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Melissa comes to WayPoint Academy with vast experience in adolescent care. She has been employed across the continuum of care including employment at a long-term specialty psychiatric facility for adolescents, numerous residential treatment facilities, and a therapeutic boarding school. Furthermore, she has experience in various roles at these programs, including milieu, administrative and clinical positions. She has experience in treating a wide range of clinical presentations including depression, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, learning disorders, autism spectrum disorders, psychosis, and attachment disorders. She utilizes an eclectic approach to treatment drawing upon concepts from psychodynamic influences, attachment theory as well as cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral orientations.
Working in different positions across various treatment facilities has provided Melissa with a unique understanding of out of home placement and clinical care. She is skilled at developing connected therapeutic alliances with her clients, and honoring each client as unique and individual. In her time off work, Melissa enjoys cooking, crafting, listening to live music, and spending time with friends, family and her two dogs.
Jeff Gregson graduated from the University of Utah with a BS in Sociology, minor in Psychology and a Certificate in Criminology. He then later graduated in 2001 with a Masters degree in Counseling. Jeff is currently a member of the American Psychological Association, certified in the Teaching-Family model (parenting model used by many youth programs) and trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (method of therapy that promotes rapid change for many issues). He has also been trained to teach and run Aggression Replacement Training, a researched method for anger management.
Jeff has mainly worked with children, families and adolescents to help resolve issues related to attention and focus, learning difficulties, depression, anxiety, obsessions and compulsions, anger and addiction.
Jeff's career began 15 years ago at Utah Youth Village, working as a caseworker and later with the Families First program. While at Youth Village he worked as a in-home specialist, therapist and helped develop Alpine Academy's clinical family model. Jeff completed his clinical hours at Weber Human Services where he received specialized training in experiential therapy, play therapy and trauma. Jeff has 6 years of experience working in a specialized psychiatric hospital in the role of primary therapist and director.
Jeff opened his private practice in the summer of 2004 and has enjoyed working with adult and child clients alike. The focus of his practice has been helping adults and adolescents with overcoming depression and anxiety. Working with anxiety has been Jeff's professional passion, which made joining Waypoint a natural fit.
Jeff was born and raised in Canada, moved to Utah to pursue his education and the world's best skiing. He also enjoy's mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, traveling and time with his family.
Kimberly Barrus is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who began her career working with adolescents and their families. She received her Bachelor of Science in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a minor in Psychology, and then received her Master’s in Social Work at Brigham Young University. Kim has 8 years of experience working with a whole spectrum of mental health issues. She specializes in anxiety disorders specifically trauma, mood disorders, substance abuse, and addictive behaviors. She utilizes creative individualized treatment interventions tailored to meet the needs of families. Some include cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavioral therapy, and mindfulness.
Kim's true passion is working with adolescents and their families to help young men recover from the devastating effects of anxiety and mood disorders on their daily lives. Kim helped recruit adolescents for college placement that also included team building, executive functioning skills, and social skills while at BYU. In graduate school, she worked with adolescents and their families in a short term crisis unit. Kim gained a multitude of experience working in an outpatient setting pertaining to the severely and persistently mentally ill. Originally from Virginia, she migrated to the West to pursue her education. Kim enjoys yoga, camping, hiking, travel, drawing, mountain biking, and spending most of her time with family.
Nicole is a native of Northern Utah. Nicole is passionately committed to working with adolescents and their families. She received her master’s degree in mental health counseling and has extensive experience working with adolescents and their families. She has treated a wide range of conditions including depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, mood disorders, addiction, psychosis, autism spectrum disorders and attachment disorders. In order to individualize her treatment and address clients’ specific needs, she takes an eclectic approach to therapy using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Experiential Therapy (which includes exposure techniques), Psychodynamic and Motivational Interviewing Models.
In her spare time Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, skiing, road and mountain biking, hiking, running, reading and traveling.
Jenny Howe graduated from Weber State University in 2000 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and a minor in Child and Family Studies. She began her career at the Utah State Division of Youth Corrections working with adolescents inside a secure care facility while continuing her education. She received a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Utah State University in 2004. She then went on to work as an elementary school counselor and program coordinator for school districts in Utah. During that time, Jenny completed full risk evaluations for students and managed a program for elementary students who were struggling with various mental health issues inside a school setting. She has experience working with students and families, specifically with school avoidance, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, Autism Spectrum disorders, behavioral issues and trauma and attachment based disorders. Jenny believes all adolescents have the capability and motivation to become the best version of themselves and loves watching them discover their potential.
In Jenny’s free time, she enjoys being a mother to her two children, baking, watching sports, going to concerts and spending time with the people she loves. Originally from San Diego, California, she takes any opportunity she can to get to a beach, but it isn’t nearly as often as she would like. In the time she’s lived in Utah she has enjoyed discovering its beautiful geography and the many amazing outdoor activities.