Therapists

Dr. Anthony Hughes

My name is Anthony Hughes. I am an AAMFT approved supervisor in the state of Utah with a Ph.D. from Brigham Young University. I am a Certified Sex Therapist through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). I have experience treating issues of sexual desire, arousal, orgasm, pain, satisfaction, addiction/out-of-control sexual behavior. My belief is that clinicians are at their best or doing their best therapy when they utilize the "self" in the therapy room and integrate this with knowledge and skill. In this way we become the most healing and helpful versions of ourselves. My approach to treating any presenting problem is to form a strong relationship with those I'm working with. I work to understand those things limiting the sexual relationship or sexuality in general and how these interface with strengths and resources. I will work to gain an understanding of the narrative that the individuals, couple, and society has and what each person does with these. I do a great amount of work being on the journey of people finding what their soul really wants and nurturing these while getting rid of those things that the soul has been unwittingly nourishing so that they can become what is congruent with the deep yearnings and desires of the soul. The therapeutic methods I have experience with are Sexual Attentiveness and Accountability Model (SAAM), Spiritual Organic Authentic Relational (SOAR) Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Gottman Method. I chose to become a counselor because I wanted to help couples in a way that would fundamentally alter their life satisfaction and marital satisfaction.

Tasha Diaz

Tasha Bates has a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brigham Young University. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and approved supervisor in the state of Utah. She believes strongly in fostering a sense of empowerment of individuals and greater partnership within couples to work through problems. Relationally, she aims to increase a better sense of trust and care among partners. She views therapy as a space to work in collaboration with clients to find new solutions and to understand concerns. She has been a specialist guest lecturer at Utah Valley University and Argosy University on the topic of sex therapy. At BYU she led a group that focused on LDS spirituality and sexuality and how the two are integrated. She enjoys working with anxiety and trauma surrounding sexual experiences as well as sexual addictions. She has also worked with issues surrounding health and eating, body image, and self-esteem, particularly among women. Tasha is available to meet with clients at both the Provo and Sandy office locations.

Jared Hawkins

My name is Jared Hawkins. I have a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brigham Young University, and I am working on my dissertation for my Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. I have published several research articles related to marriage and family therapy interventions and presented my research at national conferences. I have been practicing therapy for the past four years and have experience treating unwanted pornography use, sexual desire differences, and sexual dysfunctions. With couples, I practice emotionally focused therapy, helping them increase relationship trust, emotional safety, and effective communication. For clients trying to reduce pornography use, I provide practical strategies and help them find alternative ways to meet their core emotional needs. I am open-minded and compassionate, so I take a nonjudgmental, affirming stance with my clients and work to understand where they are coming from. I take a holistic approach by incorporating important factors of sexuality and mental health into treatment, such as physical health habits, relationships, and mindfulness. I offer therapy in English and Spanish. 

Andrea Parady

My name is Andrea Parady.  I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Utah.  I have a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Brigham Young University. I have been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and love helping clients work through their trauma and anxiety using that approach.  I have experience treating issues of sexual desire, arousal, orgasm, pain, satisfaction, addiction/out of control sexual behavior, sexual trauma/abuse, childhood trauma, and betrayal trauma.  My approach to treating almost every presenting problem is to first build a strong bond and trust with the clients I am working with, while gathering important information about their life, struggles, and strengths.  Having a strong relationship between therapist and clients is crucial to successful therapy.One of the things I love most about being a therapist is seeing clients overcome struggles and hardships that have felt overwhelming at times, to see the hope and healing come into their lives.  I believe that clients can overcome past trauma to create safe, happy, sexual, and romantic relationships. The therapeutic methods I work most often with are Sexual Attentiveness and Accountability Model (SAAM), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Gottman Method.  I became a therapist because I saw firsthand the damage that untreated trauma and mental health problems can cause on individuals, couples, and families.  I want to help people find healing and happiness.

