ALPINE COUNSELING CENTER

Enhancing the Quality of Your Life

475 West 50 North, American Fork, Utah 84003

801-756-3664

THE PRACTICE

Our Therapists

Victoria Anderson, PhD

 

Education:                  

Ph.D.   Brigham Young University, Counseling Psychology

 

M.A.    United States International University, Counseling & Guidance

 

B.S.     Brigham Young University, Social Work

 

An experienced counselor, Vicki works with the ages 6 and up, including sexual abuse victims.  She has been a therapist for many years and has also worked in education.  She authored two books on anxiety prevention.  She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society and has worked with many committees and community organizations.

 

As a mother and grandmother, she is full of energy and enjoys traveling, kayaking, biking, hiking, and horses.

Eric Jenkins, LCSW

*Currently Not accepting new patients*

Education:                  

MSW   University of Utah, Social Work

 

B.A.    Brigham Young University, Social Work

Eric has worked with the Utah Division of Child and Family Services giving him great experience with children and adults.  He works with patients age 15 and up in individual, couples, and family therapy.  He believes in a holistic approach to counseling including, social, emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual arena.

 

He is the recipient of several awards including the Child Advocate Award, the Foster Choice Award, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Commissioners Award.  He is a husband, father, and world traveler. 

D.B. ‘Tug’ Wagstaff, CMHC

 

Education:                  

M.Ed.  Brigham Young University, Counseling

 

B.S.     Brigham Young University, Psychology/English

 

Tug works with children, teens, and adults.  He is NOJOS and hypnosis certified.  He is a member of several professional organizations and believes that counseling is a helping relationship, which should begin by identifying a person’s strengths while recognizing the need for help.  Therefore, each patient is viewed and treated individually.  He has a background in Cognitive-Behavioral, Humanistic, and Psychoanalytic therapeutic approaches.

 

He has taught A.P. Psychology, Psychology, Behavioral Science, and Social Work courses at American Fork High School, Brigham Young University, and Utah Valley University for many years.  He is a husband, father, and recent grandfather.  He enjoys reading, skiing, traveling, studying secular-religious history, movies, and napping.

Brittany Dupaix, CSW

Education:

MSW Brigham Young University

 

BSW Utah Valley University

Brittany works with children, adolescents, and adults, including those with trauma.  Brittany looks at all aspects of a client’s life; biological, psychological, social, and spiritual.  She approaches therapy as a partnership and works with the client to find solutions.  She has a background in Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused, Trauma Focused, Dialectal Behavioral, and Play Therapy.  She has experience in group therapy with such topics as mindfulness, DBT skills, and substance use.

 

Brittany is married and the mother of two young children. She enjoys baking, crafts, reading, sewing, camping, hiking, and eating sushi.

Douglas L. Nielsen, PhD

Education:                  

Ph.D.   Brigham Young University, Counseling Psychology

 

M.Ed.  Auburn University, Counseling

 

B.S.     Brigham Young University, Psychology/Social Work

 

Doug works with ages 15 and up in individual and couples counseling and also has a group therapy for teens. He looks at therapy holistically including, physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual.  Although life can be challenging, he thinks that life, and therapy, should also be fun.  In addition to private practice, he has extensive experience in education. Having worked as a school counselor, school psychologist, and many years as a school administrator building programs for at-risk youth. He also consults and leads retreats and workshops in personal development and leadership for colleges, sports teams, and other groups.

 

A father and grandfather, he enjoys hiking, traveling, and reading.  In 2000, he was the recipient of the Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education for his work in educational administration.  He is active in philanthropic work in the U.S. and Africa.

Brian Robinson, CMHC

*Currently Not accepting new patients*

 

Education:                  

M.S.    Utah State University, Psychology

 

B.A.    Utah Valley University, Behavioral Science w/ Psychology Emphasis

 

Post Masters:  University of Utah, post-graduate work for CMHC licensure

 

In addition to his counseling at the Alpine Center, Brian has worked in educational settings with at-risk youth.  He treats ages 15 and up with a humanistic, person-centered, cognitive behavioral approach.  He sees the patient and therapist as “fellow travelers.”   Brian is a talented musician on the guitar, piano, harmonica, and singing.  He is married with four young children and enjoys sports and the outdoors.

Bonnie Warenski, CMHC

Education:                  

M.C     University of Phoenix, Counseling

 

B.S.     University of Utah, Exercise & Sports Science

 

Bonnie works with children, teens, and adults, ages 5 and up.  She previously worked for the Utah Division of Child and Family Services as a sex abuse specialist and has been a presenter of sex abuse, marriage, and dating.  She follows a client focused and balanced/holistic approach to counseling including the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual dimensions. 

 

Bonnie is a widow, having lost her husband in an accident.  She is a single mom with an active life.  She loves being in nature.  She also enjoys reading and movies, especially movies with a predictable, happy ending.

