Merilee Dalton, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Merilee, a Clinical Mental Health Counselor, has always loved the work of being a therapist and helping people through the healing process. She graduated from Southern Utah University with her Bachelors in Psychology and obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Phoenix in St. George, Utah in 2012. Merilee has received training in TF-CBT with children, play therapy, sand tray, and is certified in EMDR, working with children as young as 3 years old, adolescents and adults. Since 2016, her understanding and passion to help people who experience trauma, PTSD symptoms, anxiety, and depression has deepened, when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Merilee and her husband have 3 awesome girls and a dog. She loves camping, having summer BBQ’s, swimming and spending time on the ski slopes.

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Shauna Bacon, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Shauna earned degrees in liberal studies and multicultural education. She has also taught at the elementary and adult school level, as well as taught English as a Second Language. Teaching increased her interest in the home life and struggles of her students and she wanted to help them improve their lives outside of the classroom. Shauna graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2018 with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has completed basic training in EMDR therapy as well as attended a workshop in the use of EMDR for addictions. She has been a board member of the Southern Utah Autism Support Group and has found joy in helping parents and caregivers connect with the resources they need to help support a family member with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Shauna has enjoyed helping those affected by trauma find hope and healing. Shauna and her husband of over 20 years have 2 sons, and as a family, they enjoy the outdoors, and any opportunity for family time.

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Cade Pryor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Have you ever asked yourself why “ME”? Does this question come to mind when you look around and others appear to have it all together? Are you dealing with a habit or addiction you wish you could be free from once and for all? How do you feel about your self-worth and self-esteem? If these are questions and feelings you have felt/feel and would like to find answers, please come and let’s find solutions together. I’m drawn to this work due to my own experiences in life that left me destitute, alone, and with nothing of any emotional, physical, or spiritual value.
My name is Cade Pryor, MSW. I earned a bachelors degree in Psychology and a minor in Business Management at SUU and a MSW at the U of U. I focus on working with individuals/couples and families struggling with abuse, behavioral issues, divorce, and addictions. In addition, I focus on impulse control disorders, mood disorders, sexuality, grief, and men’s issues.
I have 3 beautiful children and a wife I love. I love the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and shooting and have experienced joy and live a life worth living. Life can be challenging, rewarding, and it is up to you to desire and implement change. Take control and set your life on a path that will start a journey of healing, increased potential, and satisfaction.

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Magnum Morgan,  Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Magnum attended Dixie State University earning his Bachelors in Psychology and Communications. Later he attended the University of Utah earning a certificate as a Service Social Worker. Currently, Magnum is receiving his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University, a COAMFTE accredited school. The past 6 years Magnum has worked with young adults 18-30 and their families suffering from addiction, mood disorder, anxiety, depression, Aspergers/Autism, adoption, and sexual identity. He also assisted in developing and opening program homes these individuals. Magnum finds joy and gratitude in helping people become grounded once again and feel comfortable with themselves and loved ones.
Magnum has been happily married for 10 years and has 4 children. They enjoy doing anything outdoors and doing different crafts as a family.

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Erin Fitzgerald, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

It is an honor to be let into your life and I believe in your ability to make change happen. I use compassionate and accepting techniques within a systemic perspective to help you become empowered to heal and move forward. I have received my M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brigham Young University and I am passionate about working with individuals, couples, and families experiencing marital and relational issues, complicated grief and loss, ADHD and emotional dysregulation issues including anxiety and depression.

Born and raised in Southern Utah, I enjoy bonding with my family while being outside and find a lot of peace in being out in nature. I recently moved back to Cedar City with my husband and son and am happy to be back home.

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George Kayser, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

If you are searching for a therapist, you will want to know how I can help and what to expect from therapy with me. I believe that therapy is a place for you to receive unconditional respect and I am prepared to offer you this every single time we meet. I will provide an environment that is without criticism, regardless of your background or how overwhelming your difficulties.

Because of my educational focus, training, and world view that all humans have value, I can serve best in the following areas:

  • Couples who want to improve and repair communication, love, and intimacy
  • Couples who struggle with postpartum mental health
  • Engaged, newlywed, or young couples who want to create or restore a healthy marriage

If you do not feel you belong to any of the above categories, please do not count me out, because my concern is to help you with whatever you bring to therapy. If we meet and decide one of my several associates would be a better fit, I can get you with another therapist. However, my best hopes are that we will work together and progress toward improving your relationships and life in meaningful ways. In sessions, as I listen and ask questions, we will generally strive to define the problem, work on your most important goals and develop insights on how to reach them.

If you feel prompted to begin therapy, I encourage you to call our incredible scheduling assistants for an appointment. I have open times specifically for you and can’t wait to get to know you!

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Ashley Barton, Intern Clinical Social Worker

Ashley graduated from Southern Utah University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. She is a licensed Social Service Worker and currently a student at the University of Utah earning a Masters of Social Work. Ashley has worked with children and families who have experienced trauma for the past 10 years. She has a passion for assisting clients through difficult times in their life, building upon their strengths and finding solutions for a positive future.

Ashley was born and raised in Southern Utah. She is married with 2 children. She enjoys spending time with her family in the mountain, riding ATVs, listening to audiobooks and podcasts and traveling.

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Jesse Rowland, Intern Marriage & Family Therapist

Jesse is a highly caring, and qualified professional who graduated from SUU with a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies in 2020. With extensive experience in residential and outpatient clinics, he has played a pivotal role in developing new mental health programs in Cedar City, Utah that focus on community-focused skill acquisition, outpatient day treatment, autism services, and residential support for children, adolescents, and adults.

Jesse enjoys being an interactive and engaged husband and father. He and his wife overcame a four-year struggle with infertility before successfully becoming parents to their son in July 2022. They are grateful and eager for the opportunity to have more children in the future.

Jesse is enrolled at Northcentral University, where he is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, set to graduate in June 2024. He is passionate about providing his clients with a safe, welcoming, and meaningful experience, and he values quality, ethics, and integrity in all his services. Jesse is eager to bring his expertise and positive attitude to your therapeutic needs and is excited to work collaboratively to achieve your goals.

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