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Randy F. Hyde, Ph.D.

As a licensed psychologist, Randy Hyde has over 35 years of experience. Randy is highly sought-after in the field of clinical child and family counseling. In 1989, he founded what eventually became known as Preferred Family Clinic.

With double undergraduate degrees from Brigham Young University in 1979, in Psychology and Interpersonal Communications, Randy went on to receive his Ph.D. from BYU in 1983.

He spent five years as clinical director of Charter Canyon Hospital, an inpatient treatment facility. He was also the director of the children’s unit where he gained great insight into the techniques which change negative behaviors – even those hard-core problems found in a lock-down facility.

In 1994, Randy Hyde established the private Youth Reclamation Corporation, which helped adjudicated delinquent and ungovernable youth on house arrest. This program realized an impressive 85% change rate in its participants, as demonstrated in a powerful outcome study conducted by Michael Lambert at BYU.

In 2005, he founded the ADHD Clinic, to benefit families struggling with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. He understands the challenges and misconceptions related to this disorder. Even if your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, (or you suspect your child’s behavior is related to ADHD), Randy will help make a correct diagnosis, empower your child to gain moral maturity and make good decisions. He will coordinate with your medical doctor to help with medication management.

Randy also helped co-found iChology.com. Similar to Candeo, it is an online training program that gives people powerful principles and effective skills that will help remediate specific problems. The first program is the One Week Parenting Miracle, which is a program to help parents learn how to turn around pre-adolescent negative behavior in as little as one week. The next program, which is just being finished is Teen Miracle, then there will be Family Miracle ,Recovery Miracle, and a treatment for Encopresis and Enuresis. These are all slated for 2011. Outcome research will be conducted on all these programs to establish their efficacy, which has seen tremendous success clinically.

Randy remains current in the academic world and enjoys being an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University and supervising psychology doctoral students.

Through these experiences, and from his many years in practice, Randy has developed a remarkable system with a common-sense, down-to-earth approach. These methods are effective
at changing bad behavior to good while increasing the love and security within an individual.

Each one of the counselors at Preferred Family Clinic has also been using Randy’s systems for over two decades now – with astonishing results. You can too.

Randy is married to his very best friend, Carolyn, and has six children and five grandchildren. They live in Lindon Utah.


Crystal Heer, CMHC

Crystal holds degrees in mental health counseling and music performance and pedagogy.

You have most likely heard her on the radio sometime during the last 20 years, but now she dedicates her time to helping individuals and families at Preferred Family Clinic.

Crystal will quickly share, “Helping a person make the changes which bring a happier and fuller life is what the therapeutic process is all about. And it is amazing to behold.” Crystal enjoys helping both children and adults, with anxiety, phobias, couples/marital, ADHD, parenting, abuse victims, grieving, pet grieving, depression, social skills, kids, behavior problems, OCD, pretty much everything. She is also trained in EMDR which is specialized therapy for trauma.


Rich Tripp, CMHC, CST

Rich is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor and has worked at Preferred Family Clinic for 8 years. Rich received his Bachelor of Science in Marriage Family & Human Development from Brigham Young University and a Master of Education in Professional Counseling from University of Utah.

Rich is a Certified Sex Therapist through AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists). He currently serves as the AASECT Utah Section Head.

Rich works individually with adolescents and adults, as well as helping couples. His specialties include: Anxiety, Depression, Low Self-Worth/Self-Confidence, Marital/Relationship Counseling, and Sex Therapy (Sexual Dysfunctions, Out of Control Sexual Behavior, Premarital Sexual Education, etc.). His treatment modalities include Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which focus on correcting thinking errors and problematic behavior.


Sue Middleton, Ph.D., LCSW, NOJOS Certified

From Los Angeles, California. She has been a practicing Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1993 and has worked with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide variety of problems including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, sexual/pornography addictions, childhood disorders, spiritual crises, and chronic health problems in individual and group therapy. Sue has served as the supervisor over a program for victims of child sex abuse, the clinical director of a large behavioral science department of a university, has taught numerous university-level, clinically-oriented psychology and social work classes, and has provided supervision to individuals working toward clinical licensure. In addition, Sue has served in a number of leadership capacities – including President -of the Utah Chapter of her professional organization – the National Association of Social Workers. In 2005, Sue was named Social Worker of the Year by the Chapter. In addition to working with individuals and groups, Sue conducts couples and family counseling, presents on mental health-related issues to community groups, and teaches professional workshops for mental health practitioners in local and national venues. She has also authored or co-authored a number of manuals used to prepare social workers to take the national examination for clinical licensure.

