Let Us Help You Make Positive Changes In Your Life
Most people would rather hide from change than embrace it. When we do, unseen opportunities aren’t realized. Change is one of the most powerful tools you have as you go forward in life, if you embrace it.
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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.
Blogs, News & Research
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."
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."
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."
Dana Emmons, LMFT
"I believe early intervention can prevent and reduce a person's suffering. I like to help each individual and family I work with reconnect with the things that are most important to them. I assist in their rediscovery of the possibilities that allow them to live their best life."
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.”
Miranda Powers, CSW
“Life is complex and at some point nearly everyone will be faced with feelings of overwhelming personal challenge. My philosophy involves client autonomy, active listening, and a casual approach to make therapy a conversation into self-discovery. I enjoy helping individuals gain insightful realizations through a client-centered, solution focused, cognitive behavioral methodology. Satisfying days of newfound happiness and relief from anguish are ahead."
“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."
Matthew Roughan, LMFT
"Working with individuals, couples, and families is some of the most exciting and special work I feel I can do as a therapist. I believe each person has special skills, attributes and characteristics and I hope to help others to be able to discover those things in order to enhance their well-being and improve their quality of life. I feel it is an honor and a privilege to help people along this journey of self-discovery."
Thomas Marz, CSW
“I am extremely passionate about helping individuals and families succeed in life. I believe every person I work with can reach their full potential as we rediscover and enhance the amazing qualities and characteristics they possess. I use a very humanistic, integrative approach to therapy and use many evidence-based techniques dependent on each individual’s needs. The therapeutic relationship is a sacred alliance where positive change occurs as we work together.”
Teyonda Hall, CSW
Addressing concerns of self-medication, relapse, withdrawal and the perilous cycle of addiction while fostering areas of strength and building safe, healthy coping skills.
Trauma & Abuse
Treatment focused on exploring and processing the significant effects of trauma and stress, healing and recovering confidence, worth, and a sense of trust and safety, while fostering areas of strength and building adaptive coping skills.
Brief, present-centered, one-to-one work intended to provide support through an immediate crisis, including support and stabilization, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and coping skills.
Collaborative one-to-one work with a therapist focused on your unique concerns and goals for treatment that fosters areas of strength, provides a framework for positive change, and building healthy coping skills.
Marriage & Family
Treatment that focuses on thoughts/emotions/behaviors in the context of a couple or family unit including specific communication or relationship dynamics that influence these.
Child & Adolescent
Treatment that addresses specific concerns of children and adolescents with age- and developmentally-appropriate interventions.
Depression & Anxiety
Treatment focused on the disruptive symptoms of depression and anxiety while fostering areas of strength and building adaptive coping skills.
Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) treating trauma, depression, anxiety, and suicide ideation safely with our trained therapist and doctors supervision.
LBGTQ Gender Identity
Affirming treatment focused on exploring and processing thoughts and emotions related to sexual and gender identity across all aspects of life.
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.
We accept most Insurance Plans including those listed.
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Call for an Appointment: 801.787.9855
Beginning Monday July 25th
Riverwoods New Office will be located the River Run Building:
5314 River Run Dr. Suite 350 Provo, UT 84604