Dr. Tara SharifanPsychologist & Clinical Director
Lyndy BarnardTraining Director, Clinical Manager, & Therapist
Melissa WhiteClinical Psychologist
Ashley AllenTherapist Intern
Mary HollenbaughTherapist Intern
Leslie HollingTherapist Intern
Kimberly RobisonTherapist Intern
Adam TrumpTherapist Intern
Eliza ThompsonTherapist Intern
Carolyn NelsonOffice Manager
Kelsie SkallaRecruitment & Onboarding Coordinator
Alyssa ThomasQuality Assurance Lead
Michelle HockBilling Manager
Melanee DahlClinical Nutritionist
Dr. Tara Sharifan
Dr. Tara Sharifan (she/her/hers) loves the science and art of psychology. As such, she
constantly seeks new information in the field of mental health and implements evidence-
based interventions while individualizing her care to meet each client’s unique style and
needs. She enjoys working with young adults, teens, and children as well as supporting
parents navigate challenges in the art of raising humans. Dr. Sharifan’s training and
experiences have primarily focused on working with gender-diverse individuals, youth
who have various medical conditions or medically unexplained physical symptoms,
anxiety disorders, and young children with behavioral difficulties. She utilizes
therapeutic strategies consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and
acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Within that framework, she emphasizes a
collaborative approach with the goal of empowering individuals and families.
Tara received her doctorate from Pacific University and completed training at Primary
Children’s Hospital, Oregon Health and Science University, and Randall Children’s
Hospital. Outside of her clinical practice, she enjoys spending time with family and
Lyndy Barnard received her Bachelors degree in Social Work from Brigham Young University. She received her Masters degree in Social Work with an emphasis in Mental Health from California State University, East Bay. Lyndy has lived and worked in mental health in places including Oakland, CA, Nashville, TN and Salt Lake City, UT. Her professional experience includes expertise in crisis intervention, anxiety, depression, trauma, shame, self-esteem issues, and addiction. She has extensive experience working with a local EAP and utilizes solution focused therapy strategies. Further experience includes developing and providing trainings regarding mental health topics and leadership development. She enjoys working with adolescent and adult clients who are looking for knowledge, skill development, and resources to better cope with their current situation. She focuses on empowering clients to examine their strengths and abilities to become more resilient to their challenges. She uses cognitive behavioral strategies and mindfulness skills that help empower clients to feel capable of managing their life circumstances more effectively. In her free time Lyndy enjoys doing cross fit, running, singing, and spending time with her family.
Madi received her Bachelors of Social Work degree at BYU-Idaho, and her Masters of Social Work at Utah State. After getting her undergraduate degree, she worked at a domestic violence shelter in many facets. During this time she started working toward her masters degree in order to be a therapist. Madi has since provided therapy for all ages, though specializes in adults and adolescents.
Madi has always been interested in people and their stories. She genuinely cares for them and believes that all are inherently good. She has found as a therapist that life often brings unexpected tragedies and concerns that can be overwhelming at times. Sometimes, this leads to depression or anxiety and troubled relationships. Whether your struggle is from past trauma, currently overwhelming circumstances, or worry about the future, Madi promises to meet you where you are.
She’s inspired by the words of Brene Brown :
“Daring greatly means the courage to be vulnerable. It means to show up and be seen, to ask for what you need, to talk about how you’re feeling, to have the hard conversations.”
She is ready to help, applying whatever knowledge she has learned and is ready to have the “hard conversations” with you to help in any way she can.
Allison is attending Northwestern University for a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Utah State University in Equine Science and Management. Upon her graduation, she has volunteered and works at the National Ability Center, instructing Adaptive Horseback Riding Lessons for individuals with disabilities. Allison has worked with children and adolescents in various organizations and recently finished her practicum with Quality Youth Services providing therapy for adolescents and transitioning adults in the Juvenile Justice System. She has experience in treating depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and serving individuals with trauma. She has a passion for helping people find greater life wellness and mental health. Allison utilizes an integrated therapeutic approach emphasizing Humanistic, Experiential, and Psychodynamic theories and hopes to integrate her counseling into Equine Assisted Psychotherapy in the future.
I recieved my Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from Weber State University in 2013. This year, I received my Masters of Social Work from Arizona State University. Throughout the last ten years, I have worked with domestic violence clients, utilizing techniques to promote growth and recovery. I have conducted seminars on healthy relationships, abuse and neglect, and shaken baby syndrome at multiple schools throughout the state of Utah. Through this process, I was able to help individuals recognize strengths, develop coping mechanisms and utilize available resources. I have also worked closely with the Children’s Justice Center and Juvenile Justice System. I have experience working with children and adolescents experiencing trauma, sexual and or physical abuse, neglect, and behavioral issues. I have experience treating depression, mood disorders, anxiety, and grief and loss. I am also familiar with the military and civilian lifestyle and have been able to help individuals navigate through these unique circumstances. I have spent a large amount of time working largely with trauma and have received Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy training as well as training in EMDR. In my free time, I love to spend time with my husband and two daughters. We love the outdoors and spend much of our time camping and four wheeling. I also love to run and sign up for any half-marathons I am able to make! Something about finding peace and comfort through those runs keeps me signing up for more.
