"I truly believe the heart of any program is the people that work there. After meeting the people at Telos my mind was made up. Team Telos is second to none."
"Aaron was quickly able to navigate the challenges of connecting with a 17 year old. He was able to inspire and lead our son through the life changing decisions and corrective actions that helped move him forward into young adulthood. Aaron was also very quick to develop therapeutic relationships with myself & husband in order to direct our attention to making the positive changes necessary within ourselves to best reconnect our family." - Parent
Aaron has spent his career helping families navigate difficult life circumstances. He received a Masters of Social Work from Portland State University with an emphasis in the practice of narrative therapy. He connects easily with people and is able to form quick bonds with families. Aaron has experience working in residential therapeutic treatment programs and promoting and ensuring child safety and family growth with the state of Utah. In addition to this, he has specialty training and experience working with youth that have sexual behavioral problems and has spent a portion of his career working in therapeutic wilderness treatment. His primary areas of interest in the therapeutic process include families of adoption and process addictions such as pornography, video games and gambling. Growing up in Utah, Aaron learned to love and find peace in nature. He enjoys spending time with his wife and children. They love to go exploring and frequently find something new to do outdoors as a family. Aaron enjoys singing, mountain biking, and eating new and different types of food.
“Mary Lou is the first therapist I've had who could see past my behaviors to my heart. She helped me see and understand that I had a lot to give the world.” -Student
Mary Lou began her career working with youth during her undergraduate degree. She has now been working with adolescents for 30 years. "I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to have a profession I am deeply passionate about after 30 years.”
After four years working in wilderness she was looking to make a change and approached Telos. "When one of my wilderness students was accepted into Telos, I was thrilled! I loved what Telos was able to do for them as they continued through treatment. I wanted to be a part of that."
Mary Lou has a unique perspective. In 2014 she and her husband made the difficult decision to send their son to wilderness and then aftercare. She understands personally the hopes and fears of the parents. She commits to her parents she will work as hard for their child as she wanted others to work for hers.
Mary Lou grew up in southern Idaho on the shores of Bear Lake, where she loved the outdoors. She and her husband have enjoyed 25 years of marriage, and are the parents of four children, all in or nearing adulthood. In their free time they enjoy traveling, getting to a beach, music and the arts, and being together with family.
“Kevin, I want to thank you for shining a bright light on how to not only hear my own voice, but to speak my truth. You have been wonderful to me as a therapist.” – Client
Kevin’s Telos experience is intimate and unique in that he is a former student. Following Telos, Kevin went on to graduate as a double major at High Point University in North Carolina, and stayed to finish his Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Appalachian State. After furthering his career out east, Kevin felt compelled to return to his roots to help the current Telos boys reach their ultimate potential. Kevin specializes in treating anxiety, depression, familial/systemic issues, stress sensitivity and trauma. Coming from Virginia, Kevin likes all Washington, D.C. based sports teams and believes exercise is a big key to positive mental health. In his downtime, Kevin likes to workout, read, and expand his knowledge of the world.
"Drew has been a lifeline, a guide, and a support throughout my son’s time at Telos, and while always professional, has felt like a friend celebrating successes and supporting and encouraging me through challenges. Drew is skillful at combining his knowledge and intuition to know exactly how much to encourage and how much to push my son at any given time and in any given situation. He is incredibly responsive and always listened to and considered any concerns, questions, or suggestions that I had, and as a parent, whose child is away from home, knowing that you are being fully heard and listened to is invaluable. His guidance has helped my son to make incredible progress and growth, develop essential skills, and become more aware of his own strengths and challenges, and it has also helped me grow into a better person and parent. Thank you for everything!" -Parent
Drew originally began working at Telos as an intern while earning his Bachelors degree in Social Work from Weber State University. He then went on to earn his Masters Degree in Social Work through Brigham Young University. Drew has an extensive history of working with youth and families in various capacities including residential treatment, outpatient treatment, public education and numerous volunteer youth organizations. He has expertise in treating depression, anxiety, learning differences, processing differences, attachment disorders, and is EMDR certified. Numerous experiences throughout his childhood, as well as his natural desire to help others reach their ultimate potential, guided him into a career in the mental health profession. Drew was born in Ohio and takes great pride in his Buckeye roots. Drew is fun-loving, an accomplished pianist, and a great singer. He loves music and is often found DJing at parties and weddings throughout the state. When not helping others at work, he enjoys playing and watching sports, adding to and enjoying his vast library of music and movies, and traveling with his family.
