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Things We can Help With

Helping Youth & Young Adults Become Resilient To Todays Unique Challenges
Anxiety

> a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome

Sad/Depression

> feeling or showing sorrow; unhappy for many consecutive weeks

Self-harm

> the practice of cutting or otherwise wounding oneself, usually considered as indicating psychological disturbance

Isolated

> having minimal contact or little in common with others

School Struggles

> to proceed with extreme difficulty or with unusually great effort in education

Unmotivated

> lacking drive or enthusiasm

Harmful Media

> when social media, gaming, pornography, or any type of media inhibits healthy behavior

Angry

> having a strong feeling of or showing annoyance, displeasure, or hostility; full of anger

Coping With Trauma

> to face and deal with responsibilities, problems, or difficulties, especially successfully or in a calm or adequate manner

Lying

> to speak falsely or utter untruth knowingly, as with intent to deceive

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Introduction to Life Launch Centers

The Program

Too often we hear about people "failing to launch," in life. We don't have to wait until a child has an addiction or is suicidal or is simply refusing to advance into adult life. We're providing families with the tools to not only help kids cope with life, but successfully "Launch Into Life."
What Works

Group sessions are the secret sauce in the recipe. Youth sharing experiences and perceptions with each other, guided by a trained professional inspires an “I’m not alone” attitude. This is an INTENSIVE Out-Patient program. That means 9 hours of face to face contact each week resulting in much faster progress. The curriculum is on an 8 week rotation which means you can jump in at any time. We help youth identify and reach goals that they set. Each client receives an assessment to make sure they will receive the help they are looking for. Regular family group sessions unify parents with these powerful practices to use at home.

  • Group Sessions

    Group is set up so you're meeting with people close to your own age.

  • Individual Sessions

    Sometimes you just need some one on one with a counselor.

  • Family Session Groups

    Helping families work together to establish healthy and productive communication.