Maureen completed her Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s degree, from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and has been in the mental health field working with adolescents, emerging adults and families since 2006. Maureen is passionate about supporting and guiding individuals’ exploration of his/her personal values and belief systems – taking a collaborative and holistic approach to counseling. Maureen has specialized in art therapy, believing the imagination and the unconscious are an entryway, as to find insight, meaning, empowerment and connection. She has worked with adolescents and adults suffering from trauma, anxiety, depression, gender and identity issues, self-esteem challenges and individuals with learning differences. Maureen has experience in Art Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Play Therapy.
In her five years in Utah, Maureen has worked in residential and private practice settings as an experiential art therapist in individual and group settings. Maureen believes that through the evidenced-based art assessments and interventions, individuals can bypass the roadblocks of language, stigma, and culture as to uncover hope, build resilience and self-compassion; promoting lasting healing and growth. When Maureen isn’t working, she enjoys “arting,” skiing, reading and spending time with her family and beloved kitty and two labs.
Alexis believes that clients are inherently resilient and bring their own life expertise to therapy. With this view, she works collaboratively with clients, utilizing evidence-based approaches to help them achieve personal empowerment. These approaches include improving coping mechanisms and emotion regulation, promoting healthy relationships and interpersonal skills, and finding hope for both the present moment and the future. Alexis’ approach is largely influenced by the idea that individuals are doing the best they can with what they have in any given moment, and their lives can be improved and enhanced by increasing psychological resources and skills, identifying and applying existing personal and environmental strengths, and improving protective factors.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Work with a Minor in Psychology from Weber State University and a Master of Social Work with a Mental Health concentration from the University of Utah.
Melissa White, PhD, earned her BS in psychology from St. Mary’s College (CA) and earned both her doctorate and master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Brigham Young University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship in Cleveland, OH, where she treated children, teens and their families at a Community Mental Health Center.
Dr. White loves working primarily with children, teens and their families. She has worked with children and teens in a variety of settings, such as community mental health centers, residential facilities, and in private practice. No matter the treatment setting, Dr. White truly believes helping individuals at a young age can help positively influence the rest of their lives. Additionally, Dr. White has extensive training and a specific interest helping those with oppositional, emotional dysregulation, and attention difficulties (e.g., Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder and ADHD). Dr. White also enjoys working with those who struggle with anxiety, OCD, and depression (e.g., Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Separation Anxiety, Selective Mutism, Social Phobia, Major Depressive Disorder).
As a therapist, Dr. White believes that every family, person and child are individuals with different strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, her approach to treatment comes with careful thought and concern for the individual and families. Dr. White wants all her clients and their families to leave her office believing that they have the ability to be resilient and thrive in any circumstance.
Ashley is a graduate therapist intern with research experience in child development, attachment, and child welfare. She has worked with women experiencing stress and mood dysregulation during pregnancy and these women’s children. Ashley hopes to become an outpatient trauma-focused therapist, and plans to eventually get a PhD in social work, so she can explore impacts of early life neglect on social-emotional and relational functioning in adulthood. Ashley supports clients with various types of difficulties, but she is particularly interested in intervention for developmental and relational trauma. She has experience working with children, adults, and couples, and she incorporates several evidence-based modalities including Mind-Body Bridging, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
Mary earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Utah State University with a minor in sociology. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Social Work through Arizona State University. After earning her bachelor’s degree, Mary worked at a residential treatment center for teenage girls struggling with a wide array of academic, social, and mental health issues. She studied and conducted research on homelessness at Utah State University. She completed an internship with the International Rescue Committee working with refugees to aid them in gaining employment. Mary has a special interest in social policy, particularly policies affecting diverse, marginalized, and under-represented populations. Outside of her educational and professional pursuits, Mary enjoys playing music, writing, spending time with her cats, and making art.
Leslie earned her Bachelor’s degree in English from Stanford University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis. She is currently
pursuing a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University. Leslie’s recent work in the mental health field as a grant writer, first aid instructor, and youth mentor inspired a commitment to work with adults, youth, and families seeking
support as they navigate relationships, transitions, and challenges. Leslie is interested in partnering with people of all ages and multi-cultural backgrounds to identify and build on personal strengths and values. Leslie enjoys hiking, swimming, skiing, writing, music, and spending time with her family.