Sue has three children and six grandchildren. When she isn’t working, she is spending time with family, friends, or pets; gardening; reading, particularly nonfiction books, or writing.


Alan Jacob, CMHC

Alan is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. He has been with PFC since October 2008. Alan has worked extensively with adjudicated youth in residential treatment centers and wilderness programming for over 28 years. During this time he has dealt extensively with Oppositional/ Defiance, Conduct Disorder, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Sex Abuse victims, Sex Offenders and Addiction. He then began working for Nebo School District as a teacher for  at-risk students in 2002. For the past 15 years he has worked as a School Psychologist dealing with all at-risk/adjudicated youth in the district. Alan is also a  provider for EMDR, recognized by the EMDR Institute. He has effectively used EMDR to provide relief for those struggling with Complex PTSD/Trauma. Alan treats Complex PTSD through a comprehensive plan by helping people understand their ACE ( Adverse Childhood Experiences) Score. His approach is built around Dr. Felitti’s ACE Study. The symptoms of Complex PTSD are vast and include many forms of Anxiety, Depression, OCD, dissociation, substance abuse. Alan also helps those struggling with faith crisis/issues.


Laura Morris, CMHC

Laura Morris is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor. She graduated with her Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from University of Phoenix in 2009.

Before entering graduate school, she attended the University of Utah, earning her bachelor degree with a major in Psychology and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She was also educated at Dixie State College earning her associate degree in a single year in the middle of Red Rock Country.

Professionally, Laura worked for two years in the public academic setting as a Prevention Specialist in Granite School District (SLC, UT). There, she met with individual students, ran resiliency groups, and launched school-wide programs focusing on the prevention of psychologically, socially, and physically unhealthy behaviors. She also has experience in the residential treatment setting, working as a Team Leader at La Europa RTC (Murray, UT), a treatment center which focuses on helping adolescent girls. Laura enjoyed her time as a Research Assistant through the University of Utah working on Paul Florsheim’s Young Parenthood Study – assessing and counseling unmarried teen parents on how to successfully co-parent. She also currently teaches courses through the Care About Childcare program which aim to educate childcare professionals in promoting healthy social and emotional development in young children.

Laura’s areas of specialization include working with women and adolescent girls with a variety of issues. Her passion is to help others be resilient through their problems and live more fulfilling, happy lives. The focuses in which she has particular interest are life-enhancement work, body-image and self-esteem issues, perfectionism, physical weight issues, anxiety, and depression. The main theoretical frameworks from which Laura draws are cognitive-behavioral therapy, existential theory, and specific skills-building approaches. Overall, she is eclectic, utilizing ideas and techniques from a variety of theories depending on the client’s personality and situation.

Outside of professional capacities, Laura feels blessed by the delightful company of her husband, three kids, extended family, and friends. She loves to spend time camping and hiking, reading, playing sports, doing photography, and playing games. Laura also currently serves in a teaching position for the women in her church.


Alicia Henderson, Ph.D.

Alicia Henderson received a Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University. She also completed the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Brigham Young University.

Alicia specializes in working with children, adolescents and families. She completed a capstone internship through Primary Children’s Medical Center. During her work there she completed a rotation on the residential and day treatment behavioral health unit, where she engaged in individual, group and family therapy and completed psychological evaluations. She also completed a rotation in an outpatient clinic doing psychotherapy with children and adolescents and completing psychoeducational assessments. She also completed a mini-rotation in the oncology/hematology and bone marrow transplant (BMT) unit where she completed developmental and psychological assessments for infants and children undergoing bone marrow transplants and cancer treatments. Throughout the internship she engaged in extensive training in family therapy and participated in many multidisciplinary case consultations.

Additionally, Alicia has worked with families of high conflict divorce for several years, including supervision, facilitating exchanges, divorce education, intake interviews, and providing other therapeutic services. She has also conducted assessments for youth and adults, in elementary school, university and clinical settings for autism, learning disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactive disorder (ADHD), behavioral disorders, and other mental health disorders.

She has also been involved in extensive research on variables that effect children’s and adolescent’s outcomes in treatment, including parenting skills and parental social support. She has also assisted with research on autism.

Lastly, she has taught and assisted in teaching several undergraduate psychology courses at Brigham Young University, including abnormal psychology, test measurement and introduction to psychology.


Rodrigo A. Veas-Wall, Ph.D.

Rod has extensive experience in working with adults, teenagers, and children. He has a particular interest in assisting in recovery from depression, anxiety, phobias, OCD, religious or spiritual value conflicts, sexual concerns (particularly LGBT issues and compulsive sexual behaviors), and gender issues. Rod is also specialized in diagnostic and learning disability testing.

