We provide effective therapy for individuals, couples, and families challenged by mental health, addiction, and relationship issues in Salt Lake City. We help with substance and process addictions, depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. Our practice is defined by three core principles: Competence, Compassion, and Collaboration.
Our mission is to help you create a life of intention. We use skillful therapy to address mental health, addiction, and relationship challenges to help you create a meaningful and balanced life.
- Depression, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorders
- Mood imbalances, melancholy, and mood swings
- Bipolar tendencies
- Addiction to drugs and alcohol and substance abuse
- Process addictions like gambling, pornography, sex, and work addictions
- Family issues, co-dependency, and enabling
- Marital/couples issues
- Life changes, grief, and loss
- Trauma and abuse, PTSD, and medical trauma
- Personality issues
- Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA)
- LGBTQ, feminist, and multi-cultural issues
- Chronic pain and illness
- Professional athlete and sports counseling
Other licensed professions with addiction
Mental health challenges come in many forms. It is common for everyone to struggle with situations that cause stress, worry, or sadness at some time in their lives. For some individuals, addiction also impacts many areas of their lives. Their relationships are suffering, they are in danger of losing their jobs, they may have legal problems, or they suffer from anxiety or depression. Furthermore, couples often encounter difficulties as they blend their lives together. What previously attracted them to the other person now annoys them, and the relationship falters as a result. We also know that when one person is struggling in any of these situations, the entire family is likely to be impacted.
Regardless of the challenges a person, couple, or family is facing, we can be of help. We define our practice by three core principles: competence, compassion, and collaboration, and we work with clients who have a substance or process addiction, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or depression, along with many other issues. We do so using evidence-based therapies, meaning we are skilled in using the types of therapy that has been proven to be effective. Our goal is to help our clients create a meaningful and balanced life.
What works for one person may not be of help to another. For this reason, we provide a wide range of services. For some clients, various styles of treatment are more effective than others, and we can be of assistance. During the initial appointment, we work to understand the challenges a person is facing, and with the client we develop a plan of care and determine the most effective services.
- Individual and Family Therapy. Therapy benefits not only individuals but families as well. Individual therapy focuses on the specific needs of the person and can involve his or her support system which allows the therapist and client to delve deeply into those issues of most concern. Because of the confidential nature of therapy, a person usually feels safe discussing sensitive issues—ones they may not be comfortable sharing in a group setting with others. Family therapy focuses on the whole family system in looking at any unresolved issues such as trauma or loss, and also at current patterns of family interaction and what needs to change. Head over to the “Individual & Family Counseling” page to learn more about this type of therapy.
- Addiction Intervention. While individuals in active addiction often realize they have a problem with drugs or alcohol, they typically are resistant to getting help. They believe they are in control and can quit using their substance of choice at any time, or they are ready and willing to quit “tomorrow”. Family and friends usually don’t know how to intervene, and many wait for the addicted person to hit “rock bottom” to get motivated to change. However, substances can be deadly, especially with the current opioid epidemic, and families need to step in to provide the motivation the individual needs to get on the path to recovery. Studies show that a family intervention is the most effective way for a person to get sober. However, the intervention does not need to be a confrontational and emotional event. Using the ARISE® Invitational intervention, the interventionist works with the family in addressing how addiction impacts everyone, and not just the person actively using. Using a sequence of family meetings that increase in intensity, the family unites and motivates the addicted family member to participate in treatment. Follow-up meetings maintain involvement in the treatment program and promotes long-term recovery. Visit our “Addiction Intervention” page for additional information.
- Couples Counseling. Any couple looking to strengthen their marriage can benefit from participating in couples counseling. The therapist serves as an objective party to the relationship, and their perspective can shed light on the difficulties the couple is experiencing, positive and negative patterns in the relationship, or offer ways to increase the intimacy of the partnership and therefore its overall strength. Couples often assume marriage or couples counseling is only for those who are having issues within their relationship. Couples counseling can be for people who are looking for a relationship tune-up, wanting to work on a specific skills shuch as better communication or creating shared meaning, or even for pre-marital counseling for those who are questioning whether or not to marry. Check out the “Couples Counseling” page to learn more.
- Alcohol and Drug Assessment. Addiction to drugs or alcohol happens on a continuum; from abstinence, to experimentation, to recreational use, to use, to misuse, to abuse, and then to dependence. A person may wonder if they have a problem with their level of alcohol or drug use. With the help of an assessment, our therapists can help determine if this is truly the case is they need some type of treatment. Sometimes a person is involved in the legal system after a DUI or other legal problems and needs a court ordered substance abuse assessment. Or a person may have employment issues related to their substance use and their employer is requesting an assessment. For any of these reasons, a variety of assessments are offered to meet the needs of all clients, and recommendations are made based on the findings. Those who undergo the process find they feel more empowered, as they have a better understanding of where they are in regards to their drug or alcohol use. Discover more at our “Alcohol and Drug Assessment” page.
- Group Therapy & Workshops. Individuals often feel as if they are alone and others don’t understand the challenges they face. This is especially true when a person is facing addiction, chronic medical illness, a faith crisis, or other life transition. By participating in group therapy or our therapeutic workshops, people find they aren’t the only one dealing with these issues. Group therapy provides education and discussion on the challenge, and the group serves as a support system as participants receive encouragement from others in the group. Each person feels a sense of responsibility to others taking part in the sessions, as active participation has an effect on all who are present. These are only a few of the many benefits of group therapy, and individuals can learn more by heading over to the “Group Therapy & Workshops” page.
For treatment to be effective, clients need to feel comfortable with their therapist and medical providers. In fact, clinical studies have consistently shown that the most influential therapeutic factor in people getting well is the therapy relationship with their therapist. To help people decide on which therapist would be best for them, we provide information on each therapist on the “About” page. If more details are desired, feel free to contact us.
Visit the “Events” page to learn more about upcoming groups and workshops we are facilitating. Here individuals can find details on our IOP group, community events, and our general clinic calendar.
A number of people are currently aware of our Salt Lake City counseling center. To better serve the community, we now have a Park City location. This will allow us to help clients in the Summit County area with mental health and addiction challenges. Visit the “Locations” page to learn more about our Park City therapy office location, hours of operation, and general information.
Red Willow is committed to providing helpful information to our clients and the community. Our therapists frequently post useful information on managing sadness or stress, what to expect in therapy, the dangers of the opioid epidemic, and ways for a family to have a successful intervention. Check out our blog regularly for new updates.
There are many ways that people benefit from therapy. Often people have questions before and during therapy, or need additional information. To help clients feel comfortable beginning therapy, we have a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page in our Resources section. We also provide handouts on a variety of topics, book suggestions, informational Ted Talks, and links to other websites. Our goal is to continue to provide tools for continued growth to clients, family, and friends. Feel free to explore our resources section for additional support.
We are open 8am to 8pm Monday through Friday, or 9am to 3pm on Saturday.