Matt Eschler, PHD, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Clinical Director in St. George

Matt lives in St. George, Utah where he and his wife Chris are enjoying their life with each other. Since their kids have grown and moved out perusing their dreams Matt and Chris travel the world. They want to visit 200 countries before the are done. Matt and Chris are active in their community and enjoy working out, training for marathons, and spending time participating in numerous activities with their adult children. Matt has received his Ph.D. in Psychology. He is focused on the arena of resolving personal conflicts and improving interpersonal relationships. In addition to his Doctorate Degree Matt has earned a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, studied Criminal Justice, and received a category I licensure with Peace Officer Standard of Training along with a degree in the Arts of Business Management. Matt spends his time counseling with high conflict couples & personality disorders. Matt has taught numerous students as a professor at Dixie State University and hopes to be part of the positive growth of Southern Utah.

Licensed in Utah & Nevada.

Chad Olson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Approved Supervisor, St. George

Chad Olson is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Utah. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Marriage, Family and Human Development. He graduated from Brigham Young University as the valedictorian of his class. He continued his education at BYU by earning a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. After graduation, he worked for LDS Family Services in Provo. He moved to St. George in 2008 and worked at a private outpatient clinic. He has co-authored numerous journal articles on various subjects (e.g., boundary ambiguity, prevalence and acceptance rates of pornography use, and marriage readiness). Chad is the clinical director and a therapist for the Center for Couples and Families.

Martin Koford, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Therapist

Clinical Director in Mesquite

Each of you has a life story and within that story are opportunities for growth, happiness, and fulfillment. Many of you are feeling emotional pain, frustrations, anger, fear, and hopelessness. You are not “broken” just likely realizing that the problem-solving tools that may have worked in the past may be dull or worn. Many times we are not sure what to do, or where to look for help. Likely, many have tried friends, family, partners, etc., and many times they have great advice relative to their worldview. Although this type of support is invaluable, there are times when a professional counselor is needed.

I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and have the training and life experiences that enable me to help tailor a personal counseling experience for you. I provide treatment for individuals, couples, families, and groups. I have a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling combined with years of experience. I work with anxiety, depression, addiction, marriage and family, and stress management issues. Additional training and certification include: Prime for Life Instructor and Prime Solutions for substance abuse and addiction treatment; completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy; domestic violence offender and survivor treatment. My undergraduate work focuses on business administration. I have many years of experience dealing with business system solutions. Managing a business can be frustrating and overwhelming at times and having additional support can offer objectivity and guidance toward solutions.

I enjoy the outdoors and participate in bicycle riding, dirt bike riding, and hiking in the beautiful desert we live in. Happiness is an action and to realize it one must participate in life, overcome obstacles, and take time to enjoy the small successes of each day. Most of us have struggles, that is a given, it is how we deal with our challenges that determine the outcome. Improving our weaknesses while building our strengths can help us realize our full potential and increase peace, joy, and happiness within our lives.
Please schedule an appointment and let’s begin the journey toward empowerment and living your life to its fullest potential.

Licensed in Utah & Nevada. 

Alan Dressler Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

I have spent my career in the field of Criminal Justice. During the course of my career I found that I had the ability to connect with individuals and families in crisis. Maintaining mindfulness and calm amidst the storms of peoples lives has been helpful in assisting families and individuals into healthier lifestyles.

I am loving being a counselor and hope that we can meet and begin Achieving the future you desire!

       Mood Disorders

       Couples / Family Counseling

       Substance Use & Abuse treatment

       Court Ordered treatment

Malia McDermott, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

Malia completed her Master’s of Marriage and Family Therapy at Northcentral University, a COAMFTE accredited school. In 2018, Malia worked with children as a clinician for Catholic Community Services of Western Washington. She enjoys working with families and helping them with relational issues. Malia has the most experience with anxiety, depression, addiction, and ADHD. Using Play Therapy techniques that are client-directed and systemically focused, she enjoys communicating in the child’s own language.

Malia has a passion for helping others and is involved with serving her community in many ways. She has enjoyed coaching high school and travel volleyball teams for the past 20 years. Malia is married with two children. Together, they enjoy anything sports related – especially our Seahawks football. She and her family relocated from the Seattle area in 2019 and are excited to have put down roots in Hurricane!

