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Julie Tucker is the current President of UMHCA. She graduated from the Univeristy of Phoenix in 2004. Julie has created a non-profit organization called New Hope Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 involved in the education of foster parents. Julie has served in many leadership positions including Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, Administrative Director and in top positions in multi-million dollar companies. Currently Julie is the owner of multiple counseling businesses and is a Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator (CFMHE) with specialities in child custody evaluations, psychometric testing, substance abuse, domestic violence, and malingering. One of her agencies currently has contracts in the State of Utah for performing competency to proceed evaluations. In the clinical field, she specializes in marriage and family therapy, Borderline Personality Disorder, Bi-Polar I Disorder, General Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and is invested in the healing process of her clients.
Ellen Behrens received her M.A. in Counseling from Marquette University and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Michigan State University, where she completed her doctoral dissertation on young adult attachment. She is an Associate Professor and Core Faculty in the CACREP-accredited Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Program at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, where she teaches graduate courses and provides supervision for master's level counseling trainees. Dr. Behrens has worked with teenagers and families at many levels of care, as a counselor, clinical director, and consultant. She is the Chief Editor for the Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs and a Research Scientist for the Center for Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare at the University of New Hampshire.
Dr. Gray Otis specializes in trauma resolution, addiction recovery, and couples counseling. He provides assessment, diagnosis, and effective treatment for complex, co-occurring mental disorders. His model of care resolves the underlying causes of distress while promoting integrated health, personal strengths, and empathetic relationships. Individuals overcome problematic concerns while building resilient positive core beliefs. He also offers consulting in program analysis, leadership development, and strategic planning. His work results in innovative solutions and successful outcomes through evidence-based best practices. Gray is a past-president of the American Mental Health Counselors Association. He is the author of numerous publications and a presenter at national workshops and conferences.
Terri Elise Goldstein
Terri Elise Goldstein began her career as a therapist in 2017, after a 30-year career in non-profit, human services. She earned her Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix. “My desire to be a fellow traveler on a client’s therapeutic journey is seeded in my first-hand knowledge of the healing benefits of a trusting, counseling relationship. My competence as a therapist comes from the culmination of my academic, and professional experience, life-long intuition, and my own intrapsychic journey.” Terri is an integrative counselor who embraces a hope-based philosophy built on four theoretical pillars: humanistic, psychoanalytic, cognitive behavioral and postmodern theory, including narrative therapy. She strives to be an experienced guide for her clients as they seek to make the changes necessary to accomplish their mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. Terri’s focus is on empowering her clients as they navigate the human experience, endeavoring to triumph, and coping with loss.
Dennis Tucker grew up primarily in the greater Kansas City Missouri and Kansas areas, where he spent two years in Spokane Washington prior to returning to the mid-west. Attending BYU from 1989 to 1992, he obtained a BS in Psychology. After returning to Kansas, he attended the University of Kansas from 1992 to 1994 and obtained a masters degree in clinical social work. He became a master’s level clinical social worker in 1994 and fully licensed (LCSW) in 1996. His work experience includes six and a half years at the Utah Boys Ranch (now West Ridge Academy); two years performing contract labor as a substance abuse counselor at the Utah State Prison, two years as a part time therapist at LDS Family Services, and four years with Intermountain Specialized Abuse Treatment (ISAT) working with domestic violence, substance abuse, and sex offenders. He works with court mandate clients (domestic violence, DUIs, substance abuse, and sex offenders) under New Hope Counseling, PLLC in 2010.
Sandi Williams is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Masters degree in Psychology as well as a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She specializes in relationships, life transitions, anxiety, parenting challenges, grief, trauma, and family conflict. She is trained in various therapies including EFT, EMDR, DBT, CBT, Sandplay and Play Therapy. She is an Adjunct Professor at Utah Valley University and is a presenter at national workshops and conferences. She has published various articles and is co-author of the recently released “Key Core Beliefs: Unlocking the HEART of Happiness and Health”.