Christian Ruske is an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor who began working at Hope & Healing in May 2019. He holds an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Westminster College and 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. He strives for a trauma-informed, attachment-focused approach to treatment.
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.
Brent Seegmiller is a Certified Social Worker and has been with Hope & 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.
Clinical Director and Co-Owner
Marissa Turner is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor who has been with Hope & 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!
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 TBRI 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.
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.
Susannah Anderson is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor intern who has been with Hope and Healing since January 2020. She is currently a graduate student at Westminster College where she plans to graduate by May 2021. She also received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Utah.
Susannah has had experience working with children ages 5-18 and their parents over the past 5 years. Additionally, she has had experience working in substance use treatment. Susannah draws from attachment theory, psychodynamic principles, CBT principles, and TBRI in her clinical work. She strives for a trauma-informed, attachment-focused approach.
In her free time, she enjoys running, playing tennis, spending time with family and playing the piano.
Dan Kammerlohr is an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor who has been with Hope & 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 graduated from Westminster College with his Master’s degree in 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.
Sarah Snedaker is a Clinical Mental Health Intern. She is currently a graduate student at Westminster College where she plans to graduate with an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling by May 2021.
Sarah believes that healing happens in the context of relationships. She strives to create a therapeutic relationship with each client, creating a warm and inviting space for clients to feel at ease. In working with children, she uses play therapy, art therapy, mindfulness techniques, and TBRI. She also pulls from attachment and psychodynamic theories, focusing on healing and strengthening the parent-child attachment.
In her free time, Sarah enjoys playing in her garden, cooking, skiing, yoga, and taking her dog on his next big adventure.
Payton Pola 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 from the University of Utah 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.
Office Billing Administrator
Amberli Newman is an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor who has been with Hope and Healing since November 2019. She received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Arizona State University in 2016. She received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Denver in 2018.
Amberli enjoys working with children as young as four years old and implements play therapy, sand tray therapy, art therapy, and mindfulness techniques, while applying TBRI, trauma-focused CBT, and attachment theory principles in her clinical work. Amberli deeply values the client-therapist relationship and makes it her highest priority to create an authentic and warm environment for her clients to feel safe, accepted and supported. Amberli has experience in helping clients overcome anxiety, depression, trauma, behavior issues, eating disorders, divorce, grief and loss, life transitions, adjustment disorders, self-esteem, school stress, and attention disorders.
In her free time, Amberli enjoys baking, cooking, traveling, crafting, exercising and going on adventures with her husband.
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 Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) practitioner, a therapy specifically designed to help children with early trauma and their families.
Kayti Rollins is an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor who has been with Hope & Healing since January 2018. She received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Utah in 2013 and her M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Westminster College in May 2019.
Kayti enjoys working with children ages two and above and their families. Kayti utilizes play therapy, TBRI, 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 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.
Medical Director and Co-Owner
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 Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) practitioner, a therapy specifically designed to help children with early trauma and their families.
Heather Abbott is an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor who has been with Hope and Healing since May 2020. She graduated with her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Westminster College. She also holds a B.S. in Psychology and Family and Consumer Science from the University of Utah.
Heather believes that our earliest experiences shape our beliefs about the world we live in. When those experiences are problematic, it makes it difficult to feel safe. Without intervention, these beliefs persist into adulthood where they impact our ability to form meaningful, connected relationships. Heather uses approaches including attachment and psychodynamic theories that focus on identifying and healing those early relational wounds to reduce fear and increase feelings of safety. She uses the therapeutic relationship to create a nurturing environment where children and families can explore their feelings and work through the trauma that gets in the way of living. Additionally, Heather has experience working to improve relationships that have been harmed through domestic abuse and substance use.
In her spare time, Heather most enjoys spending time with her family. She also likes activities like skiing, hiking, running, and Zumba, planting flowers and cooking.
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