Managing Partners

Jared U. Balmer, Ph.D.

Co-founder/Executive Director

Jared grew up in Switzerland where he completed his undergraduate studies in microbiology. After moving to the U.S., he completed a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology and a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, both from Brigham Young University. His post-doctoral internship included extensive training with the late Milton H. Erickson, M.D., and Ray Becvar, Ph.D. in strategic therapy.

Jared has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Brigham Young University, St. Louis University, and the University of Missouri at St. Louis (UMSL). He was a founding member of the St. Louis Family Institute. Courses he taught included: Parenting, Professional Studies, Family Law, Child Development, Parent-Child Relationships, Family Life Education, and Advanced Practicum in Family Therapy. Jared has published a number of professional articles and lectures on adolescent treatment-related topics to lay and professional audiences nationwide. He is the recipient of the 2004 National Leadership Award of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP). He is a member of the Behavioral Health Advisory Board of the Joint Commission of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO).

Jared’s professional career centers on adolescents and their families. He is one of the pioneers of a multi-disciplinary approach in the private sector of the residential treatment arena, integrating education, milieu therapy, recreational therapy, psychiatry, and psychotherapy. While living in the mid-west, he founded two treatment centers that served students with severe conduct and related disorders. Since returning to Utah, Jared co-founded Rivendell Psychiatric Hospital, Island View RTC, The Oakley School, and the Aspen Institute for Behavioral Assessment. Drawing on his vast experience and passion for working with adolescents, he has joined forces with other seasoned professionals to create WayPoint Academy, a specialized residential treatment facility for males with anxiety and relation problems.

Jared is the youngest of three children who found himself often in trouble with his teachers, much to the dismay of his parents. He is married with three children and has three grandchildren. He is passionate about mountaineering, skiing, trekking, canyoneering, mountain biking, and horsing around with his grandkids Gab, Greg, and Elliott.

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Mike Bulloch, L.C.S.W.

Co-founder/Clinical Director/Associate Executive Director

Mike has more than thirty years of direct clinical practice with adolescents and their families. He began his career as a therapist in a community-based psychiatric unit for kids and has built a diverse professional background that includes: serving as the clinical director for two prominent residential treatment programs and a therapeutic boarding school, as well as co-founding a specialty psychiatric hospital for teens with complex emotional and medical needs. While serving in these positions, Mike provided training and oversight to each program’s therapeutic team and added his experience, expertise, and vision to each facility. These programs treated youth who struggled with a wide range of disorders, such as substance abuse, eating disorders, behavioral issues, and mood disorders. These experiences propelled Mike to recognize both the needs and benefits of a more narrowly-focused treatment approach for kids who have severe anxiety that compromises their quality of life.

 In 2012, Mike co-founded WayPoint Academy, the first RTC in the nation that specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders for youth. Since its inception, WayPoint has been featured on the Today Show, NPR International, in “Angst,” an independent film about anxiety disorders, and was named Educator Hero of the year by the American Red Cross (2015). His extensive background includes assessment, anxiety, depression, executive function, personality development, family dynamics, and individual, family, and group therapies. Mike is a leader in the field and has spoken across the country on numerous topics, such as: Exposure and Response Prevention, Emotional Contagion, and The Anxious Family. He has led workshops at national conferences and is published. Mike is creative, eclectic, and direct in his therapeutic approach and thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to work with such diverse and amazing youth.

Mike studied Social Work at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Though he was initially interested in community organization, he shifted his focus to psychotherapy and earned an MSW from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. He has received specialized training in Exposure and Response Prevention through the Behavioral Therapy Training Institute.

Mike’s interests include backpacking in Utah’s Escalante canyons, where he has spent decades exploring secret spots in remote areas of great beauty. He enjoys fly fishing, floating the great rivers of the West, and cooking Marcella Hazan recipes...or anything that includes New Mexico’s Hatch green chile. Mike loves to travel, especially in southern Italy. He enjoys listening to jam bands and live music. In his free time, he can be found hanging out with his wife, children, and friends or doting on his adorable granddaughter. Mike believes that during difficult times, we must focus on what is working in our lives, and feels the best therapy comes through helping others get in touch with what they already know.

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