Jared Landvatter, CMHC

*Currently Not accepting new patients*

Education:

M.A.Ed.  University of Phoenix, Counseling

B.S.  University of Utah, Exercise and Sport Science

Jared has worked in Alpine School District for over 15 years and is a recipient of the "Accent on Excellence Award".  He has been in private practice for over 10 years.  He works with adolescents and adults, ages 15 and up, and enjoys working with couples in marriage counseling, aligning his approach with the Gottman's philosophy.

Jared has been married for over 20 years and is a loving father.  He enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, writing, and is a regular listener to the "Writing Excuses" podcast.  

Our Practice

 

The Alpine Counseling Center is a comprehensive out-patient mental health center. Our therapists and counselors have many years of experience helping people enhance the quality of their lives. We have eight independently practicing psychologists, clinical mental health counselors, licensed clinical social worker, and a clinical social worker. From among our excellent clinicians, you should be able to find several options for the challenges that you face and with your insurance coverage.

We serve individuals from age 5 and up, couples, and families.

In some cases we can get you in for an initial assessment right away. However, to see a particular therapist there may be a wait for an available time. Please call our friendly front desk for specific information, to schedule an appointment, or for questions. We're here to help you.

A Few Words About THERAPY

Counseling is a process to assist people with problems in their individual, family, or interpersonal living.  Such problems may be recent or may have been building up for some time.  When entering therapy it is helpful to realize that close personal examination of feelings and relationships may be emotionally difficult but it will be helpful.

 

Therapy, like all learning, takes some time.  You will need to test and practice what you are learning in therapy.  There will be ups and downs but your therapist will do everything they can to help you continue progressing toward your goals. 

A Few Words About DEPRESSION

Depression is a disturbance that affects the mood and overall emotional health of a person's life.  It is more than just the blues or sadness that everyone feels from time to time.  For some, depression comes on suddenly, for others it slowly grows. Depression is based on an individual's brain chemistry. For some, medication may help with this.  For all, thoughts and behaviors can affect brain chemistry.  Counseling can help identify unhealthy thinking and  healthy behaviors.

At it's worst, depression can lead to suicidal thoughts.  If you or someone you know is having recurring suicidal thoughts, don't wait.  Get help now.

A Few Words About ANXIETY

Almost everyone feels nervous or a little anxious at time.  For some, the anxiety can become very troubling, even reaching the level of a panic attack.  Anxiety is based on fear and is regulated by the safety system of the human body.  With cognitive and behavioral change, troubling anxiety can be reduced, even eliminated.  

A Few Words About ADDICTION

Addiction is destructive to individuals and sometimes to families.  Whether it's tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription drugs, gambling, electronics, shopping, food, or some other addiction, help is available.  The earlier one seeks help the better.

A Few Words About TEENS

Only one hundred years ago most children left school before the age of 15 and in many cases, entered the workforce by their mid-teen years.  The modern era created a new category before adulthood: adolescence.  It's  been tough being a teen and it's not getting any easier.  Teens need people they can talk to, people they can explore with.  Often this can be a parent or family member but sometimes problems are deep enough that a neutral ear is needed.  Our adolescent specialists and our Adolescent Treatment Program can be that place of safety for them.

A Few Words About MARITAL  and RELATIONSHIP PROBLEMS

Marriage is a long journey.  It usually begins in fireworks but moves through a variety of stages and challenges over time.  Communication can be hard.  Raising children can be stressful.  Finances often create pressure.  When in a relationship we must constantly pay attention to nurturing and growing the relationship.  Our couples counselors can help you improve communication and nurture, even repair your relationship.   Don't wait too long.

A Few Words About STRESS

Everybody has it.  Everybody feels it.  At least now and then.  Having some stress isn't bad, it helps keep us going.  But having excessive stress for longer periods of time is very harmful to both our emotional state and our physical health.  Some studies have suggested that well over 50% of physical illness and doctor visits are stress related. Whether it's the job, the family, the finances, the traffic, the weather, or whatever, it is important to keep stress at a healthy level.

Therapy can help you learn relaxation techniques and coping skill to help you manage stress.  Even more importantly you can learn how to reduce stress so that you're not constantly having to manage it.

If you're finding yourself frequently on edge, often fatigued, or frequently ill, these are signs that it's time to get some help and make some healthy changes.

A Few Words About PSYCHOLOGICAL, MENTAL HEALTH, AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE EVALUATIONS

Dr. Doug Nielsen provides psychological evaluations for court orders, substance  abuse issues, foster parenting and adoptions, Division of Professional Licensing (DOPL), and other situations.  The evaluation process can take anywhere from one week to three months to complete, depending on the nature of the evaluation and Dr. Nielsen's schedule.  If you are in need of an evaluation, call the office and talk to Dr. Nielsen for details.