Thurmon Thomas, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Clinical Director in Hurricane & Delta

First and foremost I am a husband and father – nothing brings me greater joy. I have always had the spirit of an entrepreneur, but after many years owning and operating several small businesses, my wife and I felt that something was missing. Turns out, I wasn’t truly fulfilling one of my key purposes in life – that is, to help other people. That is when I finished a Bachelors degree in Psychology at Dixie State University and then obtained a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University, a COAMFTE approved program.

After completing my education I joined The Center for Couples and Families as a therapist and have since opened several new clinics for the company under the name of Ascend Counseling & Wellness. I have extensive experience with at-risk youth, couples, and adults. I work with people struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship problems, addiction, and low self-esteem. I enjoy helping people improve communication and find greater purpose in their lives.

Licensed in Utah.

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Elisabeth York, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Elisabeth York grew up in the small town of Morgan Utah on a small raspberry farm.  She began playing the violin at the age of 3 and continued all the way until she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music.  She then proceeded to open a music academy and build a healthy business.  One day she was teaching and realized that she was more concerned for her students well-being and not if they learned to play Mozart correctly, which for a music teacher doesn’t bode well. She began to think that maybe there was something different for her.  So she returned to school and became a Clinical Mental Health Counselor.

Elisabeth Works primarily with those struggling with Anxiety and Depression. She is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and uses her background in the Arts to help her clients express things that might feel too painful to say. She equally loves talk therapy and she loves working with those who struggle with chronic pain and somatic symptoms.  She graduated from Grand Canyon University with her Masters in Science in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling.

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Taylor Jacobson, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

For as long as I can remember I have had an inner drive to be as helpful to others as possible. This drive has led me down several paths in life but ultimately ended with me gaining a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University a COAMFTE accredited program. I have extensive experience in working with addiction, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, communication issues, low self-esteem, and at-risk youth. I enjoy helping others develop their ability to meet their needs in a healthy and appropriate way, to improve relationship dynamics, and increase overall life satisfaction.

My wife and I were married in 2004 and now have 6 kids (3 girls and 3 boys). As a family, we love spending time outdoors and off road. I enjoy pretty much enjoy all things outdoors and being active.

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Bear Haslem, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

I was raised in the great valley of Hurricane. Early in life, I realized that I had an extraordinary interest in helping others work towards improving themselves in all aspects of life. This interest has come from what I personally have experienced from the refining moments of necessary adversity in everyday life and life stages.

I began my career in residential treatment working as a staff for at risk youth and found much joy in that experience. This led me to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Communication from Dixie State University and eventually a  Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University, a COAMFTE approved program. I have extensive history working with families and adolescent boys who struggle with all manner of addiction, depression, anxiety and relational barriers. I believe that all aspects of self (Mental, Emotional, Physical and Spiritual) must be continually worked on with and developed in order to achieve a fulfilled life.

I firmly believe that, as a clinician, it is imperative for me to continually improve my own mental health and build healthy relationships within my own life. I cannot help my patients develop past the point that I have developed myself. For that reason I maintain a high level drive in active and relational living with my wife and 3 children. I enjoy doing hard things because I see myself grow through doing them.

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Ben Rhinesmith, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

I love adventure, which I define as an experience with an unknown outcome. My previous career, as an adventure guide, was a wonderful outlet for these types of experiences and allowed me to travel the world. The adventures I guided involved real and perceived risk while climbing, canyoneering, kayaking, hiking, and teaching about the natural world. These moments of risk often invoked raw experiences where people were able to be vulnerable and let me into the more meaningful parts of their lives. This sparked my desire to become a therapist and help guide people in their mental health journeys. I obtained a bachelors in psychology from Utah Tech University and a masters in marriage and family therapy from Utah State University.

During therapy, I utilize a postmodern philosophy, solution focused brief therapy, narrative therapy, systems theory, and internal family systems approach. I have received training in Attachment Focused- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (AF-EMDR) through the Parnell Institute and have received Level 1 Gottman training. I meet people with curiosity, creativity, compassion, and a desire for connection.

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Ephraim Hanks, PsyD, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

I have a passion for helping others achieve happiness in their individual lives and in their relationships. Life can be difficult, and sometimes challenges seem insurmountable. I believe the seeds for positive growth and wellness are within each of us. For the last 20+ years I have worked with individuals, couples, and families and assisted them on the path to becoming their best selves.
My approach to therapy is engaging and positive. I utilized evidence-based treatment models to treat depression, anxiety, self-esteem, mood disorders, trauma, marriage/relationship challenges, addiction, parent/child challenges, and other mental health concerns. Book an appointment, and let’s get started on your path to better relationships and emotional health!
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Levi Wadsworth, Intern Marriage & Family Therapist

I love to travel and see the world, but Southern Utah is home. I grew up in Hurricane and spent a lot of time on the lakes, mountains, and sand dunes. I have always wanted to help people. I worked in healthcare for 17 years while completing my undergraduate studies in Psychology. In healthcare, I noticed that my patients were being healed physically but not emotionally. This has inspired me to pursue a Masters’s program for Marriage and Family from Capella University, a COAMFTE-approved program.

Family is important to me. This core belief has guided my journey through life. As a husband and father of three, I want to be able to help my community feel supported in living a healthy and full life. I’m looking forward to working with people who are seeking mental health and wellness counseling.

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Heidi Roulstone, Associate Clinical Social Worker

I was born and raised in St. Joseph, Missouri. I love the green rolling hills but not the humidity and the bugs. Hurricane, Utah has become my home for the past ten years with the love of my life, and three beautiful children, but I’m not biased. Family time is my favorite time. As a family, we enjoy leisurely hikes, road trips, watching movies, reading, listening to music, and eating good food. Thai food is my favorite.

I recently graduated from the University of Utah with a Master of Social Work degree. I’m new to private practice but have enjoyed working with youth who struggle with anxiety, depression, interpersonal conflict, academic distress, general wellness, and group counseling. I have experience with CBT, DBT, ACT, and talk therapy. I joined the field to help others mentally, emotionally, and behaviorally reach their potential in life. Mental health affects how we think, feel, and act and should be just as important as taking care of our physical health.

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Nicole Cook, Intern Clinical Mental Health Counselor

As a compassionate counselor, dedicated to guiding others through their journey of healing, I bring empathy and understanding to every session. My journey into counseling was sparked by the transformative power of therapy in my own life. Working through my own mental health challenges, I experienced firsthand the profound impact of having a supportive therapist by my side. It was during this personal journey that I discovered my calling—to walk alongside others on their path towards healing and self-discovery.

Raising five children has further enriched my understanding of the complexities of human relationships and the importance of fostering emotional well-being within the family unit. This unique blend of personal experiences and professional training allows me to offer a safe and nonjudgmental space for individuals, couples, and families to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

As a parent myself, I understand the delicate balance of raising children while attending to one’s own mental health. I believe in the power of resilience and the potential for positive change, and I am committed to guiding my clients through their journey towards healing and personal growth.

Whether you’re facing relationship struggles, navigating life transitions, or coping with emotional distress, know that you are not alone. Together, let’s navigate the complexities of life and work towards creating a brighter, more fulfilling future for you and your loved ones.

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