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. 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:
- works specifically with people who are going through faith transitions and “inter-faith marriage” challenges.
- 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 Sons 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!
Greg and Julie are passionate about teaching the principles that govern peace of mind and healthy relationships. They are both currently serving as missionaries for the church’s Addiction Recovery Program (ARP). Greg leads a Men’s Pornography and Sexual Addiction Group, and Julie leads a Women’s Support Group, helping women through betrayal trauma, and helping them to support their loved ones in recovery, in healthy, and appropriate ways. They love working together, and frequently do firesides and presentations for church auxiliaries.
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