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Our Mission

To strengthen communities by helping adolescents, young adults, and families grow the understanding and tools necessary for healing and successfully navigating life’s challenges and transitions.
ESPRA ANDRUS
ESPRA ANDRUS
LCSW, CDWF – Clinical Director – With a Masters Degree in Social Work from University of Texas, Arlington, Espra has worked as a clinical therapist for 24 years and is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
She is a coauthor of the book, “Making Peace With Your Plate: Eating Disorder Recovery.” She has a private therapy practice in southern Utah where she provides individual therapy, consultation and training for eating disorders, trauma treatment, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
BEN HARRIS
BEN HARRIS
LSUDC – Ben is a licensed counselor that has been working primarily with youth and young adults since starting his career in 1987. During that time, he has worked in in-patient, residential, wilderness, intensive outpatient, and regular outpatient programs.
He has spent many of those years in management positions including executive director and national director responsible for the safe and effective operations of several programs. He is a strong advocate of helping people gain necessary skills and tools that will empower them to lead happy, joyful, successful lives. He has been married for over 30 years, has three grown children and six grandchildren. His life is dedicated to making families stronger and happier, including his own. He loves reading and traveling.
ARDEN SMITH
ARDEN SMITH
MBA, ALSUDC – Arden is a licensed counselor with experience in secure-care, residential, and outpatient environments. Arden has an MBA in Healthcare Management and has worked from severe psychiatric to substance abuse treatment.
He also served as the chair of the residential best practice committee of a large corporation and helped develop and implement best practice standards for several residential programs. He enjoys and is committed to spending time with his large blended family and became a very happy grandfather in 2017. He has an eye for detail and loves to build. Working with his hands is good therapy.
JONI DYCHES
JONI DYCHES
Financial Director – With over 20 years of finance experience, Joni brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Life Launch Centers. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Accounting.
Joni provides management, control and administration for all financial operations of the program. Joni manages all client accounts including processing insurance claims and handling individual payment options. Helping those struggling with anxiety and depression hits home for Joni as her own children have been able to overcome it with the principles taught at Life Launch Centers.
Kristie Lemmon
Kristie Lemmon
APRN, PMHNP-BC, DBT-LBC, CDW-F – Kristie is the Executive Director of the West Jordan Center. She is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and has over 20 years of experience in working with clients. She is certified in both Dialectical Behavior…
Therapy (DBT) and Dr. Brené Brown’s Daring Way model. She is pursuing EMDR certification now and loves learning about evidenced based practices to help her clients. She is passionate about mindfulness, especially for kids. Kristie maintains a busy private practice in West Jordan, Utah where she prescribes medication, runs a Comprehensive DBT program and sees clients individually. She is dedicated to helping her clients discover and live a meaningful life anchored in their values. Her most valued role is mom to her twins.
Zoe Roberts
Zoe Roberts
LCMHC, CDWF, DBT, CCTP, EMDR. Zoe received her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from University of Phoenix. She has over 10 years experience in working with people from all age ranges who suffer from depression and anxiety. Zoe is…
passionate about helping her clients develop skills needed to live a healthy life. Using evidenced based practices found in The Daring Way and DBT she assists clients in the practice of Mindfulness and Goal Setting.. She maintains a private practice where she provides therapy, consultation, and training for First Responders struggling with trauma and PTSD. Zoe teaches The Daring Way™ curriculum, trauma recovery, and communication skills via group and week end workshops.
Stephanie Laurent Johnson
Stephanie Laurent Johnson
Executive Director – Henderson. Stephanie has over 13 years in the Behavioral Heath field, focusing on PTSD, depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. She has studied Psychology, personal development and mindfulness for over 25 years.
Stephanie is a Certified Life Coach and works with women, men, young adults and their families. She is passionate about empowering individuals to see their potential, know who they are at the core and move forward through any fear. She currently lives in Henderson, Nevada with her husband and two daughters. She is passionate about her faith, family, fur babies and friends. Her happy place is near water, preferably a beach or ocean; toes in the sand, crashing waves being heard. She loves dancing, travel, adventure; and is a proud supporter of her Las Vegas Golden Knights. “My intention is to lift the spirits of and ignite the passions of those around me.”
Julie Ford
Julie Ford
CSW, Holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Alabama. She has intensive training in Trauma-Focused CBT. She is DBT-informed. Her area of special interest lies in working with individuals struggling with eating disorders.
Julie has experience in residential treatment, where she worked with teens in crisis. She has also worked with couples, families, and individuals with ADHD and autism. She has experience in teaching, small business ownership, and is a published fiction author. Julie is a firm believer in the emotional healing power of daily mindfulness practice. When she isn’t with clients, you can find her practicing yoga, gardening, or plotting to acquire her own apiary someday.
Joe Newman
Joe Newman
Director of Business Development – Joe has a BA in Human Development and Family Studies and an AS in Business & Marketing. After nearly 20 years in marketing he finally found how those two degrees go together.
Joe is a professional photographer, video producer, design artist and has an extensive background in advertising. Joe’s greatest achievement and joy is raising his 7 children with his amazing wife, Emily. They live to play with their kids on the boat, coaching wrestling, going to football games, dance recitals and making music together.

Most Insurances do Cover

Your IOP benefit covers treatment. We do a verification of benefits with your insurance company to minimize any out of pocket costs to you. There are 3 components of counseling in the program
Group Sessions

Group sessions are a shared experience that involves a trained professional and others who are working through similar barriers. This method inspires an “I’m not alone” attitude and can focus on interpersonal relationships or on particular concerns shared by group members. A full range of emotional issues can be introduced in group sessions, including ineffective behaviors, attachments, anxieties, and forms of depression.

Individual Sessions

The clinicians meet individually with participants and or families to collaborate on addressing limitations or conditions preventing the participant from attaining a full quality of life. These sessions are designed to confront barriers that interfere with emotional and mental well-being and aim to increase positive feelings such as compassion, self-esteem, love, courage, and peace. It is a journey of becoming more self-aware.

Family Group Sessions

Real change is brought about by working together with a team. Family group sessions help bring parents and children together by establishing values, goals, and creating accountability. Parents learn the resiliency tools their children are taught in group, so they are able to use them at home and improve communication. The family, participant and counselor decide when the goals have been reached and when participants are ready to graduate from the group.

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