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Austin Brunson

Austin Brunson (LMFT) graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brigham Young University and completed his master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Utah State University. He has also worked in development, facilitation, and research of community education on healthy dating, couple, and parenting relationships.

Austin has a strength of fostering secure, comfortable relationships with clients while being able to challenge them at the same time. His goal is to increase insight and confidence while addressing existing constraints. Austin particularly enjoys treating children and adolescents, couples (infidelity, conflict management, parenting, etc.), and families (grief, relationship distress, traumas, etc.). He approaches therapy with a strong collaborative approach, relying heavily on humanistic, systemic models of therapy including experiential models, structural family therapy, and play therapy. 

Austin is kind, supportive, and easy-going.  He enjoys spending time with his wife and kiddos, and any type of work with his hands.

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Cassandra Cooper

Cassandra Cooper received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an Emphasis in Health-Psychology from Brigham Young University-Idaho and her master’s degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. Prior to her graduate work at Arizona State University, Cassandra worked with adolescent girls in the residential treatment setting, and children in the education setting. Cassandra enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults on issues of anxiety and depression, and she specializes in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and related conditions. Cassandra is dedicated to forming meaningful connections and the development of strong therapeutic alliances as individuals work through life’s challenges with confidence and hope. Cassandra strongly believes in unconditional positive regard and the dignity and worth of every person. 

In addition to spending time with her husband, Cassandra enjoys singing, swimming, taking care of her plants, and watching K-dramas.

Dr. Rob Dindinger

Dr. Rob Dindinger is the owner of Utah Valley Psychology and spends most of his time making sure UVP runs smoothly. In recent years he has stepped away from clinical practice but has done some limited work as a life coach helping individuals and couples improve their communication, social skills, and life skills. He is best known for his work in the Autism community using his coaching skills to help adults wanting to improve their social functioning adapt to college, work and family environments. He is currently not taking new coaching clients.

Dr. Dindinger received his PhD. in clinical psychology, specializing in child and family psychological services from Brigham Young University. He completed a prestigious internship at Primary Children’s Medical Center working with children, teens, and parents struggling with a broad range of mental health challenges. Rob has a history of success in the mental health field running several residential treatment units for children and teens. He is the Author of the book “Pornography Addiction Breaking the Chains: A Workbook of Essential Tools for Recovery”. He has also created the Chain Breaker phone app to help individuals overcome challenging patterns of behavior related to pornography.
Rob is originally from Juneau, Alaska and has a great love for the outdoors. His passions include spending time with his family, Utah Jazz Basketball (almost all basketball games that he can play in or watch), and new experiences.

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Karen Fairchild

Karen Fairchild is a licensed clinical social worker with eight years of experience as a therapist. Prior to completing graduate work at Brigham Young University, Karen worked for 25 years, both professionally and as a volunteer, advocating for individuals and families with disabilities and mental health concerns in our community. Karen is dedicated to helping individuals and families find the peace and balance in life that we are all seeking. She loves to help parents and married couples rediscover themselves and their relationship. She loves to help in the process of developing effective parenting solutions for “tricky” children of all ages. Typical challenges include autism spectrum disorder, stress, grief, anxiety, depression, trauma, and abuse.

Karen has been married for 37 years and has five adult children, three with autism spectrum disorders. She loves spending time with her four grandsons. She also enjoys music of all kinds, hiking, and yoga.

Alison Hansen

Alison Hansen earned her bachelor’s degree in public health from Brigham Young University and her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Utah State University. She provides therapy in both English and Spanish.

Ali enjoys empowering people of various ages to navigate the challenges they face. She offers a safe, grounding presence that helps balance multiple perspectives within couple and family systems. She finds particular fulfillment in working with adolescents, adults, and couples on issues of anxiety, depression, self-esteem, emotion regulation, and communication. Ali believes in the innate goodness of each person and strives to increase their belief in themselves as rational, reasonable, resilient human beings. She utilizes narrative and family systems theories to help people create solutions that fit for their unique circumstances.

Others have described Ali as intelligent, practical, and compassionate. When she is not at work, Ali enjoys running, biking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

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Pat McGuinness

Patrick McGuinness specializes in helping couples and families develop healthy emotional boundaries, improve relationships and resolve conflict. He also works with individuals to help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression using EMDR, Ego State Therapy and other modalities to resolve painful and often traumatic experiences from earlier stages of life.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Plymouth State University in 1992 and his Master’s degree from Antioch New England in 1995. Pat has been practicing psychotherapy for over 25 years, and in that time he has expanded his breadth of practice to include life coaching, sport psychology and the integration of psychedelic experiences.

