Our Clinicians

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We are committed to providing you with the newest treatments that have demonstrated proven outcomes.

At Ascendant we have licensed therapists, a psychologist and a psychiatrist.
Our clinical staff believes in excellence in customer service and are
willing to go the extra mile for any of our clients.

Susan Mitchell

Clinical Director

Susan has 22 years experience as a licensed clinical social worker.  Her specialties include women’s issues; anxiety disorders, addictions, and mood disorders in adults and adolescents.  She is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).  Susan also has over 10 years experience in designing and developing clinical treatment facilities and administering clinical programming at all levels of care from residential treatment through outpatient clinics.  Her passion is to provide a clinic setting where clients receive outcome based specialized treatment for the issue they are presenting with from highly trained and experienced clinicians

Celeste Bennett

LCSW

Celeste has been practicing as a licensed clinical social worker for the past 8 years.  She specializes in treatment of anxiety, trauma, and depression. Celeste has advanced training in conflict resolution and has also worked extensively with clients struggling to manage their anger. Her training also includes specialized treatment for eating disorders and food addictions, PTSD, domestic violence, and self-harm issues.  Celeste utilizes Mind Body Bridging techniques for clients with PTSD and also has experience with combat PTSD treatment for veterans.  Celeste is also a specialist in working the 55 and older population around issues such as grief and loss, depression, and substance use. Celeste is well suited to work with young adults including college students, returned missionaries, and other 18-28 year olds struggling with anxiety and stressful life changes.

Jesse Beebe

LCSW

Jesse Beebe has been practicing as a licensed clinical social worker for the past 9 years.  His specialties include working with clients who have addictions, depression and anxiety, suicidal ideation, and Family Functional Therapy.  Jesse works with teens and adults around all types of addiction and oppositional defiant behaviors.  He also works with the families of the teens in family therapy.  Jesse is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to work with both teens and adults who are engaging in maladaptive behaviors.  Jesse has experience in treating men’s issues and also in working with the young adult population from 18-27.  He also specializes in stress reduction and treatment of clients dealing with work or family stress issues.

James Johnson

LCSW

Over the course of more than 30 years in practice, Jim has gained a great deal of knowledge and experience.  He sees clients in all age ranges from adolescents, to adults to seniors.  He has practiced in hospitals, research settings and outpatient clinics.  Areas of specialty include the treatment of Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Addictions, and Chronic Medical Conditions.  Therapeutic approaches include;  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy, Behavior Modification, Insight Oriented Therapy Problem Solving Stress Management and Hypnosis. A lifetime resident of Utah, Jim enjoys spending as much tie as possible in the outdoors, taking advantage of the recreational opportunities afforded by our great state.  Jim graduated from Brigham Young University with a Masters Degree in Social Work and also holds a MBA from Westminster College.

Laurie Elkins

LCSW

Laurie Elkins graduated with her Masters from Brigham Young University. Her practice is grounded in the importance of client self determination and in the vital nature of genuine regard for each person. She believes that we find our greatest strengths in personal challenges and that we are constantly moving toward balance and healing.

Laurie enjoys working with couples, groups, and individuals of all ages. She has extensive experience in the area of trauma due to life experience or to maltreatment. She recently completed intensive work with the Air Force, with active military and their families. She was responsible for casework, individual and couples therapy, group therapy and she led groups in domestic violence and anger management. She found her work with the military to be honorable and highly rewarding.

In her therapeutic practice Laurie guides her clients to healing through her training and experience with evidence based practices as appropriate: Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectical Behavioral, Acceptance and Commitment, Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapies; and Mindfulness, Sand Tray, and Art Therapy; as well as Emotionally Focused Therapy and the Gottman Method for couples therapy. She has training and experience with Play therapy, and is currently working toward certification in “Child-Centered” Play Therapy.

Dr. Paul Binks

Clinical Psychologists

Paul Binks is a clinical psychologist who has been practicing for the past 12 years and specializes in the evaluations, diagnosis, and treatment of sleep disorders.  He provides a variety of testing on children through adults including testing for attention deficit disorders; disability assessments; MMPI testing, and some neuropsychological testing. Paul can also assist with testing for academic issues; intellectual functioning; personality testing, and adaptive behavior testing.

