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MENTAL HEALTH CLINIC FOR AGES 11 and Up
DBT, CBT, RESILIENCE TRAINING

The Life Launch Centers Resilience Model© utilizes the most current brain research combined with elements of evidence based intervention models like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and pieces of the Daring Way© and Rising Strong© curriculum based on Brené Brown's resilience research. Our model for building resilience is easy to teach and implement. The model is very portable and effective with all ages and almost all circumstances.

Anxiety Disorder, Depression Treatment and Much More

Group counseling is the most effective form of counseling.  In this Intensive Outpatient Program, clients learn our Emotional Resilience Curriculum 9 hours a week in just 8-12 weeks.  In groups clients find empathy amongst peers and realize they are not alone or broken just because they suffer from anxiety.  The group counseling format gives the whole family opportunities to practice the principles that are taught.




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Introduction to Life Launch Centers




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

NATIONALLY ACCREDITED PROGRAM

CARF International announced that Life Launch Centers has been accredited for a period of three years for its Intensive Outpatient Program. This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be given to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.

Testimonial – Andria

Featured on Good Things Utah

The Program

Healing Communities One Family at A Time
- Deliberate Application of Current Research
- Turning Struggle into Strength
- Authenticity and Connection Leads to Resilience
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.

Testimonials

Straight from the horse's mouth! Well...we don't really treat horses. It's just an expression

Most Insurances do Cover

Who Loves Talking To Insurance Companies? - Ooh, Ooh We do! Call now and we'll do a free verification of benefits for you. 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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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.
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.
LESLIE VANDEMERWE
LESLIE VANDEMERWE
Clinical Director – LCMHC Throughout Leslie’s professional career, she has worked with all ages in a variety of settings including residential, in home family preservation, private practice and outpatient therapy. Leslie has extensive experience working…
with depression, self-harm, anxiety, OCD, PTSD/Trauma, bipolar disorder and eating disorders. She incorporates a variety of treatment modalities in including, DBT, CBT, IFS and EAP. Leslie uses her ability to empathize and connect with others to assist them in the process of owning their own stories, embracing their vulnerabilities, healing, and in finding purpose and joy. Leslie enjoys spending time with her three kids, camping, hiking and running.
Rodney Arnold
Rodney Arnold
Clinical Director – LCSW – Received his Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. Has worked in many areas including; Adoption, Crisis Intervention, Hospice and Recovery. He has worked in residential treatment for over 15 years.
The father of 4, 2 boys and 2 girls. He enjoys playing softball and pickleball and loves the St. George weather that allows him to do these most of the year.
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.
Eric Bylund
Eric Bylund
ACMHC – Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the UofU, and his specialties include CBT, MI, and mindfulness. He has 5 years of experience working primarily with youth in IOP, inpatient, outpatient, and respite care settings.
Eric is Bilingual (Spanish/English). He’s an avid Utah Jazz fan, he loves the outdoors, and spending time with his wife and baby girl. He lives for meaningful connections and conversations about the things that matter most in life, and he prefers listening to talking. He also boasts a prodigious collection of riddles and obscure youtube videos.
Tamara Montague
Tamara Montague
LCSW – Tamara graduated from the U of U school of Social Work. Nearly 20 years experience in multiple clinical settings, including adolescent residential treatment, eating disorder treatment, out-patient therapy and in school settings.
She uses CBT and DBT while working with clients with complex diagnosis. She specializes in working with teens and their families to restore communication, safety and improve relationships. She believes in the importance of balance in all areas of life and finds the use of DBT skills help people to do this. She enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 teenage boys. She also enjoys going to the sand dunes and mountains.
Paula Frehner
Paula Frehner
CSW – Paula has a master in administration of education and social work. She is a therapist in the St. George Center that specializes in working with anxiety, depression and ADD.
Paula enjoys spending time with her 4 kids and her husband, mountain biking, jet-skiing, reading, and meeting new people.
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.
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.

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