In his free time, Pat enjoys skiing, hang gliding, paragliding and practicing Yoga.

Dr. Gabrielle (Gabe) Price

Now Scheduling Starting September 6th

Gabe Price is a postdoctoral fellow who has served adults and adolescents in the mental health and coaching field for 7 years. He received his Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. Gabe is dedicated to serving individuals who present with a variety of mental health concerns, including anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, spirituality, and sexuality-related concerns. He is passionate about providing effective and culturally competent care to individuals with intersecting marginalized identities. Gabe utilizes a holistic approach, having a background as a Certified Integrative Wellness & Life Coach. He focuses on improving the psychological, emotional, spiritual, physical and overall wellness of others. Gabe provides individual, couples, and group therapy using techniques from traditional cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT), and reality therapy. He also incorporates body awareness and mindfulness techniques into his therapeutic services. 

Gabe enjoys traveling, dining at new restaurants, spending time with loved ones, and engaging in adventurous activities. He also enjoys dancing, singing, and attending festivals. 

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Dr. Jon Skidmore

Dr. Jon Skidmore is a licensed clinical psychologist and has been in private practice for 25 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Utah State University and his Psy.D. in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Skidmore specializes in performance coaching, anxiety disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, parent coaching, and helping families manage chronic illnesses. As a performance coach, he believes that everyone is a performer, and he is committed to getting the psychological skills of peak performance and mental toughness into the hands of performers of all ages and all stages. He specializes in coaching performing artists, but has also worked with athletes, business leaders, public speakers, physicians, and attorneys. He currently serves on the faculty of the Brigham Young University School of Music and has been teaching The Psychology of Music Performance for over 20 years. Dr. Skidmore has recently added addiction recovery, with an emphasis on sex and pornography addiction, as a focus in his practice.

Jon and his wife, Kathy, have been married for 27 years, and they have four children. He loves adventure and exploring and enjoying our beautiful planet. He loves the outdoors and is happy whether he is walking in the jungle of Peru, repelling through a slot canyon in southern Utah, or cross-country skiing through a mountain meadow. He also enjoys singing and playing his Native American flute.

Benjamin Weinheimer

Benjamin Weinheimer received his bachelor’s degree in literature in 2005 from Iowa State University and received his master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Brigham Young University in 2007. He worked full-time for Wasatch Mental Health for more than nine years and started in private practice in 2017. Ben provides individual, family, couple, and relational therapy with clients of all ages, from children to adults. He specializes in autism spectrum disorders, abuse and trauma, anxiety, depression, executive functioning deficits (like ADHD and learning problems), and behavioral problems. His preferred modes of therapy are cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), child-centered play therapy and filial play therapy, neurocognitive remediation (NCR), experiential therapy, and mindfulness.

Ben and his wife of 20 years have five children. In addition to loving spending time with his family, Ben enjoys reading, playing the ukulele, and building with Legos.

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Ella

Ella was born in Provo, Utah, and grew up in Springville, Utah.  She has two brothers and three sisters. She is currently studying at Utah Valley University.  She started working for Utah Valley Psychology in August 2017. In her free time she enjoys drawing, shopping, and playing with her dog “Jazzy”.

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Lexie

Lexie grew up in Bardstown, KY and is currently attending Provo College in their Physical Therapist Assistant program. She served a church mission in Paraguay where she learned Spanish and experienced some other languages as well. She’s been married for two years, loves spending time with friends and family, going outdoors, and having a good laugh.

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Ashton

Ashton was born in Utah and grew up in Eagle Mountain. She is an honors student at UVU working towards a Bachelors degree in Business and Graphic Design. She started working at Utah Valley Psychology in February 2022. In her free time she enjoys painting, reading, hiking, and being with family and friends.

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Aubrey

Aubrey was born in Orem, Utah and is currently attending Utah Valley University studying English Literature. She started working at Utah Valley Psychology in July of 2022. Aubrey loves all types of shows, movies, and literature. In her free time she loves playing with her Siberian Husky, Charlie.

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Bella

Bella was raised in a small town called Hartford in Wisconsin. Bella is currently studying psychology at Brigham Young University, hoping to work with children and families. She enjoys traveling and has been to 12 different countries, the most recent being Malawi where she worked in a refugee camp. She absolutely loves thunderstorms!

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