Areas of Interest Include:  Play Therapy, Anxiety & Depression, Addiction Issues, Trauma & Grief.

Sarah Prince, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Sarah was born and raised in Nephi, Utah. She is the youngest in a family of 8 children and has many fond memories of growing up in a large family. She graduated from Juab High School in 2011. After graduating from Juab, she moved to Hurricane to pursue further education at Southern Utah University. After graduating with her Bachelors of Psychology, she met and married her incredible husband Zach Prince. They have since settled in Hurricane and find joy in the beauty and peace of the outdoors.

Together they enjoy hiking, horse riding, boating, traveling, and finding ways to serve their community. Currently, Sarah is completing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lamar University, a CACREP accredited program. She is passionate about her work with couples and individuals struggling with pornography and sex addiction, anxiety, depression, and trauma. Sarah followed this career path because of her desire to strengthen others through their challenges and adversity.

Sara Williams, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

Sara Williams was born and raised in Kanab, Utah. Sara graduated from Southern Utah University in 1999, then headed East to Virginia to support her husband as he pursued further education and later completed his military career. Together they have 4 children, a son-in-law and grand-baby. Each of their children were born in different states including; Utah, Virginia, Georgia and Kansas. They have called St.George home for the past 12 years and feel incredibly blessed to be back in Southern Utah.

Throughout her life, Sara has been inspired by the human spirit, especially those who have faced difficult challenges yet discovered resiliency and redemption within themselves. As a therapist, she hopes to be an advocate as she works with her clients and guides them towards embracing these inner strengths.

“I believe in creating a warm environment for you to work towards healing-without judgement. As your therapist, I would like to work in alliance with you as we identify obstacles that may be stopping you from working through this moment. We will find the tools to create a life where you can begin to heal, and gain the confidence you need to believe that you have within you all that is necessary to live the life you want for yourself.”

Lana Wimmer, Intern Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Lana Wimmer earned her B.S. degree in Family Science from Brigham Young University and is interning at Ascend while earning a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Utah. Lana has received extensive training in couples and marriage therapy through the Gottman Institute in Seattle and is certified to teach The Seven Principles that Make Marriage Work. Prior to joining Ascend, Lana interned at Southwest Behavioral where she helped clients to overcome substance addictions.

Lana’s warm, strength-based approach provides a nurturing environment for couples, individuals and kids who are struggling and in pain with issues of anxiety, depression, faith-crises, addiction, self-esteem, stress, grief and other areas of concern. She is committed to helping clients create lasting change that will empower them to live confidently and successfully.

Lana has been married 27 years calling “home” to 6 different countries while raising her 4 children. She has studied art at the Stockholm School of Realistic Art in Sweden and published a book in 2017 to support other expats living abroad titled, “Unpack: A guide to life for the expat spouse.” Lana moved to St. George in 2018 and loves hiking in the beautiful back country, oil painting landscapes, and writing.

Ecko Ashmore Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Are you having difficulty creating the life you deserve? I can help you understand and overcome obstacles that are holding you back. My focus is to help you feel empowered to make the changes you desire. Social issues, friendships, the need for self-care and support systems are all issues that bring people to individual and couples counseling. Making it through all of the ups and downs will require a strong social support system. I will create a specific focus on what you are experiencing and help you work toward your vision of the life you are trying to create.

I specialize in trauma, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, self-esteem issues, domestic violence, and substance abuse. In addition, I work with a wide range of client concerns including relationship difficulties, communication, parenting skill, sexual and gender identity, self-identity, finding a sense of purpose and adjusting to life changes. I also provide a supportive environment for clients in the LGBTQ+ community. I am trained in EMDR and have had training in WPATH. I work with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. I draw from various evidence-based approaches. We will work together to decide what treatment approach is best for you to reach your full potential. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you on your journey.

Area of Interests include: Individuals, Couples, Families, Mood Disorders, LGBTQ+, EMDR-Trauma.