Rod holds a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. He completed his internship with rotations in children’s inpatient treatment, psychological diagnosis and testing, and forensic psychology. At his internship he worked primarily with children’s behavioral issues, autism, learning disabilities, drug and alcohol addiction, spousal abuse treatment and recovery, and community mental health. Additionally, as part of his internship, Rod focused in diagnostic clarification, assisting other psychologists in determining an exact diagnosis and recommending appropriate treatment plans. Before his internship Rod worked for two years in a college counseling center and, along with seeing individual clients for various issues, he ran various groups on sexual concerns and anxiety.

His treatment modalities include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which is a qualitative approach to dealing with uncomfortable emotions, and Rational Emotional Behavioral Therapy (REBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Thinking (CBT), which focuses on correcting problematic thinking and behavior.

Rod is a native of Santiago Chile but has lived in Utah since 2009. As a native Spanish-speaker, Rod brings a unique perspective to multicultural therapy. Rod completed his undergraduate and graduate work at programs in the United States. He is equally comfortable with different therapeutic modalities in English and Spanish.


Andy H. Skelton, CMHC

Andy earned his bachelor’s degree in modern and biblical Hebrew from the University of Utah. He is a Licensed Certified Mental Health Counselor. Andy has been a full time teacher since 1998, in seminary, for the LDS church and works as a therapist part-time.

During his internship with Preferred Family Clinic, Andy has developed specialties working with children and adults dealing with anxiety, depression, addictions, pornography, ADHD, marital problems, and OCD. He also works with parents to help develop parenting skills.

The center of Andy’s life is his wife Laura, who he has been happily married to for 16 years, and his family. They have 4 beautiful boys, Hyrum, Adam, David and Daniel.


Michael Nelson, ACMHC

Michael is a licensed Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor who works with children, adolescents, adults, groups, and does couples/marital counseling. He specializes in working with depression, anxiety, phobias, perfectionism, OCD, addictions, ADHD, and parenting skills. Michael also provides EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for clients with trauma and PTSD. In addition, Michael’s work allows his patients to: identify and eliminate negative thinking patterns; practice emotional regulation; and, increase self-compassion.

Michael has a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Brigham Young University; a Master’s degree in Marriage, Family, and Consumer Development from Utah State University; and, a second Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix.

Michael is married and has 4 children. When he isn’t working he enjoys playing with his kiddos, celebrating pop culture found in movies and comic books, gardening, drawing, reading, and learning the ukulele. Oh, and napping. He is very good at napping.


Alec Barrow, ACMHC

Alec’s training and life experience has taught him that most mental and emotional sufferings stem from, or are agitated by, troubled relationships. Healing can occur when we become aware of relationship injuries and then, discover ways to process them. In therapy, Alec seeks to create a healing environment where the client may discover, identify and process life’s relationship injuries.

Alec is married to Irene Castelli. They have five children. He enjoys people, travel, discovering new, local fare, reading, film and live theater. His post-secondary education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Italian Literature and History from BYU (1995), a Master degree in Education from Southern Utah University (1999) and a Master degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of Phoenix (2017).

Besides his work here at the Preferred Family Clinic, Alec is employed as a full-time seminary teacher. He has taught for 23 years, working in Southern Nevada and Utah Valley.


Nathan Sewell, M.A., Ph.D.

Nate works with adults, adolescents, children, and couples presenting with a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, relationship problems, trauma, ADHD, parenting of difficult children, addiction, and other emotional problems. In addition to his work as a therapist, he also conducts assessments for ADHD, learning disabilities, and other psychological problems. Nate holds a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology.

His approach to therapy is integrative with a focus on experiential methods. He draws from emotion-focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, Ericksonian hypnotherapy, and dialectical behavior therapy.

Nate has enjoyed working within the field of mental health for the past 15 years, with experience in residential treatment, employment counseling, community mental health, private practice settings, and university counseling centers. Although originally from Utah, he has also had the opportunity to work with individuals in counseling and mental health settings in Illinois, Louisiana, and Ohio. During his doctoral internship at Southern Illinois University, areas of concentration included the treatment of severe personality disorders using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and conducting marriage/couples therapy. Nate also provided group and individual therapy through a community drug court program for individuals struggling with addiction.

Additionally, Nate began participating in psychological research as an undergraduate student at Brigham Young University, and has conducted research in the areas of war trauma, personality style and leadership capacity, self-efficacy, impulse control problems, and cognitive lie detection.

Outside of work, Nate enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, traveling, spending time outdoors, and playing the guitar.