Stacy McKenzie, PhD, CMHC is a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with a doctorate degree in Human Services and Counseling Studies from Capella University. Dr. McKenzie received her Master level training at the University of Phoenix Mental Health Counseling Program and obtained her Bachelor Degree at Brigham Young University in Health Management. Dr. McKenzie is an experienced counselor who enjoys working with families, couples and individuals who suffer from the impact of trauma and associated mental health issues (depression, anxiety and mood disorders). Her therapy philosophy has been developed from work with the Utah Youth Village and the Teaching Family model which is primarily a strength based orientation. She has learned that most obstacles can be overcome, which in turn, become strengths to be used for achieving a healthy and happy life.
Michelle Lizarraga is grateful everyday she was taught the amazing techniques of healing that were developed by her mentor, Dr. Larry Beall. She thoroughly enjoys working with the other staff members here at the TATC. Michelle is currently a doctoral candidate working on her dissertation, with a primary focus on Dr. Beall's research methods for healing. She deeply believes in the idea of “harm none”, and this philosophical base along with a great appreciation for difference, make up her core values. She's had the unique opportunity to work with unique populations, including youth exiled from polygamist communities and Native American tribes, as well as the honor of serving on several committees focusing on cultural competence and family diversity.
Michelle is a mother of two beautiful daughters and a grandmother to one amazing grandson, her second daughter is half Dine (Navajo) while her husband is Mexican; she believes the importance of honoring those with cultural differences is paramount. She is continually excited about her future work here at the TATC.
Dr. Beall grew up mainly in Louisiana and Florida, and grew to love the outdoors there. He has been happily married for 40 years and has six children, three boys and three girls, and four grandsons. He particularly loves camping and hiking in the mountains, birds, research, fishing, and the gym. He has worked in the trauma field for 27 years, and finds it deeply rewarding to see someone overcome the effects of horrible things that have happened to them and make a new life. He has directed the Trauma Awareness & Treatment Center since its creation in 1994. He particularly enjoys presenting in the community about different aspects of trauma, especially to help others learn there is hope after suffering major losses. He and the staff have turned their attention to researching the rapid pain release method of trauma resolution that he himself developed in the late 1980’s, and are developing training modules based on this approach.
Julio C. Jarvis, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with an emphasis in mental health. A graduate of the University of Utah, Julio has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work. He specializes in Trauma focused and Crisis work including suicide, medical social work and individual therapy. Born and raised in Utah with two kids, his inspirations are family, music, sports, being authentic, and helping others. He has specialized training in Crisis, is certified through the state in crisis counseling for Disaster and Bioterrorism, is a certified Salt Lake County Certified Mental Health Officer, and a National ASIST trainer (suicide prevention workshop).
Heather Whitehead has worked part time at the Trauma Awareness & Treatment Center for the last 10 years. She has a Masters degree in social work and a masters practitioner license in NLP. Her diversified background has included many years of working with children in individual and play therapy, preserving families within the State of Utah systems and social work in the school setting from grades K-12 in regular and special education. She enjoys working with people from different socio-economic backgrounds and cultures and has occasionally used interpreters in her trauma work. She has experience in a broad spectrum of approaches from Play-therapy and NLP to Cognitive and Behavioral therapy. Her techniques include encompass approaches to relieve trauma, pain and depression while building inner resources for a more productive and resourceful life.
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Address: 32 W. Winchester St, Ste 101, Murray, UT 84107
Since 1994 when the Trauma Awareness & Treatment Center was incorporated we have treated approximately 10,000 individuals. Our treatment focus is generally short-term so we work with a lot of people. A number of principles relative to trauma treatment have emerged that continue to be validated by clinical experience. One of these principles is that the strengths required to survive traumatic experiences can be used to overcome its effects. This is related to another proven principle: there is nothing that can happen to us that the human spirit cannot survive and eventually overcome.
Legend Dastrup is a Professional Technical Writer graduate from Weber State University. He has a deep passion for life and looks forward to the many opportunities that come his way. One of those opportunities was to contribute to the wonderful work of the Trauma Awareness & Treatment Center and build this website for them. He continually looks to improve his skills and welcomes feedback that will help people find information on this website in order to get the help they need. Legend is happily married to a wonderful wife, and a father of three very busy and wonderful daughters.