Therapy (or counseling) lasts for about 50-minutes and helps to identify challenges you struggle with most. Together we will figure out how to start to creating solutions that will have a long-lasting impact. We’ll also design a plan of action that will make you feel comfortable, yet empowered, to make real changes in your life. Sessions will usually include getting feedback from me and sometimes homework assignments. I gently push clients to take risks and to be open to self-exploration.
Absolutely. I tend to see problems as being more holistic than just a clinical diagnosis using labels such as “anxiety” or “depression”. Symptoms of those diagnoses and others are really just one part of a person. Although I address the symptoms, I strive to work with you as a person, not just a diagnosis. Some of the causes of anxiety and depression have more to do with the patterns of behaviors, feelings, and thoughts that we continue to perpetuate. Working together we can help you to be more self-aware so you can change those patterns.
One risk is finally uncovering your emotions and feelings that you may have bottled up for months or even years. Those newly discovered emotions and feelings can possibly lead to feeling worse in the beginning yet will potentially have long lasting and positive benefits. These feelings are temporary. Properly processing these feelings in counseling will ultimately lead to greater happiness and won’t burden you in the same way in the future.
My clients usually visit me once a week or every other week. This frequency helps the counseling process stay continuous, leading to better results, sooner.
Although I know I can help you, unfortunately, I cannot guarantee that working with me will save your relationship. Sadly, clients will sometimes contact me when it’s too late for their relationship to heal and get better, let alone thrive. If working together we are not able to save your relationship, we can definitely figure out a way to help you create a different type of relationship in the future.

This is difficult to predict, because it is based on how committed and open-minded you are to the process of changing. Clients who work with me often report feeling better in a few sessions. More challenging issues sometimes take longer, as there is more work to be done. Either way, you are not alone on your path to healing and improvement.

I don’t take insurance, but I will provide you with a “superbill” which is a receipt with insurance codes. You can submit this receipt to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. It is highly recommended that you check with your insurance company to see what your out-of-network benefits are before entering into counseling. The process is simple. You pay me directly at the beginning of each session. I then email you the superbill. Lastly, on your own, you submit the superbill to your insurance company for possible reimbursement.


Patrick has a master’s degree in Professional Counseling. He is licensed through the State of Utah, license #11582191-6004. Patrick has extensive graduate and post-graduate training including being a current PhD candidate in the field of education. Patrick’s methods of counseling include Cognitive Behavior, Solution Focused, Acceptance and Commitment, and Person-Centered Therapies.

No, in fact, using an antidepressant while attending therapy is an effective strategy for treating depression. There is no conflict with doing both at the same time and is recommended and encouraged. It is always important to continue communicating with your doctor or psychiatrist regarding your antidepressant or anti-anxiety medications during the course of counseling, even when you start to feel better.

This is a difficult question to answer, as every person and their needs are different. However, when looking, make sure your therapist is licensed through the State of Utah. It’s important to know which methods they use in therapy, because there are a variety of different approaches that are effective for different people. It’s also important to ask the counselor how they will be able to help you, and if they specialize in working with your unique challenges.

Most of all it’s important to have the right “fit” with the counselor you choose. As you learn to open yourself up and develop a relationship with your counselor, trust and confidentiality will be vital to a successful and effective counseling experience. Just as with any relationship, they work because they “just fit”. If it feels like too much work, or your counselor doesn’t really, “get you”, it may be time to look for another counselor.

Based on my professional and personal experiences with my own counselor, you should start to see improvements in your mood and your outlook on life. Your level of hope may be higher than it was previously, and things may not bother you as much or you may be able to start handling things. That funk you get in sometimes may be less severe and not last as long. Friends and family, including your partner, may say you seem “different” but in a positive way. You may also notice that you’re having less conflicts with your wife or partner. You might begin to sense that something is different and better. You may experience more peace, confidence, and hope as you continue to raise your self-awareness as a result from your counseling sessions.