Wendy Francis

LCSW

Wendy Francis has been providing mental health therapy for children, adolescents, adults, and families since 1999.  She uses a variety of therapeutic techniques with individuals, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child Directed Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, DBT, Trauma Focused CBT, and Insight Oriented Therapy as well as others.  Wendy works with families using various family therapy techniques and focuses on helping the whole family improve functioning.  She has worked in a variety of settings, including providing therapy for children, adolescents, and adults in outpatient clinics, in residential treatment centers, in substance abuse rehabilitation programs, in programs focused on improving parenting skills, in a children’s hospital setting, in crisis worker role for many hospitals, within the foster care system, and within the youth probation system.  Wendy is currently licensed in the states of Utah, Idaho, and Alaska and is able to provide services for clients in all of those states.  Wendy assists clients and families by developing a therapeutic relationship so that each unique individual can feel safe working toward improving relationships, developing coping skills, and having improvement in many areas of life.
Kyung-Ran Koh

Kyung-Ran Koh has been practicing as a licensed mental health therapist for the past nine years.  She has extensive experiences in treating mood disorders, addiction, codependency, substance dependence, trauma and victims of domestic violence. Kyung-Ran also works with couples who struggle with their relationship issues. Her treatment modalities are based on evidence based practices including Cognitive Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness meditation. She also practices the use of EFT (emotional freedom technique) to help clients alleviate emotional, psychological and physical pains that have created dis-ease in their system. Kyung-Ran received a Master’s degree from the University of Utah.

Kellie Clement

LCSW

Kellie Clement has been practicing as a licensed clinical social worker for the past 11 years.  Kellie has worked at the Institute of Aging in San Francisco and with the Huntsman Cancer Institute in SLC.  She also has years of advanced training in Gottman method Couples therapy.  Kellie’s specialties include working with teens, pain management, serious medical issues, elderly adults, couples, anxiety disorders, adult attachment disorders, trauma, and bipolar mood disorders.  She focuses largely on the use of evidence based methods and interventions. She has extensive training and experience in mindfulness practices, including clinical hypnosis.

Marianne Daniels

CMHC

Marrianne is a clinical mental health counselor with seven years’ experience in the mental health field. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Utah State University in Logan, UT. She also has a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN, specializing in group therapy and individual therapy.

Marrianne’s professional experience includes group and individual therapy from a correctional setting, and from a few outpatient clinics throughout the Salt Lake City, UT area.

Marianne works with individuals and groups on issues such as family, divorce, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, anger management, parenting skills, grief and loss, physical and sexual abuse, and adolescent issues.

Marrianne’s work style is extremely relaxed in a informal manner that is collaborative in nature. You will find out therapy sessions most resemble a warm conversation in a soothing office setting. She likes to use humor from time to time in therapy sessions and takes careful considerations to make sure the office setting is a safe place for a client or patient to feel free to laugh, cry, or express anger as they need to.

Marrianne believes that most people not only experience stress and anxiety by unfortunate events, but that they also construct their views of reality in the stories they tell about themselves after the incident of trauma or stress. While as therapists, we rely on different counseling techniques, Marrianne’s primary focus are with CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Model) and REBT (Rational Behavioral Therapy) models. Both of these types of therapies can help most people overcome irrational, dysfunctional, and unhealthy thought process that tend to add to the extended emotional strain, trauma, and tension that add to life stressors.

Dr. Joseph Yau

Clinical Board Certified Psychiatrist

Joseph is board certified in both General/Adult Psychiatry and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  He has training in Internal Medicine and in Emergency Medicine when he was working in Hong Kong. He completed his specialty training at the University of Utah Department of Psychiatry and has been in practice for 32 years.

He has board clinical experience, including issues in adults, children, substance abuse, specific disorders such as mood disorders, anxiety disorder, psychotic disorder and developmental disorders such as autism. This wide exposure was due to his previous work as the medical director of a large mental health organization which served 16,000 clients.

While he provides the state of the art medication treatments for clients, he deeply believes in the riches of ones’ lives and the impact of the past, the current and the anticipated future of each client contributing to the client’s beliefs, fulfillment and struggles.  He incorporates all these factors when providing the continual interventions for his clients. Team work makes happenings happen. Dr. Yau, your therapist, and you will always work together to achieve the best possible progress.

Renee Dunne Burke

Ph.D.

Renee is a Clinical Psychologist who earned her Bachelors degree from the University of California, San Diego in 1991 and her Doctorate from the University of Utah. She specializes in mood disorders (depression, bipolar, anxiety), anger management, acting out behavior, divorce adjustment, and trauma in parent-infant dyads through teens and young adults. Her sub-specialization in Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychology influences her case conceptualization and treatment of all individuals as the “problem” is rarely with an individual. She uses traditional talk therapy, insight-oriented treatment, Cognitive-Behavioral therapy as well as play, art, dramatic play, sensorimotor/movement interventions. She is currently training in EMDR. She views all emotional and behavioral symptoms as multi-determined and highly complex, impacted by genes, environment, parents, siblings, school settings as well as cultural settings (ethnic, LGBTQ, religious).

