Kayti has been a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern with Hope and Healing since January 2018. She received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Utah in 2013 and plans to graduate from Westminster College in May of 2019.
Kayti enjoys working with children ages two and above and their families. Kayti utilizes play therapy, trust-based relational intervention, interpersonal processing, and cognitive behavior interventions when working with clients to assist in processing emotions and facilitate personal growth. Kayti believes that connection is a vital part of human development and works with clients to develop a strong therapeutic alliance as well as support families in strengthening connections.
Kayti has been working with children and families since 2008 in a variety of settings including child-care, summer programs, as a preschool teacher, and a teacher mentor for all of Utah, Wasatch, and Juab counties. Kayti has also worked with children and families involved with Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) since 2014, providing families with support. Kayti has experience in a range of areas including developmental delays, anxiety, depression, and trauma.
Kayti enjoys spending time with her family, listening to audio books, yoga, and running.
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Dan is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor Intern who has been with Hope and Healing since May of 2019. Dan has worked in the mental health field since 2008 with experience in outpatient, day treatment, residential, and wilderness treatment settings. He will graduate from Westminster College with his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in May of 2020.
Dan utilizes trust-based relational intervention (TBRI), interpersonal processing, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and interventions based on Theraplay® principles to assist clients in working through challenging emotions and experiences, building self-awareness and insight, and trying out new ways of engaging and connecting relationally.
In his free time, Dan enjoys spending time with his family and planning his next exciting adventure in the outdoors.
Michelle Benson is an advanced practiced registered nurse (APRN) who is credentialed in child and adolescent mental health. She graduated from BYU with a B.S in Nursing and received her Master's degree from the University of Utah. Michelle has been treating children and adolescents since 2000.
Michelle provides psychiatric evaluation and medication management for a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD.
Michelle is also a TBRI Practitioner (Trust-Based Relational Intervention), a therapy specifically designed to help children with early trauma and their families.
Marissa is an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor and has been with Hope and Healing since March of 2017. Marissa graduated from Westminster College with her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in May of 2017 and graduated with her Master’s in Business Administration in May of 2014. Marissa has been working in the mental health field for six years in a variety of settings including outpatient, residential, and day treatment programs. She has worked with kids, adults, and families who experience obstacles such as mental illness, substance abuse, trauma, behavioral issues, and emotional dysregulation.
Marissa utilizes play therapy, trust-based relational intervention, psychodynamic, and interpersonal processing to assist clients with processing emotions and creating change. Marissa also focuses on building a strong therapeutic relationship as she believes this is an important aspect of therapy to provide a setting where client and therapist can work together as a team. She believes creating a safe space for clients and developing a strong therapeutic alliance allows clients to freely process emotions without fear of shame or judgment.
In her spare time, Marissa enjoys cooking, baking, and spending time with her family and friends. She especially loves spending time with them at her family’s cabin where they enjoy boating, snowmobiling, and sledding!
Becky Pierce is a licensed clinical social worker who has been in practice since 1999. She graduated from Westminster College with a B.S. in Psychology and received her Master’s degree from the University of Utah.
Becky enjoys working with children ages two and up and their families. She uses a variety of methods to help her clients increase coping and problem-solving skills, process trauma, express feelings more effectively, and improve parent-child relationships.
Becky is a TBRI Practitioner (Trust-Based Relational Intervention), a therapy specifically designed to help children with early trauma and their families.
Emily has been a Clinical Mental Health Counselor Intern with Hope and Healing since May, 2019. She plans to graduate with her Master’s degree from Westminster College in May 2020. She also has a business background and received a B.S. in Finance from the University of Utah.
Emily uses attachment-focused methods with clients in a safe and validating environment where together they can build a therapeutic alliance. She uses a variety of interventions to help her clients learn coping skills, regulate and actively express their emotions, and process past experiences.
In her free time, Emily spends time playing with her family, walking, reading, battling through Pilates, and knitting personal treasures.
Hope Nichols is an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor who has been with Hope and Healing since January 2016. She graduated with her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Westminster College. Before becoming a mental health counselor, Hope was a teacher and taught pre-school, elementary school, and middle school. She has also worked in a variety of mental health settings including a residential treatment facility for teens and a psychiatric hospital for adults.
Hope works with children, teens, and parents and utilizes attachment theory, play therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy and trust-based-relational-intervention to help clients process and regulate their emotions, build self-awareness, and foster a strong attachment between parent and child. Hope believes that the therapeutic relationship is an important factor in the success of therapy as well as working with both the parents and the child to create a secure attachment and heal attachment wounds.
In her spare time, Hope enjoys playing with her two boys, cooking, hiking, camping, and playing softball.
Kim Abbott is a Registered Nurse (RN) who received her M.S. and B.S. in nursing from BYU. She is currently in the psychiatric mental health doctoral nursing program at the University of Utah. Kim has worked in pediatrics her entire career, with her last 9 years working at Primary Children's Inpatient Psychiatric unit. She has been an intern at Hope and Healing Child and Family Counseling since Spring 2019.
Kim has worked with children and teenagers in psychiatric in-patient and residential settings. She was a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and served on the Salt Lake Foster Care Citizen Review Board.
Kim emphasizes the value of therapeutic relationships with the patient and the use of Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) therapy, and Theraplay. Kim's hobbies include trail running and volunteering as a sign language interpreter.
Payton is a Certified Social Worker. She graduated from Utah Valley University with a B.S. in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Family Studies. She received her Master of Social Work in 2019.
Payton has worked with children, adolescents and young adults in schools, private practice, day treatment, and inpatient facilities. Payton uses a variety of intervention models including child-centered play therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and attachment-related models.
In Payton's free time, she enjoys watching movies, hanging out with her family, and cuddling her animals.
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Christian Ruske is a clinical mental health counselor intern who began working at Hope & Healing in May 2019. He is a third year graduate student at Westminster College where he anticipates he will graduate with his M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in May 2020. He also holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Utah.
Christian has worked in the mental health field for the past five years. He has experience in community mental health, inpatient psychiatric units, outpatient work, and acute hospitalization units. Most of his experience is with children and families, particularly with children aged 4-12 and their parents. Christian draws from attachment theory, psychodynamic principles, and TBRI in his clinical work.
Christian is a huge cinephile and arts enthusiast. In his spare time, you can find him at a concert, opera, play, or at the movies.
Julia Kronholz is a licensed psychologist specializing in psychological evaluation and assessment.
Dr. Kronholz received her PhD in Counseling Psychology and School Psychology from Florida State University and is licensed in the state of Utah. She received specialized training in psychological assessment at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia.
Throughout the assessment process, Dr. Kronholz offers a warm, inviting, and comfortable environment. At the completion of the evaluation, clients are provided with a comprehensive report of findings, to include pertinent diagnostic impressions and individualized client-centered treatment recommendations.
Brent is a Certified Social Worker and has been with Hope and Healing since Spring 2019. He graduated from Edinboro University in August 2018.
Brent believes that therapy works best when built on a solid partnership between clients and therapist and strives to tailor therapy to each individual or family he works with. Brent enjoys helping children, adolescents and adults with anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma and attachment problems. Brent utilizes an integrative approach to therapy that utilizes Trust Based Relational Intervention, Play & Art Therapy, Mindfulness and the latest research to guide clinical practice.
Brent has clinical experience working with adults dealing with trauma, depression, anxiety and substance abuse. He also has experience doing case management with the Children and Adolescents at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute. In his spare time, Brent enjoys weightlifting, going on road trips and camping with his family.