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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.
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. While at BYU Kim helped recruit adolescents for college placement through efforts that included team building and executive functioning and social skill development. 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 devoted to the treatment of 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.
Adri was born in Twin Falls, ID. She attended Spring Arbor University in Michigan where she received her bachelor's degree in Social Work, completing her final semester at SAU abroad in Antigua, Guatemala. In Antigua, she learned about social work on a global scale. After graduating from Spring Arbor, she moved back to Twin Falls where she attended Boise State University and received her master’s degree in Social Work while she interned for a non- profit organization doing case work for troubled foster children. Following her graduation from BSU, Adri moved to Ogden, UT to pursue her career in counseling working with teenagers who deal with varying levels of anxiety and depression. She spent her first year at WayPoint Academy as a youth mentor and bonded well with the students and had a positive impact on the community. Adri has always had a passion for working with youth and is excited for the opportunity to do clinical work with the young men at Waypoint. In her free time, Adri enjoys being outside- whether it’s hiking, canoeing, backpacking, traveling, or going on adventures with her dog. - which makes Utah the perfect place to call home.
Mark Rainsdon, L.C.S.W.
Mark was born and raised in nearby Idaho where he graduated from Brigham Young University - Idaho with a Bachelor’s degree in social work.
After graduation, he worked as a Psycho Social Rehabilitation Specialist (PSR), doing in-home and community-based treatment to help teens struggling with many different types of anxiety and depressive disorders, and was introduced to the field of wilderness therapy, which combined his love of the outdoors with his passion for helping teens. While working as a field staff at an outdoor wilderness therapeutic program, he was encouraged to further his education and become a therapist. He was able to attend the University of Utah and obtain his Master’s degree in social work. Afterwards, Mark was hired by a brand-new company specializing in the treatment and diagnosis of ASD and other neurodevelopment disorders. During his time with the company, he was able to participate in many aspects of its program from being a primary therapist to serving as an assistant clinical director. Throughout his career, Mark has gained many years of experience with individual and family therapy.
Mark enjoys spending his free time with his wife gardening and working on their house. He also spends as much time as he can with his wife and dog hiking, climbing, camping, and doing anything that allows him to enjoy the beauty and sanctuary of Utah’s wilderness.
Adam Capel, L.C.S.W.
Adam received his bachelor’s degree in behavioral science & health from the University of Utah and his master’s degree from the Arizona State University. Adam has over 25 years of post-graduate clinical experience in various setting ranging from community mental health, residential treatment and private practice. His expertise is in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Exposure Therapy as it relates to the treatment of anxiety. Adam’s passion to help youth overcome the debilitating effects of anxiety, led him to leave his full-time outpatient practice to join WayPoint’s clinical team to provide in-vivo exposure therapy, often difficult to practice in an outpatient setting. Adam is motivated to help individuals exchange their fear and savor their life experiences – reclaim their happy self from the toxic grip of anxiety.
Adam, a native of Utah, is married with five children and two foster children. Aside from his professional life, his interests include the outdoors, hunting, fishing and the preservation of Utah’s precious geological and archeological trust.