Steve Child, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Steve earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. He is a licensed clinical social worker and has been a therapist for the past 22 years. He has enjoyed sharing his knowledge and expertise with thousands of students as an adjunct professor for Utah State University and Dixie State University for over 15 years.
Steve’s background and specialties are treating couples and individuals who have experienced trauma. He uses the latest techniques in EMDR, Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, putting special emphasis on understanding our own and our partner’s internal experiences. His strength and passion is working with family systems, knowing what will build understanding and make long-lasting change. He has great insight into different family systems and the power of a relational bond on behavior and emotional health. He does terrific work with adoptive families. Steve’s calm and even personality is very grounding to families when they are dealing with very stressful situations.
Steve and his wife of 28 years enjoy spending time with their three children, and their new son-in-law and daughter-in-law. They like to travel and escape too far off places, as well as enjoy the beauties we have nearby. They love to go boating, and their most favorite place is Lake Powell, with Disneyland being a close second, but that does not involve water. In his quiet time, he likes to read, take photographs, exercise, and care for their garden.
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

George Kayser, Intern Marriage & Family Therapist

George is a student at Northcentral University currently earning a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Training in marriage and family therapy uniquely prepares students to practice therapy with families and couples using validated effective approaches. George likes to take a solution-focused approach, utilizing his clients’ strengths and resources to find solutions to even the most daunting problems. He has completed specialty courses in treating addictive behavior by incorporating family and couple relationships into the treatment. To George, becoming a helping professional is not a job that someone simply falls into; it is a deliberate career choice for people who love helping others. George shares that passion for helping and treats all his clients respectfully, non-critically, and with the ultimate goal that his clients will feel better about themselves, their relationships, and their future.

George was born in Anaheim, CA, and raised in the high desert of southern California. He moved to Ogden, Utah, to attend Weber State University. There he met and married his wife, Jenessa, and earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology. George and Jenessa moved to St. George in 2019, and in May of 2020, they welcomed triplet girls to their family. Though he enjoys working in therapy, George maintains balance by playing pickleball, watching travel documentaries, reading good books, and, most of all, spending time with his wife and triplet daughters, who, of course, keep him very busy.

Brad WorkmanPsychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Brad has spent his working life helping people find peace & happiness in outpatient clinics like ours. Brad has joined with Ascend Counseling & Wellness because he believes that mental health and physical fitness includes more than just medication management. He sees each client as a unique individual that has specific needs to be addressed. Before prescribing any type of treatment plan he will get to know you and discover your unique needs. After this initial interview Brad works with you and any other providers on your Ascend Counseling & Wellness Treatment team. This therapy & medication management integrated approach to medicine will create a secure pathway that will work for your unique experience toward peace and tranquility.

Brad Workman has been blessed to work with the full life span of clients. I’ve spent my career working with individuals and families suffering with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, I can assist families with a chronic mentally ill person in their midst, and I am experienced with assisting a team with clients presenting with a personality disorder.

I use a solid holistic approach to mental and physical health. I am excited to share some of my ideas with you. If you believe I can be of assistance to you and your family please give us a call at Ascend Counseling & Wellness.  We have offices in St George, Hurricane, Kanab, Cedar City, Mesquite Nevada, and Delta Utah. We can do Tele-health if you are not near one of our several clinics.

Katie Soli, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Katie Soli, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Katie has worked in the mental health field for over 20 years. Katie has experience with Trauma treatment, residential treatment and outpatient treatment and is passionate about working with individuals and families in crisis.

Katie attended BYU-Hawaii where she received her undergraduate psychology degree. After this she attended Chaminade University where she received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Katie specializes in trauma, adoption, attachment, anxiety, depression, crisis, women’s issues,  self-esteem issues and much more. Katie is trained in EMDR, Brainspotting, and uses various modalities as needed including Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Transactional analysis, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative therapy, DBT, systems, behavioral, and solution focused.   Her goal is to help each individual find what works for them and to help them find their inner strength to navigate through the challenges they face in life.

Katie has 4 children of her own and enjoys the outdoor opportunities in the area with her children. When Katie is not working you can find her gardening, exploring, traveling, or planning for her next adventure.

Chris Eschler CFO Human Resource Manager