Kate Handy

My name is Kate Handy. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Utah. I am a Brigham Young University trained Marriage and Family Therapist and have been practicing therapy since 2016. I specialize in treating difficulties in sexual satisfaction, desire, arousal, orgasm, trauma and out-of-control/unwanted sexual behavior. My approach to treating sexual difficulties is typically to first understand each client and their hopes, strengths, and areas of growth and then to use suited treatment methods, such as the Sexual Attentiveness and Accountability Model (SAAM), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Narrative Therapy to help clients reach their goals. I see each person as unique, with important personal factors that impact their struggles as well as strengths/resources that can help with their growth.  I find that as I form honest and connected relationships with my clients we are able to explore and discover solutions to difficulties that have been hurting their lives. I believe that a key component of the therapeutic relationship is for the therapist to respect and understand each client and respond to them with honesty and authenticity. I see goodness and something to be admired in everyone I work with. I feel that when I really understand those I work with I am often in awe of people's resilience and braveness. My belief that all people ultimately want to do and be good to themselves and others plays a large role in my life and in the therapy that I do. In addition to being a therapist my most important roles are being a wife, mother, daughter, and friend.  I love to be a therapist because I love to see people grow and discover new ways of living and being that bring joy, peace, freedom and satisfaction to their lives.

Ashley Lovell

Ashley Lovell believes in the healing nature of relationships and has found tremendous joy working with couples as they learn to be more vulnerable, intimate, and fully connected to one another. At her core, Ashley believes people are motivated by good intentions and she strives to handle couple distress in such a way that each partner is able to eventually see the good in one another. She has a Masters from Brigham Young University, and has spent years of formal study learning how family and couple systems thrive and change. In her studies she has taken classes, attended seminars, and presented on a range of topics pertaining to couples and families. Ashley has taught classes on parenting and participated in research involving couple violence and using mindfulness practices to increase sexual and sensual satisfaction in couples. Ashley was invited to present some of her research at a conference in San Diego. Outside of therapy, Ashley enjoys calligraphy and watercolor, playing with her Australian Shepherd, and watching documentaries with her husband. Ashley is available to see clients in Pleasant Grove and Provo.

Katrina Nelson

Hello! My name is Katrina Nelson and I have a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from BYU. My goal is always to help those I work with feel seen, understood, and cared for as we tackle their most difficult issues. I’ve found that people often get stuck because attempts to cope have gone awry, not because they are broken or bad. I see therapy as a chance to get un-stuck by recognizing the function that unhelpful behaviors are trying to fill, and then finding ways to help a client's "best self" meet those needs and fears through more appropriate, intentional, and compassionate means. Couples issues are often complicated in that we inadvertently trigger one another's fears, leading to feelings not only of stuck-ness but also disconnection and panic. My goal in couple’s therapy is to help couples better understand how they get stuck so they can avoid it, foster greater empathy and understanding, and ultimately help the couple to feel more connected and calmed as they unite to tackle whatever issues have arisen. I have experience treating both individuals and couples regarding issues of anxiety, depression, trauma, betrayal, communication, perfectionism, sexual pain, differences in desire, out of control sexual behavior, arousal and orgasm, and more. I am becoming certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and have been trained in Lifespan Integration (useful in trauma work). Other therapeutic models I often use include Internal Family Systems, solution-focused therapy, the Sexual Attentiveness and Accountability Model (SAAM), and mindfulness-based interventions, among others. I love being a therapist and feel honored to connect with clients and witness their healing. My wish is for everyone to find greater happiness and health through individual wholeness and more connected relationships. 

Rochelle Maki

Rochelle is passionate about working with individuals, couples, and families. Specifically, new mothers who may be experiencing Postpartum Depression, couples who are struggling with sexual intimacy, and individuals experiencing depression or anxiety. Rochelle has her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Utah Valley University. She is a certified Family Wellness Instructor and has taught education courses to teens and families to help improve relationships and life skills. She has also done research studying the transition into sexual relationships between couples. Rochelle is available to see clients in Pleasant Grove.

Josh Larsen

Josh Larsen is dually licensed in the state of Utah as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) and as a Licensed Substance Use Disorder Counselor (LSUDC). Josh's training and extensive experience in the field of addiction treatment provides a unique and powerful perspective in support of individuals, families, and couples through challenges of guilt, shame, depression, efficacy, identity, self-mastery, obsession/compulsion, anger management, impulse control, anxiety, jealousy, and trauma. He teaches of the power of internal connection in coping with complex relationship challenges and how vulnerability and communication empower that connection as it's greatest currency.

