody Van Drimmelin, MSA, LCSW
Jody is a native Texan born in Oak Cliff hospital in Dallas during the time of poodle skirts and car hops. She is your typical 4th generation Texan who loves ice lemonade, wide open landscapes with star filled Texas skies and mesquite smoked barbeque.
When all the children flew the nest, she returned to school to complete a lifelong goal of a college degree and liked it so much she went on to get a Masters in Social Work. Her goal was to become a Child and Family Therapist so she could reach out and help those struggling with personal and family issues. Jody is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has a private practice in Arlington, Texas.
She is often asked to speak for conferences, firesides and workshops and has spent the last 2 years traveling all over Texas speaking to groups about Pornography addiction and recovery. She is a member of The Lone Star Coalition Against Pornography and the 2016-2018 BYU Management Society Women in Business Fort Worth Chapter President. She is passionate about helping others find peace and navigate the difficulties in this journey we call life. She facilitates three WORTH groups each week, teachers Eternal Warrior classes and works with individuals who are struggling to break free of their pornography addictions.
Karen Gilmore, LCSW
Karen Gilmore graduated from BYU with a bachelors degree in Social Work and then completed a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Utah. She has worked in a variety of settings working with adults, children and families. She worked at mental health facilities doing mental health therapy for many years and has specialized training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing and healing from trauma. She then moved to Southern California where she worked with the Children’s Bureau of Southern California doing in-home prevention work with at risk children and families. She became the program manager and later the Director of Community Services for Children’s Bureau in the Antelope Valley Region.
When they moved to Colorado, Karen was able to work as a school based social worker with elementary school children. That was an ideal way to balance work and be still be on the same schedule as her children. Upon returning to California, she was asked to take the lead on a grant to create a mentoring program for at-risk youth ages 7-17. She recruited and trained mentors, identified the youth for the program, matched the mentors with youth and facilitated monthly group activities.
She currently has a private practice in Southern California where she lives with her husband and one of her three children who is still at home.
Natasha Brown, LAMFT
Natasha graduated from Brigham Young University- Idaho with a B.A. in Psychology and received a Master’s degree in Family Therapy from the University of Houston- Clear Lake. She is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She believes that many of our greatest joys as well as life challenges come from our relationships with those who are important to us, whether it be our spouse/partner, family members, friends, or co-workers. She believes that much of our unhappiness and struggle is a result of failed attempts at connecting and faulty beliefs, rather than the result of innate flaws.
Natasha works with adolescents, adults, couples, and families to help find healing, balance and strength within themselves regardless of outside influences. Natasha’s experience primarily consists of helping couples using Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy- the #1 research supported approach for couples counseling. This is a non-blaming approach in which negative, self-reinforcing patterns of communicating are uncovered and repaired. She has also worked with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, co-dependency, grief, loss, trauma, and women’s issues.
Natasha is a compassionate, kind therapist with a passion for helping individuals discovers their true selves. In her spare time she enjoys playing with her daughter, hiking, dancing, and reading a good book by the fire. She can be reached at 832-540-9879 or email@example.com
Natasha’s Website: Natashacbrown.com
Brian Savage, LCSW
Brian Savage is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker living in Grand Prairie, Texas. He grew up in Astoria, Oregon, where some great movies were filmed, like Goonies, Short Circuit, Free Willey, and Kindergarten Cop. Brian is a very humble individual, but will reluctantly admit that he is almost famous, because he once changed his gym shorts in the same locker room where Arnold Schwarzenegger was later shot in the leg by the bad guys in the movie, Kindergarten Cop. Brian is confident that the Astoria City Council is feverishly raising funds to erect a plaque marking this location as a National Historical Sight.
Before his brush with fame, he spent many hours playing pickup basketball games at the YMCA. He enjoyed playing football, basketball, and track at Astoria High School. He actually hoped he might achieve fame one day as a professional basketball player, but his body had other ideas, and no matter how much milk he drank, he stopped growing at the height of 5 feet 11 inches. His life changed dramatically at the age of 15 when Norman and Leola Richins knocked on his door while they were missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He joined the church after hearing their humble testimonies and feeling the testifying force of the Spirit.
A few years later, Brian decided to return the favor and served as a missionary in the Ohio-Columbus Mission. It was during his mission that he really started to understand how people can overcome serious challenges and change their lives for the better by following the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
He graduated from BYU with an English Teaching Degree, and taught 8th graders how to love writing and enjoy reading. After a few years, he decided he wanted to return to BYU and obtain a Master’s in Social Work. After working with adults and children, it wasn’t long before Brian gravitated toward his favorite population-teenagers. Over his career, he has worked in three different residential treatment centers serving youth. He has spent much of that time working with young men who have struggled with sexual issues. He understands well the shame, loneliness, and frustration that accompany this battle.
After several years living in South Jordan, Utah, Brian and his lovely and talented wife, Carol, felt the whisperings of the Spirit telling them it was time to engage in a new adventure in the great state of Texas. It was at this point that he learned about the amazing program called, The Sons of Helaman. After seeing how successful this program was at helping young men battle sexual addiction, he knew he had to be a part of it! He is now helping young men in Texas to reach their God given potential.
