Dr. Larry Beall, Ph.D. - Director
Dr. Beall grew up mainly in Louisiana and Florida and found a love the outdoors there. He has been happily married for 43 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 30 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 been the director of the Trauma Awareness & Treatment Center since 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 developed by Dr. Beall in the late 1980’s, and developing training modules based on this approach.
Michelle Lizarraga, ed.d.
I started the journey to become a therapist as a family member of someone struggling. I worked as an advocate for families with complex needs. I believe strongly in individual voice and choice. My history allows me a unique perspective on the value of individual choice. Trauma occurs in everyone’s life to some degree. Our ability to manage the impact of trauma is varied. Trauma symptoms happen when our internal resources are insufficient to manage outside stimuli, and therefore is a unique experience for each individual. My focus is on healing the mind, body and spirit from traumatic events. I believe in the unique capacity of the individual to heal and therefore provide individualized, culturally focused, client centered services. I work with a variety clients utilizing focused interventions to resolve symptoms along with skills acquisition to balance emotional struggles. Our practice offers a diverse array of services that are designed to meet the individual and familial needs. We continue to build on this diversity as our client base grows and needs are identified. We look forward to meeting you.
Heather Whitehead, LCSW
Heather has worked part time at the Trauma Awareness & Treatment Center for 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.
Julio C. Jarvis, MSW, LCSW
Julio Jarvis, 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 2 kids, the things that are his inspiration are his 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).
April L. Bennett, M.A., LMFT
April was born and raised in California, She has lived in Washington; Tokyo, Japan; Oregon; and enjoyed San Diego, California for 10 years before moving to Utah.
She comes from a large family and thus has had ample opportunities to watch family dynamics, marriages, divorces, parenting styles and death’s play out. April and her husband have five children and four grandchildren so far.
April has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She specializes in treating trauma including many types of abuse, anxiety and associated disorders, depression, grief & loss, and sexual compulsive behaviors in both men and women. She has helped many individuals identify and understand being a Highly Sensitive (or an Empath), how it impacts mental health (especially anxiety and addictions) and she helps individuals learn to navigate associated challenges and learn about their unique gift. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, she works with disorders and challenges in the context of families and marriages as well with individuals. She also does premarital, marriage, navigating divorce and remarriage/blended family therapies.
Alex Oser, CSW
Alex is a Certified Social Worker with a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Utah. Originally from California, Alex has come to Utah for the education and mountains, enjoying the beauty of the great outdoors. Having a passion for learning and never-ending curiosity, Alex has a varied background when it comes to her professional experiences, which include survivors of sexual assault, human trafficking, and those overcoming major obstacles and disadvantages to create a new and interesting life with their children. Alex has worked closely with Journey of Hope, a community agency providing case management for women who have been previously incarcerated and are survivors of trauma, providing mental health services and is inspired by their grit and resilience.