Stacey Rich

CMHC

Stacey has been practicing as a licensed psychotherapist for the past 10 years.  She has extensive training in working with trauma clients utilizing EMDR(Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy).  Stacey also has experience with providing many other types of trauma informed care.  She is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) which is utilized to help people heal from past issues and learn to live fully in the present.  DBT is an outcome based treatment highly recommended for clients struggling with severe anxiety.  Stacey utilizes DBT in her treatment of substance use disorders.  Stacey also specializes in providing couples therapy and is trained in the Gottman Method of Couples Treatment.

Jessica Meekins

LCSW

Jessica received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah in 2008. She was born and raised in Utah, living in several areas around the state. She has been practicing in the mental health field for the past 7 years. She uses an intuitive approach in therapy and with her clients, utilizing modalities including Psychodynamic, Client Centered, Interpersonal, CBT, and is trained in EMDR. She is experienced in treating Post Partum Mood Disorders, Faith Transition/Crisis, Sexual Trauma, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Family roles/dynamics, Body Image, Grief and Loss, Substance Use, and Relationship Codependency. Jessica has worked in multiple capacities in the social work field including Crisis/Medical Social Work at Primary Children’s Medical Center; Individual, family, and group psychotherapy at a residential addiction treatment center for adolescents, and as an individual psychotherapist in private practice over the past year. In her spare time Jessica enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, and playing with her son.

Jenny Vasquez

DBT

Jenny has been practicing as a licensed psychotherapist for the past 11 years. She completed intensive Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) training in Seattle from July 2013-September 2015 and she has a specific focus on evidence-based therapies. She currently runs DBT groups to help with emotional regulation for both teens and adults. She also specializes in anxiety, trauma; grief and loss, women’s empowerment, suicidal ideation self-harming behaviors, and substance use. Additionally Jenny has expertise in working with clients with life-changing illnesses through her work as an oncology social worker with Intermountain Medical Center from October 2009 to September 2014.

Catherine Richardson

CMHC

Catherine Richardson has been practicing as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor since she completed her Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2012. She has been working with individuals who are suffering from substance abuse and other addictions, anxiety, depression, anger, trauma, shame, low self esteem, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and other multiple mental health disorders. She is a certified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist and has assisted multiple clients in breaking the bands of past trauma which had been negatively affecting their lives. Catherine uses a strength based approach to mental health counseling and shows respect and compassion to all of her clients. Catherine is supportive, kind, intuitive and richly skilled in helping clients navigate difficult emotions and overcome the challenges of life.
Anne Doubek

CMHC

Anne has experience treating kids, adolescents, adults and couples. Working with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma,  PTSD, and recovery from or adjusting to illness or physical disability. She specializes in person-centered therapy and particularly enjoy helping women manage the complexities of living a full and satisfying life. Anne graduated from Bastyr University in Seattle in 1992 with an M.A. on Social-Behavioral Sciences. Her specialty is systems work with couples, youth, families and treating individuals as they relate to challenges in these environments. She has worked in various settings including outpatient and inpatient treatment settings. Anne is a registered yoga teacher and utilizes body-mind techniques in her work to facilitate a holistic approach that treats the whole person.
Sharon Walls

LMFT

Sharon Walls began her career in the mental health field in 1995 and she has over twenty years of experience. It was While living in New Zealand for a period of time, she was greatly impacted by the culture and her experiences. She worked as a volunteer counselor and trained with the New Zealand therapists from 1993-1996.

After returning to the United States she decided to go back to school and received her Master’s degree in counseling at California State University, Long Beach. While focusing on her Master’s degree she worked for Weight Watchers where she worked with individuals couples and groups to support life changes as it related to weight management. It was here that she met many individuals who also struggled with eating disorder behaviors. Following this schooling she concentrated for three years in addiction counseling in Jackson Wyoming and received her licensure as a licensed marriage family therapist. She then worked as a family therapist for 15 years in Jackson, WY  which included private practice, hospital and addictions outpatient counseling. While in Salt Lake City, she has been working as a clinician in both alcohol and drug addiction and eating disorder residential treatment.

Her advanced training and education includes study in Internal Family Systems for five years. This is an integrative approach to individual psychotherapy that utilizes family systems theory to understand how collections of sub-personalities in the individual are organized. This approach changed the course of how she conducted therapy as a private practitioner as well as handling her own personal life.

