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NICHOLAS CALL, LCSW

WHAT I WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT ME

I always knew that my dream was to return home after school, to the community where I grew up, and serve that community in the best way I knew how - to impact the stigma of mental health and help others find their greatest strengths.

I came to this work by way of personal and professional evolution. I am in recovery. I have also experienced mental illness. Both have stigmas. Both suck. And both have helped me find deep levels of peace, serenity, and grace. My goal is to help you find the ways mental illness (and addiction) can motivate, strengthen, and guide you.

I believe that to truly see change in how we feel and act within our world, we have to engage from the roots. This is why I focus on helping you heal rather than teaching you skills. Helping you face fears and address obstacles like panic, shame, pain, guilt, and inadequacy is one of my favorite parts of the work we will do. These obstacles drain mental energy and cloud thinking. You don’t have to face these obstacles alone.

I believe that our greatest asset is our capacity to embrace everything that life has to offer - the good, the bad, and everything in between. I think that adversity can be a brilliant teacher if we’re willing to be taught.

While I’m trained to provide therapy to individuals, couples, and families, I specialize in the treatment of trauma and the complex and resistant triggers and symptoms associated with that trauma.

MY APPROACH

I practice Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is about understanding the connection between how you think, how you feel, your physical symptoms, and how you act at the present time. I am also trained in helping you uncover unconscious drives that come from your past. Our work together will move fluidly between the past and present so you can create a future that is fulfilling, meaningful, and intentional.

In our sessions, I'll show you how to be vulnerable and genuine by being that way myself. I'll laugh at your jokes. You can show me your favorite dog video or Star Wars meme before we start. You're as likely to find me sitting back in my leather chair wearing jeans and flannel as sitting perfectly poised in slacks and a tie. (Okay, who am I kidding? Much more likely.)  And then we'll get down to the hard work. Because therapy is hard work, for both of us. But it's also rewarding, fulfilling, life-giving work. I can't wait to share that with you.

I bring all of me into my work. I am present and transparent, often reflecting personal examples that may illuminate a place where you are feeling stuck or to help you feel less isolated. Given this, if you're looking for a 'blank slate' therapist, we are probably not a good fit. I am right there with you.

MY CREDENTIALS AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

I am the owner and Executive Clinical Director at Tree of Life Counseling Center.  I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Utah License 8573900-3501) and spend most of my days seeing clients and interacting with people in the office.  In addition to being a psychotherapist, I’m also an Assistant Clinical Professor and Field Instructor at several local universities such as Utah State University, Boise State University, Rocky Vista University and the University of Utah.  I currently serve on the Weber State University Department of Social Work Community Advisory Council and the Weber Communities That Care Coalition.

For three years, I worked as a Unit Clinician at Highland Ridge Hospital and Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City. I provided individual, family and group therapy in a residential setting for emotionally disturbed adolescents, many of whom presented with dual diagnosis and co-morbid psychiatric disorders.

I also worked as a Clinical Associate at Lifestone Counseling Center and Best Practice Counseling in Salt Lake City, where I learned how to help teenagers and young adults who had experienced significant trauma and adverse childhood experiences relieve their symptoms associated with those experiences.


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KELCI BEUS, CLINICAL MANAGER, ACMHC

I was born and raised in North Ogden. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to return to my hometown and to give back to the community through my work here. I am just as comfortable discussing the best ice cream in town as I am with talking about emotions and understanding past experiences and the impact that it has on us. 

I am passionate about working with individuals, families, and especially children. I have experience working with children that have experienced trauma, behavioral disorders, and the foster care system.

For my graduate internship, I worked at an elementary school with a School Psychologist in Washington state. This gave me insight into how the school system impacts children at various levels of development. I have facilitated both individual therapy and group therapy sessions in a school setting using a primarily Solution-Focused outcome process. I also previously worked at the Center for Grieving Children in Ogden, where I got to facilitate groups geared toward helping children understand emotions and changes in their lives. This sparked my interest in helping kids and families feel more comfortable with emotions and their function.

I am rather eclectic in my approach to working with individuals and groups, utilizing humanistic principles, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and existential theory.  I have training in play therapy and enjoy facilitating play therapy with children of all ages. I enjoy the flexibility and dynamic that play introduces into my work. When I am not in the office, I enjoy spending time outside with my family, seeing movies, eating ice cream, and have a passion for running as a stress reliever. 

I am an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor (Utah License 10822128-6009). I hold a Master’s degree in Community Counseling from Washington State University. I also have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Weber State University.


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AMBER ZAUGG, LCSW 

I believe healthy relationships make fulfilling lives, whether that be at home, in the workplace or community. I incorporate EMDR to address past experiences which may block healthy connection. I teach Mindfulness skills to achieve greater attunement to ourselves and others. I want to help individuals, couples and families remove barriers that block connection and impede development. This involves emotional regulation, better communication, cognitive flexibility and character building. 

I have experience treating depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, marital concerns, divorce/separation, OCD and personality disorders. Helping families function more effectively is a primary focus of my work. I mainly work with adults, but will consult with parents on parenting and family matters. 

I am formally trained in EMDR, Gottman Couples Therapy and Mindfulness Oriented Recovery Enhancement. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Weber State in English and Masters of Social Work Degree from the University of Utah.