Richard Reynolds

My name is Richard Reynolds.  I love working with individuals and couples. I bring hope, humor, and compassion into therapy. I believe deeply in our inherent strength and resilience as human beings.  The thing I love most about being a therapist is having a front-row seat to witness people's goodness, strength, and resilience in the face of adversity and challenges. I have experience treating trauma, anxiety, depression, low sexual desire, relationship problems, unwanted pornography use, and out-of-control sexual behaviors.  I believe that people are fundamentally good and worthy and that virtually all of our "dysfunctions" are a result of our adaptation to adverse/traumatic experiences.  This belief allows me to take an open, compassionate, and non-judgmental approach to therapy.   I also believe that a safe, connected, and meaningful relationship between myself and my clients is what allows for healing to occur.   I have a B.S. in Psychology from BYU and an M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy from Northcentral University and have received training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).  When I'm not seeing clients I enjoy spending time with my wife and two children, playing guitar, getting out into nature, working on cars, making videos, and listening to audiobooks.

Allie Gillespie

My name is Allie Gillespie. I strongly believe creating a safe, open, compassionate, and honest space to work with my clients. One of the ways that I think this is best done is by build a strong relationship with my clients and getting to know them for who they are. Each individual and couple has unique dynamics that make them who they are. My favorite part of being a therapist is being able to get to know you as an individual or as a couple in order to know what you need most and how I can best help you. In helping you through your current struggle I also will help you learn strategies and identify resources to help you throughout your life and be better prepared for future challenges.

I received my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University Northwest and am currently working on my Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. My research has focused on pornography use and understanding how it impacts both relationship satisfaction and sexual satisfaction for individuals and couples. 

Allie is available to see clients via telehealth. Allie is also a Gottman trained therapist.

Emily Bridenstine

Emily Bridenstine is a compassionate therapist who believes in respecting and honoring client’s experiences and perspectives. She empowers clients to take accountability for their life by providing them with needed tools and skills. A systemic therapist at her core, she sees individuals and their problems in the wider context of their relationships, environment, culture, and history. She enjoys working with couples, individuals, families, and youth. She completed her masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University.

Emily taught a four-week workshop on how loved ones can be impacted by an individual’s pornography addiction. The workshop included an explanation of the biological, social, and emotional effects, factors that encourage, and common symptoms of pornography use. She also provided various resources for those who struggle with pornography addiction and their loved ones. Emily is available to see clients in Pleasant Grove and Provo.

Thomas Eno

Thomas has devoted his life to understanding the ways people get themselves stuck and unable to enjoy life. He finds great joy in guiding and supporting others to overcome the challenges and hurts that are keeping them in a survival mode, rather than thriving and growing.

Thomas uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Crisis Intervention skills, clinical hypnosis, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), and Brain Spotting. He is skilled in treating Marriage and Family problems, Depression, Anxiety, Shame/Guilt, Physical, Emotional, and Sexual Trauma, PTSD, Sex Addiction, Pornography problems, Sexual Intimacy challenges and Healing, and Substance Use Disorder Issues,.

Thomas Eno is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, with a master's from Brigham Young University. He is also a licensed Substance Use Disorder Counselor. Thomas has worked as a director for several mental health programs, worked in schools, medical clinics, presented national intensive multi-day emotional growth seminars, and helped form the first youth residential treatment program for substance use in Canada.

 

He is available for appointments in Sandy and Pleasant Grove, and doing video sessions.

Austin Garrett

My name is Austin Garrett. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist located in Logan, Utah. I studied Psychology as an undergraduate at Utah Valley University and I am currently studying Marriage and Family Therapy at Utah State University. I love working with couples and individuals who are navigating the complexities of intimacy and sexuality. My treatment focuses include communication differences, adjusting to married life/sexual activity, desire differences, and sexual addiction. I know that emotions are incredibly powerful and motivating, that is why I use emotionally focused therapy (EFT) with my clients. I also implement Gottman exercises and interventions into my work with couples. I have found this type of therapy to be highly effective, but I recognize that some clients may prefer a slightly different approach. I am committed to working with each couple and individual until we reach your goals. I am available to see clients in Logan or via Telehealth. 

Mitch McKee

Mitch McKee has a wide range of life experiences. He is a member of the American Association of
Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) and is passionate about treating issues involving marriage and
family conflict and distress, marital infidelity and the associated betrayal trauma. He also is adapt at
treating sexual addictions including pornography, masturbation and hyper sexuality along with pre and
post mission sexual issues including sexual orientation concerns, sexual-religious identity conflicts and
the associated emotional issues. He utilizes an Integrative Systemic Therapy (IST) approach along with
Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Narrative Therapy, depending
on what best fits the client’s needs. He views therapy as a way to heal from countless issues in a safe
and empowering way.