"Cameron Armstrong was nothing short of a miracle to our family. When Trey first met Cameron, he was an angry, depressed young man who had very low self-esteem. Trey had rejected every therapist he'd worked with over the years. Through calm and consistent patience and a careful, non-confrontational manner, Cameron Armstrong slowly began to connect with our son and build a trusting relationship with him. Cameron's strength lay in his great subtlety and his ability to gently guide Trey into realizing for himself what he could do differently and more positively. Cameron's unwavering easy nature and his ability to pick and choose which issues to press ... and which issues to minimize ... never made Trey feel defensive or hostile. His sense of humor combined with his ability to firmly present the truth gave Trey a sense of security and support at all times. Today, Trey is a happy, successful Varsity football player with a 3.6 average who is a productive member of the family and who is looking forward to college. Are we astonished? Yes. Are we grateful? Yes. Cameron Armstrong made it all possible and there are not words enough to express our appreciation. Quite simply, he worked a miracle." -Parent
Cameron comes to Telos with an extensive background in residential treatment and youth service. He specializes in helping young men overcome depression, anxiety, oppositional-defiance, and other behavioral health issues. Cameron believes a therapeutic alliance of trust is at the base of all healing. He ascribes to the beliefs promoted in the book Leadership and Self-Deception--that seeing and validating a student's humanity invites him to step toward a higher level of functioning. Cameron was the fourth employee ever hired at Telos. After working several years as a residential supervisor, he went back to school for his advanced clinical training. As one of the original developers of the Telos milieu, he has a unique perspective in working with the students as a primary therapist. Outside of Telos Cameron spends his time drumming, playing the guitar, and enjoying his wife and three children.
"From the perspective of loving parents, sending your son far away from home for an extended period of time indicates two things; our perceived need for the most effective help for our son and trust in the people who provide it. We feel blessed to have found Telos and specifically Josh Thorn. Of all of the therapists that we have dealt with along our journey, Josh is definitely the most effective, skilled, concerned, connected and invested professional we have met. In addition, Josh brings humor, humanity and humility to the process. Josh, and Telos, thank you for your skills, your efforts and your results!" -Parent
Josh is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys training and racing competitively in triathlons of all distances including the Ironman. He enjoys incorporating activity into therapy to help others gain confidence. Josh earned a bachelors in psychology and a masters in social work. He has worked in several different mental health settings, and brings a specialty in substance abuse treatment to Telos. Josh grew up in Utah and has spent a fair amount of time traveling both domestically and abroad. He enjoys skiing, boating, reading, and playing with his dog Eliza, an English Pointer, who participates in race training with him.
"Rick really helped me develop a love of myself that created a desire for me to achieve great things in life. I will always remember the love and compassion that he demonstrated while he was my therapist." -Student
Rick began working in the mental health field as a residential treatment staff member. He enjoyed working with youth so much that he decided to pursue a degree in social work. Rick received his Bachelor’s at Southern Utah University where he developed a love for the outdoors. He then furthered his education at the University of Utah were he obtained a Masters in Social Work. Rick has enjoyed working with youth for the past 11 years where he has served as a primary therapist in a wilderness program and a residential treatment center in Southern Utah. Rick loves to build strong relationships with his students and specializes in dealing with anxiety, depression and substance use. When Rick is not at work he enjoys spending time with his wife and four kids. They enjoy mountain biking, wrestling and dance.
