Psychotherapy for Adolescents, Adults, and Couples

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Welcome

Who I Am

I grew up in rural Utah, and decided on psychology as a profession when I was 15 years old. 


I met my future husband John during the first week of college in Logan--we took turns getting through school while raising our five children.


We've lived in rural central and southern Utah, Houston Texas, Oahu Hawaii, London England, and home again to the Wasatch Front.  We have four grandchildren who are brave, smart, strong, beautiful, and challenging.

Treatment Focus

Most new clients come for help with anxiety or depression in one form or another.  We focus on understanding ourselves, our relationships, and our behavior, and in changing what we can and accepting what we can't.  We work on finding joy in who we are and what we have.


Over the years I've been interested in many types of treatment, and have settled into an eclectic mix of mainstream CBT, exploratory emotion- and relationship-focused therapy, and meditation/mindfulness practice.  Therapy is intensely individualized.  We may use art, writing, or music in our therapy sessions.

My Patient Promise

Many people are reluctant to try therapy even when they know they need help.  I have a low-key, gentle approach, but I promise to give clients my most honest and knowledgeable  feedback as we work through the difficult issues.

Treatment

Depression & Anxiety

Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through counseling and treatment, clients are able to recover the motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life. 

 

Trauma & PTSD

Many individuals experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. With careful therapy, you can overcome these symptoms and move through the process of grief and healing. 

 

Relationships

Relationship counseling can be beneficial to couples who are looking to strengthen their emotional connection, in all stages of their relationship. Therapy sessions can be a supportive place to discuss issues and solutions to better strengthen your relationship.     

Education and Credentials

Professional Education

PhD in Clinical Psychology, Brigham Young University, 1998

Predoctoral Internship at the BYU Counseling Center

Postdoctoral Residency at Valley Mental Health, SLC

MS in Counseling Psychology, Utah State University, 1986

Work Experience

Private practice since 2001

Nine years adolescent residential treatment and evaluation in Utah and Texas

Two years BYU Counseling Center

One year LDS Family Services

Two years adult forensic treatment and evaluation

Private and public psychiatric inpatient treatment

Credentials

Utah Psychology License #376636-2501

Utah Psychological Association, member

American Psychological Association, member

Specialties and Areas of Interest

Depression, anxiety, and mood disorders

Chronic and severe mental illness

Personality disorders

Recovery from trauma and abuse

Couples therapy

Career counseling

Stress management, time management, and relaxation training

LDS issues and spirituality

Divorce adjustment

Grief counseling

Women's issues

LGBTQ+ and gender issues


Areas not included

Substance abuse or eating disorder treatment as the primary focus (brief assessments in these areas may be provided and referrals made)

Child treatment or evaluation (below age 12)

Payment

Payment requirements

Come prepared to make payment arrangements during your first session.  Copayments or self-payments are due at the end of each visit.

Insurance listings

EMI (Educators Mutual)

Cigna Behavioral Health

Regence Bluecross/Blueshield

SelectHealth


Plans differ, even within the same insurance company.  Patients should check with their insurance regarding coverage before coming in.


I am not currently a Medicare provider.  Utah County clients covered by Medicaid are generally required to go to Wasatch Mental Health for treatment. Exceptions are rarely allowed.


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Contact

Send Message

I respond to email and other messages at the end of the workday.  If you are a current patient, please call my cell phone and leave a voicemail or text message.  If you are a current or former patient in crisis and unable to reach me directly, call 911.

Thanks!

Karla Bennion PhD

313 E 1200 S, Ste. 101, Orem UT 84058

(801) 234-0613

Hours

Weekday daytime and evening appointments available