Professionally, she is known for her love of public speaking and in her role as a therapist, she has enjoyed facilitating lectures, group connections and outreach to the community. She also enjoys working with couples and has led many couple’s seminars.

Her strengths lie in work with Internal Family Systems, she realizes that clients can get tangled in a complicated web of parts which can be very overwhelming and distressing. It is her intention to reassure patients that internally they have the answers and it is a process to work from the inside out. The key is listening in a way that offers compassionate understanding to allow the client to find their path.

She is most passionate about offering compassion and kindness in her work – and be the one that walks the walk with clients. She firmly believes we cannot ask a client to go the places we have not dared to go.

Phoebe Bergvall

LMHC

Phoebe has been working as a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor since September 2013. She completed an additional three years before that, working as a Substance Use Disorder Counselor and as a Mental Health Clinician Intern. She worked with a wide variety of clients and conditions at Salt Lake Behavioral Health and at Odyssey House of Utah outpatient clinic. She became the Mental Health Coordinator for Odyssey House Outpatient Services in 2015.

Phoebe has been a certified Hypnotherapist since 1997, and learned many valuable techniques and models for successful change work in this training and practice.  Learning to create real and lasting change in the lives of people suffering from negative self-concept, childhood trauma, and the symptoms of anxiety and depression has been a life-long passion.

Phoebe has continued to seek training, and is certified in EMDR therapy along with several advanced techniques using EMDR to create efficient and permanent healing, enhancing relationships, and facilitate a more joyful and meaningful life.

Jamuna Jones

LCSW

Jamuna is a dedicated therapist who specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and postpartum mood disorders. She is also an expert in providing therapy to Veterans, individuals coping with complicated life transitions, cultural/social issues, and various emotional and life disruptions. Jamuna has ten years of experience working with adults, children, and families. She has had extensive clinical training in Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and perinatal mood disorders. She utilizes an active approach that is warm, compassionate, and direct.

Reed Dow

CMHC

Reed is a psychotherapist with five years of experience working with adults, young adults, couples, and families. He brings a strength-focused perspective to therapy, helping people to harness their own power in the change process. Reed has experience helping people with anxiety, depression, chronic disease, relationship struggles, LGBTQ issues, transition to adulthood, addictions, and trauma. He works from a foundation of mindfulness and helps to integrate all parts of the self by building awareness. Reed utilizes strategies from cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and narrative therapy.

Megan Anderson

LCSW

Megan Anderson is an LCSW who has practiced therapy since 2008. She draws perspectives and interventions from Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and  Mindfulness. Megan has practiced therapy in both residential and outpatient clinics. Additionally, she has worked as a school social worker since 2013 and is well versed in navigating the education system.

Specialties include working with teenagers and adults, as well as families and couples. She has extensive experience working with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, self-harming behaviors, PTSD, family and personal transitions, and faith transitions. She is LGBT Affirmative and has worked closely with members of the LGBT Community and their families. Additionally, Megan is EMDR Certified and has used the intervention to treat anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

Megan has taught numerous courses to the public and educators related to suicide prevention and building healthy social skills in youth. Additionally, she created an evidence based Character Building Program taught annually to elementary age children. She works closely with the University of Utah College of Social Work to mentor graduate level students and was nominated for Field Supervisor of the Year in 2016.

Megan is passionate about fighting to take away the stigma of receiving mental health treatment. She has dedicated years to helping community members and individual clients understand the importance of prevention, healthy ways to cope with stress, and implementing effective problem solving skills.

Georgann Ranks

CMHC

Georgann has a Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Westminster College and a Bachelor of Science Psychology from the University of Utah. She has has treated a variety of individuals with mental health and/or relationship problems, with a focus on trauma. Georgann’s has an array of experience in Individual Therapy, Lead- substance abuse and process groups, Family Therapy, DBT with individuals and is certified in EMDR for children who have trauma.

Krystal Dagley

LMFT

Krystal Dagley has been practicing as a Marriage and Family Therapist for over 5 years. Her specialties include EMDR for the treatment of trauma and anxiety; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for specialized treatment of depression and mood disorders; helping couples improve their relationship with Gottman Therapy; providing DBT therapy to help people gain skills in emotional regulation, relationships, and stress management. Krystal received her Master’s degree from Brigham young University.

We offer group and individual therapy as well as psychological testing. Our clinical staff believes in excellence in customer service and are willing to go the extra mile for any of our clients.

Our Specialties
  • EMDR for trauma
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Gottman Couples Therapy
  • Family Functional Therapy

At Ascendant we have a board certified psychiatrist who evaluates our clients for medications including Suboxone and other medication assisted therapies for substance use dependence.