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


Having received clearance from the Utah Department of Human Services, Life Launch Centers will reinstitute face to face groups in all Life Launch Centers. one of the requirements will be to wear a mask. Please prepare for this by acquiring one to bring each time you attend a group or session. (If there is an issue with you being able to provide a mask, please let us know.) Also, We will be deep cleaning and sanitizing chairs, door knobs, and bathrooms. We will sanitize before every group. We will also be checking temperatures with a thermometer. If anyone is running a fever we will send them home…
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Eric Bylund – Counselor at West Jordan Center explains why group is so powerful

Introduction to Life Launch Centers


Helping Youth & Young Adults Become Resilient To Todays Unique Challenges


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


> feeling or showing sorrow; unhappy for many consecutive weeks


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


> having minimal contact or little in common with others

School Struggles

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


> lacking drive or enthusiasm

Harmful Media

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


> 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


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


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

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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.


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.
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.
Clinical Director – LCSW in Nevada and Utah with nearly 30 years experience, Espra is intensively trained in DBT and a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator for the shame resilience curriculum of Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW.
Specialized in EMDR, trauma treatment and eating disorder treatment and is a co-author of the book, Making Peace With Your Plate: Eating Disorder Recovery. She is a founding partner of Life Launch Centers IOP serving youth, young adults and their families in St. George, Las Vegas and South Salt Lake. Espra led the development of this Resilience Model© that contains skills to help adolescents and young adults learn to launch before they fail to launch.
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.
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.
Deb Ashton
Deb Ashton
LCSW – Deb graduated from the University of Utah with her master’s degree in social work and Utah State University with a bachelor’s degree in education. She has spent most of her career in the school system as an educator, clinical social worker and…
prevention specialist serving children, youth and families. Deb integrates a wide variety of evidence-based treatment modalities that are holistic and solution-focused which support each client in the change and healing process. She is DBT-informed and has intensive training in restorative practices. Deb incorporates social work values of unconditional positive regard and self-determination by collaboratively developing goals and proactive strategies with clients which promote positive change and overall health and wellness. Deb likes spending time with her family and friends. Some of her hobbies include practicing yoga, traveling and reading.
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.
Rodney Arnold
Rodney Arnold
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.
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.
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.
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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