Kimberly (she/her) is in the final year of the Master’s of Social Work program at the University of Utah. She finds joy and meaning through her family, travel, watercolor painting, and a lifetime of volunteer work. In recent years she has worked primarily with families experiencing extreme poverty, facilitating mental health groups at a youth residential treatment center, and advocating allyship and affirming mental health care on behalf of the LGBTQI+ community. Her training includes Gottman Level I, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused-CBT, Solution Focused Therapy, Grief and Loss, Self-Harm and Mindfulness. Kimberly’s primary goal is utilizing therapy techniques to help guide clients into a deeper understanding of themselves and discover ways to find relief amidst their difficulties.
Adam earned his Bachelor’s degree from Weber State University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University in Virginia. He approaches therapy with a collaborative spirit and a multicultural view and enjoys working with adults and youth of all ages. Adams training includes work in anxiety related disorders, depression, psychosocial development, family systems, psycho-spiritual integration, and crisis intervention. When not working, Adam enjoys being creative, hiking, biking, camping, and fishing with his family.
Eliza is attending Utah State University for a Master’s in Social Work. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Weber State University with a major in Sociology and a minor in Family Studies. Eliza entered this field because she is motivated to help individuals see their strengths and overcome their challenges by using evidence-based practices. She is passionate about the intersection between women’s issues and mental health and has regularly written about those topics. In her leisure time, Eliza loves hiking with her husband, reading good books, and enjoying a movie night with her family.
Nicole Dixon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Bachelor of Social Work from Weber State University and her Master of Social Work with an emphasis in Hispanic Culture from Our Lady of the Lake University. Nicole has experience working in the areas of child abuse and neglect, supervised visitation, the juvenile justice system, behavioral interventions, parenting education, drug treatment, medical social work, group therapy, individual therapy, and psychological assessments.
Nicole has a passion for working with all individuals from as young as 3 years old to elderly on a wide range of presenting concerns, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Mood Disorders, Relationship Distress, Behavioral Management, Interpersonal Conflict, Personal Wellness and Growth, PTSD, Sex Abuse (Victim), Domestic Violence, Grief and Loss, Diversity Conflicts, Religious/Spiritual Concerns, and LGBTQQI.
Nicole enjoys using a variety of therapeutic modalities and approaches in her work with children, adolescents, and adult clients. She has received training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Positive Psychology, Feminist/Multicultural Counseling, Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Family System Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy.
Carolyn is a University of Utah graduate with a focus in Communications. She first moved to Salt Lake City from Houston, TX in 2010 and quickly realized this would be the place she called home. When she’s not at the front desk, you can find her cuddling her two cats and hedgehog, at a photoshoot snapping away, or at a game night with her friends.
Alyssa earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at University of Utah with a minor in Sociology and an emphasis in criminology. She is currently pursuing her Masters in social work at Arizona State University. She has experience working with Autism, OCD, and Anxiety related disorders with both adults and children. She has worked in residential group home settings and outpatient therapy programs. Alyssa has a passion for mental health and strengthening relationships. Using a strength based approach, she believes all people can achieve greater life wellness using positive affirmations, active self-care, helpful thinking, healthy habits, and healing to create positive growth.
Alyssa was previously an intern with Resolutions and now helps lead the quality assurance program.
Michelle attended BYU-Hawaii on a full Art Scholarship and the University of Utah with a focus
on Social Work and Psychology. Her father is a psychologist, and she has always had an interest
in that field.
She moved from Hawaii to Utah in 1980 and has made Bountiful her home. She has worked at
Resolutions since 1994 as an Office Manager and now the Billing Manager. She stays busy when
she is not working with her large, blended family and now also her 5 darling grandchildren. She
loves to travel, camp and spend time exploring the outdoors with her husband. She is a lover of
art and is always reading or learning something new.
Melanee is an integrative clinical nutritionist who works with clients to optimize their mental health through medical nutrition therapy and lifestyle change. She uses a combination of functional medicine assessments to create an integrated plan that is personalized and holistic. Melanee knows first-hand the power of nutrition to heal and is passionate about sharing her experience and knowledge with others.
Seeking a nutritionist for mental health may not be the first thought you have, but research shows a strong correlation between mental health, gut health, HPA stress, and diet. Functional nutrition seeks out root causes to symptoms and uses food plans and supplements to address those. This approach integrates perfectly with therapy. Addressing mental health from the physical, mental, and emotional sides all together leads to better outcomes.
When Melanee isn’t wearing her nutritionist hat, you can usually find her hiking the many trails around her home, crocheting awesome creations, reading, boxing, doing yoga, or adventuring with her amazing husband and wonderful children.