"As each day passes I am truly amazed by our daughter's growth since her time in the program. I cannot express how grateful I am for Dave's quiet confidence in our daughter's potential." - Parent
Dave brings over 15 years of therapeutic expertise to the Telos team. A vetted professional, Dave’s background makes him especially suited for working with families in crisis. His experience includes working with young people in a variety of settings whether it be long-term residential treatment, in-home therapy, adoption/foster care, hospitalization, and other intense-crisis settings. While working with clients diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, Dave received advanced training in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and has a great depth of knowledge, both professional and personal, in working with teens who struggle with attachment issues. In prior positions, Dave has worked with adolescents struggling with suicidal ideation, self-harm, substance abuse, trauma, technology addiction, and relational conflict; young people who had been placed in foster care, had been candidates for adoption, and in some instances, had been removed from their homes; and teenagers, placed by the state, in a youth correctional facility. In addition to these experiences, Dave and his wife are adoptive parents themselves and have first-hand experience and insight concerning attachment treatment. Dave is also trained in the use of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Among the key attributes that make Dave an esteemed clinician on the Telos team is his deep commitment to supporting the families that care so deeply for their teens. Dave combines clinically sound best practices to address the significant emotional/behavioral disruptions associated with diagnoses such as, anxiety, depression, attachment issues, self-injurious behaviors, substance abuse, and family relationship disruptions.
Dave and his wife, Jamie, have been married for over 18 years. They have three children: a 19-year-old son, 14-year-old son, and a 5-year old daughter. Dave and Jamie have navigated the challenging demands of a blended family and of fostering at-risk children. Dave and his family enjoy spending time in the mountains and deserts of Utah: hiking, biking, running, snowboarding, and simply taking in the beautiful scenery Utah has to offer.
“When our son was 17 years old, we made the most difficult decision of our lives and sent him to a wilderness program and then Telos. Despite having him in an outpatient program at home, he was like a runaway train without brakes and needed an intensive inpatient program. What a difference a year makes. We’ve had the privilege of working with Daniel Barnes and he helped our son- as well as our entire family- navigate the choppy waters of addiction. He has an amazing gift for connecting with youth. Daniel weaves humor, warmth and gentleness into his therapy, yet he never hesitates to 'tell it like it is' and challenge our son. His knowledge about substance abuse is unsurpassed and his therapy is individualized and research based. Our family is now empowered with concrete tools to support our son in his recovery. Most importantly, our son adores Daniel and has gained incredible insight into himself, the core issues that drove his substance abuse, and coping mechanisms to maintain his sobriety.”- Parents
Daniel received his training and educational experience in substance use disorder counseling from Utah Valley University. However, Daniel is not limiting himself with his educational career as he is pursuing other degrees to further his knowledge regarding mental health, counseling, and addiction, as well as to expand his scope of practice and licensure. Daniel began working in the field of mental health as a mentor for developmentally disabled individuals in 2006; and in 2009 he began working with adolescents in a state adjudicated youth program as a staff. While at this program, due to his set of skills, innate ability in leadership, and development as an employee, Daniel eventually became the Assistant Program Director. After leaving said facility, Daniel's path led him to Telos where he first began working as a Residential Supervisor while he was completing his substance use disorder counseling licensure. As the Substance Use Recovery Specialist at Telos, Daniel recognizes that paths of recovery are most successful when such are as unique as each person; therefore, Daniel utilizes a customized hybrid approach in counseling by tailoring principles from various modalities of healing to address the specific needs of each individual student. Also, Daniel's personal experience in multiple years of recovery from substance use addiction has facilitated a visceral and empathetic set of skills which has proven to be advantageous in reaching the students and their families. When not working, or in school, Daniel enjoys engaging in hiking, camping, traveling, dining, music, and film. However, most especially, Daniel enjoys spending time with his lovely wife and inspiring children.
"Karl is a treasure. He teaches me more in one afternoon fishing than a hundred therapy sessions in an office. Karl has helped me see my life in a new way. It's like the best therapy, but you don't know you're in therapy." -Student
Karl is a legend in the Recreation Therapy world. He has over four decades of experience in the profession and has helped save thousands of children. Karl has a unique gift - an ability to understand and validate a youngster's pain while introducing him to a better way of living through experiential learning. Karl loves all things outdoors, Native American culture, and spending time with his wife and eight children. He has seven grandchildren with more on the way.
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