Melissa Barton

Greetings. I’m Melissa Barton. Helping you enhance your relationship is my passion. Growth, reconnection, navigating intimacy and stimulating sexual desire as a means to deepen connection and enhance joy is my professional mission. Have you experienced betrayal trauma, sexual trauma, pornography concerns, shame, divorce, or friction in blending families? Just desire a tune-up of your otherwise healthy relationship? I’ve been around the track a few times. I have respect for your journey and look forward to assisting you in making sense of it. Emotionally Focused (EFT), Cognitive Behavior (CBT), and Narrative Therapies are favorite tools. Together, we create healing. Weekend couples retreat facilitation and entertaining Make Marriage Magic date night events have been a blast to create. Presenting my original research regarding the sexual attitudes, desires, and behaviors of LDS women is also a passion. I also dig cycling, swimming, singing, and competitive volleyball and soccer. Oh, and beekeeping. My biggest joy is raising my very large brood of kiddos and deeply connecting with my handsome husband.

Sarah Hughes

My name is Sarah Hughes I believe that every person deserves to be healthy and whole. Every couple has had unique experiences that have caused pain and strength.  I am passionate about being with you as you explore your pain and find your courage as a couple. I believe that every couple's path to healing is very individual and I’m interested in a collaborative and compassionate approach that helps you take substantial steps towards healing and connection. 

 

Healing can be a lot of hard work and scary, but healing trauma should not be traumatic.  I commit to building an atmosphere with you that is safe and holds space for you as you navigate through your healing journey together. 

 

I am EMDR trained and have received certifications in TF-CBT, SPR, SBIRT, and Domestic Violence.  I love using models such as Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)  and other models as we collaborate to find what works best for you. 

Hannah Grundvig

My name is Hannah Grundvig. I received my Masters from Texas Tech University in Couple, Marriage and Family Therapy, and I am currently an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist working towards full licensure. I mainly use Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) in my practice, but integrate other modalities to best fit each individual or couple. Individuals and couples often know what will best help them; I'm just a guide to help you identify what works best for you. Most of all, therapy is unique to each person, and I want to meet you where you are at to provide you what is most needed. I believe anyone can benefit from therapy, whether it is a check in for a small problem or a need for change in a stressful and overwhelming life. I have experience treating couples dealing with betrayal from pornography, couples struggling with communication concerns, and individuals with sexual trauma, anxiety and/or depression. 

Shay Martin

Shay Martin is the office manager for Covenant Sex Therapy. Shay recently completed her Bachelors in Behavioral Science and now teaches as an adjunct professor at UVU. She will begin her MFT program next fall. In her not-so-present free time she enjoys eating Costa Vida, cooking with her husband, making her house cute, working out or hanging with her family. She can be reached at admin@covenantsextherapy or 801-382-7488.

Natalie Martin

Natalie Martin is the office administrator for Covenant Sex Therapy. She is currently working on her
Bachelors in Family Sciences at Utah Valley University. When she is not working, Natalie enjoys baking
yummy treats, going on walks, reading good books, and watching movies with family and friends. You
can contact her at admin@covenantsextherapy.com or 801-709-1180

Valerie Hutchinson

Valerie is a transplant to Utah from Idaho, has been married 29 years, and has 4 children she adores. She loves flower gardening and spending time with her huge extended family. Valerie graduated as a Medical Administrative Assistant and is happy to answer any of your billing questions.

Call: 801-923-3886 or email: billing@covenantsextherapy.com

Jacquelinne Altom

Jacquelinne is the Social Media Marketing Manager at Covenant Sex Therapy. She has been married to her sweetheart, Craig, for over 12 years. Together, they are blessed to raise four vivacious daughters that bring so much joy and meaning to their lives. Jacquelinne loves that her work is so closely connected to her greatest passions in life: making positive connections, fostering a sense of community, and empowering others to love themselves and love others. 

 

In her spare time, Jacquelinne loves to add to her collection of memories and can oftentimes be found gardening, hiking, enjoying great food, and traveling with family and friends.