Derek believes that life is a journey and that life’s challenges can strengthen relationships, invigorate hope, and heal wounds. In the therapy room, he loves to capitalize on existing strengths, while seeking to activate those that are dormant. He has discovered that focusing on what is going right in our lives can have more power in providing solutions than focusing on what is going wrong. He feels that individual positive change is easier to maintain when the relationship rules surrounding that individual also positively change. He has found that there is great power in changing the meaning behind the stories we tell ourselves while in pursuit for a new, healthier path.
Derek has experience in working with clients who struggle with substance abuse, addiction, relationship difficulties, trauma, attachment, criminal behaviors, self-harm, acting out, and mental health issues. He also has personal and family life experiences with overcoming shame, facing illness, conquering addiction, strengthening attachment, healing through authenticity, sexual orientation challenges, discovering forgiveness, facing fears, and multicultural struggles. Derek feels that these experiences and challenges have fueled his passion in working with individuals, couples, and families and have helped him feel closer to and more grateful for his friends and family.
Part of Derek’s journey has included a Bachelors in Family Studies from Weber State University, a Masters of Education with emphasis in Counseling and Human Relations from Northern Arizona University, and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University. He has come to love working with young adults and adolescents while teaching LDS seminary for 10 years and counseling youth in custody for two years. He enjoyed working with adults as a Family Life Educator for Utah State University while teaching parenting, couples, and dating courses for several years. He also has found a deep respect for children while he volunteered as an intern for a child day treatment program in Northern Utah.
Derek is proud of his Korean and Danish heritage and speaks Spanish. He enjoys fly fishing, camping, playing basketball, reading, the outdoors, and spending time with his wife and three daughters.
135 W. Center Street
Pleasant Grove, UT 84062
1220 N Main Street #7
Springville, UT 84663
Phone: (801) 785-1169
Fax: (801) 785-1154