A Positive Psychological Approach to Therapy
Historically, psychology has focused on mental illness or the negative in human behavior - weaknesses and problems. Since the 1990s, scientific interest has focused increasingly on the study of emotion, especially in understanding how positive emotions sustain mental health.
The Positive Psychology movement was started by prominent scholars/psychologists who focused attention on the study of human strengths or those inner traits and characteristics that most cultures, religions, and philosophies have highlighted as contributing to the well-being of the individual as well as the world. Positive psychology focuses more on strengths than on weaknesses, building the best things in life instead of repairing the worst, and paying attention to the things that contribute to human health instead of healing wounds and focusing on sickness.
Positive Psychology is the focus and impetus to successful mental health counseling at Riverwoods Behavioral Health.
Our counselors are trained in Positive Psychology which focuses more on strengths than on weaknesses, building the best things in life instead of repairing the worst, and paying attention to the things that contribute to human health instead of healing wounds and focusing on sickness. We also provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). All are evidence-based approaches found to be the most beneficial to healing.
Riverwoods Behavioral Health is now a partner with Ampelis Recovery, a full-service in-patient addiction facility for men 21 and older suffering with substance abuse located in beautiful Hobble Creek Canyon, Springville, Utah.
This cutting-edge program uses a four step approach to healing the brain incorporating;
Medication assisted treatment (MAT) consisting of IV amino acids and ketamine.
The 10 Principles of Recovery, a positive psychology approach to treatment.
Diet, yoga, exercise and continued detox
Joshua Cooke, CMHC
"Each one of us has strengths and virtues that give life of meaning and purpose. I believe individuals can recognize and utilize these strengths and virtues to find solutions to the very real problems that beset them. As we journey together to help you understand the very real positives of change, your authentic self can be manifest, and you can flourish." - Josh
Josh received his Master’s of Mental Health Counseling from Southern Oregon University and his Certificate in Positive Psychology from the University of Utah. He specializes in working with those struggling with co-occurring disorders, substance use disorders, grief and loss, depression and anxiety.
Trish Henrie-Barrus, Ph.D, CMHC
"As a positive psychologist and counselor, I believe in focusing on human strengths instead of pathology. I strive to help every individual see themselves in a more positive light, enhance their well-being, and live life to the fullest." - Dr. Trish
Dr. Trish received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Utah and has been in private practice for 20 years. She specializes in working with those with depression, anxiety, addictions, and ketamine treatments. Dr. T also teaches undergraduate and graduate-level Positive Psychology courses at the University of Utah.
Teyonda Hall, CSW
"Helping families, individuals and couples navigate the complexities of the human experience is incredibly rewarding. In my practice, I am most drawn to holistic approaches and solutions focused on healing, connection and emotional and spiritual well-being." - Teyonda
Teyonda completed her Master's Degree in Social Work at the University of New England. She currently works full time at the University of Utah in the Department of Adult Psychiatry and is in residence for clinical licensure with Riverwoods Behavioral Health, and specializes in working with individuals of all ages, couples, and families.
Joanna Baker, CSW
" Nothing is more satisfying to me than seeing individuals and families thrive. I believe this is accomplished through the application of sound, strengths-based principles of mental, emotional, physical, relational, and spiritual health. My belief in the power of a positive, whole-being approach stems from witnessing its effectiveness in a breadth of settings including mental health settings, hospice, corrections systems, school-based counseling, and grief work." -Joanna
Joanna received her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of New England, and her bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in the field of Marriage, Family, and Human Development. She is in residence for clinical licensure with Riverwoods Behavioral Health, and specializes in working with individuals of all ages, couples, and families.
Lynnette A. Averill, Ph.D,
“As a humanist, I believe it is critical to help individuals build and maximize their well-being and create lives they truly enjoy living, by embracing their value and agency, and focusing on areas of strength while identifying areas for growth. Clinically, I integrate principles of positive psychology with evidence-based treatments (especially in trauma-focused therapy), and I am a strong believer in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy when it is appropriate. Working with each client is a sacred experience for me, and I am honored to support each person as they make positive changes.” - Lynnette
Dr. Averill received her PhD from the University of Utah and has continued her training through a Fulbright Fellowship at the Australian Center for Posttraumatic Mental Health, clinical internship at the VA Medical Center in Houston, and a clinical research fellowship at the National Center for PTSD and Yale University School of Medicine. She is nationally certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy, and has additional specialized clinical training in other treatment modalities. She is also an expert in pharmacotherapeutic interventions like ketamine-assisted psychotherapy and has run several large clinical trials for rapid-acting medications such as ketamine for PTSD, depression, and suicidality. Her research interests also include the psychoneurobiology of chronic stress, sleep disruption, and applications of psychedelic science such as MDMA-assisted psychotherapy.