A native of Northern Utah, I am well aware of the culture and how it affects individuals and families, being able to address all perspectives. I love long walks along the river, camping, traveling and watching movies with my family and dog, Romeo.


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CHRISTINA FRANCO, LCSW

I specialize in working with those who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and complex trauma. I am EMDR trained and believe in the positive results that can be achieved. I have worked successfully with survivors of community violence, domestic violence, and sexual assault/abuse. Through this experience, I am able to understand the complexity of emotions that accompany trauma. Working together, we will activate your own strengths, equip you with practical tools for coping and thriving, and release those burdens that have prevented you from trusting, connecting and expressing your emotions to others in a constructive way.

As a parent of two wonderfully challenging kids myself, I love working with parents & kids. I offer creative and simple solutions to help you enjoy more peace/connection at home. I love showing parents how to deal with disruptive behaviors at home/school. What a relief you feel when you see your child feel less anxiety and depression, and more happiness.

I work with couples to strengthen their relationship. I’ll help identify core issues, increase your level of communication, and find positive ways to express feelings. We’ll address anger, pain, fear and emotions holding you back. You’ll take steps towards repair, learn to set and maintain healthy boundaries, and explore ways to forgive each other and heal.

I view each new client as a unique individual with his or her own specific personality, perspectives and challenges.  I use Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Insight Oriented Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, EMDR, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness, to customize your individual plan to reach your goals.  I believe creating a safe, nurturing, confidential relationship is the foundation of any good counseling therapy. 

 I am a native of North Ogden, Utah and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work from Weber State University in 2005 and a Master’s degree in social work from Utah State University in 2011.  I currently practice mental health therapy in Utah as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.


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DEVIN STONG, AMFT

I enjoy working with couples and helping them strengthen their relationship, break negative patterns, and improve communication skills.  While studying at Weber State University, I taught relationship classes as a Family Life Educator. Seeing successful outcomes from this experience led me to pursue a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from UNLV.

I developed a passion for working with teens and young adults through volunteering for youth groups such as Boy Scouts of America and Youth Impact. I work with teens struggling with depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety, ADHD, behavioral issues, anger management, problems at school, or family conflict.  I believe it is important to be heard and understood. I work hard to provide an environment where people can feel safe and secure to allow for genuine expression of what they are going through.

I work with teens, adults, and couples utilizing different therapy types and approaches to customize a plan with each client to help them make positive changes and reach their goals. 

This process of moving your life into a better state of being is done through exploring the root cause of barriers to your happiness, challenging unhelpful thoughts and behaviors, and allowing for the expression of emotion. 

If you are looking for the “TV therapist”, that is not me.  Instead of lying on a couch as I take notes, I will be transparent, open and honest with you as we work through the challenges you are facing.  We will work together to formulate a plan for reaching your goals. 

I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies at Weber State University, then earned my master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.


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APRIL GARCIA, CSW

I help children, teens and adults solve short-term issues/difficulties using solution-focused therapy. I work with teens struggling with defiant behavior, suicidal thoughts/attempts and substance abuse. I help clients who have experienced sexual, mental, physical abuse. I also work with couples helping to resolve conflict and improve relationships.

 When a client leaves therapy, I want them to feel empowered and hopeful in their ability to tackle their concerns. This can take time and be challenging, but I am happy to be part of the process of change in my client’s lives.

I respect the client’s right to determine their own goals and outcomes in therapy. I believe therapeutic strategies should be customized to each client. I will work with you to develop the skills to work through issues such as trauma, depression or anxiety, teach techniques for challenging negative thoughts/behaviors, and show you how to optimize your talents and strengths.  

I consider myself to come from a diverse background. Having the privilege of growing up with people from different backgrounds, languages, and practices has opened my eyes on how important our upbringing and environment is to who we are today. It also helps me understand and relate to different points of views and experiences.

As a teen I knew I wanted to help others.  I volunteered with various groups and the experiences had such an impact that I searched for a career in helping others.  I studied social work at the University Of Utah and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2013. I earned my master’s degree in social work at Brigham Young University in 2017.


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MATTHEW DIGIROLAMO, AMFT

I find a lot of joy in working with individuals, couples and families.  I enjoy the privilege of being allowed into their stories and the ability to help them realize their own potential.  I like using a narrative approach, acknowledging that everyone plays the role of protagonist in their own unique life story.  I have completed training in EMDR and is tremendously excited about its positive and vivid applications. 

Originally from Michigan, I completed my bachelor’s degree at Indiana Wesleyan University and earned a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Argosy University.  I have worked as a wilderness therapy guide and in a residential treatment center for five years, and have experience working in a wide variety of community mental health areas.


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Necha Lowry, MSW-I

Clinical Intern

Every person has different needs and goals; I utilize different therapeutic techniques, including humanistic therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, acceptance-commitment therapy, and motivational interviewing, to individualize treatment based on the needs of the client.

I obtained a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Utah State University and am currently a master’s of Social Work student at the University of Utah. I have worked in child welfare for 5 years and am passionate about working with individuals, couples, and families to improve family systems. I also have experience working at an inpatient addiction treatment center. Throughout my career, I have gained experience in facilitating psycho-educational groups and individual and group therapy sessions. I can help clients experiencing stress/anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, and more.