Brian is lucky enough to have five talented children and 8 amazing grandchildren. Unfortunately, they are spread throughout the United States, with the exception of his youngest son who lives close by. He continues to hope that the other four will all move to Texas where they can experience the joy of authentic Texas barbeque and Blue Bell Ice Cream.
Brain can be reach by phone at (682) 651-8803 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
His website is warriorcounseling.com.
Bryan Skiles, MS LMHCA
Bryan is a pre-licensed mental health counselor, working toward qualification as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington. He recently completed his M.S. in General Mental Health Counseling from Capella University, in December 2016. Using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Narrative Therapy approaches, Bryan specializes in working with adolescents and adults with attention issues, drug and internet addictions, depressed mood, and anxiety; and, with married couples with marriage, finance, communication, and parenting challenges. He is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Washington Counseling Association, and the Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists. Bryan finds his greatest joy in seeing others elevate their faith in themselves and their quality of life.
In addition to providing psychotherapy and counseling services, Bryan has over twenty-five years of providing business and information systems consulting services. He has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Accounting from Brigham Young University. He has also served in the scouting program as an adult for over seventeen years at the unit and district levels. Bryan has been married for over thirty years and has six children and six grandchildren. Bryan enjoys piano; backpacking; and camping and hiking with his family. Bryan currently teaches early-morning seminary.
Bret V. Wixom, MSW, LCSW
Bret was born and raised in Southeastern Idaho. He grew up as a “farm kid,” in the small farming community of Wapello and graduated from Blackfoot high school. He graduated from Idaho State University with a degree in social work and went on to graduate with a master’s degree in social work from Walla Walla College. He is currently licensed as a clinical social worker in Idaho. Bret began his career in mental health at the State Hospital South in Blackfoot Idaho. Since then he has worked at the Behavioral Health Center in Idaho Falls and as a crisis worker in the emergency room at Pioneer Valley Hospital in Salt Lake City. Bret has spent a great deal of time working with teenagers. He even worked at a wilderness program for teens in northern Idaho. For the past 14 years Bret has provided outpatient clinical therapy, including services for individuals, couples, and families. He specializes in treating emotional trauma, mood management issues such as grief and anger management, and other more serious mental health issues. Bret also helps senior citizens with the psychological and emotional issues related to aging. Bret is an accomplished, experienced therapist who understands how to help when help is needed. Bret has been married to his wife Terri for the past 30 years. Together they have raised two sons. Zach, his oldest, has completed his Master’s degree in social work and is a therapist working with troubled teens. Skyler, Bret’s younger son has just graduated from BYUI and is looking forward to attending graduate school. Bret and Terri have two grandchildren. Bret enjoys singing, camping, woodworking and spending time with his family.
Matt Barrus, CSW/MSW
Matt grew up in West Jordan, Utah and is the 4th of 9 children. His passion was playing sports, but especially enjoys playing basketball with his brothers. He is married to his wife, Cindy, and they have 3 children. He served a full-time mission in the south of France and is fluent in French. Spending time outside with his family, and working on his cars are among some of his favorite hobbies.
Matt received his bachelor’s degree from BYU-Idaho before attending Arizona State University to obtain his Masters of Social Work degree. He has experience working at an inpatient psychiatric hospital in Chandler, Arizona where he worked with acute adult and adolescent patients. He also worked in the housing department of the largest homeless shelter in Arizona. Since graduation, Matt has been working full-time as a mental health therapist in Draper, Utah, working mainly with adults and teenagers. His specialties include general mental health, trauma/PTSD, substance abuse, and addictions.
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Samuel Filikitonga Brown
My name is Samuel Filikitonga Brown. I currently live in Saratoga Springs/Lehi Utah. I have my Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Utah and have a Licensed Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor license and currently working on my LCSW (Take test, all hours are done). I have worked with high risk youth and incarcerated adults most of my adult life after graduate school. I’ve worked at Decker Lake, Observation and Assessment for DJJS, DCFS caseworker, tracker for a proctor agency, taught Cognitive Restructuring classes with Forensics at VMH, ran groups with high risk Pacific Islander youth, Probation Officer and owned a foster care agency from 1999 to 2006 and then sold it to the largest foster care agency in the nation. I currently work for the LDS Church in their Development Counseling Services department as a counselor helping most associates who have mental health issues, addictions and problems with employment issues. I’m currently serving as a Bishop in Lehi Utah and that is where my groups will be run, I have served in the Stake Presidency and understand the operations of a Stake and Wards. I can take any youth and men struggling with addictions and I will have an office in Salt Lake to take any clients there but I want to specialize with Pacific Islanders using the Sons of Helaman program. I’m excited to work and serve those who are struggling with these addictions.
Debra Smith, LCMHC
Debra is a clinical mental health therapist who specializes in individual and couples counseling. Among her areas of interest are helping those who are experiencing betrayal trauma due to a spouse’s sexual addiction or sexual misbehaviors. She also strengthens those who are struggling with sexual addictions in a non-shaming approach. Helping adults who were molested as children are also among her emphasis of practice. Debra has more than ten years of experience in counseling others in addition to many years of life experiences that increase her empathy and understanding of the difficulties experienced by others. She knows that healing, growth and peace are possible.
Debra’s therapeutic approach is to provide support and counseling to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She teaches her clients how to set and maintain healthy boundaries which helps clients to create safety for themselves. Debra is committed to assisting each individual build on their existing strengths to live their best possible life.