Kayla Alder, MS, (Ph.D, Candidate)
“We all find ways to deal with intense feelings or difficult thoughts. Some of the ways in which we choose to cope can actually prevent us from living a life we’ve always envisioned for ourselves. I practice cognitive-behavioral therapy in order to help individuals identify maladaptive behaviors and instead engage in behaviors facilitative of a valued lifestyle. I practice several evidence-based techniques which fall into three main categories: increasing skills and knowledge, planning behaviors and rewards, and decreasing the salience of unhelpful thoughts and/or emotions. All of the techniques serve the same purpose of helping individuals behave in a way consistent with their long-term goals.” - Kayla
As a skilled therapist Kayla is currently in her fifth year of the Clinical Psychology, PhD program at Brigham Young University. She received a Master’s degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University. She also received her Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Brigham Young University.
Kayla works with individuals suffering from a variety of difficulties, including chronic pain, brain injury, interpersonal difficulties, depression, and anxiety. She has also worked with children and their families in order to help with attention difficulties and behavioral outbursts.
Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) treating trauma, depression, anxiety, and suicide ideation safely with our trained therapist and doctors supervision.
I had the incredible experience of working with Dr. Trish and participating in Ketamine Psychotherapy sessions in partnership with Forum Health. Words cannot explain how beneficial and life changing these sessions were for me. I have struggled with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and chronic illness for most of my life. I also had a hard time coping with extreme grief and suicidal tendencies. I was able to sit down with Dr. Trish and set some objectives and goals that I wanted for my treatment plan. My first ketamine session was absolutely mind blowing. We talked and identified what I wanted to focus on processing during my session before hand, which was grief and overcoming a traumatic experience. The Ketamine experience itself was peaceful and exciting at the same time. y mind flew through shapes and universes while listening to the hypnotic voice of Dr. Trish guide my sub-conscious into letting go of my grief and sadness. She guided and re-programmed my mind and neuro pathways into accepting peace and joy. She ultimately helped me fid hope, healing, and happiness! Her therapy, her guiding words, and each progressive Ketamine session gave me a new default thought process that made me feel happy and at peace. Within 6 sessions, I feel I have accomplished more in my healing and well-being than I have with talking with therapists in over 15 years. I no longer feel debilitated by grief and sadness in my heart. I no longer feel plagued by negative self-harm thoughts, and instead my thoughts are positive and uplifting. I feel at peace and accepting of my life, my challenges, and feel that my coping mechanisms are healthier than ever. Words cannot express my gratitude to Dr. Trish Henrie and Riverwoods Behavioral Health for their exceptional help in my personal life, healing my mind and soul, and helping me overcome so much.
Is Therapy Right For Me?
Everyone has a need for improvement. We all have habits to be changed, relationships that could be stronger, and insight and self awareness to be gained. Although psychotherapy can benefit all people, there are some times in life where it may be especially helpful. People often consider some form of psychotherapy after a major traumatic life event, when they feel their life is “stuck” or “out of control”, or when another perspective is needed.
How Does Therapy Help?
When you have experienced a traumatic life event, are working through a transition period, or you are feeling anxiety or depression, you may feel stress and negative emotions. Psychotherapy can help you to process and explore what you are feeling, assess your goals, and move forward. When you have lost self confidence/esteem or feel that your life has lost its meaning and excitement, these losses have a significant impact on your overall happiness and contentment with life. Psychotherapy can help you regain confidence in yourself and others, gain control again of you, assess what is important to you, and reignite your passion for life.
Therapy and Relationships
There are times in life when important relationships become strained, unsatisfying or cause distress. Therapy can help you evaluate all aspects of the relationship from a nonjudgmental and unbiased perspective, improve communication skills, encourage honesty and openness, and promote a healthy reconnection with those you care about. If a relationship ends, therapy will help you understand your role in that “ending" and work to restore your trust in yourself and others. If you are trying to rebuild a relationship, couple’s therapy can help improve communication skills, see your partner from a different perspective, and learn to love each other again.
We often get stuck in just thinking about change or not knowing how to change. Another perspective can help you see how to change and that change is possible. When you become aware of bad habits or patterns of behavior that produce unwanted results, psychotherapy can help you explore the origin of these as well as your motivations for continuing these behaviors and your reasons for seeking to change them. When we feel we are acting productively, caring for ourselves and others, and working toward positive changes, we experience increased happiness and life satisfaction.
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Courtyard at Jamestown - LaFayette Building
3520 North University Avenue #200
Provo, Utah 84604